Boyceville school board updated for the 2018-19 school year

By Amber Hayden

BOYCEVILLE —  With school right around the corner the Boyceville Board of Education met for the August meeting to discuss the preparations for the upcoming school year.

Board members were updated on several items including upcoming staff in-service, fall sports and the continuing updates to the school security camera systems at the August 15 Boyceville Board of Education meeting.

Bonnie Barker, Director of Special Education, told board members information regarding Indicator 11, Indicator 14 and the CRDC (Civil Rights Data Collection) for 2017-2018.

The Indicator 11 report shows the requirement of kids who were evaluated within 60 days of receiving permission from the parents to conduct the IEP evaluations.

“I’m happy to report we completed the indicator at 100 percent,” Barker explained. This was completed after helping to get the website up and running.

Out of the 20 students who were new referrals in the 2017-2018 school year, two were granted additional time to determine a specific learning disability.

As for Indicator 14, Barker had little information to report to the board. “Prior to the end of last school year I contacted the six graduates from the 2016/17 school year to inform them of the survey … only two of our past graduates have been contacted,” commented Barker.

She did let the board know that she would continue to monitor the TIG (Transition Improvement Grant) site to determine which graduates still needed to be contacted.

Along with the help of Nick Kaiser, Tyler Moy, Sharon Formoe and Alesha Kersten, Barker will be gathering the information needed for the CRDC, to obtain data from the schools in order to provide equal educational opportunities.

Principal Nick Kaiser stated the annual open house held at the beginning of the year would be August 30. The purpose will be to help the parents and faculty meet one another and discuss information that would be vital in working together.

Kaiser also noted that the in-service days would start August 22 for the new staff, allowing them to meet with their mentors. Teachers and para professionals will start August 28 with an in-service day in Elk Mound for a presentation.

The principal also told the board that Tiffany Creek Elementary would be part of the Book Trust program for the 2018/19 school year. “It’s for students grades 4k through 3rd grade, they receive 7 dollars per month to purchase books from scholastic books,” Kaiser explained.

Boyceville’s Middle/High school principal Tyler Moy touched on the activities code meeting, online registration, and fall sports.

“We hosted the annual Activities code meeting last week,” he commented, “It was recorded so any families who were not able to attend can set up a time to watch it.”

The larger project that has taken place for the Middle/High school staff was the online registration. Parents will be able to fill out all of the yearly paperwork such as contact information online instead of having several papers sent home to fill out.

Moy was also pleased to have with him numbers for the fall sports, as well as letting the board know several of the incoming foreign exchange students had expressed interest in cross country and cheerleading.

District superintendent Kevin Sipple spoke about the progress Tru Lock has made to the security systems for the schools. “Tru Lock has been working with us for a majority of the summer. According to the company the brains and backbone of the system was causing most of the issues with it. We have received all new equipment to replace and should have little issues going forward,” explained Sipple.

The superintendent along with Moy and Kaiser also expressed gratitude toward the custodial staff as they worked hard over the summer to make sure all of the schools would be ready come the start of the new school year on September 4.

The board’s next meeting will be a work session on September 5 and the annual meeting of the school district will be held October 10 at 6 p.m. at the 7-12 IMC.

During the consent agenda,the Boyceville Board of Education:

• Approved and accepted the resignation of Mia Van Der Paardt as the 7-12 Art teacher.

• Approved and accepted the resignation of Paul Danovsky as bus driver.

• Accepted the resignation of Diana Robinson as middle school Language Arts teacher and middle school girls basketball coach.

• Approved the hiring recommendation of Megan Steinkraus as the 7-12 Arts teacher.

• Accepted the resignation of Rochelle Olson as middle school volleyball coach.

• Approved the 2017-2018 restraint and seclusion report.

• approved the 2018-2019 MS/HS student guidebook.

• Accepted the AnnMarie Foundation grant for $500 for Health and Resiliency books and supplies for grades 2 through 5.

• Accepted the Everwood Farmstead Foundation grant for $688 for the purchase of a wireless microphone for the Drama/Music programs. 

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