EL-G board hears of district programs, achievements

by Rodney Schroeter
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — With the school year nearing its end, and with the celebration of the 100th graduating class approaching, the School Board Monday night addressed a tightly packed agenda in a three-hour meeting.

Student Ciarra Hassinger was introduced. She’d participated in forensics at the state level. “Ciarra scored a perfect 25 at state,” District Superintendent Dr. Ann Buechel Haack told the board. Hassinger gave some background on her participation. She had picked the topic of love for her competition readings. For the board, she read what she called one of her favorites, a poem by Louis MacNeice called “Meeting Point.”

Buechel Haack pointed out that Hassinger had also scored a perfect 25 the previous year, and that a total of 12 district students had competed at the state level this year.

Buechel Haack asked Nadia Siddique, in the audience, to talk about her category in the state forensics competition. Siddique prepared a five-minute radio presentation based on materials given to her at the competition.

Instructor Leslie Corbin and student Megan Waage described the Global Education Scholar program. Waage told of her trip to Haiti.

Corbin and instructor Lei Lund gave an overview of the World Texts program.

Buechel Haack reviewed budget issues for the current school year, and for the 2018- 19 year.

The district received a Certificate of Recognition from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, for “the commitment of your staff to ensuring a quality education for each and every child.”

Building and Grounds Director Brian Feldmann went over bids received for several possible district projects. Board members thought some bids were high, and asked Feldmann to review the numbers with bidders.

Buechel Haack went over results of a survey given to the district staff. One of the many positive highlights was that 100 per cent of respondents indicated they believed the school district is moving in the right direction to accomplish its objectives.

High School Principal Ryan Faris summarized the content and objectives for a Consumer Math and Finance Course. The board unanimously approved this course being eligible for graduation math requirements.

The board reviewed and unanimously approved several changes to the elementary and high school handbooks.

The board unanimously approved:

• Acceptance of several donations, with expressions of gratitude.

• Acceptance of 18 students who have applied for open enrollment.

The board presented Aryka Klemme with a gift for being the Student Council representative, giving reports on student activities for three years. Klemme thanked the board for the opportunity to report to them regularly, which she said helped her decide to pursue an education in political science. Her final report to the board consisted of the coming Spring Fling.

Elementary Principal Deb Hammann’s JK-8 highlights included a recent math assessment; seventh graders visiting their adopted grandparents at Rocky Knoll; sixth grade band recitals (she noted that all but five sixth graders are band participants); a trip to the Wisconsin Dells for the Safety Patrol team; the fire safety poster contest; elected student government officers; seventh grade bike trip around the Sheboygan County marsh; and eighth grade recognition.

Faris’ high school highlights included a third-quarter assembly recognizing achievements; the mock crash put on by the FCCLA; sports seasons in progress and wrapping up; Scholarship Night; Academic and Fine Arts Evening; and the high school spring concert.

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