School Board hears report on ACT test results

by Dave Cary
Review Correspondent

Assistant Superintendent Dan Mella forswore lengthy explanations in his report to the School Board Tuesday on the district’s ACT tests report — in which things seemed very comparable to previous years.

Instead he explained that these standardized tests had been mandated for 11th grade statewide, which had brought a substantial increase in the number of students taking them, which jiggled the averages a bit. Plymouth’s average score, he said was 20.8 — similar to previous years.

As to what this meant, however, he said the simplest way to understand things was to go to the State website set up to present substantial data to the public in a user friendly form. It is found at http:// wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/. For those interested in measured school district accomplishments and comparisons, it is the place to go.

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In financial matters, the board approved a Food Service Department to increase school lunch costs by a nickel: this increase is largely driven by the need to maintain equity with what the Federal Government reimburses for free and reduced lunch prices. Board president Tim St. Clair said he wanted to emphasize that point, as he has in the past.

The board also implemented the district’s final offer for the 2016- 17 school year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the PEA. The offer calls for a 0 percent across the board increase to base wages for the year and a 2.80 percent increase of total salary for the same year distributed as supplemental/ discretionary compensation according to the district’s model.

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In personnel matters, the board accepted several retirement requests:

• Fairview first grade teacher Joan Carlson will retire at the end of the school year. Carlson has been with the district 26 years.

• Instructional coach for the district Claire Emley will retire at the end of the school year. Emley has been with the district 28 years.

• District Occupational Therapist Edel Logan will retire at the end of the school year. Logan has been with the district for 15 years.

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The board also accepted several resignation requests:

• Fairview fourth grade teacher Jaclyn Ratajczak has resigned effective at the end of the school year. She has been with the district four years.

• PHS agriculture teacher Walter Taylor is resigning at the end of the school year. He has been with the district five years.

• River Cross-categorical teacher Kendra Ramaeker has resigned effective at the end of the school year.She has been with the district two years.

Two new hires were approved:

The board approved a 100 percent contract for Robert Briggs to teach Language Arts at PHS beginning at the start of the next school year. Briggs received his bachelors degree from UW-Platteville and has one year of experience with the Mercer School District.

The board also approved a 100 percent contract for Jaclyn Uithoven to serve as a cross categorical teacher at PS beginning with the start of the school year. Uithoven received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Masters degree from Bethel University. She served as a special ed teacher in Austin, Minnesota.

In support staff issues, Lynn Gradinjan, counseling office administrative assistant submitted her retirement notice effective

Sept. 20. She has been with the district 27 years.

• Lynn Sierpinski, Special Ed aide at PHS submitted her retirement notice effective last June 7. She has been with the district two years.

Diane Presley, Special Ed Aide at Horizon, has submitted her resignation effective last June 7. She has been with the district for eight years.

Cindy Musial, Special Ed Aide at Parkview has submitted her resignation effective last June 13. She has been with the district for five months.

The board also approved a 2.80 percent administrative salary pool increase for the 2016-17 year based on the discretion of the Superintendent and School Board according to the district’s Administrative Career and Compensation model.

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The board approved an out of state travel request from Julie Overby and Kelly Ochalek, Riverview eighth grade teachers, to take students to Washington, D.C. for the week of June 12, 2017.

The board approved a second out of state travel request from Tracy Heinbuch, PHS Agriscience Teacher to take a student to take a student to Washington, D.C. July 26-31, 2017, to attend the Washington Leadership Conference.

Both trips are consistent with board policies; expenses are the responsibility of the students and their families.

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The board accepted several donations from members of the community.

• $168.62 from Target for Parkview Elementary School.

• $1,000 from the Kohler Foundation for the PHS art department. $550.00 from the PHS Cross Country/Track Booster Club for a pole vault pole.

• $1,306.00 from Riverview RAPT for two Ipads and accessories.

• $3,000 from Kohl’s Department Store for student transportation at Parkview.

• $1,528.56 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.

• $893.41 from Fairview PTO for student transportation.

• $66,666.66 from the Plymouth Education Foundation toward the Food Science and Ag center.

• $2,000 from Kohl’s Department Store for student transportation at Horizon.

• $1,292.90 from Board Member Richard York. York is donating his board salary back to the district.

• $7,675.00 from the Plymouth Education Foundation for the 2016-17 grant awards distributed within the district.

• $2,000 from Gerry and Debbi Krebsbach toward renovation of the PHS softball diamonds.

• $500.00 from Gale and Ranea Grahn toward renovation of the PHS softball diamonds.

• Grow lamps, grow light ballasts, replacement bulbs and a fan from the Sheboygan County Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Group.


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