Hamilton’s “Play Group” enrolling preschoolers

Hamilton High School is enrolling 3- to 5 year-olds during September for its child development class, “Play Group.” Under the direction of their teacher, Janine Farrell, high school students participate in activities with children to promote growth and development.HHSplaygroup4330

The 9-week program runs from 9:35 – 10:50 a.m. Monday through Thursday beginning in October. Cost is $25. More details about Play Group is online.

If interested, please email Farrell at farrja@hamilton.k12.wi.us.

Hamilton High School is located at W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex.

Silver Spring to be dedicated Aug. 26

Hamilton School District community members are invited to attend the dedication of Silver Spring Intermediate School. The formal dedication will be held Aug. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. on the school grounds at N58W22350 Silver Spring Drive in Sussex. Tours of the building and refreshments will follow the dedication.ScissorsPanther

Silver Spring Intermediate School is the first new school built in the district since 1999. Fifth- and sixth-graders from across the district will attend the new school beginning this fall. By taking grade 5 out of the elementary schools and grade 6 out of the middle school, the intermediate school solved classroom space shortages from 5K to grade 8.

The 183,000 square foot school was designed to house 800 students and can be expanded to serve 1,000 students. It has 54 classrooms, a 3-station gymnasium, library, commons area and main music room with six practice rooms. It was built to provide an optimal educational environment that includes energy-saving features, extensive use of natural light and materials to reduce annual maintenance expenses.

Wellens selected as intermediate school principal

The Hamilton School Board approved the hiring of Deanna Wellens as principal of Silver Spring Intermediate School at its June 25 meeting. Wellens, who replaces Mark Peperkorn following his resignation June 14, will begin her new position July 1.Deanna_Wellens_Web

Wellens has been associate principal at Pilgrim Park Middle School in the Elmbrook School District since 2015. Before joining Elmbrook, she was the dean of students at Wyoming Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She started her career in education as a school psychologist in Wyoming City Schools and Three Rivers Middle School in Ohio.

She earned her administrative certification from Xavier University in Ohio in 2015, her master’s degree in school psychology from Miami University in Ohio in 2004 and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2003.

“Ms. Wellens is an effective leader who takes a student-centered approach to create an environment where students can learn and grow,” said Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D. “She is known for building relationships and understanding the needs of students, families and staff.”

“Her listening skills, insightful problem solving and clear communication style will serve Silver Spring Intermediate School well,” Mielke said.

June 17, 2019

Board looks at plans for long-term athletic facilities

Representatives from Rettler Corporation, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in sports facilities, presented the School Board with two concepts to expand outdoor athletic facilities including the options of a multi-sport stadium, baseball and softball fields, outdoor band practice space, synthetic turf and concession stands. School Board members Mike Hyland and Brian Schneider said they would like to see the costs associated with the two concepts. The board took no action.

Students recognized

The School Board recognized two groups of students at its June 17 meeting.

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Templeton Middle School forensics team members Aashi Iyengar and Navdeep Singh were recognized for placing at state. Their advisor Anna Zorn described the accomplishments of the students.

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The student artwork of Morgan Price and Nikolas Rehfeld was selected for the permanent art display in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. President Kolesari and Dr. Mielke presented the students with a $100 honorarium for their artwork contribution.

District renews participation in SWSA

School Board members authorized the district to renew participation in the Southeastern Wisconsin School Alliance (SWSA). The 32-member alliance provides school leaders from southeastern Wisconsin with objective, non-partisan information and training as they work with policymakers regarding education issues. The annual cost to participate in SWSA is $3,200 per school district.

Reports, documents get OK

Many reports and documents were approved including:

  • Templeton and Hamilton student handbooks;
  • Hamilton co-curricular handbooks;
  • summer professional development workshops and plan;
  • grade 5 and 6 applied engineering and technology course curriculum realignment;
  • grade 5 and 6 health and wellness curriculum;
  • grade 7 world languages new curriculum;
  • high school “Culture of Healthcare” new curriculum;
  • high school business education course name change and revised curriculum;
  • high school new “Math and Logic” curriculum;
  • updated “Early Reading Empowerment” curriculum;
  • grade 8 science curriculum resources purchase;
  • high school course additions for 2020-21; and
  • district interventions status report.

