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Colfax school board conducts monthly meeting

It was a quiet night in the board office March 17 as members of the Colfax school board had just a few motions that needed attention.

Approved was a Youth Options application by one student for the fall semester, a contract for Tanya Fogarty to work as an assistant track coach, and a shared services agreement with CESA 11. District Administrator Bill Yingst recommended the board drop the occupational therapist provided by CESA 11 since the school has someone currently working at the school a few days a week in that capacity which is saving the district money. If they continue to use someone from the private sector, the job will have to be posted in the future.

Since open enrollment applications are not due until the end of April, the board held off on approving the applications received so far, and Yingst reported he had not received any formal letters of retirement as of yet, therefore the board did not have any retirements to approve.

The staff recognition banquet will be held May 28 at the Whitetail Golf Course, and the Elk Mound school district has approved allowing Colfax students to use the pool for swimming lessons in June.

Administrators’ reports

Grades 7-12 principal John Dachel presented a two-page list of events coming up for the rest of March and all of April including the NHS banquet April 2 and FFA banquet April 3, the play performance the end of March, competitions for forensics, FCCLA, FBLA and Science Olympiad, Spotlight Night, the prom and after prom party and of course, baseball and softball games and track and golf meets, (if we ever get rid of the cold  weather and snow). Most of these activities are listed on the school calender, and for questions on any changes of sporting events, it is advised to call the high school office.

The top 10% of the senior class will be recognized by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce April 9. Students include Katie Toycen, Schyler Manning, Allison Yingst, Emily Ritenour, Whitney DeMoe and Heidi Lieffort. Emilie Hudacek will receive the Teachers Award for the district.

Elementary principal Trevor Hovde presented updates on the Accelerated reading program, DIBELS benchmark testing and the different events students participated in during “Read Across America” week. He also informed the board fifth grade students have begun keyboarding skills with the Edu-Type program. There are three computer carts setup to allow students on the computers from 8:15-8:45 each day and the goal is to get third and fourth graders using the program by the end of the school year. Since state testing will all be computerized in the near future, students will need to have strong keyboarding skills for taking the tests.

Hovde also said the first Father-Daughter dance held at the school was a great success with approximately 150 people attending.

“I had several dads thank me for the great evening,” he said. “Lacie Sikora and Lisa Neuburg planned the event and deserve a ton of credit for a huge success. I was asked to give a speech even though I do not have a daughter but I told the fathers they are their biggest male role model for their girls. If we do it again next year I would like to get some parent and staff volunteers for girls who don’t have a father, grandfather or other male relative around to accompany them.”

Special Education/Curriculum Director Polly Rudi  will be attending a workshop April 2 in Rice Lake which will provide further guidance on the changes to qualification for a Significant Learning Disability. Juniors and seniors from Brianne Link’ s and Eric Kyles’ classes will be attending the Fifth annual Youth Transition Conference March 26  at UW-Stout to learn about employment, mental health resources, self-advocacy, post secondary education, guardianship, living on their own, legal rights and responsibilities when they turn 18 and other important topics. Parents are also invited to attend the conference.

Rudi concluded by stating the special education parent meeting will be held March 24 with the topic of transition after high school as the focus.

There was no action taken during the executive session following the meeting.