Greenhouse fund closer to goal for EL-G

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—At the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District board meeting on Monday, District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack told the board that $177,275 has been raised for the greenhouse fund.

A brochure describes the greenhouse’s purpose: “The goal of the greenhouse is to construct a permanent structure that would be used as a lab for agriculture and science classes.” The total fundraising goal given by the brochure is $222,500.

The board voted unanimously to accept all donations for the greenhouse project made in the past month with, as Buechel Haack said, “great appreciation.”

Buechel Haack told the board that an audit of the school went very well.

High School Principal Jim Brown and Elementary Principal Deb Hammann gave a presentation on the district’s At Risk Plan. Having such a plan is mandated by Wisconsin statute. The Senior High School and the Elementary/Middle School each has its own plan, which must be updated each year.

Brown said there will be an “ACT Aspire” program for 9th and 10th grade. He said it was similar to what the district had now, but “They’re going toward everything with the ACT now.” Brown said that centralized records on students at risk, accessible to staff, will be helpful.

Buechel Haack said that students identified as being at risk of failing a semester are “adopted” by the principal. Brown said the district receives help from Lakeland education students. He said the Lakeland students review the academic needs of a student with the teacher. Together, they come up with a plan. The Lakeland student then helps the student during a study hall or other time.

The program with Lakeland students, Brown said, was not to help students with their homework, but to help them with the basic concept or skill.

Hammann described some of the tests designed to identify students at risk, and the Elementary School’s Smiles4Life program.

Though the two schools have separate At Risk programs, Brown made the point that they both attempt to use the same vocabulary, and the same kind of core usage, so that there is as much consistency as possible between the two programs.

The board unanimously approved the district’s At Risk Plan.

Brown reported that the staff has so far been very pleased with the LearnPads. Instructors are especially happy with how quickly they were able to learn how to plan lessons with them, and the control that instructors have over content for students.

Brown added that, if a student has his/her LearnPad at home, and is absent, he/she has the ability to send that whole assignment to the instructor. Buechel Haack added that homebound students would realize the same benefit.

Hammann said there will be a mandatory student/parent LearnPad meeting. It will be offered twice; once on Thursday, August 21, at 6 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 26, 6 p.m. Both will be held at the high school.

Brown said a program discouraging bullying would be implemented.

The board unanimously approved:

Continuing to use National Exchange Bank for its line of credit.

The hiring of certified staff, support staff, and co-curricular staff.

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