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Elk Mound schools hire special education director full time

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND  — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved hiring the special education director full time for the 2015-2016 school year who was previously shared with the Mondovi school district.

The compensation review committee is recommending that Elk Mound hire Jennifer Olson from 80 percent to 100 percent and designate 20 percent of her time to educator effectiveness, said Dr. Ron Walsh, district administrator, at the Elk Mound Board of Education’s December 14 meeting.

Through a 66.0301 agreement with the Mondovi school district, Olson was employed 80 percent in Elk Mound and 20 percent in Mondovi as the special education director.

Elk Mound school board president Tim Sivertson, vice-president Kyle Jenson and treasurer Gary Bodenburg serve on the compensation review committee.

Elk Mound is in the second year of a two-year agreement with Mondovi, Dr. Walsh said.

Educator effectiveness evaluations are an “onerous task for principals. They are lots of work,” he said.

Within the scope of the 20 percent, Olson will be able to assist with the educator effectiveness evaluations, Dr. Walsh said.

Olson will collect evidence from the classroom regarding educator effectiveness, and then the principals will do the rankings and ratings, said Eric Hanson, principal at Mound View Elementary.

According to the agreement with Mondovi, either school district can terminate the contract by giving notice in December, Dr. Walsh said.

The Elk Mound Board of Education approved a non-renewal of the contract with Mondovi and also approved increasing Olson’s employment to 100 percent for the 2015-2016 school year.

“It will be a big help,” said Paul Weber, principal at Elk Mound High School.

“I think it’s a sound plan,” Jenson said.

“This will take some of the load off the principals,” Sivertson said.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Presented a notable educational contribution award to Bob Tyman for his work on sodding the baseball infield. In years past, the ball field at the Elk Mound Lions Club Park was not necessarily playable early in the spring, said Paul Weber, high school principal. The work included improved drainage, and now that it has been completed, players will be able to get on the ball field earlier and more often, he said. Elk Mound is fortunate to have a great ball field available in the village park, Weber said.

• Accepted the resignation of Randy Simpson as the middle school football coach. Simpson has served as the middle school football coach for nine years.

• Accepted the resignation of Mark Traun as a high school football coach. Traun has served as a coach in the Elk Mound school district for 28 years.

Following a closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Approved hiring Mike Proft as the middle school football coach.

• Approved hiring Jennifer Davis as the special education aide.