In addition, the School Board approved continued WIAA membership, appointed delegates and alternates to the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s January assembly and conducted an internal review of board operations

Personnel action

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Woodside paraprofessional Amy Roth, Maple associate kitchen employee Lisa Minue and Woodside paraprofessional Michella Morgan, effective June 12, Silver Spring Principal Mark Peperkorn, effective June 14, and Hamilton special education teacher Lori Marso, effective June 16.
  • appointed Heather Ertl as Maple Avenue special education teacher, Stephanie Jungbluth as Silver Spring paraprofessional, Anna Fuhr as Silver Spring paraprofessional, Jerry Johnson as Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher and Shannon Canham as Silver Spring paraprofessional.

June 4, 2019

Capital improvement plan, fund gets approval

The district will set up a long-term capital improvement plan to segregate funds for long-term capital improvements. The School Board approved a plan and trust fund that will help the district plan for future improvements such as replacement and repairs of roofs, heating, venting and cooling systems, asphalt, carpet, lighting, computers, phones, cameras and other equipment.

In a written proposal Assistant Superintendent Bryan Ruud explained:

“The funds cannot be accessed by the District for five years after the creation of the segregated account. The funds can only go towards the purchase of capital improvements found on a Board approved “Long-Term Capital Improvement Plan” that at least covers a 10-year period. There are several benefits for Hamilton School District to open the Fund. First and foremost, it is another tool that the District can utilize to show the community that we are continuing to look ahead and plan for capital liabilities. Second, it allows for the District to realize small expenditures each fiscal year instead of having the negative impact of a large capital expenditure at the time of the project. This in turn helps maximize our state aid allocation which effects our taxpayers positively. Finally, transfers are allowed to be made until July 30 which occurs a month after the close of the fiscal year. This allows Hamilton to have a firm grasp on how much the District is able to contribute to the Fund each year and understand the impact it will have on our State Aid allocation. Finally, because deposits made in the first couple of years cannot be touched for five years, the District is able to take advantage of investments that have a greater yield because the money is locked up for a longer period of time.”

The plan and fund were approved with School Board member Michael Hyland voting against.

Board approves Special Meeting for easement acquisition

A Special Meeting will be held June 25 at 7 p.m. for district residents to vote on a proposal to acquire land easements from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church located west of Silver Spring Intermediate School. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton High School Library.

Hamilton DECA members recognized

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Hamilton DECA members who competed and state and international competitions were recognized including Eric Doese, Margaret Flynn, Aayush Iyengar, Matthew Lehner, Rashmi Majjigapu, Haley Pifher, Arushi Ranasaria, James Richter, Shiva Senthil, Maxwell Unger. Those who were not at the meeting were Sophia Detweiler, Peyton Feudner, Jason Gahr, Maanya Kashyap, Prathmesh Konda Gopinath, Gavin Kuhlenbeck, Michael Maher and John Weber. Hamilton Business Education teacher and DECA advisor Skip Hay presented at the meeting.

Board approves employee contracts

The Hamilton School Board ratified a one-year contract with United Lakewood Educators (ULE) which represents district teachers. Under the contract, base salaries will increase by 2.44 percent for 2019-20. In addition, the regular supplemental compensation for Hamilton teachers will increase by $260 per teacher, prorated based on percentage of full-time employment, plus position adjustments for identified staff. The curriculum rate will increase from $19.25 to $22 per hour.

The tentative agreement which district and ULE representatives reached May 21 was presented to ULE members for a ratification vote. The increases do not apply to teachers on replacement contracts or plans of assistance.

Other 2019-20 employee contracts that were approved and the total aggregate salary compensation adjustments were:

  • Associate kitchen employees, custodial and maintenance staff, paraprofessionals – 2.5 percent;
  • Administrative assistants – 2.23 percent;
  • Confidential support staff – 2.73 percent, plus identified position adjustments; and
  • Administrators – 2.07 percent.

Rates for 16 positions that are paid hourly or per diem were increased between 2.3 and 10 percent.

