By Marlys Kruger
With the sounds of the high school pep band coming from down the hall as it performed before the start of the girls’ basketball game, the Colfax school board took care of their monthly business during the regular meeting Feb. 17.
During the old business segment of the meeting, District Administrator Bill Yingst reminded the board official Open Enrollment dates for students to apply for attendance in another district are Feb. 3-April 30, according to the Department of Public Instruction.
Providing there are no more make up dates needed, summer swimming lessons will be conducted June 9-20 at the Elk Mound High School pool and summer school classes are June 22-July 3. However, as I write this, school has been called off yet again due to a snowstorm so the dates may change. April 17, which was scheduled as a vacation day for students, will be used as one make up day.
Board member Ken Neuburg presented information from the Wisconsin Association of School Board state convention. Key issues approved were allowing only sworn law enforcement officers to possess a weapon in school zones and allowing local school boards to have sole authority in establishing district school calenders and number of contract days. A resolution requiring seat belts on all newly manufactured school buses failed after a long discussion, according to Neuburg. Board clerk Mike Lee also shared information from the convention on many of the break out sessions he attended and the excellent guest speakers he had a chance to listen to.
Moving on to new business, the second Friday in January pupil count for the district shows 852 students which is down 10 from the September count. The district will be getting around $16,000 in rebates from the energy efficiency project and will collect approximately $900,000 in taxes in February.
Three motions were discussed with just one being voted on and approved. Colfax graduate Grace Neuburg was approved as a middle school science intern for the second semester, filling in for an instructor out on maternity leave. (Ken Neuburg abstained from the vote).
A proposal to use NEOLA, Inc. Electronic Publishing Service for the school policy handbook was discussed but board members will wait until they hear more information from someone representing the company at the April meeting. And after looking at a list of almost 50 different services provided by CESA 11, board members decided they needed some time to look through them and decide which services should be purchased, renewed or dropped. Services deal with special education, technology, instructional support and professional development.
Grades 7-8 principal John Dachel stated the next few weeks will be busy with basketball and wrestling tournaments and various other school activities. The school play “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented March 28, 29 and 30 and the forensics team will have their district meet March 22 in Menomonie. Youth Options applications for next fall are due by March 3 and parent-teacher conferences will take place Feb. 23 and March 3. (The school calender has most of the activities listed).
Elementary principal Trevor Hovde presented updates on reading programs and invited board members to come to school and read to students March 3 to help celebrate “Read Across America”. There will be many activities and events planned in the library throughout the month to encourage students to read more.
Special Education/Curriculum Director Polly Rudi presented a list of 13 different assessments students in grades K-11 will take next year. Rudi also announced the district will be collaborating with Colfax Early Head Start and Dunn County Birth to Three in an effort to expand the early childhood child find obligation. Several activities are planned for young children, all taking place at the Head Start Center in Colfax.
Nothing new was reported from the executive session.