New IT manager delivers first update
District Information Technology Manager Ryan Miller presented his first report on recently completed information technology updates, upgrades and implementation. Focus of IT staff has included:
- surveying district network equipment and topology;
- replacement of fiber network;
- replacement and upgrade of legacy storage and server environment;
- development of an equitable elementary technology plan; and
- exploration of move from Microsoft Exchange staff email to G Suite for Education.
Plans are to:
- develop a comprehensive equipment rotation plan;
- collaborate with leadership to develop a technology plan;
- analyze print environment to explore cost-savings;
- review IT staff roles and responsibilities; and
- explore further streamlining of services and response time with additional staff.
2020-21 calendar approved
School Board members approved the 2020-21 school calendar. Among the significant changes are:
- Student start date for grades 5K-12 will be before Labor Day due to how late the holiday falls in 2020.
- Spring Break will be during the week of Good Friday and continue through the Tuesday after Easter for students. Staff will have a professional development day on April 6. In the future the district will return to scheduling spring break during the last full week in March.
Private school transportation costs top $200,000
As in the past, the district provided transportation or a parent contract for families whose children attend private school. This year, 137 students were transported directly to St. John’s Lutheran School in Lannon and St. Dominic’s Catholic School in Brookfield at a cost of about $80,000 to the district. Families who send their children to other eligible private schools in a 5-8 mile radius of the district are issued parent contracts, and they transport their children themselves. The cost for these parent contracts was $120,062 for 253 full contracts and one half contract. Contracts are issued per student, not per family.
Personnel action taken
In personnel business, the School Board:
- approved the resignations of high school special services paraprofessional Adriane Sendzik effective Jan. 23, Templeton special services paraprofessional Anna Marie Zorn effective Jan. 30, district administrative assistant Jamie McMillan effective Feb. 14, Silver Spring special services paraprofessional Nicole Winkelmann effective Jan. 23, Woodside grade 5 teacher Megan Owens effective at the end of the school year and high school guidance administrative assistant Kristine Gostomski effective Feb. 13;
- accepted the retirement request of high school social studies teacher David Hartman, effective at the end of the school year; and
- appointed Tami Smulders as Templeton associate kitchen employee effective Jan. 9, Sean O’Dwyer as Marcy part-time custodian effective Jan. 6 and Justin Gumm as part-time high school fitness education teacher effective Aug. 19.
Spring, fall teams recognized
Teams that were conference champs or competed at state were recognized. School Board President Gabe Kolesari and Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D., presented each team with a certificate. Not all athletes were able to attend the meeting, but those recognized were:
Varsity Baseball – Coach Mike Schramek, team state qualifier
Boys Track – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifiers Adam Jeter, Brenden Ban and Gavin Kuhlenbeck
Girls Track – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifiers Alexis Zuehlke, Jessica Heckman and Morgan DeHarde
Boys Golf – Coach Dan Heckman, team sectional qualifier
Boys & Girls Tennis – Coach Alan Schneider, individual sectional qualifiers Calvin Moore and Cynthia Yan
Boys Cross Country – Coaches Stephen Schmidt and Ben Nysse, team state qualifier
Girls Cross Country – Coach Ben Nysse, individual state qualifier Brooke Price
Girls Volleyball – Coach Traci Buhr, team sectional qualifier
Hamilton, Templeton course catalogs approved
The School Board approved the middle school and high school course catalogs. Many revisions reflected course name changes and updated curriculum.
The high school added the statement: “Courses dropped after the first week of the semester will result in a failing grade on the transcript.”
High school classes that were added were “Digital Electronics and Automation,” “Symphonic Band,” “Wind Symphony,” “Basic-Intermediate Music Theory” and “Advanced Placement Music Theory.”
No space to take Open Enrollment students
School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to take additional Open Enrollment students for the 2020-21 school year due to projected resident enrollment and space available for special education open enrollment. Open Enrollment is a statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.
Key dates announced for 2020-21 calendar A few dates in the 2020-21 calendar have still to be ironed out, but in the interest of letting families and staff know key dates for advanced planning, the School Board accepted the administration’s recommendation to hold: The first day of school will be Sept. 1 for grades 7-12, […]
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