In addition, the School Board renewed a two-year contract for the district administrator and approved 2 percent total aggregate salary compensation adjustments for certain confidential support and administrative staff in the form of one-time merit stipends.

Employee handbooks revised

Employee handbooks were revised as follows:

  • Master Handbook: Added language that the district will use any paid time available prior to approving unpaid time off.
  • All employee group addendums: “Unplanned Time Off” renamed “Paid Absence Request” to provide more logical terminology as it pertains to paid time off.
  • Administrative Assistant, Custodial, & Paraprofessional addendums: Language regarding probationary period was deleted.
  • Administrative Assistant, Administrator, Confidential Support, Custodial, Paraprofessional and Professional Teaching Staff addendums: Edited insurance coverage language allowing employee to continue on the plan provided that coverage is available, the employee pays for the coverage and it is a continual coverage. Also added that only those on the plan at time of retirement are eligible for the continuing coverage. A new dependent or spouse cannot be added while receiving the retirement coverage benefit.
  • Cooks and Associate Kitchen Staff addendum: Removed the title “Cooks” from the addendum. All kitchen staff will have the title “Associate kitchen employee.”
  • Custodial addendum: Added language stating 1:30 p.m. is the start time for second shift maintenance employees.
  • Professional Teaching Staff addendum: Updated reimbursement to the district for substitute teacher coverage for approved planned personal reasons (vacation, field trips, sporting events) to $170.24 per day.

Other personnel business

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Templeton associate kitchen employee Diana Butcher, effective May 31; Templeton special services paraprofessional Sally Purcell, effective June 12; Templeton associate kitchen employee Justine Klug, effective June 12; and Marcy literacy interventionist Melissa Remmel, effective the end of the 2018-19 school year; and
  • appointed Susan Haley as Silver Spring health room paraprofessional, Diana Muche as Maple associate kitchen employee, Tiffany Wolf as Hamilton special services paraprofessional, Jesse Luedke as Templeton associate kitchen employee all effective Sept. 3; and Megan Karabon as Templeton grade 7 critical literacy teacher effective Aug. 21.

Board approves documents and reports

The School Board approved several documents including the National Honor Society Handbook, Special Education Procedures Handbook, Emergency Nursing Services Policies and Procedures and Bloodborne Pathogens Procedures.

Strategic Plan update presented

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik gave an update to the School Board on the 2017-2020 Strategic Priorities and Tactical Plans. Recent highlights for each of the four areas of priority were:

Systems of learning & assessment — All students will be challenged and supported to maximize their learning and achievement.

  • The district-designed Backwards Design template was updated by teachers.
  • Elementary teacher feedback sessions were conducted on the implementation of science rubrics.
  • Student-friendly science rubrics are being designed based on input from the teacher feedback sessions.
  • A schedule of vertical and horizontal learning conversations is being scheduled for next year.
  • The English-Language Arts teachers are completing assessment rubrics.

Social and emotional wellness — All students will be supported to develop social and emotional wellness related to academic, career and life experiences.

  • The district sent a guidance counselor and social worker through the CESA 1 Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification program. This training was funded by the School Safety Grant.
  • Representatives from the Social Emotional Wellness Committee have reviewed Social Emotional Learning curriculum resources and have recommended the Second Step curriculum. This committee has applied for a HEF grant to help fund this resource.
  • Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School visited area school districts with their PBIS leadership teams to better understand how PBIS could be implemented in secondary schools.
  • Marcy and Woodside Elementary School students completed the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment. A district team is reviewing the data and this tool’s effectiveness in identifying students in need of additional support. Additional screeners may be looked at next year.

Workforce & organizational wellness –All staff will engage in continuous professional learning and be provided opportunities to improve personal wellness.

  • 36 staff members are participating in the “Transformation Wellness Challenge” through Anytime Fitness.
  • An average of 26 staff members participated in a six-week Yoga class this spring.
  • A new staff recognition program was implemented for acknowledging years of service to the district and retirees.
  • The district received the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Best Workplace Award for the eighth consecutive year.

Facilities & technology — The district will provide adequate classroom learning space while maintaining existing buildings and infrastructure and optimal student access to technology.

