Greenhouse project gets board support

by Abby Lynn Harvey of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – The generosity of the community has allowed the Elkhart Lake – Glenbeulah School District to approve the continued consideration of the installation of a new greenhouse at the high school.

“We can all agree the greenhouses on the side of our building were well used. Their life is well past,” District Administrator Ann Buechel Haack said. “One basically is storage, it doesn’t have a heater, furnace. They can only use the one.”

The district had applied for a Monsanto grant to cover the cost of the new greenhouse, but was informed last month that their proposal had been turned down.

With that the project was put on hold, until word was received that a resident was interested in donating $15,000 to the project. Shortly after receiving that donation, the local Lions Club suggested that they may be interested in donating as well and requested more information on the project.

The greenhouse project is projected to cost between $75,000 and $85,000 and the district hopes to be able to have half of that total paid for in donations.

The greenhouse is an important project for many reason Buechel Haack explained to the board, requesting their support in pursuing the project further.

“As our science program and our ag-science and our culinary arts are evolving it’s become very collaborative,” she said, going on to explain that the many programs have begun working together to expand on idea. Many agriculture classes work with the culinary arts classes in learning to grow plants and then prepare them.

It is also desirable to move the current aquaponic lab in to a larger area as it is housed in a small backroom and only one or two people are able to be in the room at a time.

The board approved the continued research of options for a new greenhouse.

A presentation on the CESA 6 Educator Effectiveness Program was heard. The initiation of the program is the result of a waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act that the state received. The waiver requires that an effectiveness program be put into place as well as several other requirements.

The Department of Public Instruction has developed a system of their own, but it has allowed that other organization may submit their own systems to be approved as an equivalent to the DPI system. Currently the CESA 6 system is the only other system approved by the state.

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