September 16, 2002

Educational Services presents accomplishments, priorities

Three administrators who head up Educational Services reported on the past year’s accomplishments and presented priorities for 2002-03. Educational Services and Human Resources Assistant Superintendent Dean Schultz, Instructional Services Supervisor Dee Bauman, Ph.D., and Special Services Supervisor Charlene DeGroot presented the report.

Educational Services accomplishments in 2001-2002 included:

  • articulation activities for smooth transition from 4K to 5K, fifth to sixth grade and eighth to ninth grade;
  • facilities committee recommendations;
  • special education support services;
  • a wide range of professional development activities from differentiated instruction, Professional Development Advisory Committee work, Assessment Leadership Team, low incidence program changes, Limited English Proficiency reporting and in-servicing, the special education audit and administration of the 4K program

Priorities in the coming year are:

  • assessment work which involves new WSAS requirements, implementation of the Academic Progress Profile with eSchool, data utilization in eSchool and DataPoint and creation of an Information Management Team;
  • use of technology through eSchool implementation, reporting of progress on IEP goals, on-line employment applications and grade level information and technology literacy standards;
  • professional development using results-based staff development at the building level, reviewing and changing the supervision-evaluation process as needed, extending the mentor program and preparing for federal instructional aide certification requirements.
  • curriculum items that include monitoring regarding special and regular education developments, implementing the new K-8 Einstein Project science program and revising the learning strategies curriculum to align with best instructional practices; and
  • planning initiatives that include ESEA mandates and funding, the district’s Strategic Plan initiatives and establishing proactive responses to trends in education.

Limited English Proficiency needs grow in district

DeGroot reported that the district’s Limited English Proficiency (LEP) population grew from just eight students in 2000-01 to 36 students last year. She said school staff members are meeting the needs of students whose use of English is limited because a language other than English is used at home. As many of 29 diffierent languages are spoken in the homes of some Hamilton students, DeGroot said.

An active LEP Committee meets regularly to organize services. Traning has been provided for teachers who work with identified students. In addition, direct services are provided to eligible students. Board members complimented school staff for providing greatly expanded LEP services on a shoestring budget.

Board, superintendent goals approved

School Board members approved the 2002-03 goals for the board and superintendent. They include:

  • developing resources and implementing strategies to enhance student achievement;
    implementing the district Strategic Plan;
  • promoting a positive school image;
  • promoting and expanding relationships with the community;
  • monitoring district enrollments and community growth, and implementing plans to address facilities needs; and
  • updating School Board policies.

Lannon tile mural contributors recognized

Lannon Principal Richard Ladd described the efforts of those who made the school’s artist-in-residence tile mural a success last year. School Board President Gerald Schmitz presented certificates of appreciation to Lannon art teacher Guy Holling, Ellison Bay artist-in-residents David and Jean Aurelius and Lannon grandparents, parents and family members Alice and Dan Bednarek, Chuck and Jula Gall, David and Barb Link, Chuck Link and Steve and Judy Flegner.

Personnel matters approved

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • ratified a 2-year contract with United Lakewood Educators for 2001 to 2003;
  • appointed Cynthia LeBlanc as Hamilton High School administrative assistant, Jeanne Brusseau as Marcy teacher aide, Jerad Perlberg as Templeton cleaner; and
  • changed contracts of physical education teacher Jennifer Reuter from .70 to .80 full-time equivalency (FTE), Hamilton physical education teacher Kathleen Block from .67 to .33 FTE, and Hamilton social studies teacher Lori Hinytz from .83 to 1.0 FTE.