November 1, 2016

Nondiscrimination self-evaluation report given

The district recently completed a self-evaluation regarding student nondiscrimination. The evaluation, which the state Department of Public Instruction requires of all public schools every five years, looks into the areas of counseling, athletic and extracurricular activities, and awarding of scholarships, recognition and achievement.

Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik presented the written report which stated, “The status of nondiscrimination and equality of educational opportunities in the Hamilton School District is good.”

Recommendations from the report are to:

  • focus on the Academic and Career Planning requirement beginning this year;
  • monitor budgets and salaries of athletic and extracurricular areas to assure equity is maintained especially related to use of volunteer coaches or other funding through sources such as booster clubs;
  • inform students and parents about available extracurricular and athletic activities; and
  • monitor award applicants and recipients according to race, gender, special education and English language learners.

Study shows no space to take more Open Enrollment students

School administrators calculated that the district will not have enough classroom space to accept additional Open Enrollment students for the 2017-18 school year due to projected resident enrollment. The School Board will not take official action until January, but it is unlikely that more students will be recommended for the 2017-18 school year. Open Enrollment is a  statewide program that allows students to attend public schools outside of their districts if space is available.

School Board election calendar released

The schedule for the 2017 spring election was released. Terms are up for School Board members Michael Hyland, who is in an at-large seat, and Jay Jones, who is in the Village of Lannon seat.

The election schedule includes:

  • Jan. 3 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nomination papers;
  • Feb. 21 – primary election if needed;
  • April 4 – spring election; and
  • April 24 – taking of office.

Board, superintendent goals approved

School Board members approved the 2016-17 goals for the board and
superintendent. They include:

  • developing resources and implementing strategies to enhance student achievement;
  • implementing the district strategic vision and tactical plan;
  • promoting understanding of district initiatives and accomplishments;
  • developing and implementing plans for district facility needs; and
  • updating School Board policies.

Personnel actions

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • accepted the resignation of Marcy associate kitchen employees Richard Woodkey and Pauline Bruss; and
  • appointed Stephanie Jungbluth as Templeton Title I paraprofessional, Sarah Paupore as Woodside special services paraprofessional, Karin Kinzel as Willow Springs special services paraprofessional, and Karen Satterfield as Hamilton medically-fragile special services paraprofessional.