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Boyceville School Board gives updates on summer events and projects

By Laura Giammattei

BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville School Board reviewed and gave updates for various summer projects and events that have been ongoing since school was released in early June.

Middle and high school Principal, Steve Glocke reported that summer school for middle school students wrapped up this past week. Mr. Roemhild and Mrs. Robinson have been working with 18 middle school students to further their skills and help prepare them for the upcoming school year. In addition, a handful of middle and high school students are remediating work through Odysseyware, for a single class to raise their grades to the passing level.

Coach Peterson, Coach Day and the athletes of the track squad were recognized for their efforts in the State Track Meet. The athletes included Cassie Malean, Eric Sempf, Ireland McAbee-Thomas and Carlee Schultz placed who placed 9th in the 4×100 relay with a time of 52.43, while Tyler Krueger placed 7th in the pole vault event with a jump of 11’06”.

The Activities Code Committee will be meeting over the summer to address key issues. These issues include participation by homeschooled students, transportation to and from contests by parents or guardians, academic eligibility and notification responsibilities and dual sport participation.

In Superintendent Kevin Sipple’s report, the agriculture shop painting project began last week and is nearing completion. This project included painting the ceilings and walls, in addition to the painting of the overhead door. Clean up efforts are currently underway and the project is expected to wrap up by the end of the week.

In addition to the agriculture shop painting, the masonry tuckpoint project is expected to begin in the middle of August. Currently, the district is awaiting materials and other required supplies as well as permits are still in the process of being put into place.

Another project nearing completion is the LP tank and dispenser installation. The final inspection was completed this month and the tank has been filled. One document is awaiting signature before the tank can be approved for use. The new facility will be used for the newly-purchased LP-powered school bus.

A summary of the spring sports program as well as summer sports progress will be presented by Mr. Roemhild at the next board meeting on July 11.

This year’s weekend meal program proved extremely successful with a total of 38 families in participation. A similar or slightly higher number of families is expected to participate in the program for the 2016-2017 school year. A meeting will be held in August where they will plan a schedule for the upcoming year and their projected expectations for the program.

The board approved the recommendation to hire John Travis as a full time maintenance technician.

The board approved Diana Robinson as a middle school basketball coach. Robinson will join Katie Ouellette in the program.

The board approved to raise the price of school lunches by 10 cents per meal. This year, the school district is required to be charging $2.78 or higher for paid lunches. This amount comes from the difference between what the school district receives from Federal reimbursement for “full price” meals (29 cents per meal served). School districts not charging this amount are required to adjust their average price for school lunches for the 2016-2017 school year. There are no exceptions to this requirement, even if there is a positive balance in Fund 50. Using the required “Paid Lunch Equity” tool, the weighted average price (with a yearly 10 cent cap on price increases) will be $2.50.

Four year old kindergarten student lunches will be raised to $2.35, fifth and sixth grade student lunches will be raised to $2.45 and seventh through twelfth grade lunches will be raised to $2.65.

The board approved the 2016-2017 Fund 10 Preliminary Budget, which totals $8,539,378. This is a balanced budget, with a significant amount of revenue taken off from this past year’s budget. At this current juncture, it is uncertain what equalized aid will be for the upcoming school year. A preliminary number will be presented in July and a final number will be presented in October, however, currently over 5.5 million of this budget is an equalized aid. Please note that this budget may change slightly before the final numbers are announced in October.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, July 11 in the Tiffany Creek Elementary library.