EL-G School Board recognizes FCCLA participants

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—The Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah school board addressed a variety of issues Monday night in a 3½-hour session.

Holly Francis and Simone Bulebosh, who participated at the national level in the

FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America), were introduced by Beth Roehl, Family Consumer Science instructor at the high school.

Roehl explained how freshmen Francis and Bulebosh won a first prize at the state level, then went on to receive a gold at the national level.

The girls were given the challenge, in the Food Innovation category, of creating a nosugar added, nutritional snack for four- to eight-year-olds that would appeal to them and their parents. The challenge included development of the snack, packaging, and a marketing and business plan for the product.

“I have a lot of expectations for them in the future,” Roehl said.

Francis and Bulebosh described for the board how they developed a brand of gelato, which contained fruit for sweetener instead of sugar. One brand was banana-kiwi; the other was a berry mixture. They needed to try several recipes before finding the right combination. Not every attempt was successful, but they learned from each mistake and success as they went on.

District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack read off several donations that had come in to the district. Some were directed to school activities, like the band.

Several donations went toward construction of the greenhouse, including one for $50,000 from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. Because of the amount, the $50,000 donation had to be approved by the board, which it was unanimously.

According to a promotional brochure, “The goal of the greenhouse is to construct a permanent structure that would be used as a lab for agriculture and science classes.”

Buechel Haack said the greenhouse fund now stands at $116,475. The brochure gives a total goal of $222,500.

Steve Schmitt from Jos. Schmitt and Sons, addressed the board regarding demolition of the present building (which Buechel Haack said she hoped would happen when school was not in session) and construction of the greenhouse. He presented a detailed breakdown of construction costs. When asked if the greenhouse would be up by the time the snow flies, Schmitt replied, “I think so.”

The board unanimously approved going ahead with the project.

High School Principal Jim Brown presented a revised version of the Athletic Activity Participant Guidelines. Board member Scott Heinig asked about students who have played for four years in a sport, but have not played enough minutes to earn a letter. He wondered if the guidelines Brown presented should contain policies addressing that.

Brown said he didn’t think that was an athletic code issue. The criteria needed to earn a letter were different for each sport, he said, and was up to each coach’s discretion.

“I don’t want to leave it up to the individual coach,” Heinig said. “Because then, each sport will have individual coaches deciding.”

Brown replied that each sport is different. Buechel Haack said the board should not replace the coach’s discretion to determine who plays and who doesn’t. Heinig said that, since other standards were set by the board, then setting standards for how an athlete was awarded a letter should be part of the participant guidelines.

Brown said an individual dealing with the fact of not receiving a reward, medal, or promotion, when that individual considered himself deserving of such, was a life skill. A person in that position had the option of leaving the situation.

Buechel Haack and board members said there was no incident of anyone complaining that an athlete worthy of being awarded a letter had not been given one, but Heinig did not consider that reason enough to say that the problem did not exist. When told that, if it were an issue, people would have brought it up, Heinig replied, “You don’t know psychology.”

The updated athletic code was approved by the majority of the board, with Heinig voting against.

The board reviewed and discussed:

• A survey of graduating EL-G seniors. (Several board members said it would be nice to be able to follow up with graduates several years after graduation.)

• Results of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE). Detailed breakdowns, by subject matter and grade level, and comparisons to other school districts, were distributed.

• Results of the district surveys. Buechel Haack said the results will be posted on the district’s web site. She said the overall results are quite positive, but the results (including comments) will be studied carefully by administrators.

• Two policies regarding student interrogation and controversial issues in the classroom. Neola Policy Services is assisting with district policies, but EL-G has the opportunity to select certain options to meet its individual needs.

• The board reviewed and unanimously approved the following:

• Contracts for several new staff members, and resignations.

• Allowing up to four foreign exchange students through one sponsoring organization. (Current guidelines allow for a maximum of two from the same service. No board member could think of a good reason for that limit.)

• The single bid from Dean’s Dairy for milk delivery for the district.

• Implementation of LearnPad procedures and fees. One reason the LearnPad was chosen over the iPad is that the Learn- Pad does not allow individual students to install apps.

• A trainer agreement with Aurora.

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