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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville Board of Education met Wednesday evening, April 17, and were updated on the Spanish Club’s trip to Costa Rica in June of 2020.
Spanish teacher Katelyn Johnson provided the Board of Education with information about the cultural exchange that would send several students from Boyceville to Costa Rica as well as sending students from Costa Rica to Wisconsin during the school year.
Students that would be traveling to Costa Rica would be placed with middle class families that have many of the same amenities they are use to at home (wifi, cable, hot showers and smart phones).
Boyceville’s students will spend two weeks in Costa Rica learning about the culture as well as spending a couple of days in the host school and learning what it is like day-to-day. They will also have several day trips, visiting Arenal volcano and Tortuga Island are some examples.
In exchange several students will travel from Costa Rica to Boyceville in a two week learning experience as well and will spend several days shadowing their host families. The exchange students will also take several day trips as well to places like Milwaukee and Chicago.
Host families will be asked to provide a room, internet access, meals, and transportation to itinerary events.
The Board approved the trip with the stipulation that if not enough students signed up or a security risk was involved the Board would be able to reconsider the approval.
April is a busy month for the Special Education staff as they are preparing to evaluate students, meet with parents, write IEPs and it is state testing time, said Bonnie Barker.
“We do all of this while still meeting the individual educational needs of our students,” Barker explained. “I can say that our special education staff is never bored.”
The Board of Education also announced the hiring of new Tiffany Creek Elementary school principal Andy Hoeppner.
Mr. Hoeppner was chosen from a candidate list of 32 and will replace Mr. Kaiser in the fall who will be moving to the position of Superintendent.
Mr. Hoeppner served as an associate elementary principal in Saudi Arabia for five years as well as three years as principal at Starr Elementary in New Richmond.
During the meeting the Board of Education:
Approved Michael Roemhild as the head football coach.
Approved Katelyn Johnson as middle school volleyball coach.
Accepted the resignation of Christina Mittlestadt as paraprofessional.
Approved the purchase of a 2020 Bluebird Vision propane-fueled bus in the amount of $93,150.
Approved Spanish Club trip to Costa Rica in June 2020 with stipulations.