New HG middle school principal hired

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The School Board approved the hiring of Heather Zizis to become the new middle school principal replacing principal Andy Hansen, who is retiring after this school year, Monday.

Zizis grew up in Cuba City and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught for seven years and during that time she earned her master’s degree in school leadership.

Zizis is looking forward to learning and growing with the Howards Grove community. Her family is also looking forward to moving back to Wisconsin and raising their family.

Superintendent Chris Peterson gave an update on the progress of the Howards Grove Center for the Arts.

Painting and curtains are being finished up this week. Currently they are struggling to get the seating in on time. It is projected that they may arrive by May 7.

The grand opening may be delayed but everything is under budget. However, Peterson reminded the board members that the budget is still very tight.

Peterson praised all of the vendors for their outstanding work from the start to the finish of the auditorium project.

Middle School principal Andy Hansen presented the summer school course offerings. All of the courses were approved by the board.

The board appointed district staff canvassers to work with Peterson for the spring School Board election results.

Board members Nate Dehne and Kim Plass were appointed to participate in the June graduation ceremony.

New textbooks for AP Biology and AP Chemistry were approved as presented. The text books will not be order unless there are enough student registered for the classes.

New Social Studies books were considered for the fifth through eighth grades at the middle school. These textbooks contain many online resources. There will be two textbooks, one for grades 5-6 and one for grades 7-8. This will help prepare the students for high school.

Action will be taken at the April board meeting.

High School Principal Scott Fritz stated the WIAA will discontinue summer baseball after the 2018 season. Talks are being held with the Big East Conference to integrate a schedule for all of the teams playing in the conference in 2019.

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