  • The new district and high school offices opened May 14.
  • Former district and high school offices have been sealed off and are under construction to be converted to new office and classroom space.
  • Work has begun on the remodeling of the graphics lab.
  • Work on Silver Spring Intermediate School (SSIS) continues to progress on time and on budget.
  • Educational Services has met with the SSIS staff to coordinate the classroom and IMC move in procedures.
  • IT has set up all phone and computer systems for the new district and high school offices.
  • IT continues to prep the PC’s and network infrastructure for SSIS.
  • Work continues in preparation for the on-to-one Chromebook initiative to be implemented for grades 5-8 in the fall.

 

School Board accepts Ruud’s retirement request, appoints Reilly to position

The Hamilton School Board accepted the retirement request of Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Bryan Ruud at its May 20 meeting and appointed the district’s comptroller, Shelli Reilly, as his replacement effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said the Hamilton School District was fortunate to have Ruud as a leader for the past 26 years.

“Mr. Ruud’s fiscal stewardship has helped the Hamilton School District provide an excellent educational program for students while maintaining low per-pupil spending,” Mielke said. “His sound management led to an upgrade in our Moody’s Investor Services rating which is one of the highest among Wisconsin school districts.”

Ruud joined the district in 1993 as the buildings and grounds manager. He became business director in 2000 and assistant superintendent in 2007. The Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials named him Wisconsin School Business Official of the Year in 2013. The award is presented to a member who has shown outstanding accomplishments in his or her career.

Before joining the Hamilton School District, Ruud worked at United Parcel Service. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin (UW) – Milwaukee in 1988 and his master’s degree in education and school business manager’s license from UW – Whitewater in 1998.

Hamilton on lists naming America’s best, most challenging high schools

Hamilton High School made the lists of America’s top high schools as determined by two national news media outlets – U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post.US-News-Washington-Post-2019Web477

For the fifth consecutive year, Hamilton High School was named to U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best High Schools” list. The ranking highlights the best public high schools in the nation after reviewing data from more than 21,000 high schools to identify how well public schools serve all of their students in preparing them in basic skills and readiness for college-level work. Schools were rated on reading and math proficiency and performance (40%), college readiness (30%), college curriculum breadth (10%), underserved student performance (10%) and graduation rate (10%).

Hamilton is ranked 17th among 517 Wisconsin public high schools and 755th among more than 17,000 U.S. public high schools – placing it in the top 5 percent of high schools in the state and country. Its national rank is the highest in the school’s history.

For the fifth year since 2014, Hamilton made The Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list. Public and private high schools are ranked through an index formula that is the number of Advanced Placement tests given each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates. Hamilton’s index score is 1.967 – the highest in the school’s history. Hamilton was one of only 21 Wisconsin high schools that made the list.

Hamilton Principal Candis Mongan said being named to the lists reflects the hard work of the teaching staff and their commitment to offering an academically rigorous learning environment, but one that is also focused on the social and emotional needs of students.

“Academic excellence has become a tradition at Hamilton High School because we are a community of learners focused on achievement, growth and what is best for all students,” Mongan said.

May 20, 2019

Kelly presented with district’s Community Service Award

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The Hamilton School District presented the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Deputy and School Resource Officer Gary Kelly with its 2019 Community Service Award at the May 20 School Board meeting. Public Information Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg said Kelly was most deserving of the award because of his tireless efforts to keep schools safe.

“His demeanor with students was not as a disciplinarian, but as a trusting adult who wanted to keep our school safe,” Lindberg said.

Kelly became the district resource officer in 2012. He is leaving that post at the end of the school year to take on other responsibilities in the sheriff’s department.

School Board accepts Ruud’s retirement request, appoints Reilly to position

The Hamilton School Board accepted the retirement request of Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Bryan Ruud at its May 20 meeting and appointed the district’s comptroller, Shelli Reilly, as his replacement effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Hamilton Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., said the Hamilton School District was fortunate to have Ruud as a leader for the past 26 years.

“Mr. Ruud’s fiscal stewardship has helped the Hamilton School District provide an excellent educational program for students while maintaining low per-pupil spending,” Mielke said. “His sound management led to an upgrade in our Moody’s Investor Services rating which is one of the highest among Wisconsin school districts.”

