District administrator opened the meeting with comments on the passing of special education teacher Rick Hall, who had spent 7 years in the district. He said Hall had “a positive impact and was a very upbeat person that will certainly be missed.”
After posting the position and interviews, the board ultimately approved Tim Steigerwaldt, a district graduate, to the board on an interim basis. He will fill the seat held by Thom Bratski who resigned at the end of the summer.
The school board approved their consent agenda items, which included Debra Moore-Koth, Mary Ineichen and Lisa Bernarde as half-time paraprofessionals. Above pay contracts were approved for Stacy Bolder, 8th grade girls basketball; Kristina Walters, 7th grade girls basketball; Tim Albert, Varsity boys basketball; Al Barkholz, freshman boys basketball; Jon O’Callaghan, assistant middle school boys basketball; Angela Schaffer, assistant middle school forensics; Melanie Hanson, middle school mentor; Lisa Piekarksi and Amanda Duncan PBIS coaches; Cathy Schmidt, elementary response to intervention and Jim Krueger, Science Team Leader.
Volunteers approved include Mark Gass, Jane Gass, Randall Warren, and Jacob Cordova weight room supervision and Bard Bishop, Tony Derleth, Dan Goetz and Zach Hagar; wrestling coaches.
In elementary news, they acknowledged the Nickels for Never Forgotten fundraiser in which the students raised enough money to send 3 veterans on the flight. They have a Food drive coming up and parent teacher attendance was 97%.
The Middle school will be having their Renaissance Festival Assembly, had a successful Veteran’s Program on Monday. A fundraiser they held will donate $230 to Ties that Bind Us breast cancer group.
In the high school news, 16 choir and band students participated in GNC district Music festival in Rhinelander over the weekend.
In the district financial update Rindo said they spent a little less than in 2011. As of October 31, the district had $5.8 million in cash on hand.
The board approved the distinguished alumni award and its criteria, expressing excitement about the award. The first honorees are expected at the graduation ceremony. They also approved a school trip to the Dorian Vocal Festival in Decorah, Iowa for junior and senior choir students.
There was a further breakdown of the School report cards issued. They went over the Tomahawk school averages and where they stood compared to state averages.
Finally the board heard reports on Literacy Screening in the Elementary and on Alternative Education, which has attracted 7 home school students.