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Boyceville School Board approves open enrollment, meets top students

BOYCEVILE — The school board approved the open enrollment applications at their regular meeting Monday night, May 18. They also were introduced to the High School Class of 2015’s top two students.

High/Middle School Principal Steve Glocke introduced the Valedictorian, Hannah Jerrie to the school board. She is the daughter of Scott and Heather Jerrie of Wheeler. The board was informed that Hannah would be attending The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Later in the meeting, Glocke introduced the Salutatorian to the Board. She is Alexa Peterson. Alexa made it to the board meeting following her participation in a home softball game. Alexa will be attending UW-La Crosse this fall. She is the daughter of Grant and Kari Peterson of Menomonie.

Board Member, Tim Sempf has assumed the head chair at the board table having been elected President of the school board at their work session on May 4th. Other officers elected at that time were Jeremy Mittlestadt as Vice–President, Steve Bird was reelected clerk and retaining the treasurer’s position was Erick Evenson.

The board also acted on the current open enrollment applications for the coming school year. The list indicated that about twenty students have applied for transferring out of the district while a like number have applied to enroll into the district. School Superintendent, Kevin Supple informed the board that students currently accepted in the open enrollment, are not required to be approved by the board every year. He noted to the board that the students in and students out are about balanced.

The board also approved 48 senior students who have completed the necessary requirements for graduation to receive their diplomas at graduation, which is set for Saturday, May 30. The board also learned that the Baccalaureate and Senior Awards program is on Wednesday, May 27th.

During his report to the board, Sipple talked about the state’s Biennial Budget, which is in the legislative chambers at present. He stated, “the discussion the past few weeks has been about the possibility of additional tax revenues available through tax collection. It now appears there is little or no additional excess tax revenues available.” Sipple talked about how uneven the funding per student is between one school district and another in the state. He concluded by telling the board, “I will have a much better idea on what our revenues will be at the end of the week.”

Both High/Middle School Principal Steve Glocke and Elementary Principal Nick Kaiser talked to the board about student testing. Kaiser noted that the Badger and PALS testing is finished with all but one student yet to complete the Badger test. He told the board that he was “very proud of the staff for all of the patience shown during his hectic time.”

Glocke said that the high school was not as far along as the elementary in testing, “but it’s been an action packed week of testing,” he indicated. Continuing, “for the past two weeks, 14 different students have taken a total of 42 Advanced Placement tests in science, social studies, language arts and mathematics. We are in the process of completing the ACT and Badger testing for students in grades 7-10, and have just a few students who were absent for one or more parts to finish.” Board President Tim Sempf questioned Glocke about the time line on testing, he noted that testing is a half a day long with one group in the forenoon and another group testing in the afternoon.

Mr. Glocke also talked about a program they held with Tim Scott, who visited the school and spoke to the high school students about the Holocaust.

In other action the board approved the resignation of Wendy Schultz Bird as the Dance Team advisor. President Sempf noted that she took the dance team to state this year. They approved the hiring of Jenna Noble as a High School Science teacher and Jadra Peterson as an elementary teacher.

And finally, the board approved buying 175 new student desks for grades one, four and five at a cost of $23,647.75. It was noted the desks that are being replaced are at least twenty-five years old and are hard to keep in use.