School Board briefed on ‘rookie’ teachers

by Dave Cary Review Correspondent

PLYMOUTH — Superficially, Plymouth School Board appeared to be taking a page from the Milwaukee Brewers at Tuesday’s monthly meeting — although the Plymouth schools cannot be said to be struggling in any way that resembles the distressed Brewers this season.

Of seven teachers formally hired at the July meeting, five are starting their first years as teachers — rather reminiscent of the numbers of rookies called up by the Brewers this season.

Following a lighthearted comment on this by board member Bob Travis, Superintendent Carrie Dassow said there has been no emphasis on hiring young teachers, only the best available for the open positions at the time.

The first-year teachers approved are:

• Cady Kocher, who will teach kindergarten at Horizon Elementary School in the upcoming year. She earned her bachelors degree at UW-La Crosse.

• Kaitlyn Beck, who will teach second grade at Horizon. She was awarded her bachelors degree by UW-Green Bay.

• Jennifer McCluskey, who will teach fourth grade at Parkview Elementary School this year. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree from the University of Phoenix.

• Kelly Schmitz, who will teach second grade at Parvview Elementary this year. She earned both bachelors and masters from Marian University.

• Melissa Juneau, who will teach social studies and alternative education at Plymouth High School in the upcoming year. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Arkansas.

Other new teachers include:

• Jennifer Lutzke, who will, on a 50 percent contract, teach four-year-old kindergarten at Parkview Elementary this year. Lutzke received her bachelors degree from the UW-Oshkosh. She has been a 4K teacher for seven years and a special education teacher at Fairview for part of the last school year.

• Todd Goodman, who was awarded a 100 percent contract to teach physical education at PHS this year. He received his bachelors degree from UW-Stevens Point, a masters degree from the National Louis University, and has served nine years at Urban Middle School, Sheboygan and one year in the Adams-Friendship district.

• Gina Bainter who will, on a 40 percent contract, be a speech pathologist for the district. She earned her bachelors degree at Illinois State University and a masters degreee from Western Illinois University. She served as a speech pathologist in the Milwaukee Public Schools for two years and the Brown Deer District for one year besides serving as a part-time speech language therapist for the Howards Grove District.

The board also accepted the resignation request of Stephanie Wasmer, elementary music teacher in the district, who was with the district one year.

Also accepted was the resignation request of Jordan Pollock-Forgues, Spanish teacher at Riverview Middle school for five years.

The board was also notified that Jennifer Behr, Riverview custodian, has resigned.

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The board accepted the following gifts:

• $937.67 from the Parkview PTK for student field trips.

• $51 from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center for student field trips.

• $1,726.94 from the Fairview PTO for student field trips.

• $1,090.87 from Horizon PATH for student field trips.

• $100 from Bill and Diane Mikolyzk in memory of Helen Schultz, the money to be used to purchase books for the Fairview library.

• $75 from family friends in memory of Helen Schultz, to be used to purchase books for student needs at Fairview Elementary School.

• $4,670.45 from the Riverview Music Boosters for two French horns and a podium.

• $11,108.20 from board member Richard York, who is donating his salary as a board member back to the Plymouth School District.

• $55 from JMKAC for student transportation.

• $143.19 from the Sheboygan Human Rights Association for student transportation.

• $6,000.00 from the RDK Foundation to Riverview Middle School for John Michael Kohler Arts Center programs.

• A rolling Blue Point tool chest and a Snap-On Modus disgnostic machine for the PHS Automotive Department from Matt Gritt, of Sunset Auto Service.

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The board took up several annually recurring matters.

With no debate it passed a series of revisions to all three student handbooks — for elementary, middle and high schools respectively.

Fairview principal Nick O’Malley told the board that the Elementary Handbook revisions included material on “safe touching,” while Riverview Principal Chris Scudella said the middle school revisions clarified the ban on bandanas, and high school principal Jennifer Rauscher said high school revisions included an explanation of the end of early release days and also clarified the policy concerning academically struggling sstudents’ participation in athletics.

No debate was even truly possible as the board selected Engelhart Dairy as the district’s milk supplier. Theirs was the only bid.

Again with no debate the board accepted Business Manager Jon Miller’s recommendation to award the bread contract to Pan O’ Gold Bakery. Also bidding were the Alpha and Sara Lee Bimbo Bakery.

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The board also approved a travel request from Walter Taylor, PHS agriculture teacher, to take students to Oklahoma City July 30 to Aug. 5 to attend the American Quarter Horse Association’s Youth Worlds Expo. The trip is consistent with board policy and expenses will be the responsibility of the students involved and their parents.

Also granted was a request from Taylor and Tracy Heinbuch, also a PHS agriculture teacher, to travel with students to Louisville, Ky., Oct. 27-31, to attend the annual National FFA Convention and Exposition. The trip is consistent with board policy and expenses will be the responsibility of the students involved and their parents.


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