HG board gets referendum update

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—Howards Grove School District Superintendent Chris Peterson updated the school board members on the current construction and referendum needs Monday.

Peterson stated that as of Feb. 28 the capital project funds balance is $111,531.80.

Projects in process that need to be finished are technology CDW-G switches at three schools, for an estimated cost of $28,480.60, and a secured front entry at the high school, estimated at $14,000.

One of the projects remaining is the purchase and installation of updated fire alarms for the high school at $34,935.

Peterson also listed other technology priorities and needs that could include smartboards, projectors, MS-COW (mobile lab) and smarter balanced assessment touchscreens.

Middle School Principal Andy Hanson discussed the middle school student pick-up and drop-off zones. Hanson feels that the process has gone smoothly this winter.

Board members expressed that they still have concerns about child safety and will continue to monitor the pick-up and drop-off zones to see if modifications are necessary.

Snow removal has presented a challenge this year, however Matt Last was commended for staying on top of any snow situations.

High School Principal Scott Fritz presented National Honor Society changes. Fritz advised the board members that the school will adopt its own constitution. He also discussed the selection process and criteria for admission.

Students need to apply with a cover letter and interest form. Students must attain a 3.5 GPA and participate in at least four or more outside activities or community services. Also they must complete 15 hours of community service work.

Students that meet the qualifications must not have any athletic code violations or any disciplinary problems. These benchmarks will be review by staff members.

Staff member Dawn Elias discussed the form that will be required to be filled out by the student.

Northview Principal Diane Wieland presented the 2013 Summer School offerings. Registration starts April 13 and ends May 4. Courses will be available on the school’s website at www.hgsd.k12.wi.us.

Board members approved the course offerings as presented.

Wieland gave the PTO report. The PTO will sponsor a family fun night April 28 at JB’s Entertainment Center in Howards Grove.

Board President Jeff Elzinga thanked the PTO for donations to the high school drum line, Mrs. Sheahan’s class for the clothing drive, the middle school staff and transportation costs for elementary school field trips.

The high school received a donation from UWMilwaukee for participating in the 2013 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

The middle school received a grant through Exxon Mobil Education Alliance Program thanks to a nomination by the local Petro Center in Howards Grove.

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