EL-G School Board looks to future achievements

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—At its Monday night meeting, the school board addressed routine business as the school year’s first quarter nears its end, and looked forward to a celebratory open house this weekend.

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the school’s greenhouse, followed by a general open house for the entire Career Technical Education program on Sunday, Oct. 25. A presentation in the Mauk High School Auditorium will start things off at 1 p.m., with the ribbon cutting at 1:20 p.m. From then until 3 p.m., the public is invited to tour the greenhouse and the Technology Education and Culinary Arts facilities. Refreshments prepared by students in the Culinary Arts program will be served in the newly-renovated library.

District Administrator Dr. Ann Buechel Haack said that, among the achievements already seen from the greenhouse, is the first harvested crop of tilapia.

The school district received monetary donations in the form of $1,500 towards the high school emergency fund; $1,500 towards the elementary/middle school emergency fund; and $50 for the Drama Club. Non-monetary donations were a set of baseball shin guards; a used clarinet; and a used flute.

The board unanimously approved receipt of these donations, and expressed appreciation for them.

Buechel Haack said, “If anyone has instruments at home that they’re not using, the band would welcome instrument donations. They’re very short on instruments, and they have lots of kids that want to play. Any used instruments we can get in would be greatly appreciated.”

Buechel Haack reviewed the open enrollment numbers with the board.

The levy worksheet for 2015- 16 was reviewed. Buechel Haack went over factors affecting the numbers, and compared them to the previous year’s. The board unanimously approved the 2015- 16 levy amount of $5,477,474, and rate of .00845865.

The board unanimously approved two out-of-state field trips: for the FCCLA nationals in San Diego in April; and for the AFS trip to Chicago in December.

The board unanimously approved two co-curricular resignations and two new contracts; a support staff contract for a day care aide.

The Student Council activities report from Aryka Klemme included successful and enjoyable Homecoming events, which she said had high student participation. Coming events include breast cancer awareness and a Halloween costume contest.

Activities for grades JK through 8, reported by Elementary Principal Deb Hammann, included participation in Homecoming week activities; a field trip to Kohler Company; a sweatshirt painting and ice cream social; a Middle School dance; and trips to Parnell Tower, the Wade House, and the Ice Age Center.

Summarizing High School activities, Principal Jim Brown estimated attendance at the Homecoming dance to be one hundred twenty-one students, or about two-thirds of the student body; the school had its first-ever home soccer game (“A first-class event,” Brown said; “A lot of compliments on what we do here. The field was awesome.”); and several athletic seasons are winding down. He told of coming Google Docs training for staff.

Buechel Haack added that the Chromebooks are working very well. When asked after the meeting, she told the Review that she has received inquiries from other school districts that are considering using Chromebooks.

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