PHS board hears report on facilities study

by Dave Cary
Review Correspondent

The recently-established Facility Study subcommittee — tasked with examining existing district facilities and their suitability for the district’s ongoing educational goals — made its first brief report to the board Tuesday, given by board and subcommittee member Bob Travis.

Travis said the subcommittee had recently examined Parkview and Fairview Elementary schools with regard to security, classroom access, learning environment, food service, wellness and health, physical exercise facilities, as well as others, to meet changing requirements. He said that in many of these areas, what used to be the norm was now obsolete — such as the need for exercise and activity among youth — and was likely to be even more obsolete in the future.

Travis added that the subcommittee’s procedure would be to consult an architect and a contractor to make recommendations, and the results would be opened to public input and comment.

Travis said this was part of a continuing study.

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In personnel matters, the board welcomed several new faces when it:

• Approved a 100% contract for Rachel Moore to teach 5th grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Moore earned her Bachelors degree from UWOshkosh; this will be her first year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Dave Scheel to teach 7th grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Scheel earned his Bachelors degree from Concordia University and his Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University; this will be his second year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Olivia Lanser to be a Cross Categorical Teacher at Riverview School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Lanser earned her Bachelors degree from Cardinal Stritch University; this will be her first year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Cody Wisman to teach Instrumental and General Music at Riverview Middle School and Plymouth High School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Wisman earned earned his Bachelors degree from UW-Platteville; this will be his first year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Samantha Smith to teach 5th grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Smith earned her Bachelors degree from Marian University; this will be her fourth year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Pam Holzhaeuser to teach 6th grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Holzhaeuser earned her Bachelors degree from UW-Green Bay; this will be her first year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Amanda Koncelik to be a Cross categorical Teacher at Plymouth High School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Koncelik earned her Masters degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville OH; this willbe her fourth year of teaching.

• Approved a 100% contract for Gabrielle Fote to teach 5th grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2017 – 2018 school year. Fote earned her Bachelors degree from St. Norbert College; this will first year of teaching.

The board also approved two resignation requests:

• Linda Weyker, Cross Categorical Teacher at Riverview Middle School, resignation effective at the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year. Weyker served the district for 22 years.

• Kelly Schroeder, 6th grade teacher at Riverview Middle School, resignation effective at the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year. Schroeder served the district for two years.

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The board accepted the following gifts and donations:

• $2474.49 from the Parkview PTK for student transportation.

• $104.92 from Inspire Sheboygan County for student transportation.

• $109.67 from Generations Intergeneratioanal Center for student transportation.

• $731.60 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.

• And $2,000 from the Booster Club for High School football helmets.

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In a series of separate actions, the board gave its assent to several items.

The board approved the first reading of a package of policy updates as suggested by NEOLA, an organization that, according to its website, helps schools develop policies that help “...set direction and address the policy implications and mandates of the everevolving laws and regulations from all levels of government.” The organization has over 1,300 clients in seven states.

The board also approved adoption of the 2017-18 Academic Standards, which had been reviewed by the board at earlier meetings. After approval, these standards will be the same as those in effect the previous three years.

The board approved proposed revisions to both the Riverview Middle School Student and Parent Handbook and the Plymouth High School Student and parent Orange Guide. These are reviewed each year.

The board approved a packet of updates and changes — mostly to meet legal requirements and add clarity — to the 2017 – 2018 Support Staff Handbook.

The board renewed its membership in the WIAA, organizer of inter-school athletics in the state. There are no membership dues or fees involved.

To stay in compliance with Federal requirements, the board agreed to a ten-cent increase in hot lunch tickets. Over the years, Board president Tim St. Clair has several times expressed annoyance over this required increase.


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