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May 16, 2022

Changes will occur at the middle and high school as a result of School Board action.

Templeton changes daily schedule, combines 2 classes

Templeton Middle School’s instructional schedule will be adjusted next year so that English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies will be 62 minutes long and allied classes will be 49 minutes. The current schedule has 98-minute core classes.

In addition, instead of having two separate communication arts and critical literacy classes, students will have one English language arts class that meets every day.

The new plan calls for three houses with a 4-person team and one house with a 2-person team.

The change was based on student and family feedback, research on best practices and a review of other middle school schedules.

High school new theater course curriculum approved, ELA courses added

At the high school, the School Board approved curriculum for a new course and added classes for the English language arts scope and sequence.

The School Board approved curriculum for a new high school course, “Introduction to Theatre and Performance.” It will be the first course of the high school’s newly created Performing Arts Department approved last December. The course is designed to give high school students the opportunity to explore theater arts outside of a public performance setting.

In addition, five new courses were added to the English language arts offerings in the 2023-24 course catalog. The change was made to provide more options for students and ensure each course meets state requirements for one of four required English credits to graduate high school. These courses may also be taken for elective credit. The added courses are “AP Seminar,” “Contemporary Literature,” “Literature and Film Studies,” “Sports and Motivational Literature” and “AP Research.” “Creative Writing” is also being proposed to meet all four Wisconsin Standards strands and qualify to meet the English credit for high school graduation requirements.

School nurses receive Community Service Award

School Nurses Tracy Gordon and Lynn McClone were honored as the 2022 Community Service Award recipients. The award is the most significant recognition for individuals who have had a positive impact on the entire district. Gordon and McClone were recognized for extraordinary service to families, staff and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Proposed budget keeps mill rate at historic low level

If the assumptions made in building the 2022-23 Hamilton School District budget are accurate, taxpayers will once again see the lowest mill rate in the nearly 60-year history of the district. The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for a $70 million budget that will be presented to voters at the Annual Meeting.

The mill rate is projected to be $7.93 per $1,000 of equalized property value – the same rate as the current year. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay, on average, $793 to support local school taxes which is no change over this year.

The budget is 1.88% more than the current budget and assumes property values will increase 4% and state aid will increase 1.47%.

The levy voters will be asked to approve at the August 15 Annual Meeting is $35.4 million compared to this year’s $34.1 million levy.

High school student reps recognized

Hamilton High School Student Board Representatives Mya Suneja and Lauren Tennyson were recognized for their service to the School Board in the past year. Student Representatives unable to attend the meeting were Sriya Gannapureddy and Peyton Impola.

Chapter 220 Program down to 13 students

A total of 13 students will continue to participate in the Chapter 220 Voluntary Integration Program in the 2022-23 school year. The state began phasing out the program about seven years ago, only funding students who were already in the program. 

Chapter 220 is a state-funded voluntary integration program that brings Milwaukee Public Schools students to suburban districts. Before Legislators phased out the program, as many 110 Milwaukee students attended the district.

Personnel matters

In personnel business, the School Board:

  • approved the resignations of Woodside Associate Kitchen Employee Danielle Chartier, effective May 6, and Maple Avenue Special Services Paraprofessional Conner Dingle, effective May 13;
  • appointed Michael Deml as high school communication arts teacher and Rachel Perrault as Silver Spring grade 5 humanities replacement teacher, both effective Aug. 22, and Jamie Poelzer as Silver Spring health room paraprofessional, effective May 23.