By Marlys Kruger
COLFAX — With only one item on the agenda that needed approval, the Colfax school board spent some extra time discussing second draft readings of two different district policies at the regular board meeting December 16.
In hopes of having either a drama or a musical performance this spring, the board approved hiring Rachel Mosey as the play advisor. Mosey has a background in drama and theater and will be able to work well with students and will discuss her ideas with high school music teacher Carrie Christensen, according to school administrators.
Second Draft Readings concerning the athletic policy and students taking on-line courses through the district were discussed with a few changes made in the wording. Board members will look over the readings and make a final approval at the January meeting.
Several resolutions that will be presented at the annual Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) convention in January were presented. Board representative Ken Neuburg stated there were probably three of them that concerned our district the most and everyone should pay particular attention to them at the meetings. Resolution 14-2 deals with private and parochial schools that accept state funding being held to state statutory requirements, testing requirements and accountability standards. With the school now using their three new busses, Resolution 14-13 concerns making it mandatory to have seatbelts on all new busses for students which the WASB supports as long as the state provides funding to defray the cost of to school districts of purchasing, leasing or contracting for new busses with such belts. Resolution 14-15 deals with weapons possession in school zones. The WASB believes only sworn law enforcement officers should be allowed to possess a weapon in school zones.
Office hours for the district during the holiday break show they will be closed December 24 and 25 and December 31 and January 1. Grades 7-12 principal John Dachel also informed the board of all the upcoming events through January including a girls’ basketball game December 28 at UW-Stout at 6:00 against Minneapolis DeLasalle. The wrestling team will also compete during the break at River Falls on December 27 and the Colfax After Prom committee will be having their annual meatball supper on January 24 before the boys’ basketball game against Boyceville. A girls’ basketball game has been added for Saturday night, January 4 at home against Bloomer. (Check your school calenders for all other events).
Elementary principal Trevor Hovde updated the reading and math programs for the board and stated the national Geographic Bee for the school will take place January 7 for students in grades 4-8. Adult Crossing Guard Awareness Week is January 13-17 and Hovde is inviting students to write notes of appreciation to Colfax guard Wendy Lausted.
Director of Special Education Polly Rudi stated all WKCE-WAA testing had been completed and books had been returned for scoring. Colfax fifth and sixth graders will be participating in a field test of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring and one student will also participate in the new Dynamic Field Assessment, also this spring. Rudi concluded the meeting informing the board the next special education parent meeting will be January 24 in the SPED conference room from 1:30-3:00 with the topic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Several different times and dates have been discussed for the meetings in hopes of getting as many parents to attend as possible so right now, this is the time and date that works the best, she said.
After the normal executive session ended in which nothing new came about, many of the board members and administrators took in the final part of the high school band and choir Christmas concert.