Board gives budget OK before Annual Meeting
The Hamilton School Board gave its approval for the 2017-18 budget that will be presented to voters at the July 17 Annual Meeting.
The budget totals $55.07 million, which is 2.17 percent more than the current budget.
The tax rate is projected to be $8.91 per $1,000 of equalized property value – 1 cent less than the current rate. For each $100,000 of property owned, citizens will pay $891 to support local school taxes which is $1 less than this year’s rate.
Student representatives recognized
Hamilton senior Jack Larsen and sophomore Mikayla Cup were recognized for their service to the School Board as the student representatives during the 2016-17 school year.
Staffing plan for 2017-18 presented
The district will have the full-time equivalency (FTE) of 4.93 more certified staff members next year. Special services enrollment shifts will cost the high school .8 FTE, but increase 1.4 FTE at the elementary level. High school enrollment increases in family & consumer education, applied engineering and technology, business education, communication arts and French, and decreases in art, social studies and German will cause a net .83 FTE increase. Enrollment shifts at the elementary schools will result in a 3.5 FTE increase. The totals do not include three contingency positions which may be needed for additional staffing in 2017-18. These contingency positions have been budgeted, but are not yet activated.
Seniors & Students continues success
Public Information and Volunteer Program Coordinator Denise Dorn Lindberg and Becky Hubred updated the School Board on the Seniors & Students Program. Approximately 225 senior volunteers serve throughout the district. More than 105,000 volunteer hours have been logged since the program began in 1998. Hubred highlighted experiences of the program including Templeton Middle School’s oral history project with the Arboretum in Menomonee Falls and Lannon Elementary School’s Readers’ Café.
Open Enrollment students placed on waiting list
The district received 152 applications from nonresident students to attend Hamilton schools under Open Enrollment. No spaces are available in the district, so applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the 2017-18 school year. The district will monitor expected enrollment throughout the summer to determine if students will be recommended for placement at schools based on space availability.
In personnel action, the School Board:
- accepted resignations of Hamilton instructional paraprofessional Jennifer Schmit and Hamilton special education teacher Lynne Friske; and
- appointed Daniel Fasula as a Marcy grade 3 teacher, Megan Sykes as a Templeton applied engineering and technology teacher and Marie Palmer as a Woodside kindergarten teacher.