Elk Mound School District hires several new staff members

by Marlys Kruger

With the new school year beginning this week, the Elk Mound school board approved the hiring of two new teachers, a sign language interpreter and an assistant football coach during the regular board meeting Aug. 25.

Resignations from Mike Schiszik as an football assistant coach, kindergarten teacher Rebecca Paulson  and Jennifer Patterson as a food service worker were approved early in the meeting and during closed session later on, Nicole Blaskowsi was approved as a part time middle school/high school art teacher, Renee Andraschko for the kindergarten position, Kaci DellaPoelera as the sign language interpreter and Brandon Powell as an assistant football coach. A special education aide will also be needed for the district and will be approved at the next meeting.

The board also approved changes in the Teacher and Support Staff handbooks, most of which were suggested by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, according to District Administrator Ron Walsh. A second reading for new policies was approved which dealt with several areas including appropriate use of electronic devices for students, student alcohol and other drug abuse, locker searches, student conduct and discipline, participation of non-public students in district  courses and activities, staff use of physical force, seclusion and restraint, student detention, administering medication to students, reporting child abuse and neglect and student scholarships and awards.

After reporting on changes to the student handbook and goals for the upcoming year, Mound View Elementary Principal Eric Hanson stated the VFW again will be participating in an opening day flag ceremony and will be donating a flag to the school. He thanked the Local AT &T Wisconsin Pioneers for painting a large and colorful mural of a U.S. map on the playground.

During inservice days last week, staff members were learning about the PALS Assessment, the Educator Effectiveness, Infinite Campus and Best Reading instructional practices. They also participated in School Safety and Crisis training.

Middle School Principal Eric Wright reported on policy changes and building goals. A three strike rule will go into effect meaning if a student has three late assignments in the same class, a call would go out to the parents. Middle School students may also receive credit for completing a high school level class this year. Wright also informed the board practice for all middle school sports had begun.

High School Principal/Athletic Director Paul Weber stated high school activities were in full swing including all sports and band practice. Grade checks for students in a sport will be done at each mid quarter throughout the year to assure students are keeping up their grades and remain eligible to compete. The band will march in four parades and will perform during homecoming week which will be  Sept. 29-Oct. 3. The high school will be STAR testing all students the first day of school and will have class meetings and organizational meetings that day so they will not have to interrupt classes once the school year has started.

After a Board Development meeting with Deb Gurke Sept. 15 at 4:45, a dinner will follow at 5:00 and the September board meeting will take place afterwards.