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Welcome to the Ada-Borup Public Schools, home of the Ada-Borup Cougars It is my hope that you are able to find helpful information here – if you do not find what you are looking for or need more information, feel free to contact a staff member in any of our offices.

I have a tremendous appreciation for the quality of education provided by this district and staff.  The menu and quality of opportunities and services offered to students, reputation of the school district, exciting initiatives already taking place, promising future of the district, and the Ada-Borup communities in general are all positive attributes of the Ada-Borup Public Schools.  I am thrilled, grateful, and humbled to be the Superintendent of Schools of such a fine school district!

Education as many of us know it is changing.  Students may not learn how we learned.  Today’s generation of learners need to participate in activities that challenge and engage them, that help them develop important life skills, and that prepare them for the next step in their development – whatever that may be.  A new focus on career and college readiness from our state officials is an exciting opportunity for us.    

Ada-Borup Public Schools mission is to educate and prepare all students for a successful tomorrow through academics, activities, arts and attitude."  Continuing strides towards our mission and the district’s vision "to become the finest school district in NW MN and maintain a high level of expectations for student achievement” will require a continued focus on collaboration, communication, and commitment.  It will take the entire community for our students and the district to be successful.  Our mission, vision, and strategic plan will continue to serve as an important part of what we do and how we do it…our roadmap, if you will.

If you have questions or want to share your ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me at (218) 784-5312 or MichaelK@ada.k12.mn.us . Thank you for your interest in our school district and GO COUGARS!! 


Mike Kolness - Supt of Schools


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Ada-Borup State Volleyball Tournament Parent Information

TO:                 Ada-Borup Parents and Staff

FROM:            Mike Kolness, Supt of Schools

DATE:              November 9, 2015

RE:                  2015 State Volleyball Tournament Calendar Adjustments


Congratulations to Coach Hayden and the Cougar Volleyball Team on winning the Section 8A Championship and advancing to the 2015 MSHSL State Volleyball Tournament on November 12-14 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN!  Super job!

We have been extremely fortunate to travel down this path multiple times in recent years, but it seems like no two years are alike.  How to handle the school days during the tournament can be a challenge, and making everyone happy is very difficult.  We want to allow students and staff the opportunity to go to the State Tournament and support the teams, but also understand how difficult it can be for parents to find daycare and for some staff to make adjustments to scheduled events.

We used data collected from staff surveys and other factors to guide in the decision making process on whether or not to have school on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th.  The plan is as follows.

1)       There will be NO SCHOOL at Ada-Borup High School on November 12th and 13th.

2)       There WILL BE SCHOOL at Ada-Borup Elementary on Thursday, November 12th, but not on Friday, November 13th.  How the day will be made up will be determined at a later date.

3)      Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled at Ada-Borup Elementary on Thursday, November 12th have been moved to Monday, November 23rd.  Please contact Merilee at 218-784-5303 if you have a problem with the move and she will attempt to adjust the schedule.

Please remember a couple of things when reacting to the news in this memo.  We have been very fortunate over the years to have several teams make the State Tournament and it is good problem!  As the Supt of Schools, I tried to collect as much data as possible before making the final decision.  We really try to have school if possible, but also want our staff to be able to make the trip to State if they want to attend. Please feel free to give me a call at 218-784-5312 if you have any questions or concerns.


Mike Kolness


2015-16 Ada-Borup School Bus Routes

Please click the following links to access the 2015-16 Ada-Borup ISD 2854 bus routes.

2015-16 Ada-Borup School Bus Routes

Ada-Borup Facilities Improvement Project Updates

September 3, 2015

Please click the following links to preview weekly updates of the Ada-Borup ISD 2854 Facilities Improvement Project.

Congratulations to the 2015 Section 8AChampions!

CONGRATULATIONS Lady Cougars and Coach Hayden!

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Photo Courtesy of Ross Pfund and the NC Index


Ada-Borup High School National Honor Society

Ada-Borup High School hosted the ABHS National Honor Society Banquet at 6:30 on Tuesday, November 25th in the ABHS Commons Area.  Congratulations to all members and THANK YOU to Advisor Amanda Brown, Bob's Quality Catering and the ABHS freshmen servers for all of their efforts!!



Ada-Borup ISD #2854 Bullying Prohibition Information

  • Ada-Borup School District #2854 Bullying Prohibition Policy - The Ada-Borup Board of Education adopted an updated “Bullying Prohibition Policy” at their regular meeting on June 23, 2014.  The updates to the policy were in response to new legislation passed last spring in St. Paul.  The purpose of policy is listed below and the entire policy can be reviewed on the district website.  Continuous training of staff, students and parents will be a part of the process and any acts of bullying will be handled quickly and thoroughly.  Please click on the following link to review the entire policy.          Ada-Borup ISD #2854 Bullying Prohibition Policy Link

 Bullying Report Form

Ada-Borup Elementary Students Complete Beautiful Art Project

Ada-Borup students in grades 4-5-6 just completed a beautiful mosaic art project that will hang in the entrance of the Ada-Borup Elemenatary School.  Ada-Borup Art Teacher, Lisa Ruebke planned the design and the students started working on the project in December.  It looks amazing and everyone did a SUPER JOB!  A big thanks go out to Mrs. Ruebke, Mrs. Sipe, Mrs. Jordan Johnson, Mrs. Stoen, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Luanne Visser, Mr. Sam Marek and the students for all of their efforts!  The project was made possible by a grant from the Dekko Foundation.


You are able to watch the HS and MS Holiday concerts at any time on the USTREAM.  Just click on the link below and then select the recorded show.

Exciting News - We are live streaming all our home basketball games.  Just follow this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/adaboruphs or you may go to USTREAM and search Ada Borup HS to find our channel.

Ada-Borup High School named to US News list of "Best High Schools"

Ada-Borup High School was recently named to the list of "Best High Schools" by US News.  The school was also named to the list in 2007, 2008 & 2010.  Congratulations to all of the students and staff on the recognition.  Please click on the following link for more information.

        Click here for link to US News list of Best High Schools