Elk Mound Board of Education trying something new for summer school

By Cara L. Dempski

ELK MOUND — Eric Wright, superintendent of the Elk Mound Area School District, said the board agreed to try something new during its most recent gathering.

On February 26, the board approved a measure Wright and the administrative team believe might help students through transitions to new buildings, or even into the school setting.

[emember_protected] The superintendent explained the plan is to offer school services like lunch and transportation August 29 and 30 to give students and teachers a chance to smooth the path for the new school year. Wright said he intends the program to be a team-building exercise between not just staff members, but also between staff and students.

“It is not required that students attend, but it is recommended,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve offered this, and it really ties back to building relationships between students and staff.”

Wright cited the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as part of his inspiration for the suggestion, and indicated the program can always be adjusted – or discontinued – if warranted.

The board also heard its usual updates from all three buildings, where Wright said things are going well.

Among the business conducted in the meeting was approval to repeal school policies 343.4 and 343.42 regarding Youth Options programming effective July 1, 2018. The move was to mirror the state’s move away from Youth Options, a program offered to juniors and seniors in high school interested in pursuing college coursework.

The program will be replaced with the Early College Credit Program, which will be open to students in grades nine through 12.

The board also approved purchase of a new bus from Nelson’s, with the cost partially defrayed by trading in an older bus, named senior Emily Bartig as the recipient of the legislative scholarship winner, approved spending $11,800 for the 2017-2018 district audit, and approved service contracts for services offered by CESA 10.

The resignations of Angie Klemp as an elementary recess supervisor and Katie Young as the middle school volleyball coach were approved, as was the addition of one more adult supervisor for some of the after school programming offered at Mounds View Elementary and the middle school.

The board then moved to close the session, where Bobbi Carothers was approved as the new elementary recess supervisor, and Renee Andraschko was approved as the new middle school volleyball coach.

No action was taken on the third item listed under the closed session per Wright. [/emember_protected]