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May 7, 2013


Halquist to provide donation for athletic complex

The Halquist Stone Company gave the Hamilton School Board some good news. Fourth generation owners of the company, Bill and Tom Halquist, announced that they would donate construction and equipment for youth soccer and softball fields adjacent to Hamilton High School. When open in summer of 2014, the fields will be christened the Halquist Youth Complex.


Halquist Vice President Tom Halquist told the board he and his brother wanted to find a way to continue contributing to the community after Dozer Day ended in 2009. The company created the one-day fundraising event, but discontinued it due to increased insurance and stricter mining safety regulations. Dozer Day raised nearly $1 million over the course of 10 years.

The company owners wanted to invest in the community’s youth and determined that addressing the shortage of ball fields in the area would support students and the community.

Located south of Hamilton High School off of Town Line and Silver Spring roads in Lisbon, the new Halquist Youth Complex will provide access to six 50-yard long soccer fields, two 40-yard long soccer fields and one NCAA regulation size-soccer field. In addition, two Little League-sized fastpitch softball fields will be created. The land is owned by the district.

“Halquist Stone has a long history of partnering with the Hamilton School District to enrich the lives of families in our community,” said Hamilton Superintendent Kathleen Cooke, Ph.D. “This donation, which will develop much needed athletic space for our community, is another generous act from the Halquist family. We greatly appreciate their incredible generosity and commitment to our community.”

According to Halquist, the donation will exceed $200,000 towards material, equipment and labor expenses. The Halquist Stone Company was founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant John Halquist. In addition to the Wisconsin quarries, operations include an 8,000 square foot designer showroom in Sussex and a retail yard in Franklin.



Woodside teachers earn national certification

Add two more Hamilton School District teachers to the esteemed list of educators who are National Board Certified Teachers. Woodside fourth grade teacher Kelly Flanagan and kindergarten teacher Peter Dargatz were among 79 Wisconsin teachers who earned the profession’s top honor this year through National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).


The two were recognized at the School Board meeting.

The national board certification process requires intense self-reflection and measures a teacher’s practice against high and rigorous standards. Offered on a voluntary basis and valid for 10 years, the advanced system of national board certification complements, but does not replace, state licensing.

The process is unique because it assesses teachers’ knowledge and their ability to apply skills and professional judgment in the classroom. Candidates must critically analyze their practice and demonstrate how effectively they act on their insights.

Human Resources Director John Roubik said evidence shows that those who complete the process become better teachers and have a positive impact on student achievement.


Annual Meeting postponed until state provides more financial details

The district Annual Meeting, originally slated for June 17, will be postponed because the state had not finalized its budget and provided information needed to determine local district finances. The meeting will be July 15 in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center with the public hearing portion beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting beginning upon its completion, but no earlier than 7:30 p.m.


DECA students recognized

Three DECA students who competed at state were recognized at the meeting. Sophomores Jessica Neumann and Jarrett Keen were honored along with senior Alan Mamerow who advanced in competition and became the first Hamilton student to take first place overall at the international level. DECA advisor and marketing education teacher Skip Hay was credited for establishing DECA at Hamilton and encouraging students to find success through the competitions.



Title funds continue to drop

Federal Title funds continue to drop. Human Resources Director John Roubik predicted that next year’s allocation will decrease another five percent. Funding for two of the five Title allocations that the district had received six years ago were eliminated. The three remaining allocations are for reading and math support, reading and mathematics teacher training and supplies to support English Language Learners. Roubik estimated that the district will have to cut about 20 hours each week of paraprofessional support across the district due to loss of the federal funds. The district expects to receive $188,541 in 2013-14 compared to $477,548 in 2007-08.


Board ratifies contract

The board ratified a contact with United Lakewood Educators for the 2012-13 school year. Teachers will see a 2.332 percent increase in their regular non-base supplemental compensation for 2012-13, retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

In other personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved adding a reading specialist position to the instructional leader team;
  • approved continuation of the Employee Assistance Program through the National Insurances Services at no cost to the district;
  • accepted the retirement requests of maintenance employee Terry Hanney and Marcy special services paraprofessional Susan Schritz, effective at the end of the school year;
  • accepted the resignations of part-time Public Information Office administrative assistant Jennifer Lloyd and Marcy Early Reading Empowerment teacher Kimberly Schmitt;
  • appointed Brooke Umnus to serve as a Marcy first grade teacher and Kelly Rouse as Marcy administrative assistant; and
  • modified the contract of Marcy guidance counselor Lori Schlapman from 80 to 100 percent.