Elk Mound Board of Education approves summer school offerings for 2017

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has approved summer school education and transportation offerings for 2017.

The board approved 14 class offerings, along with summer school transportation, at the March 20 meeting.

“We did some transport last year, and will do so again because it seemed to help with attendance,” Wright explained. “We want to promote youth activity, and could add more courses if there is a demand.”

Classes like fitness and weight training, swimming lessons, middle school band lessons, writing classes, and even hunter safety will be made available for those wishing to participate. Other course work like general remedial studies and a language arts course called “Lit and Leisure” will be offered for those in need of assistance.

There will be a summer academy for elementary math, reading and science, and a golf class, along with summer show choir, marching band and color guard camp, and a course to help students prepare for middle school.

The board also approved a materials budget of $154,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Wright indicated the district has spent some money addressing issues on its short-range planning list, and feels that there is adequate funding to purchase the supplies needed for the district’s classrooms.

One class, though, will need new materials that will not stay with the school district, but will instead remain with students.

Science teacher Jodie Simet will be teaching an anatomy course starting in the autumn of 2017, and students who elect to take the course will be assessed an additional $45 course fee. The money will cover the purchase of workbooks that students can keep after the class is over for reference in college coursework.

Wright provided an update on the board’s strategic planning process after the first committee meeting March 9. The school website posted a survey the evening of March 21 and encouraged all district residents to take it.

“As of Wednesday morning, 96 people had already taken the survey,” Wright said.

The surveys are available via the school district website, or in paper form at the three district offices, local businesses, and some churches.

Teacher Alisa Frinack was also honored during the meeting for notable contributions to education. Wright said the third-grade teacher finds ways to support all her students and has been very active in the school parent teacher organization.

“She really tries to go the extra mile,” Wright said.

In other business, the board:

• Learned Wright will meet and discuss the district’s operations with instructional staff.

• Approved sending a letter to the state in support of local control for school start dates.

• Approved a $500 lease agreement with the village for use of the Lions’ Park for spring sports.

• Determined the April meeting will be scheduled April 24 at 7 p.m.

• Scheduled teacher appreciation day for May 15 at 3:30 p.m., with the May board meeting to follow immediately after at 5 p.m.

• Approved the 2017-2018 service contracts from CESA 10 and 11.

• The board then adjourned to closed session, where it approved hiring Nicole Resch as the middle school track coach and discussed a specific personnel issue. Wright later reported no action was taken on the personnel issue.