EL-G plans for 100th graduating class

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — This June’s graduating high school class at the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District will be the district’s 100th.

Plans are underway to celebrate that centennial. But recognition of the past century will not overshadow the celebration of the current graduating class’ achievements. That was the promise of District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack at Monday night’s School Board meeting.

Buechel Haack said items related to the school district’s history have already come in. They (and hopefully others to come) will be shown in the large school display cases. Several boxes of old records have been found in the school, containing things like hand-written teacher contracts from the 1930s.

EL-G alumni who would like to share stories or memories can send them to Buechel Haack at abhaack@goresorters.com. They can be mailed to her c/o EL-G School District, PO Box 326.

Graduation is Sunday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m.

Buechel Haack shared a proposed layout for a Drafting and Computer Science lab. This and other maintenance projects will be discussed at a future special meeting.

Buechel Haack went over budget forecast models provided by Baird. These presented different scenarios based on different equalized valuation growth and different property valuation increases. She hopes to use this data as part of a survey being planned for residents, to gain support for a possible future referendum.

The board reviewed results of a survey presented to the staff.

The district received two donations, acceptance of which the board unanimously approved with appreciation.

Three re-elected board members were sworn in: Board President Jim Henschel, Kim Viglietti, and Mike Meeusen.

The following items are reviewed and acted on annually. The board unanimously approved:

• Continuing to work with Tony Renning of Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis and Lacy as the district’s legal counsel.

• Keeping the Plymouth Review as the district’s official newspaper.

• Continuing to use the National Exchange Bank & Trust and the Local Government Investment Pool as depositories.

• Appointment of Keith Ruh as the CESA convention delegate.

• Appointing Erica Spatz and Joel Schuler as board representatives for high school graduation.

• Retaining the WCA Group Health Trust for staff insurance. Buechel Haack said after she discussed the policy with the agency’s representative, the district was offered a renewal with no increases. The board found this very satisfactory.

Aryka Klemme reported that the Student Council has started discussing Spring Fever events, though with the recent snowfall, that discussion had taken some humorous turns. Her report also included the May 4 teacher and staff appreciation breakfast.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s JK-8 highlights included the start of middle school track; observing National Library Week; recent student participation in Solo Ensemble; the May 1 spring concert; participation of fifth graders in the Junior Achievement program in Milwaukee; a trip to Camp Anokijig for the sixth graders; activities for Autism Awareness Month in April; a first grade trip to Discovery World; a trip for fourth graders to Maywood Park to learn about maple syrup production.

High School Principal Ryan Faris’ high school highlights included Aspire testing; an assembly recognizing academic achievement on April 18; the upcoming prom; the recent state-level FCCLA conference, with the national-level conference coming up; the awarding to instructor Beth Roehl of Master Advisor from FCCLA; 12 students to compete at the state level in forensics; spring sports being hampered by the recent snow.

Buechel Haack distributed preliminary copies of three tri-fold brochures, designed to promote the three-year-old preschool program, before and after school child care, and junior kindergarten.

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