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Colfax school board conducts monthly meeting

by Marlys Kruger

COLFAX — Hiring a new teacher, accepting the resignation of a long time coach and looking at first drafts of several policies from the school handbook were just a few of the matters the Colfax School Board took care of at the June 15 meeting held in the board office.

 With three elementary teachers retiring this past spring, the board approved hiring Courtney Doucette for the upcoming year, more than likely as a first grade teacher. Doucette is well known around Colfax, not only as a graduate from the school, but has been a substitute teacher and a coach for the district the past year. The board will still have to decide if  more teachers will need to be hired or if staff will be moved around to fill positions.

Varsity baseball coach Tim Wilson submitted his coaching resignation after more than 15 years in the position, stating he plans on spending more time with his family. And the retirement of third grade teacher Sandra Hart, who had submitted her retirement papers after the last board meeting took place, was also approved.

The audit review meeting was scheduled for July 20 at 5:30 with the budget review to follow and the regular board meeting will be after that at its regular time of 7:00.

The board accepted the bread bid from Earthgrains for the lunch program which is the same company they have been using  since the price is the same as last year. They also will continue to use Dean Foods for the milk supply with  the price for that actually going down a little this year.

The board also agreed to adopt a Fund 46 Trust Fund for the purpose of funding long term capital improvement needs and authorized District Administrator William Yingst to act on the board’s behalf with respect to the trust and to take any and all actions necessary or desirable to implement, maintain and administer the trust in accordance with the board’s intention and all applicable state and federal laws. The only project coming up in the next two years is buying a new bus each year, according to Yingst.

It was noted district band teacher Jim Woodford, who also leads the Ludington Guard Band out of Menomonie, had just been approved for membership in the prestigious Wisconsin Bandmaster Association. Membership is by sponsorship and invitation only.

A large portion of the meeting was spent on discussing the first draft of 12 district policies and deciding whether to make changes in the way they are written. The mission statement and statement of philosophy, personal communications devices, and weapons on school grounds were a few of the policies looked at. The board agreed on making changes on some of the policies while Yingst will find out more information on some of the policies before the next meeting.

Administrators’ reports

With school not in session it was a short report for middle school/high school principal John Dachel. He congratulated all the spring sport athletes on their great seasons along with Jeremiah Wait who received the Academic Excellence Scholarship award for graduating number one in the class of 2015. Dachel also stated the gym floors will be refinished July 20-31 and the gyms will be closed at that time.

Dachel read elementary principal Trevor Hovdes report which gave a final report on the Accelerated Reading Program and stated the school is working with the Colfax Public Library over the summer and students can take quizzes for the program there. Summer school is in full swing with 199 students taking swimming lessons, summer school began June 22 for two weeks and the Summer Saunters program which takes place in July has 59 students signed up.

Special Education Director Polly Rudi gave the yearly report as required by the DPI on the number of seclusion and restraints incidences that occurred in the district the past year. There were two incidences with two students involved, one of them a student with disabilities.

Results of the Badger State exam taken by students in the district will not be available until after September due to a problem with the test company.

During the closed session of the meeting, a proposal by a staff member for early retirement was discussed but not accepted. [/emember_protected]