Ruud joined the district in 1993 as the buildings and grounds manager. He became business director in 2000 and assistant superintendent in 2007.

Final budget approved to be presented at Annual Meeting

The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for the 2019-20 budget that will be presented to voters at the Annual Meeting.

The budget totals $60.5 million, which is a 6.38 percent increase over the current budget. It assumes property value will increase 2.5 percent and state aid will increase 4.07 percent.

The tax rate is projected to be $9.10 per $1,000 of equalized property value – 18 cents more than the current rate. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $910 to support local school taxes which is $18 more than this year’s rate. If student enrollment and property value are greater than the conservative assumptions made in the budget, the tax rate will be lower.

Seniors & Students sees increase in volunteers, activities, service hours

Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg and Jen Galang updated the School Board on the Seniors & Students Program, a volunteer program designed to recruit, train and place senior citizen volunteers age 55 and older in the district. More than 250 senior volunteers serve throughout the district. Nearly 30,000 volunteer hours have been logged since the program began 21 years ago – a value of more than $2.7 million.

The program saw substantial increases in the number of volunteers, activities and hours of service. Readers’ Café, tutoring, Pen Pals and the Greatest Generation oral history project have continued and volunteers were offered a new opportunity to participate in Templeton Middle School’s intergenerational book discussions.

Open Enrollment students placed on waiting list

The district received 143 applications from nonresident students to attend Hamilton schools under Open Enrollment. No spaces are available in the district, so applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the 2019-20 school year. The district will monitor expected enrollment throughout the summer to determine if students will be recommended for placement at schools based on space availability.

Student representatives recognized

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School Board President Gabe Kolesari (left) and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., (right) recognized Hamilton High School students (from left) Haley Pifher and Mikayla Cup for their service to the School Board as the student representatives during the 2018-19 school year. (Not pictured is student Hannah Wenger.)

Peronnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • accepted the retirement request of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Bryan Ruud, effective March 13, 2020;
  • appointed District Comptroller Shelli Reilly assistant superintendent of business services, effective Jan. 1, 2020; and
  • appointed Kara Rosenthal as Silver Spring Intermediate School media center paraprofessional, Tanya Simonis as Woodside clerical paraprofessional, Sarah Sallmann as Maple Avenue technology integration resource teacher, Melanie Peterson as Silver Spring health room paraprofessional, Kaitlin Schumaker as Hamilton High School communications arts-reading teacher and Kelly Fant as Maple Avenue associate kitchen employee, effective at the start of the new school year.

May 7, 2019

Board appoints Newcomer Hamilton principal

The Hamilton School Board appointed Rebecca Newcomer Hamilton High School principal at its May 7 meeting. Newcomer, who has been a high school administrator in the Waukesha School District for the past seven years, will begin her new post effective July 1. She replaces Candis Mongan, Hamilton principal since 2006 who will become principal at Oak Creek High School.

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Newcomer has spent her 21-year career in the Waukesha School District, the first 13 years as an English teacher at South High School and then as an instructional coach for two years before moving into administration. She was an assistant principal for nearly two years, then principal for five years at North High School and is currently South High School principal.

Willow staff honor custodian

Willow Springs Learning Center staff members honored their head custodian before the Hamilton School Board. Principal Renae MacCudden and staff planned the surprise recognition for Dewayne Jackson because he takes every opportunity to go above and beyond for Willow Springs students and staff. A dozen staff members shared their favorite moments when Jackson took care of things for them and their students.

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District extends contract with Teachers On Call

The Hamilton School Board approved a 2-year contract extension with Teachers On Call (TOC) to provide substitute staffing services through June 30, 2021. The School Board accepted the recommendation from Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik to renew a contract with the company that offers an automated process to secure substitute teachers and paraprofessionals. The district has used TOC for six years.

Because TOC provides services to more than 100 school districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota, it provides a larger pool of substitutes and its economy-of-scale allows for greater operational efficiencies than a single school district could produce. Consequently, substitutes are eligible for an enhanced compensation packet that school districts did not typically offer including paid holidays, bonuses, insurance and more.

