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Boyceville School Board approves open enrollment, hears reports; High school makes list of best public schools

BOYCEVILLE — The school board approved the open enrollment for the coming school year and heard reports from the administration.

District Superintendent Kevin Sipple presented an open enrollment report to the board at their May 19 meeting, that indicated that the school district had 36 applications for enrollment into the Boyceville School District and 33 applied to attend outside the district.

Sipple noted to the board that the window for open enrollment has changed from a three-week period to a three-month period and with the long window families have more choices. He also explained to the board that the district did not have room for six applications.

Sipple recommended that the board approve all 33 of the open enrollment transfer out of the district and approve all of the transfer in applications with the exception of the two for first grade and four for the 4K program. Sipple indicated that the gap is closing between the number of students coming in and those going out. “When I came six years ago there were more students leaving.” Sipple told the board.

He also explained to the board that he held a meet and confer session with all employment groups within the district. He said there are seven employment groups in the district and “this was a good opportunity to hear from the employees,” Sipple concluded.

He also informed the board that a crane from the Trane Company would be at the school on Tuesday to complete the air cooling project in the 7-12 food service area.

Makes best High School List

Praising the students and teachers, Middle/High School Principal Steve Glocke informed the board that the Boyceville High School earned a Bronze Medal from US News and World Reports list of Top High Schools in America. His report stated, “of the 31,242 public high schools in the United States, Boyceville High School was one of just over 4,500 to be recognized in the report.”

Glocke also reported that for the past two weeks 21 different students have taken a total of 76 Advance Placement tests. He also reminded the board that Baccalaureate and Senior Awards program is Wednesday, May 28th at 7 p.m. and Graduation will be on Saturday, May 31st at 1 p.m. Glocke also introduced the Class of 2014’s Valedictorian Catelynn Clark and the class Salutatorian Bryor Hellmann. The board also approved Glocke’s list of 48 seniors that have met the requirements necessary to earn a diploma.

Tiffany Creek Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser reported about the DARE program and asked for board support of this program. It is important that our kids get educated about this program. He praised the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department for their effort to present this program. Kaiser also noted that the last day of school will be June 11 and that is picnic day.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the school’s Director of Special Education, Bonnie Baker told the board. She indicated that as many as four million children have a mental disorder, but only 20 percent get treatment. She presented the board with a hand out from the Child Mind Institute entitled, “Debunking myths about child mental health is critical to getting more children the help and understanding they deserve.”

She also informed the board that she had attended a conference at Wisconsin Dells early this month and noted that they addressed things that will affect the schools.

In other action the school board approved the hiring of Jacinda Fischer as the Elementary Guidance Counselor; Elizabeth Frisbie as Elementary Art Teacher and Kalani Krautbauer as a part time Speech/Language Pathologist.

The board reviewed a draft of the scheduled school board meeting for the next school year. It should be noted that during the summer, Board Meetings on June 15th and in July and August will be held in the Tiffany Creek Elementary library.