EL-G School Board wraps up year in short order

by Rodney Schroeter of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE—The school board took care of business in less than an hour at its December meeting.

District Administrator Dr. Ann Buechel Haack reviewed the audited 2014-15 financial statements with the board. Actual amounts spent were close to amounts estimated. As in recent previous years, the audit mentioned that segregation of duties was not at the preferred level, but such audits consider the district’s small size to be a mitigating circumstance. (Auditing standards define certain duties that should not be performed by the same person; when a business or school district has too few people to spread those duties out, that is noted by the audit.)

The board unanimously approved acceptance of several monetary and non-monetary donations, and thanked all donors.

Athlete Lauren Boos described her experience at the state-level swimming competition, and thanked the board for supporting the EL-G/ Kiel swimming co-op program.

High School Principal Jim Brown presented two requests for early graduation, from Amber Bonebrake and Erika Schill. The board unanimously approved the requests.

Brown summarized changes to the district’s 2016-17 course catalog:

• Addition of French IV.

• Changes to Mixed Choir and Culinary Arts 4 and 5.

• An update to career areas available for Youth Apprenticeship program students.

• Deletion of distance-learning classes that are no longer available.

• Removal of a list of online classes from the print catalog, because they change so often, and placing that list online.

• A note that AP Environmental Science and AP/CAPP Biology will be available on a yearly rotation as of the 2017-18 year.

• Categorization of certain classes under a “Health Science” heading.

The board unanimously approved these revisions to the course catalog.

Incorporation of the Technical Excellence Higher Education Scholarship into the district’s policies was unanimously approved.

High school events reported by Student Council representative Aryka Klemme included the Rocky Knoll gift drive, activities with Project Angel Hugs, Christmas Dress-up Days, and the coming Christmas Potluck.

Activities in the last month for grades K-8 as reported by Elementary

Principal Deb Hammann included field trips, concerts, parent/ teacher conferences, a poster contest for fire prevention, cards for Rocky Knoll residents, and Christmas assistance to seventeen needy families.

Brown’s summary of the month’s high school activities included winter sports, concerts, a theatrical production of “The One and Only Santa Clause,” a variety of holiday giving initiatives, and Christmas help to twelve needy families.

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