The hourly rate is set by the district, and a 27 percent mark-up to TOC covers payroll, benefits, retirement, taxes, liability, unemployment, workers’ compensation, background checks, physicals and other indirect personnel functions such as recruitment, monitoring compliance with state and federal mandates, time sheets, hiring and communication.

Winter teams recognized

Teams that were conference champs or competed at state were recognized. School Board President Gabe Kolesari and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., presented each team with a certificate. Those recognized were:

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Cheer – State champions

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Boys Soccer – State finalist

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Girls Bowling – State qualifier

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Wrestling – Individual state qualifiers

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Boys Swim and Dive – Individual state qualifiers

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Poms – State qualifier

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Boys Basketball – Conference champions and sectional finalist

School career opportunities highlighted

Hamilton High School Associate Principal and Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Mark Otto presented four items to the School Board.

  • The School Board approved continued participation in the Carl Perkins grant consortium offered through CESA #1 which provides the district with $15,121 in grant funding this year, an increase from $13,934 the previous year. The purpose of the grant is to provide students with academic and technical skills to succeed in a knowledge- and skills-based economy. It supports career and technical education that prepares students for postsecondary education and careers. The consortium provides grant-writing management, interaction with professionals from other districts, exposure to what is occurring at state and national levels and consultation services.
  • The district’s Extended Learning Opportunities Program annual report was accepted. The program grew out of the school-to-work initiative that aimed to connect education and employment where 4-year college degrees were not required. Experiences in the program include apprenticeships, mentorships, internships and job shadowing. The program strengthens partnerships with the business community to prepare students for the world of work, regardless of the education or career track they choose. While some career development opportunities occur at the elementary and middle school level, a majority of activities are for high school students. They include career speakers, Youth Apprenticeship, work experience, academic assistants, Robotics, Earl College Credit Program, DECA, Healthcare Career Academy, Manufacturing Career Expo, Reality Check and Schools2Skills.
  • Participation in the Waukesha County School-to-Work consortium for 2019-20 was approved. The School-to-Work Consortium provides grant funding that supports co-op, youth apprenticeship, work experience programs and K-12 career-related initiatives. Participation in the consortium is voluntary and provided at no cost to the district.
  • The district’s Education for Employment (E4E) was accepted. The plan identifies, coordinates and assists in preparing students to be college and career ready. It identifies work that has been done, identifies gaps, coordinates and aligns services in the district. Hamilton, like most districts, is adjusting its E4E plan to coordinate implementation of students’ Academic and Career Plans.

New intermediate school causes staffing shifts in 2019-20

The district will have the full-time equivalency (FTE) of 3.62 more certified staff members next year. Significant shifts will occur as elementary and middle schools lose one full grade when grades 5 and 6 attend Silver Spring Intermediate School. Staff will drop by nearly 24 FTEs at the elementary level and 22 FTEs at Templeton. Nearly 49 FTEs will work at Silver Spring. Hamilton High School will see an increase of .43 FTEs as a result of a psychologist and social worker reassignment.

Board officers elected

School Board members elected Gabe Kolesari as their president, Jennifer Waltz as vice president, Dawn Van Aacken as clerk and Jay Jones as treasurer.

CESA contract approved

A $299,583 contract for 2019-20 with the Cooperative Educational Services Agency was approved. The contract provides services such as occupational and physical therapy, alternative and charter at-risk schools at lower costs than if the district purchased them independently.

Personnel action

In personnel action, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignations of Special Services administrative assistant Elizabeth Rose, effective June 30;
  • appointed Elizabeth Rose as Silver Spring Intermediate School administrative assistant, effective July 1; Karen Figarino, Woodside associate kitchen employee, effective May 13; Zachary Beckman, Templeton special education teacher, effective Aug. 21; Tyler Schoemann, Lannon and Marcy music teacher, effective Aug. 21 ; Roberta Semrow, Silver Spring administrative assistant, effective July 1; Rebecca Newcomer, Hamilton principal, effective July 1 ; John Schaeffler, Hamilton pm custodian, effective May 23 ; Jessica Landergott, Woodside fitness education teacher, effective Aug. 21 ; Pawel Skrzypek, Hamilton pm custodian, effective May 28 ; and Celina Pauly, Maple guidance counselor, effective Aug. 21.