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Retirement requests approved by Boyceville School Board

BOYCEVILLE — The school board approved the retirement of two members of the faculty at their regular meeting Monday evening, March 16.

Steve Duerst and Jody Wolski, both have informed the school that they plan on retiring at the end of this school year. Board President Gail Stark was quick to praise those two for the effort they have made on the district’s behalf. Duerst has served the district for some 27 years and Wolski for 21 years.

District Superintendent Kevin Sipple informed the board that a retirement gathering would be held at Off Broadway in Menomonie on April 22. He informed the board that the district has four people that are retiring and there may be a couple of more.

The superintendent also spoke to the board about the school budget and indicated that he has been informed that the state budget figures will not be completed until after the April 15 tax deadline. Sipple concluded, “State legislators want to see what the tax revenues are.”

Sipple also noted in his report that a firm has completed an assessment of the district’s technology needs and he will update the board on the findings at a latter date. He also noted that they are moving forward with the refunding of the $4,135,000 of General Obligation Bonds.

Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser reported to the board that the DARE program was held at the school. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department conducts the program, and he was thankful for their support and noted to the board that the kids respond well to the program. He also noted that the conferences have been completed with about 98 percent participation.

Middle/High School Principal Steve Glocke reported that the State Middle School Science Olympiad Tournament was held on March 14 and the Boyceville team placed fourth. He noted that Boyceville was one of the smallest schools to participate in the state event. He also informed the board that Dylan Lamm has qualified for the Wisconsin Technical Excellent Higher Education Scholarship. Alternates for the scholarship are Kayla Nelson and Brooklyn Blaser.

Glocke also stated that the District Solo/Ensemble was held in Boyceville on March 9 and he said, “It went over very well with 300 to 400 students in the school building.”

Bonnie Marker, Director of Special Education and the School Psychologist noted that April is “Autism Awareness Month” and April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its Autism campaign entitled “Light it Up Blue.” The program is a World Wide event that is designed to spread autism awareness.

In other action the board approved the resignation of Hector Cruz as Middle School Wrestling coach. Approved a Shared Services Contract with CESA. Sipple noting that they made a couple of changes to the contract. “We have been spending about $160,000 each year with CESA and it will be close to that next year,” Sipple related.

The school board also approved an agreement with Dunn Right Driving School for providing drivers education to district students. The district will no longer have a staff member doing the Drivers Education. The agreement indicates that the cost of each student to complete the course will be about $600. Sipple noted that cost was about five dollars less than what the school had been charging. He also told the board that it is very hard to find an instructor for the Drivers Education Class.

The new program will start with next school year.