Boyceville schools achieve high overall score on DPI report card

By Cara L. Dempski

BOYCEVILLE — School board members and residents of the Boyceville Community School District have a lot to be proud of after the state Department of Public Instruction released its 2016-2017 district report cards.

Tiffany Creek Elementary principal Nick Kaiser presented the district’s report card to the board at the December 4 meeting, telling members he feels Boyceville schools are definitely on the right track.

[emember_protected] “We’re very happy and pleased with the outcome of these scores, but in the same breath we’re looking at making some improvements at the local level to keep them where they are and push them forward,” Kaiser noted before presenting the scores.

Documentation from the Wisconsin DPI indicates Boyceville scored 80.8 out of 100 overall, which puts the district in the “exceeds expectations” range. The middle school scored 70.3, indicating students there are meeting expectations, while the high school and Tiffany Creek Elementary received respective scores of 83.6 and 87.1, which falls in the “significantly exceeds expectations range.”

The document Kaiser presented to the board listed 32 different regional districts split between CESA 11 and CESA 10. The spreadsheet indicated Boyceville received the second highest overall score of the schools listed, just behind New Richmond, who achieved a score of 82.1.

Other business

Kaiser also provided the board with a brief update on upcoming events at the elementary school. Most notably, he mentioned students in the Early Learning Center through second grade will be performing a Christmas concert December 18 at 7 p.m.

Middle and high school principal Steve Glocke praised the efforts of teachers Andy Hamm and Jenna Willi, and parent Steven Duerst, for helping the previous weekend’s Science Olympiad competition run smoothly.

Glocke also informed the board students in grades six through 12 will be taking a Youth Risk Behavior Survey December 6. According to his written report, the survey is a tool allowing the district to look at student risk behaviors, mental health status, and attitudes toward those behaviors at the county, state and national levels.

He also told the board the middle and high school winter concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. December 11.

Special education director Bonnie Barker spoke briefly about the United Way Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) findings. Information provided in the board meeting packet indicated the village of Boyceville has 446 households, and 53% earn more than the poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county.

In other business, the board:

− Approved raising the substitute teacher pay to $100 for a full day and $55 for a half day effective January 1, 2018.

− Approved hiring Jacque Dye as the winter dance team coach.

− Approved hiring Dan Luer as the junior varsity boys’ basketball coach for one year.

− Approved new high school science offerings including wildlife/behavioral ecology, forensic science, chemistry in the community and earth and space science.

The board then adjourned to closed session. No action was taken at the closed session. [/emember_protected]