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November 15, 2021

Concession stand at high school gets OK

After reviewing four options for a concession stand that will be built on the athletic fields at Hamilton High School, the Hamilton School Board decided on the final plan that includes an overhang, 12 bathroom stalls, a concessions area, storage and a referee area with a toilet and shower.

In October the School Board approved moving forward with a concession stand that would not exceed $850,000. To offset costs of the project, the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club will initially donate $100,000 with a commitment to fundraise another $25,000 for the project in the next two years. A local service group is considering donating another  $25,000 as well. Cost to the district is expected to be $725,000 to $750,000.

After debating the merits of having an overhang on the building — a $70,000 expense — School Board members voted 6-1 in favor of the project with Rebecca Zingsheim, Brian Schneider, Jennifer Waltz, Jay Jones, Dawn Van Aacken and Gabe Kolesari voting yes, and Michael Hyland voting no. 

Hamilton does not have “hard” bathroom stalls, and instead attendees at outdoor athletic events use portable toilets. Earlier in the meeting Hyland voiced concerns about the Booster Club’s commitment to fundraise for the building and said he preferred the district build just the restroom stalls and stub in the other aspects so that the Booster Club could fundraise for and design the rest of the facility later. 

With the School Board’s approval, construction is expected to begin within a few weeks and will be ready for 2022 graduation.

Graduation moving to Friday evening

The date and time for Hamilton High School graduation will move to the evening of Friday, June 10 instead of the morning of Saturday, June 11. In a written summary, Hamilton Principal Rebecca Newcomer enumerated various reasons for the change including:

  • cooler evening temperatures;
  • more flexibility for family travel and celebrations; and
  • avoiding a Sunday rain date that could interfere with visitors’ travel plans or religious ceremonies.

Mike Hyland was the only School Board member to vote against the change. He said parents he spoke to preferred having ceremonies on Saturday because a Friday event would be too rushed.

Woodside Way in School Spotlight

Woodside Elementary School Principal James Edmond, Jr., Ph.D., School Counselor Kirsten Schlaman, Teacher Peter Dargartz and several students explained the value of having the Woodside Way behavior program in place. Edmond showed a video in which staff and students talked about the importance of being responsible, respectful, safe and a friend to other.

Part-time para approved for Woodside

Increased student needs at Woodside Elementary School requires an additional 72% paraprofessional to meet all student Individualized Education Plan goals. The position was approved and will be covered by district funds.

Personnel action

In personnel news, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Woodside Grade 3 Teacher Jennifer Berwanger, effective Nov. 4; Woodside Fitness Education Teacher Jessica Landergott, effective Dec. 10; Woodside Special Services Paraprofessional Kelly Wood, effective Nov. 23; and district Data and Assessment Specialist Kevin Lawson, effective Dec. 10;
  • appointed JoAnne Depue as Templeton associate kitchen employee, Kathryn Kaiser as Maple Avenue Title I paraprofessional, Nicole Sutter and Stacy Stengel as Willow Springs instructional and supervision paraprofessionals, Kevin Richards as high school p.m. custodian and Katrina Zawikowski as Lannon special services paraprofessional.

Timeline established for 2022-23 budget

The School Board approved the district’s 2022-23 budget timeline that includes:

  • Dec. 1 – Employee forum to solicit input prior to development of the budget, high school library at 4 p.m.;
  • Feb. 4 – Administrators submit budgets;
  • April 5 – Opportunity for community to provide input on the budget, 6:15 p.m. high school Large Group Area
  • April 18 – School Board reviews budget first draft;
  • May 3 – School Board approves final draft of the budget; and
  • Aug. 15 – Annual meeting where citizens approve tax levy