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Tomahawk School Board Meeting Recap

10 Oct News

The board began by approving the consent agenda items. Those include above pay contracts for the following past coaches: Brian Casey and Melanie Hansen, Response to Intervention Internal Coaches; Jake Flohr, Head Boys Hockey; Ricky Myre and Zach Garner, assistant hockey; Pat Steffen, Head Girls Hockey; Marion Kohl, Boys swimming; Bob Garrou, head wrestling; Bob Skubal and John Repinski, assistant wrestling; Justin Rigney, head middle school boys basketball; Jimmy Charles, assistant middle school boys basketball; and Dave Bellile, assistant middle school wrestling. New coaches approved include Renee Loka, Middle School Forensics and Sarah Knorr, JV girls basketball coach.

Volunteer coaches approved include: Jack Jarvensivu and Jason Kahle boys basketball; Brian Jones, Boys Swimming; Terry Timm, Girls basketball; Ron Nerva and Greg Valier girls hockey and Chuck Defoer and Nate Nelmark boys hockey. These are all past volunteers. Resignations include Belinda Mortimer elementary para-professional;Jim Charles middle school girls basketball and Gretchen Konopacky Middle school English Teacher.

In his financial report superintendent Roger Rindo says it was a quiet month on the revenue side. He mentioned they will be setting up a special meeting later this month to set the levy, as they are awaiting the property values and state aide values. He also mentioned the board will likely hear from candidates vying to be appointed to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Thom Brotski. He closed by mentioning the candidate forum scheduled for next week. All the invited candidates have confirmed and the forum will be moderated by Eric Huesby. We will carry the forum live here on WJJQ.

In the high school report, principal Scott Swenty noted the success in organizing homecoming events. The student council representative mentioned that on election day, the high school will also conduct their own mock election for president.

The Middle School is working on 2 events for the community. Students are making flags for veterans at the nursing home. The student council is also planning, “Feed the Beast Week” in conjunction with Halloween. The council will raise money with half going to a yet to be determined charity. The Beast being referred to will be a collection for food donations.

In the elementary Principal Dan Maguire says teachers did a lesson learning about the successes with iPad implementation. He also thanked the parents and coaches for a successful year in the flag football program with 70 students participating, up from past years. Their student council is raising money with the Nickels for Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Later this month the classes will collect nickels with the goal of sending multiple veterans to Washington. They hope to present their totals at the annual Veterans Day Program.

The board approved a parent transportation contract and a 9 week tuition waiver with minimal discussion.

Board member Mark Schlegal discussed the operations committee’s consideration of helping with a Bike Trail Grant. A group received an 80/20 grant for more than $700,000. The school does have funds that must be used for community service. The committee says they are open to participating and are looking into it more.

The board approved the annual field trip to Trees for Tomorrow for 6th graders and also the 8th grade field trip to Washington DC. The DC trip does have a change, as it is now open to all students of a certain GPA rather than just band members.

Rindo gave a presentation on the school and district accountability reporting changes from the DPI and includes a new system to provide overall school performance data, including a school report card.

Finally the board discussed the ACT results from last year. Student participation level is up from previous years in Tomahawk and the scores at the school were higher than the state average, especially in math and science.