Boyceville School receives grant from Fairmount Minerals

BOYCEVILLE — The school received three grants that were announced at the school board meeting of March 19th. The board was to meet on Monday, March 18th, but because of bad weather it was postponed until Tuesday.

Among the business the board had to do, was accept three grants. Two of the three were from Fairmount Minerals, who operate a Frac Sand loading station in Wheeler.

The first grant was for $2,500 to the Science Olympiad program and another for $4,000 was for Smartboards at the Middle/High School. The board also accepted a $300 grant from WQOW/Royal Credit Union called “Tools for School” to Mrs. Hellmann’s third grade classroom.

Students Qualify for State Events

During his report to the school Board, Middle and High School Principal Steve Glocke noted that there are other groups outside of athletics that also have state meets and events and he listed a couple that students from Boyceville have qualified in.

His report indicated that the Visual Arts Class Regional was held at UW Stout on March 8th and Boyceville placed Second overall as a team, gaining second in Art History and third in Team Critical Thinking. Glocke informed the board that the following students will be competing at the state meet in Madison on April 12. They are: Carrie Jenkins, Lee Oemig, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Hannah Jerrie, Destiny Klinger, Lauren Klassen and Lavinia Hathaway.

He also reported that students participated in the “Family Career and Community Leaders of America Star Events qualified for state. Four of the students, Lexi Peterson, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Peyton Hellmann and Marki Lagerstrom will be in the state tournament in April.

Glocke also acknowledged the following students who competed at the Junior Chamber Competition including Rebecka Yaeger, Shelly Stewart, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Kennedy Hellman, Peyton Hellmann and Marki Lagerstrom.

Glocke pointed to three carts in the Library calling them “Lap Top Carts” noting that they have 36 Lap Tops and they are stored in those carts and can be pushed all over the building, saying, “its expanded opportunities for our kids.”

In her report to the board, Bonnie Barker, Director of Special Education noted to the board that the number of students identified as Special Needs has dropped in the district from 17 percent last year to 15.2 percent.

In his report, District Administrator, Kevin Sipple, told the board, “we have used the parent/staff notification system Blackboard Connect 5 for the past two inclement weather days. It has worked about as we anticipated. The feed back we have had has been very positive.”

Sipple also addressed the new controlled access to the school buildings. He noted that it has been up and functioning for about two weeks. “The staff has done a great job of adjusting to the role of screening people before they enter the building. The parents, community members, visitors and vendors have been very cooperative and appreciative of the changes.”

Sipple also discussed some 44 items that the school has to deal with that are either under or unfunded requirements.

The board also learned in a report from Karlene Barry, 7-12 Guidance Counselor, that four students have completed Youth Options Applications for fall classes. Three have interest in Sign Language at Stout and one for a business marketing class at CVTC. Sipple praised the sign language for students, saying that it is a great opportunity and a great addition to their resume, but questioned if the students will be able to get into a class.

In other action the board approved the Shared Service Contract with CESA for the next school year. Sipple reported that the new contract is be some $10,165 less than the current year.

The board also approved the resignation of Sandra Stevens, third grade teacher, effective at the end of the school year. Board President Gail Stark, praised Stevens for her service to the district.