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Boyceville Superintendent Kevin Sipple announces retirement

By Amber Hayden

BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville Board of Education has accepted Superintendent Kevin Sipple’s request for retirement.

The school board recognized Superintendent Sipple for 41 years spent as an educator at the September 19 meeting. Sipple has decided to retire at the end of the current school year.

 “Thank you for all the great work as principle and then as superintendent, and for all the input and leadership you have given,” commented board president Tim Sempf.

Here is Sipple’s letter to the board:

It is with mixed emotions I announce my full retirement effective June 30, 2019 as your District Administrator. It has been an honor to serve the Boyceville Community School District.

I have long appreciated the confidence you had shown in me eleven years ago when I came to Boyceville. I want to thank you and thank the wonderful staff we have for helping us create an environment where students can learn at the highest level. I would also like to thank the people who served on previous Boyceville Community School Boards as well.

My career in education has been wonderful and it has been an experience I would not trade. For 41 years, I have enjoyed every day I have been an educator. I have served as a parent, teacher, coach, school counselor, school principal and superintendent. I recognize now it is time to accept another challenge whatever that may be. I have always been in school so; I have some adjusting to do in my life.

I want to wish the board and school district all the best moving forward. I am so proud of our school district and I will always have a special place in my heart for it. Go Bulldogs!

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve.

Kevin D. Sipple.

Sipple’s retirement will be official on June 30, 2019 but the school board will begin their search starting in October when a search consultant is brought in.

The process will take three months to complete.

Board Meeting for the 2018-19 school year

Tiffany Creek Elementary principal Nick Kaiser explained that this year’s open house was a big success and the school was busy all day with the event.

“We had the pictures in the library and right outside was the booths which kept it more organized than in previous years,” explained Kaiser.

Also Kaiser recognized the PTA and their efforts to help school spirit among the elementary by passing out water bottles to the kids instead of books this year, as well as putting together a lunch for the staff that was organized by the PTA and parents of students.

Currently the Tiffany Creek’s enrollment is 398 according to Kaiser with 5th grade being the largest class containing 67 students. “It’s not as evened out as it use to be,” explained Kaiser, “it goes up six or seven students per year.”

The Wisconsin State Assessment schedule was given to the board and will begin around December 3rd this year with the ACTs beginning in February for the junior high school class.

Bonnie Barker, Special Education Director, updated the board with the numbers she had compiled for each school on how many students were in special education. In the Boyceville district there are currently 131 students in special education spread out between the three schools.

The elementary school currently has 49 students, middle school is 21 and the high school has 61 students in the program. The 2018/19 school year there will be 17 students who graduate that are part of the special education program.

The Center for Independent Living of Western Wisconsin (CILWW) was awarded a grant through United Way and has offered to work with special education students at the high school in order to help train students on self advocacy.

Barker is hoping that after the training concludes the students will prepare a presentation for the board to show what they have learned.

An update on Indicator 14 was given and Barker explained that since the last meeting three of the six graduates had been contacted, but she has been in contact with Cesa 10 that if the last remaining students had not been reached that as a district she will contact the former students.  Also starting next year the Special Education staff will return to handling Indicator 14 to make parents and former students more comfortable during the process.

Middle/High school principal Tyler Moy discussed with the board the upcoming homecoming events as well as updated times for events.

The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. so that all students, including elementary, will be able to attend the parade, as well as moving the powder puff football game to fourth hour during classes in order to have more involvement.

Tru-Lock has completed the installation of camera and entry systems, which was funded by the safety grant awarded to the Boyceville Community School District, allowing the school to have certain doors be unlocked at programmed times. Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin also discussed a new safety plan with staff members including the evacuation of students allowing police to know where the kids would be in case of an emergency.

The middle/high school is also addressing the concern about the drop-off loop where bus drivers have not been able to see vehicle traffic coming up beside them. Moy is hoping to add flags to either side of the sign and use it to help parents understand the loop is for the buses.

Moy also updated the board on the current student population numbers with the middle school being at 111 and the high school is at an even 200.

Superintendent Kevin Sipple updated the board on the two grants from the Community Foundation of Dunn County for $10,000.

The foundation has an evening set aside to honor the recipients on September 27 called the “Evening of Gratitude” hosted by Cottage Vineyard and Winery.

Also athletic director Brian Roemhild attended the WIAA area meeting in Rice Lake September 18 during which the agenda discussed safety during sporting events, mainly the amount of security leading up to the event and after.

The discussion of the football conference realignment was a also topic of conversation. According to Sipple the alignment is expected to go into effect the fall of 2020/21. The alignment would move Durand, Mondovi and Elk Mound out of the Dunn-St. Croix and replace them with Turtle Lake, Clear Lake and Cadott.

Sipple also announced that Boyceville had received the Dunn St. Croix conference sportsmanship award for the 2017-18 school year based on ratings from officials and coaches within the D-SC conference events.

“Other groups tend to pick on the group that is at the bottom, but we went from last place to first,” commented Sipple.

The Boyceville School Board will meet again at 6 p.m. October 24 in the high school library.

During the consent agenda the Boyceville School Board:

• Accepted the notice of retirement from Superintendent Kevin Sipple effective June 30, 2019.

• Approved a 5th grade overnight field trip to Beaver Creek Reserve October 25 and 26.

• Approved an overnight high school trip for Dairy Cattle Evaluation Contest October 1 and 2.

• Approved an overnight high school trip for Iowa Lakeside Lab – field and research study October 5 thru 8.

• Approved an overnight high school trip for Belleville Invitational Tournament November 9 and 10.

• Approved an overnight high school trip for Solon Ohio National-Style Invitational Tournament January 31 thru February 3.

• Approved a high school trip to Les Miserables at Orpheum Theater.

• Approved a middle school trip to Feed My Starving Children-Eagan, Minnesota. 

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