September 19, 2011

Woodside recognized for PBIS implementation

The Hamilton School Board recognized Woodside Elementary School for selection as a School of Merit in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The Wisconsin PBIS Network, an initiative of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, selected Woodside for its tremendous work accomplished through the implementation of PBIS, a proactive approach in promoting effective, safe schools. In her letter to the district, Assistant State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor wrote that the selection committee was especially impressed with the school’s “engagement of parents in the PBIS implementation process as well as the use and sharing of data to staff for action planning.”

Woodside staff members who were recognized at the School Board meeting were Principal James Edmond, Associate Principal Linda Hake, teachers Margy Supa, Peter Dargatz, Ann Tamblingson, Robyn Hassani and Chris Botsford, paraprofessionals  Penny Monroe and Sally Thompson and social worker Cheryl Johnson. Those who were not able to attend were teacher Julie Pettit, guidance counselor Pam Biloudeau, paraprofessional Kirsten Schlaman and psychologist Cynthia Johnson-Romain.

2011-12 compensation for support staff approved

The School Board approved 2011-12 compensation for several support staff groups. The average hourly increase will be 47 cents for associate kitchen employees and 50 cents for assistant cooks. The new hourly rate for hall monitors is $14.83 for those who have teaching certification and $13.77 for those who are not certified. The School Board also approved a .34% total aggregate salary and benefit compensation increase for administrative assistants. The package includes mandated employee retirement contributions, health insurance concessions and retiree health insurance concessions. The 2011-12 Administrative Assistant Staff Handbook, which is similar to the handbook approved last month for professional teaching staff, was approved.

Instructional leader representation expands

After modifying the role of district instructional leaders earlier this year, School Board members approved adding four more positions to ensure that all areas were represented. Instructional leaders will play important roles in implementation of curriculum and professional development activities and other district initiatives. Additional positions were approved for 6-12 applied engineering, K-12 art, K-12 library media and elementary resource specialists representing math support, reading specialists and writing technology teachers. Instructional leaders are paid $981 for their additional responsibilities, so the addition of four more positions is just under $4,000.

Federal funds decrease over time

Human Resources Director John Roubik reported on federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) allocations from 2003 to 2011 and noted significant decreases. At the highest point in 2007-08, the district received approximately $477,000 to assist with teacher training, technology, English language learners and to support safe and drug free school initiatives. In 2011-12 the district will receive $173,160. Roubik said the district anticipates further funding reductions due to the federal budget crisis.

Personnel matters

In other personnel matters, the School Board approved the appointment of Lynnette Zimmermann as Hamilton Fine Arts Center coordinator, Nancy Schulz as Hamilton High School administrative assistant, Dan Resch as Marcy special services paraprofessional, Gerald Herman as Willow Springs custodian, Lisa Anderson as Marcy instructional and supervision paraprofessional and Sarah Kahlscheuer as Marcy Early Mathematics Empowerment paraprofessional.