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School board hears administrators’ reports

BOYCEVILLE — The school board listened to reports from the district officials during their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 17th.

District Superintendent Kevin Sipple informed the board that the school year will be extended for three days to make up for loss of time due to the bad weather this winter. “We will have school on June 9, 10 and 11 with June 11 being an early release day,” Sipple said.

Sipple also noted that the district Centennial Committee continues to make progress towards a celebration event during Homecoming week in September. He said the committee will be meeting again on March 27th and he invited anyone who may be interested in helping out with the celebration to join in at the meeting.

Sipple addressed the need for more substitute bus drivers and that the school needed drivers for their daily routes and for extra-curricular trips.

Tiffany Creek Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser reported that they recently celebrated Reading Week and noted that the assembly was a Reptile Discover show with the students having hands on experience with the reptiles. Kaiser also reported on the fifth grade Invention Fair and the third and fourth grade science fair.

Kaiser informed the board that the planned Smarter Balance Assessment pilot had been extended one week and will now be held from March 24 to April 11. “Students in Sixth and Seventh grade will participate in the new assessment pilot.”

Middle/High School Principal Steve Glocke, also touched on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and reported that, “it is an opportunity for our students and staff to get a first hand look at the various assessment types associated with the new testing structure including Performance Task.”

The results of the Visual Arts Classic Regional that was held at UW-Stout last Friday show a first place finish for a team from Boyceville and that they are going to the state event on April 11. Those students participating were: Carrie Jenkins, Carter Rogers, Catelyn Clark, Danielle Nelson, Destiny Klinger, Hannah Jerie, Jade Yeager, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Lauren Klassen, Lee Oemig, Sarah Lee, Ian Fontaine and Abi Erickson.

Glocke also noted that the school had a number of competitors participate in FCCLA Star Events with the following students qualifying for the state tournament: Kennedy Hellmann, Alexa Peterson, Kayla Nelson, Kendall Wold, Peyton Hellmann, Marki Lagerstrom, Abby Lorenz, Afton Fischer, Sammi Merkel, Brooklyn Hellmann, Tori Kostman and Morgan Kuhn. The state tournament will be in Wisconsin Dells later this month.

Glocke also recognized the following students that competed at the Junior Chamber Competition and performed well: Kiel Anderson, Rachel Anderson, Rachel Burrell, Katarina Fuerstenberg, Andrew Marshall and Rebecka Yeager.

Bonnie Barker, the school’s Special Education Director told the board that April is Autism Awareness Month and she presented the board with a list of events that are planned in Hudson and River Falls.

Barker also told the board about a program at Turtle Lake called, “Keys to Success” which is scheduled for this Saturday and invited the board to attend.

In other school business the board spent about half of the hour-long meeting reviewing the board’s policy updates. This was the first reading of those updates that board members have had to review. They will have the second reading at the next board meeting and then approve them.

The board accepted the resignations of the following: Tara Huebel as Speech/Language Pathologist; Taryn Score as Varsity Volleyball Coach and Jay Lagerstrom as Varsity Boys Basketball Coach. They denied a request for an unpaid leave. They also accepted a $500.00 grant from the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety. The grant was the results of an entry from the fourth grade effort on “Using Energy Safely”.

Finally the board voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dunn County Law Enforcement Agencies to allow law enforcement people to be armed while on school property.