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March 15, 2021

End-of-year facility projects approved

The district will see completion of $2.05 million in 2021 end-of-year buildings and ground projects. Roof repairs, asphalting projects, carpet replacement and painting and technology improvements make up most of the expenses. In fact, asphalt, sidewalk and roof projects alone are more than $1.1 million of the expenses. Total spending per site and a significant project other than asphalt or roofing projects at each school includes:

  • District – total of $486,500 which includes updates of HVAC controls;
  • Hamilton High – total of $478,493 which includes replacement of girls’ locker room in main gym and replacement of the air handling unit for the health room, server room and Room 3;
  • Templeton – total of $390,911 which include replacement of interior doors;
  • Silver Spring – total of $15,000 which includes expanded cell phone repeater and coverage;
  • Woodside – total of $18,247 which includes refinish front entry canopy;
  • Marcy – total of $400,081 which includes including extension of front sidewalk;
  • Maple Avenue – total of $40,000 which includes playground structure repair;
  • Lannon – total of $200,000 which includes replacement of playground structure; and
  • Willow Springs – total of $6,000 which includes exterior painting.

Easement for water main project to be negotiated

The Hamilton School Board gave permission for district administration to negotiate a temporary easement allowing the Village of Sussex and Town of Lisbon to install a water main and permanent easement for water main access. The water main will originate in Sussex east of Templeton and run north past the playfields through a Lisbon development in the former Lied’s property. The intent of the project is to connect the water main to the district’s water, creating a loop in Sussex’s water supply. The loop would provide an alternate water source if problems in the line develop. Sussex will take ownership of the district’s water main and cover any related costs to the line. The district would no longer be responsible for maintenance of the main in the affected area. A portion of the main that leads to the high school would still be the district’s responsibility.

Assessment report presented

Instructional Services Coordinator Cathy Drago gave the School Board an update on the district’s assessment program. A balanced assessment program provides multiple measures of a student’s learning. The district assessment program includes three levels of assessment: classroom assessments, district benchmarks and standardized tests.

  • Classroom and district benchmark assessments define learning targets for students, evaluate student learning, document student progress, identify the next step in instruction, provide teachers with information to tailor instruction and help develop a student’s ability to self-assess and set learning goals. Rubrics have been the focus for classroom assessments the past two years in English reading arts and science. This year, the district piloted Fastbridge at Marcy, Woodside, Lannon, Silver Spring, and Hamilton High School for a benchmark assessment. Delivered in fall, winter and spring, Fastbridge provides information on student growth against local and national norms. The data is used to identify students who may be struggling or excelling in a given content area or strand and inform individual, small group and whole group instruction. Recent survey data from staff members who administered Fastbridge indicate they feel the testing overall is accurate and more meaningful than MAP testing, however they would like more information on how to interpret the data. This will be an action step for us moving forward. Templeton and Maple Avenue will make the switch from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to Fastbridge next year in year 2 of the pilot.
  • Great Start Conferences last year afforded classroom teachers time to administer early literacy screeners, allowing for more accurate instructional planning earlier in the school year. This year, Great Start Conferences helped students reacclimate to the school setting, get to know their teachers and focus on social emotional wellness. Grade K-6 teachers used the Fountas and Pinnell literacy assessment program this winter to gather student literacy data for instructional planning this spring along with the Fastbridge winter benchmark assessment. Fountas and Pinnell is one way in which we provide reading assessment accuracy and fidelity across the district.
  • The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a required comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know.  Administration occurs each spring. While these assessments were waived last school year due to COVID-19, they are again required this year and must be taken on site. A plan to bring virtual students in for standardized assessments is being prepared.
  • The Wisconsin Forward Exam includes English language arts and mathematics for grades 3-8; science for grades 4 and 8; and social studies for grades 4, 8 and 10. It is administered in an online format.
  • ACT Aspire Early High School is a summative assessment that measures what students have learned in English, reading, math, science and writing. ACT Aspire scores predict how a student will perform on the ACT when they reach grade 11. It is administered to students in grades 9 and 10 in an online format.
  • ACT tests include reading, math, English, science, writing. The ACT with writing is a paper and pencil test.
  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessment is administered to no more than 1% of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • ACCESS for ELLs® is designed to measure English language proficiency.
  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is conducted in a range of subjects in grades 4, 8 and 12 across the country. Assessments are given most frequently in mathematics, reading, science and writing. Other subjects such as the arts, civics, economics, geography, technology and engineering literacy and U.S. history are assessed periodically. The district was selected for NAEP testing during the 2020-21 school year, however NAEP decided to cancel the test this school year.

This chart indicate the various district and state assessments by grade level.

HR job descriptions revised, other personnel action taken

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • updated a job description for a human resources generalist position which replaces the human resources executive assistant position and added a new educational services administrative assistant position (no new personnel will be hired);
  • accepted the resignation of Templeton Associate Kitchen Employee Elaine Meissner, effective March 23;
  • approved the retirement of high school Social Studies Teacher Mary Zander, effective at the end of the school year;
  • appointed Brett Richter as a Templeton grade 8 replacement teacher, effective Jan. 25; and
  • increased the contract of Marcy special education teacher Lisa Hauser from 50 to 63% through the rest of the school year.