EL-G welcomes new high school principal

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — Students of the Elkhart Lake High School and their families will have an opportunity to meet with the new High School principal, Ryan Faris.

At the School Board meeting Monday night, District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack announced a Meet & Greet to be held for Faris and his family on Monday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the High School.

Former Principal Jim Brown had announced his resignation in early May but stayed on at Elkhart Lake to wrap up some activities he was involved in and to orient Faris.

Faris said, after his first two weeks at EL-G, “I continue to meet with staff. So far, I’ve met with eight teachers, three staff members, three coaches, and several other members that play a key role at the high school. I met with a representative from Lakeland University. I’m trying to keep those relationships up, meet the people, and develop positive relationships. I’m learning a lot about the history of the high school and the community. I’ve been in Sheboygan County for a long time, and I’m still learning what Elkhart Lake has to offer.”

He said he’s working on the coming Leadership Day on Aug. 24. He’s “getting ready for that first day of school with the students and the first staff meeting on Aug. 30.”

Buechel Haack added that several parents and students have stopped in to meet Faris.

“The staff has been great,” Faris told the board. “It’s a very welcoming system. It’s really neat to have some formal conversations with the staff members.”

Maintenance projects

Brian “Fuzzy” Feldmann reported on several maintenance projects completed or nearly so, and presented bids received for work on proposed future projects.

Completed during the summer: Sidewalks, replanting of grass, painting and carpeting on the third floor. The mullions would have been completed, but the ones sent to the school were not the right size. Scheduled in the week ahead is some new carpeting and painting.

The board reviewed and approved acceptance of bids for tiling and carpentry work in the elementary/ day care bathrooms; painting in the middle school/ day care bathrooms; electrical work in the middle school/high school technology rooms; and carpeting in the high school technology room.

Other highlights

Anthony Summers, Technology Coordinator and IT Systems Architect, gave an overview of computer systems being installed at the school. He told of several activities students are and will be able to engage in, including programming.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann explained the rationale for the $50 fee parents will be asked to pay for their 6th through 8th Grade children’s Chromebook computers. The fee covers insurance for loss of the Chromebooks. The board unanimously approved this fee.

Joel Schuler volunteered to be the delegate to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) convention in Madison. The board unanimously appointed him.

The board reviewed, discussed, and unanimously approved several proposed changes to the Teacher and Support Handbook for 2016-17.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann highlighted some JK through Eight activities: The end of the 5-week Summer School session the previous week, with 180 students participating and parent visitation; a wrap-up staff meeting, where innovative ideas for next school year were presented; coming technology training for staff.

Hammann said that registration packets have gone out with Summer School students, and were mailed out to other families. Registration dates are Thursday, July 28 from noon to 7 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

High School activity highlights, given by Faris, included the end of baseball season the previous week; concussion screening to be held at the end of the month; a football camp with over a dozen participants.

The board unanimously approved the following hires:

Certified Staff: Smantha Hofacker, Guidance Counselor. Hammann noted that there were 24 applicants for this position.

Co-curricular Staff: Diane Feldmann, head volleyball coach; Lisa McClurg, JV2 volleyball coach; Matt Bayens, JV boys basketball coach; Kerry Kraemer, play director; and Bill Johnston, play director.

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