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EM school board elects Rhude as new clerk

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has elected Patrick Rhude as the new clerk.

Rhude was elected during the Board of Education’s organizational meeting April 27 and replaces Margaret Dieter.

After serving on the Elk Mound school board for 27 years, Dieter decided not to seek re-election this year.

Rhude was elected to his first term on the Elk Mound Board of Education in April of 2014.

At the beginning of the Board of Education’s organizational meeting, school district administrator Dr. Ron Walsh, appointed as deputy clerk, swore in the board members elected April 7: Gary Bodenburg (incumbent) and newcomer Mark Oas.

The Board of Education also re-elected Tim Sivertson as president, Kyle Jenson as vice-president, and Gary Bodenburg as treasurer.

Sivertson, Rhude and Jenson will serve on the school board’s Compensation Review Committee, which meets once each year.

Bodenburg and Loren Hanson will serve on the school board’s policy committee.

Mark Cedarblade, Oas and Rhude will serve on the board’s long-range planning committee.

Jenson was appointed to serve as the school board’s representative at the Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) No. 11 annual meeting.

Jenson also was appointed to serve as the CESA No. 11 board member from Elk Mound.

Bodenburg was appointed as the school district’s delegate at the Wisconsin Association of School Board’s annual convention in January.

The Elk Mound Board of Education also approved hiring Mary Strand as the school board’s recording secretary.

Strand has been the recording secretary for the Board of Education for 34 years and is currently the school district’s longest-serving employee, Dr. Walsh noted.


During the regular Board of Education meeting April 27, school board members approved Delta Dental as the company to provide dental insurance and Medica Health Plans as the health insurance provider.

This year, school district employees had three options to choose from for health insurance and will have two options next year, Dr. Walsh said.

The health insurance premium will be somewhat less than this year, but the deductible will increase, he said.

Last year, employees had a choice of a $2,000 deductible on one family plan and a $3,000 deductible on another plan, Dr. Walsh said.

The new deductibles offered will be $3,000 on one plan and $3,500 on the other, he said.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Accepted the resignation of Jodie Simet, high school science teacher, as the Science Olympiad coach.

• Accepted the retirement request of Vernon Hanson, bus driver. Hanson has worked for the school district for 15 years.

• Scheduled the next board meeting for May 18 and also approved holding the annual Staff Recognition luncheon that day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Board of Education meeting will immediately follow.

Following a closed session, the Elk Mound school board:

• Approved appointing Ben Mack as the student representative to the Elk Mound Board of Education.

• Approved appointing Tim Lambele, high school math teacher, as the Science Olympiad coach.

• Approved appointing Mike Schiszik, physical education teacher, as the athletic director. Paul Weber, high school principal, previously served as the athletic director and has been working with Schiszik throughout the year to make the transition. Schiszik will be the first non-principal athletic director in the Elk Mound school district in more than 30 years, Dr. Walsh said.