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Tomahawk School Board Meeting Recap

13 Mar News

The Tomahawk School Board held their regularly scheduled meeting. To start, the board approved their consent agenda items. Those included the approval James Burg as Varsity Volleyball coach. He comes from the same position at Eau Claire Regis. Andy Peissig was approved as an assistant middle school football coach and Anthony Klein as a volunteer baseball coach. They accepted the resignation of Jake Flohr as boys hockey coach and Garth Gerstenberger as Middle School Basketball coach.

The board members and administrators continued the heavy praise of the retiring staff, Bruce Bradley, Mary Smith, Deb Overhaug and Darlene Machel.

Yuliya Gamza, a visiting teacher from Kazakhstan, was introduced and gave a presentation on her experiences. I’ll have more on her presentation later this week.

In Dr. Roger Rindo’s financial and administrator report, he said this month has been positive for revenue through state aide and taxes coming in. He said the budget appears right on the line and things look solid. He also continued his discussions on the state budget and how it affects school funding. He presented charts from the DPI. He was also recently on our forum discussing the topic and that is still available on our website as a podcast.

It was relatively quiet in updates from the various schools. In the High School, Principal Scott Swenty acknowledged the Tomahawk Community Bank Business Friends of Education award, plus Hannah Schmidt and Amanda Johnson for their Kohl Foundation awards.

In the Middle School Principal Hanson recognized the staff retirements, recent successful forensics competitions and the opportunity recently for 6th graders to get dental sealants.

In elementary news, Dan Maguire says that the Missoula Children’s Theater will be coming in April where they will work with students in workshops and a performance of the “Secret Garden” According to the elementary student council representatives, they are already working for the annual spring carnival with a date set for May.

The council is also holding a fundraiser this Friday for the Lincoln County Humane Society. In addition to green day, they will collect donations in Luck for a Buck.

Student Hannah Schmidt and Mr. Colburn, music teacher gave a presentation on a recent trip to the Dorian Vocal Festival in Iowa, which is believed to be the largest invite festival with more than 1,200 singers. Both continually mentioned the word opportunity being involved in the experience.

The board approved the student transportation contract on a voice vote. Members of the operations committee laid out the plan for a trophy display case project. The eventual plan would highlight not only athletics, but academics and fine arts as well, all on a display as visitors enter the building.

They approved 2 items from the long term plan, including arch flash labeling and replacing the carpet in three classrooms with a vinyl flooring material. This will give the school an idea about the possibilities of updating flooring in that portion of the school down the road. The board approved the annual physics trip to Great America, and finally Kelly Huesby gave a presentation on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This will replace current assessments and will give a more well rounded analysis using critical thinking and technology in the testing.