EL-G district to benefit from new programs

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — The School Board got a first glimpse at one program to be introduced at the district and heard further news on another Monday.

High School Principal Ryan Faris and three staff members introduced the Academic Career Planning (ACP) Steering Committee. Faris said when the group first met it discovered the district was already doing many things that are part of the program.

The program will cover grades four and up. There are four stages: Know (identifying the student’s skills, interests and strengths); Explore (deciding what direction the student wants to go, and what career pathways and educational requirements would support that); Plan (defining practical techniques on how the student can set out); and Go! (reevaluating the previous steps as needed).

The board voted unanimously to support the committee.

Instructor Leslie Corbin reported on activities and plans related to the World Language program.

She first described an educational trip to Paris, Normandy and London, which involved her, eight students and two other adults. Corbin then summarized her attendance at a Teachers for Global Classrooms conference in Washington, D.C. District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack also attended this conference.

Corbin then talked about her experiences in Morocco. Nearly a year ago, Corbin had told the board that, from over 400 applicants nation-wide, she’d been one of 76 selected through the Teachers for Global Classrooms program to have the opportunity to visit another country for two weeks. She said the part of Morocco she visited to exchange ideas on education was very traditional, very nontourist oriented.

Coach Joe Greuel and student athlete Finn Shields told the board about Shields’ (and other students’) experience at the state track meet in Madison.

Greuel enthusiastically thanked the board for the privilege of coaching at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, and expressed appreciation for coaches and others who have helped him.

Greuel complimented Shields for being a great athlete and a great person. Because Shields is a freshman, Buechel Haack said they anticipated three more years of great achievements from him.

Shields described the state meet experience as eye-opening.

Buechel Haack read a list of donations received in the past month. The board unanimously voted to accept them with appreciation.

The board unanimously approved the district’s Child At Risk Plan, which is reviewed and approved annually.

Buechel Haack told the board that a report on restraint and seclusion is required annually from the district. She said no incidents occurred at the middle school and high school. At the elementary level, there were eight occurrences of restraint and four of seclusion. These 12 incidents involved two students.

Brian Feldmann gave a progress report on maintenance projects.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann was not present, so Buechel Haack read the K-8 highlights, which included registration numbers for each grade; mandatory meetings regarding Chromebook usage for families of sixth graders, and of students who are new to the seventh or eighth grades; and summer professional development for instructors.

High School Principal Ryan Faris’ highlights included leadership training; three foreignexchange students for the coming year; and the coming athletic seasons.

The board went into closed session to review bids submitted for installation of solar panels.

Coming out of closed session, the board accepted a bid from Arch Electric to install 24 solar modules on the southwest wall of the high school. Installation is planned for January 2018.

Net cost of the project will be $16,699, which will be paid for with district funds and money from fundraising events.

Installation of the solar panels is part of Solar Our School, a student-initiated project.

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