EL-G greenhouse fund goal reached

Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—At the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board meeting Monday, Steven Schmitt of Jos. Schmitt & Sons told the board, “As your architect, contractor, fundraiser and donor, I’m happy to report that we made and exceeded our goal of $222,500” for the school district’s greenhouse.

Schmitt distributed detailed plans for the greenhouse. He said that donors were very positive about the project, considering it a benefit for both communities of Elkhart Lake and Glenbeulah.

Board members asked questions of Schmitt as they studied the drawings and specifications. Agriculture teacher Michelle Arbuckle told of some ways the greenhouse would be used for classes.

The board was asked to approve the start of the greenhouse’s construction. It did so, unanimously.

State officials visit EL-G

Dr. Buechel Haack shared some of the positive comments she’d received from representatives of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Rural Schools, Libraries, and Communities. The visitors, who included State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers, observed operations for several hours that very day at the high school.

When a representative told school offi- cials that morale among educators was genby erally low, and creativity lacking, Buechel Haack assured him that the Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah schools did not have that problem. The representatives from Madison, Buechel Haack told the board, saw that for themselves, and she later received an apology for the statement about morale and creativity.

Buechel Haack told how students prepared a meal for the visitors.

High school principal Jim Brown added, “We just came off looking really good today. And that was because of our staff and our students. It was a proud day to be here, today, and just stand back and watch the people that were here get a look around, as if to say, ‘I just can’t believe what I’m seeing.’”

Buechel Haack said time constraints allowed observation only of the high school. Had they also visited the grade school, she said, they would have found similarly positive conditions and attitudes.

Environmental science to be taught

Agriculture teacher Michelle Arbuckle and science teacher Travis Moore presented a course outline and description for additions to the high school’s science curriculum. Classes to be added are Wildlife & Natural Resources; AP/CAPP Environmental Science; and a combination agriculture / science class to be determined. (“AP” stands for advanced placement; “CAPP” for Cooperative Academic Partnership Program, a cooperative program between high schools and universities.)

The board unanimously approved the additions and changes to the curriculum. Arbuckle and Moore received compliments from board members for their efforts.

Other board topics

• John Eickholt of CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Services Agency) gave a presentation on a system that would evaluate the performance of every level of educator, from teacher to district administrator.

After viewing a recorded presentation, Buechel Haack told the board that board members would need to be included in the training for this evaluation system.

Several board members expressed interest in the system, but wanted to learn more about it before going ahead with its implementation. Eickholt was asked if an overview could be presented to the board. He said that should be possible.

• Student Erica Heinig reported on Student Council activities, which included a successful homecoming, with the senior class winning Best Float for the parade. About $500 was raised for ALS through cold-water challenges.

• The board unanimously approved a total tax levy of $5,237,954, and a mill rate of $8.15796 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

• Buechel Haack said some staff have started a review of school policies. The board some months previously decided to enlist the help of Neola, a company which helps schools review, refine, and add to their policies, and ensure that legal mandates are met. Buechel Haack said she’d prepare a summary that will help the board start the process of review.

• High School Principal Jim Brown asked the board to approve a request for next year’s out-of-state FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) Nationals trip, which would be to Washington, D.C. The board approved unanimously.

• The board unanimously approved participation in the Perkins Consortium Grant. Approval is required each three years. The school district will receive about $1900 this year from the grant.

• The activities report for grades JK through 8, from Elementary Principal Deb Hammann, included the middle school’s participation in homecoming; a 4th grade trip to Parnell Tower, the Wade House, and the Ice Age Center; the 8th grade’s tour of Kohler Company; and a 7th/8th grade dance. The first quarter ends November 4. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 4:30 to 7 p.m., and Monday, November 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

• Reporting on activities for grades 9 through 12, High School Principal Jim Brown said homecoming week went well, with great floats and great student conduct. Over a hundred students attended the dance. “It was a great week,” said Brown. “And we won the game, and that’s good, too.”

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