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Elk Mound approves open enrollment applications

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved 34 new applications to open enroll into the district and 21 new applications to open enroll out of the district.

Applicants can apply for up to three schools, said Dr. Ron Walsh, district administrator, at the Elk Mound school board’s May 18 meeting.

The ratio is generally two to one for open enrolling in compared to open enrolling out, Dr. Walsh said.

The students who open enroll into the district bring about $500,000 more in revenue, he noted.

On the other hand, Elk Mound pays for those students who open enroll out, Dr. Walsh said.

Open enrollment “does help on the bottom line a little bit,” he said.

For the 2014-2015 school year that will be finishing soon, 38 new students applied to enroll into the district and 34 applied to enroll out of the district, according to the report Dr. Walsh presented to the school board.

Out of those enrolling in and out, 21 new students enrolled in and 21 students enrolled out.

For the 2013-2014 school year, 49 new students applied to enroll into the district and 30 applied to enroll out. A total of 24 of those new applications attended school in Elk Mound and 19 attended school in another district.

The head count on the second Friday in September for 2014-2015 was 1,174.

The projected head count for 2015-2016 is 1,118.

Of the new applications to leave the district, two are former residents of other districts, ten are new pre-school or kindergarten students, five are present students changing districts, three are homeschooled and one is applying to attend a different school.

Of those applying to enroll into the district, six already attend school at Elk Mound.

The applications also include three Exceptional Educational Needs (EEN) students.

The administration must determine whether there are any extraordinary cost considerations for the EEN students, Dr. Walsh said.

The Elk Mound Board of Education unanimously approved the applications for enrolling into and out of the district.

Other business

In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Approved membership in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) for 2015-2016.

• Learned from Dr. Walsh that the ending balance for Fund 10 will be close to zero at the end of the school year.

• Accepted the resignation of Eric Knutson, a third grade elementary teacher in the district. Knutson has worked for the Elk Mound district for several years. According to his letter of resignation, he plans to pursue another career.

• Accepted the resignation of Erin Tonnar, a sixth grade reading teacher in the school district for ten years. According to her letter of resignation, Tonnar is planning a move to California.

• Approved a contract with CESA No. 11 for audiology services. Last month, the Board of Education approved a contract for audiology services with CESA No. 10. CESA No. 11 was not willing to allow the district to contract with CESA No. 10, Dr. Walsh said.

• Confirmed the next regular Board of Education meeting on June 15.

• Set the July school board meeting for July 27 at 6:45 p.m.

• Scheduled the August regular meeting and annual meeting for August 31.

Close session

In closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:

• Approved hiring Adam Trunzo as the new sixth grade Social Studies teacher.

• Approved hiring Stacy Powell as the elementary special education teacher.

• Approved six-year promotions for eight teachers. The school district’s compensation plan allows for promotion to the next pay zone after six years in a zone. The promoted teachers are Erin Tonnar, Stephanie Hay, Dee Ann Thompson, Lisa Hinnenkamp, Tammy Briggs, Mike Schiszik, Jeff Mack and Meg Marmitt.