DeAmico takes over as HG School Board President

by Steve Ottman Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE—Mark DeAmico was elected as Howards Grove School Board President by the school board members at their Monday, May 20 meeting.

DeAmico previously served as vice president and was nominated to replace outgoing president Jeff Elzinga.

Kim Plass was named as vice president, Richard Hemb was reelected as treasurer secretary. Richard Pearce was voted in as clerk.

Superintendent Chris Peterson thanked Elzinga for his past service to the Howards Grove School District. Elzinga will remain on as a board member.

An amendment was approved to rebalance the 2012-2013 school budget.

Dean Foods Morning Glory won the milk bid for the school’s milk program.

Board members approved a price increase in the school hot lunch program. New lunch prices will be $2.35 for the high school, $2.25 for the middle school and $2.10 for the elementary school.

Staff members Dave Richard and Jen Henschel presented the district’s three-year Technology Plan for 2013-15.

The plan continually implements and shows growth with updated technology to maximize student learning. It also will facilitate the work of the district as efficiently as possible with goals and activities.

Board members approve the technology plan for three years as presented.

Middle School Principal Andy Hanson updated the school board with a curriculum report on educator effectiveness.

Hanson stated that the Wisconsin DPI requires the school to monitor educator effectiveness. This measure is included in the stipulations of a waiver the school recieved freeing them from the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The intent is to evaluate and grow staff members, not to rank or remove teachers from the school.

The key is growth and student learning.

All schools will be required to have a pilot program by the 2013-14 school year and to be in full effect by 2014-15. Districts will need to accept the CESA 6 model or the state model. The district has accepted the state’s model.

The school will use Teachscape software and Danielson framework.

The PTO will have a new slate of officers for the 2013-2014 school year.

The results of the school calendar survey showed that 59 percent of the village doesn’t want spring break next year and 41 percent voted to have it. The community and staff were opposite on the matter of spring break.

DeAmico took over the agenda for the meeting and thanked John Roehl for his donation to the middle school band and No Repeats Band, Peggy Lange, the Howards Grove PTO, National Exchange Bank, Howards Grove Boosters, Kohl’s Cares and the Howards Grove FFA for other donations.

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