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Colfax school board hires spring sports coaches

by Marlys Kruger

COLFAX — With track season underway and softball and baseball teams preparing for the upcoming season, the Colfax school board approved some new and old coaches for track and field along with a new softball coach at the March 16 meeting.

Ryan Krall, who has been the girls’ track and field coach for the past six years will take over the duties of head boys’ coach as well, replacing Jamie Buchholz. New assistant coaches approved are Lexi Burnikel, a student from UW-Eau Claire who has knowledge in the jumping and hurdling events, and Courtney Doucette, a Colfax graduate who is a substitute teacher in the district and will work with the running events. With Joe Doucette resigning as softball coach this year, Rich Meredith was approved as the new varsity coach. The board is still looking for an assistant coach for the team. In other action:

• The board approved Youth Options applications for 12 students with four for CVTC, seven for UW-Stout and one for UW-Eau Claire.

• The board approved the CESA 11 Shared Services Agreement which includes 15 areas, most of which deal with special education needs.

• There were no resignations or retirements from any staff members so no action needed to be taken.

• A first draft letter written by District Administrator Bill Yingst was presented pertaining to Governor Walker’s biennial budget which was released in February. The proposed budget has a $0 increase in revenue limits. In addition the 2015-2016 proposed budget reduces the per pupil aid by $150 which will equate to a $123,900 reduction in revenue for the school district. Also noted was taxpayers in our district are paying $81,842 more in property taxes because this amount, intended to lower our property taxes, is going to the Milwaukee Charter School program. After Yingst makes some changes in the letter he would like to send it out to parents of children in the school district as well as all community members with names and numbers of  our state and local politicians on it, hoping they will send letters or call them with their concerns about the budget cuts.

• The board approved adding 10 minutes on to the end of the day for the 2015-2106 year which will free up three days that can be used for snow makeup days or for teacher inservice days. This will be on a one year trial basis.

Yingst stated the new SocialSchool4EDU program the school purchased has been well received with 478 likes on its Facebook page and has reached 2,737 people in the past seven days.

The annual staff recognition banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27 at Whitetail Golf Course.

Administrators’ reports

Elementary principal Trevor Hovde updated the board on reading programs and PALS testing and wished good luck to the Destination Imagination teams that will be participating in the upcoming regional tournament in Baldwin-Woodville. New Google Chrome Books have arrived and students have been working hard on improving their keyboarding skills. A fundraiser (bake sale) took place March 19 to support kindergarten student Aydin Bjork, who is dealing with a genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis.

Middle school/high school principal John Dachel stated the FFA banquet is April 1 and the NHS banquet is April 15. Musical performances of the school play “Suessical” will be March 27-29 and the state competition for forensics is April 17-18.

The top 10% of the senior class will be recognized for their accomplishments by the Greater Menomonie Chamber of Commerce April 9. Students include Jeremiah Wait, Xena Dusek, Karina Wait, Katie Christoffel, Bayli Vacho and Grant Phillips. Biology teacher Mark Mosey will also be recognized as CHS educator of the year. Prom is scheduled for April 25 with post prom activities at Vision Quest. A full list of spring activities was presented. With weather always an issue when it comes to spring sports, checking the school website or calling the school is advised to make sure a game or meet is still on. Dachel also noted there is no school April 3-6 for Easter break.

Director of Special Education Polly Rudi said the next Special Education Parent meeting will be March 23 with Kristin Bruder from UW-Extension making a presentation on “Taming Your Tiger: Parenting Children of All Ages Through All Their Temperaments”. All students from the junior class were present for the ACT test and most of them were there for the ACT WorkKeys testing. Rudi also thanked all the parents who took time to complete the DPI required survey during parent-teacher conferences.