Elk Mound Board of Education elects Sivertson president, Oas vice-president
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By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound Board of Education has once again elected Tim Sivertson as president, Mark Oas as vice-president, Pat Rhude as clerk and Gary Bodenburg as treasurer.
The oath of office for school board members Holly Sweeney and Loren Hanson was administered just prior to the start of the April 25 reorganizational meeting.
Two candidates were on the ballot for the Elk Mound Board of Education for two positions in the April 5 election. Incumbent Loren Hanson filed nomination papers by the deadline in January along with Holly Sweeney, who also filed nomination papers.
Incumbent school board member Kyle Jenson filed a declaration of non-candidacy.
The Elk Mound school board also approved Eric Wright, district administrator, as deputy clerk for the school board.
In addition, the school board approved a variety of committee assignments: Rhude and Oas for the compensation committee; Bodenburg and Hanson for the policy committee; Mark Cedarblade, Oas, and Rhude for the long and short range planning committee; Oas for the human and growth and development committee; Rhude and Sweeney for the Board of Education student representative screening committee; and Sweeney as the CESA representative.
The Board of Education also re-adopted the Neola policy book and policy clarifications.
Mary Strand was once again hired as the secretary for the Board of Education.
Following the reorganizational meeting, the Elk Mound Board of Education moved into the regular board meeting.
Remodeling of the middle school gymnasium continues and has now moved onto Sheetrock and electrical, Wright said.
At the high school, certain items are being moved out of the technology education area in anticipation of being able to get started on construction after school is out for the summer, he said.
The discus and shot put fences are finished, and the team rooms at the high school are moving along, with wall tile and flooring. The lockers will be installed next, Wright said.
The middle school home track meet on May 12 will be the first on the new track, he noted.
In other business, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Approved summer school course offerings, which are essentially the same as in previous years.
• Approved building budgets for the 2022-2023 school year.
• Approved an early graduation request for Cory Powell.
• Added Marshfield Clinic to the health insurance network options.
• Approved Delta Delta for dental insurance. Elk Mound will now be self-funded for dental.
• Accepted the resignations of Joni Frederick and Angie Russo, both food service employees.
• Approved adding teachers to the high school technical education area and for a fifth section of kindergarten at Mound View Elementary.
• Approved holding the school district thrift sale in June rather than in August. This year, the parking lot will be repaved in August, and selling the items typically put on the thrift sale also will open up some storage space, Wright said.
• Approved purchasing a storage container for track equipment, if a storage container can be found for a suitable price.
• Approved purchasing language arts curriculum for pre-K through eighth grade using Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER III). The curriculum is evidence-based and meets the Effective Behavior and Instructional Support (EBIS) requirement for ESSER III funds. All together, 20 percent of ESSER III funds must be spent on EBIS, Wright said.
• Learned that while the school district had hoped to share an Occupational Therapist with another district, the sharing of personnel was not going to work and Elk Mound will have to hire an Occupational Therapist. The current position is a .4 time position, which will most likely be increased to a half-time position, Wright said.
• Approved the resignation of Aaron Maves as the powerlifting coach.
Following a closed session, the Elk Mound Board of Education:
• Approved renewing individual teacher contracts for the 2022-2023 school year.
• Approved teacher promotions.
• Approved hiring Krystal Razim as an elementary school teacher.
• Approved hiring Erin Renz, Kylene Lichucki and Hannah Graff as teachers at Elk Mound Middle School.
• Postponed taking action on a student representative for the Board of Education until the June meeting.
• Approved continuing of support staff assignments. The number of support staff needed will not be known until school starts next fall due to people moving into and out of the school district over the summer, Wright said.
• Approved hiring Thai Her as the full-time custodian.
• Learned that Grandparents Day will be May 6 at Mound View Elementary, and the PTO Carnival will be held on May 13.
• Learned that the middle school spring concert will be held on May 24.
• Learned that Baccalaureate will be held on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, that Honors Night will be held May 18 at 7 p.m., and graduation will be May 20 at 8 p.m.
The Elk Mound Board of Education meets next on May 23 at 5 p.m. following the staff recognition luncheon.