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EM School Board accepts teacher resignation, recognizes elementary school teacher

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound school board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of a middle school instructor during its September 19 regular meeting.

Special education teacher Missy Schroeder has resigned her position at Elk Mound Middle School. She was also the middle school student council advisor. District Superintendent Eric Wright stated that the board voted to hire DeAnn Thompson on a part-time basis as Schroeder’s student council replacement.

Jordan Kongshaug, a fourth grade teacher at Mound View Elementary, received special recognition during the meeting for contributions he has made, and continues to make, to the district.

“He is always willing to step up and fill in,” Wright said of Kongshaug. “He’s a big supporter of athletics.”

Kongshaug serves as the girls high school basketball coach, and has not been afraid to take on coaching for younger teams when no one else is available. Wright indicated Kongshaug has also served as a referee for middle school sports on multiple occasions.

The meeting included reports from all three principals. Wright stated the three schools are off to a good start and everyone seems to be doing well. He stated the three buildings are working on solidifying their assessment goals for the 2016-17 school year.

The board also heard from all three principals that enrollment remained relatively stable through September 16, the third Friday of the school year. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has earmarked the third Friday of each school year as the date for the official student body headcount.

District Superintendent Eric Wright also said that things have been finalized for the budget. He also noted the district purchased a radio repeater tower.

“It’ll make communication clearer between buses and the school, and we use it for internal communication in the buildings,” Wright explained.

The board also approved the minutes of the August 22 board meeting, which was the final step necessary to determine an amount to place in the district’s new Fund 46 Long Term Capital Improvement Trust. Wright and district accountant Mary Harrison will work to determine an appropriate amount to place in the fund.

In other business, the school board:

• Confirmed the next regular school board meeting will be October 24 in the district board room.

• Discussed having a board development meeting prior to the October 24 regular meeting. No vote was brought during the meeting.

• Approved renewing Kurt VanSchoonhoven’s contract to provide snow plowing services for the 2016-17 school year.