BOYCEVILLE — The school board listened to reports from school administrators during its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, November 17th.
Superintendent Kevin Sipple informed the board about the school’s technology needs. His report indicated that Heartland Business Solutions were at the school last week doing an assessment of the school’s needs. “They support the work of our IT Coordinator, Mr. Kuenzie,” Sipple told the board. He continued, “We are anticipating they will come back to us with a three and five year plan to maintain and improve our technology systems. We don’t want to rest on the work that we have done,” Sipple concluded.
The superintendent also praised both school buildings for the wonderful Veterans Day Programs that were held at the school. This was also echoed by both school principals about the November 11th events.
Sipple also noted that the board will only meet once in December and that will be on Monday, December 8.
He also presented the board with a handout of State Superintendent, Dr. Tony Evers’ Biennial Budget Highlights. Included in those was a proposal by Evers to increase general school aids by $453 million over the biennium. The requests for rural schools include: $8.4 million to fully fund program for 130 plus districts in the next two school years; a quarter of million dollars to make independent charter schools eligible for aid in both years and increase the over 12-mile reimbursement rate by $25 per pupil; five million dollars to address the high cost transportation, increasing the rate from 33 percent to 50 percent, and $3.1 million to fully fund transportation costs of economically disadvantaged students participating in the open enrollment program. However, Sipple told the board, “What he (Dr. Evers) wants, does not mean it will happen.”
In his report, Middle/Senior High School Principal Steve Glocke, noted that the first quarter has finished and he was happy to announce that there were 44 High Honor students and 19 Honor students in grades 7 and 8. He also noted that the WKCE testing has been completed. He also told the board that the teaching staff have all completed the first phase of educator effectiveness. And, during the two inservice days set for November 24 and 25, the staff will be offered technology workshop.
Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser’s written report indicated that Tiffany Creek Elementary has wrapped up the fourth grade state assessment for science and social studies. “We have been updating information and making changes to our JMC standards and benchmark report cards.” The school trimester ends on November 21.
The school’s Director of Special Education/School Psychologist, Bonnie Barker reported on the Wisconsin School Psychologist Association’s fall convention that she recently attended. “It was nice to get together with other psychologists and learn what they are doing,” she told the board. She reported on several items of interest and addressed the presentation by Robert H. Pasternack, Ph.D. on the efforts to make Special Education Special. She noted the 40th anniversary of IDEA is next year and it was promised forty percent federal funding when the act was passed, but, President Ford was going to veto the Act because he said Congress would never fund it. He was assured that they would. “It has yet to happen,” Barker told the board.
In other board action the board approved the purchase of new Spanish textbooks and accepted a $1,500 Alfalfa Fest donation, which will be used for the most needing students and finally approved an out of state trip for the Middle School Science Olympiad team to attend a tournament at the University of Minnesota in January. “This will fit well into our schedule and give those student an opportunity to visit a Big 10 University,” said Principal Glocke.