School Board reviews project progress, policy proposals

Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — The School Board met Monday for its monthly meeting.

District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack reviewed the audit update with the board. This broke down the 2015-16 fiscal year into individual funds (general fund, gifts and donations, special education fund, building fund, scholarship fund, etc.).

The board voted unanimously to accept the following donations:

* $150 from the Elkhart Lake Fire Department to the high school band for participating in their parade.

* $25 from Elanor Jung.

* A book for the high school library, “This History of WI Bowhunting,” from the Winooski Bowmen’s Club.

The board thanked all donors.

In the absence of Brian “Fuzzy” Feldmann, Buechel Haack summarized progress made on maintenance projects. Among them were:

* All painting in the elementary gym is complete (except painting of the stage and the bleachers).

* In painting the doors and mullions, some rust was found and removed.

* The middle school and dayby care bathroom partitions will be painted this week.

* Tiling work started that day in the elementary bathrooms.

* New fixtures will be installed in the J-K building.

The board unanimously approved to continue maintaining the school district’s line of credit with National Exchange Bank, with whom the district has worked with for the past six years.

The board reviewed a district at-risk plan and unanimously approved its acceptance.

Buechel Haack gave the annual seclusion and restraint report, which included:

* No occurrences at the high school.

* Six occurrences of restraint and seclusion at the middle school.

* 24 occurrences of restraint and 21 occurrences of seclusion at the elementary school.

Buechel Haack said an in-service for staff would address seclusion and restraint.

The district has worked with Neola Policy Services to write the district’s policies. Buechel Haack reviewed a recent batch of policy revisions with the board. “Most of these, we don’t have much choice about, because of federal changes,” she said, listing several guidelines that schools receiving federal money must follow.

The board unanimously approved naming Ryan Faris, the new High School principal, as compliance officer, in place of James Brown, the previous principal. Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s highlights for JK through eighth grade for the past month included recent student registration, with 12 new families; coming orientation, education and family responsibilities in use of the Chromebooks for upper grades; professional development of staff through training programs; recent CPR training; peer-to-peer education during a coming instructor inservice; and training for students on video-audio equipment.

Faris was unable to attend the meeting, but left a report of high school events during the past month. Buechel Haack gave the report, which included: the coming Leadership Day; freshman orientation, which will include graduation requirements; an Athletic Club meeting, where requirements for athletic participation were given; and football practice is underway and cross-country will start soon.

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