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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE— The Boyceville Board of Education held their monthly meeting last Wednesday evening, November 14, and were updated on how Project Search was doing in regards to the Special Education students involved.
Project Search and the Boyceville School district work hand in hand out of CESA 10 and allows students with disabilities to learn how to get a job after high school, Bonnie Barker explained, the project is one-year in length and is for students during their last year of high school.
“After the year is over they walk out with either a job or having the skills they would need to get the job that they want,” Barker said.
There are several opportunities for positions in Menomonie, Rice Lake and Eau Claire, she said, the students while working receive job skill development, on the job training, and a time to reflect after their shift is over.
The single student Boyceville has in the program is employed with Walmart distribution center, and there are weekly check-ins with Barker to see how it is going.
“Our student had to learn that he had to be there five days a week,” she commented. “when I went out there last week he told me it was awesome and he was very proud of himself.”
Each student has a team that consists of their family, special education from their school district, a special education teacher from CESA 10, an employment specialist, skills trainer, and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor that they work with during their time in the program.
The Walmart distribution center will send a report to Barker on how the student is doing, she said, but she is positive it will be a good report.
Superintendent Kevin Sipple gave a brief report and spoke with the Board about an ongoing issue with the crosswalk on the corner of County Road K and 170.
“The village approached us about adding a crossing guard there,” Sipple said. “And I spoke with Chief Lamkin about the need for a crossing guard at this intersection.”
The concern is now that the sidewalk is finished on the south side of 170 that there maybe more students who want to use that crosswalk.
The crossing guard was posted there as of last Tuesday morning, November 13, and the school will monitor the traffic of students and deem if a crossing guard is necessary.
The Boyceville school district received their report card from the state of Wisconsin, Boyceville ranked three out of the 44 schools that are part of CESA 11.
Sipple also updated the Board that the marking of the trees for the Tiffany Creek Streambank project will begin on November 27 and the cutting will begin in December, weather permitting.
In other business, the Boyceville Board of Education:
• Approved the donation of $89.61 from the Boyceville Knights of Columbus from the Tootsie Roll Drive to the Special Education Department.
The Boyceville Board of education will meet again on December 12 at 6 p.m.