Plymouth School Board praises student, staff efforts, achievements

by Dave Cary
Review Correspondent

It was an evening of kudos at Tuesday’s Plymouth School Board meeting.

Herbert Stoltenberg and English Teacher Brad Feick, along with the cast of the school’s award-winning one-act play were presented to the board for honors by High School Principal Jennifer Rauscher.

The play recently earned both the Critic’s Choice and Outstanding Ensemble Awards at this year’s state drama festival. In addition to these awards, cast members Connor McManus and Adam Carbaugh earned Outstanding Acting awards awhile the Directing Award went to Stoltenberg and Feick.

At the meeting, Stoltenberg was also cited for his longstanding commitment to the district.

The play itself - sort of a mini-anthology - was put together by Stoltenberg and Feick, who drew upon a selection of shorter works by Mark Twain.

“We plagiarized,” commented Feick.

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Also honored was Business Education Instructor June Winkelman, recently chosen a recipient of the 2017 LTC Top Tech Award. Winkelman is one of six recipients of this award from Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties. The award cited her for developing collaborative relationships with area business and for numerous field trips to diverse area organizations.

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Science Teacher Tina Henriksen and Head Custodian Robert Mueller reported to the board on the PHS Green Team.

The Team - currently nine PHS students - focuses on studying the whys and implementing the hows involving recycling efforts. New efforts by the team this year will include three 8x8 composting containers, into which used paper toweling, other paper and cafeteria wastes will go.

The team has taken several field trips to a variety of organizations to review their recycling efforts.

Henriksen told the board that her focus is the more scientific side of things, whereas Mueller explains the physical, hands-on aspects.

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The board approved the 2017-18 Carl Perkins award agreement. This is a federal grant under which the Plymouth School District will act as fiscal agent for a consortium of area school districts. The funds involved will be used for teacher training, services and supplies and equipment in vocational education programs.

A question that sometimes comes up when this item is discussed is who it is named after. For the record, it is not Carl Perkins, ‘50s rockabilly performer and composer of ‘Blue Suede Shoes,’ but a congressman from Kentucky noted for his support and sponsorship of measures to improve education for the less privileged. This person, Carl D. Perkins, was also instrumental in the creation of Head Start. He died in 1984.

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In personnel matters, the board approved a 100 percent contract for Marcus Lackovic to serve as a cross categorical teacher at Fairview El- ementary School starting last january 30. Lackovic earned his bachelors degree from Cardinal Stritch University, and this will be his first year of teaching.

Anna Anderson has submitted her resignation effective next July 14 as administrative assistant to the superintendent, a position she has held 27 years.

Melissa Konrad, special education aide at Fairview Elementary School has resigned as of Feb. 24 after serving the district for six months.

Alexandra Gilhuber has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School.

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The board accepted the following gifts and donations:

• $1,040 from Sargento Inc to pay for T-Shirts worn by fourth graders in a recent production di- rected by Patty Talen.

• $240 from board member Pam Holzhaeuser for the PHS art department.

• $346.78 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.

• $250 from Waldo State Bank for students to attend Physics Day at Great America.

• $100 from Sonntag Plumbing for students to attend Physics Day at Great America.

• $150 from Maggie’s Closet for students to attend Physics Day at Great America.

• $312 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.

• $500 from New manufacturing Alliance, for our students to attend the ‘Get Real Math’ premiere at Meyer Theater.

• $100 from the Labor Management Council of Northeastern Wisconsin for student transportation to and from a Construction Career Fair.

• • • In other matters, the board approved an out of state travel request from Laura Koebel, world language teacher at PHS, to take students to the We Day Convention in Chicago next March 1. The request complies with board policy and expenses will be borne by students and/or parents through fundraising.

The board gave final approval to a package of NEOLA and EDGAR policy updates that head had its first reading in December. Overall, this consists of 52 separate items ranging from one concerning the superintendent position through relations with non-school affiliated groups. Four of these are financial in nature - which means they may or may not overlap with a separate set of policy updates that come under the acronym ‘EDGAR.’

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