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December 5, 2017

2018-19 calendar approved

Hamilton School Board members approved the 2018-19 school year calendar that coordinates spring break the last week in March with many other southeastern Wisconsin school districts.

In September, Hamilton was among CESA #1 school districts that surveyed parents and staff to determine if there was support for a consistent spring break. More than 85 percent of Hamilton parents and staff supported the coordinated consistent break as long as Easter had a 4-day weekend.

Potential benefits of the consistent, coordinated break include:

  • even distribution of breaks throughout the school year;
  • better timing with state assessments, the ACT and Advanced Placement exams;
  • coordinated sports and extracurricular scheduling throughout the region;
  • dependable dates for vacation and child care planning; and
  • consistent spring breaks for families connected to more than one school district.

Other key dates in 2018-19 are:

  • Nov. 21, 22, 23 – break before and after and on Thanksgiving Day;
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 1 – winter break;
  • March 25-29 – spring break;
  • May 24 – break or snow make-up day; and
  • June 11 – last day of school for students

Lannon site plan presented

Lannon Elementary School principal Brian Balfany updated the School Board on his school’s site plan progress. He introduced three new teachers — Briel Brugger, Amanda Rittich and Carli Schadeberg — who described what it has been like to be a new staff member at Lannon.


Lannon staff members, from left, Briel Brugger, Amanda Rittich, Carli Schadeberg and Brian Balfany explained to School Board members how they use Readers’ Theater as an activity that encourages students to read.

Boys’ Cross Country team recognized

Members of the Hamilton High School Boys’ Cross Country team were recognized for success at state competition this year. Cross country coaches are Ben Nysse, Barb Lemke, Susan Smith and Stephen Schmidt.


Strategic Plan update presented

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik gave a quarterly update to the School Board on the priorities of the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. The four priority areas of the plan are:

  • Systems of learning & assessment — All students will be challenged and supported to maximize their learning and achievement.
  • Social & emotional wellness — All students will be supported to develop social and emotional wellness related to academic, career and life experiences.
  • Workforce & organizational wellness –All staff will engage in continuous professional learning and be provided opportunities to improve personal wellness.
  • Facilities & technology — The district will enhance student learning by providing adequate classroom learning space while maintaining existing buildings and infrastructure and optimal student access to technology.

Board ratifies contract with ULE

The Hamilton School Board ratified a contract with United Lakewood Educators (ULE) which represents district teachers. Under the contract, base salaries will increase by 1.26 percent for 2017-18, retroactive to the beginning of the school year.

The tentative agreement was reached Nov. 30 between the district and ULE representatives and was expected to be presented to ULE members this week for a ratification vote. The increases do not apply to teachers on replacement contracts or plans of assistance. Retroactive pay is expected to be available to staff in December.

Other personnel action

In other personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation request of Maple Avenue cook Amber Atlee, effective Dec. 15; and
  • approved the appointment of Sheila Heimermann as a Maple Avenue paraprofessional.