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Tomahawk School Board Meeting Recap

10 Apr News

The Board began the meeting by approving consent agenda items. That includes Sherry Hoffman and David Sergeant as Children’s Play Assistant Director and Technical Assistant Respectively. Others on the consent agenda are Zachery Bruesewitz volunteer track and Beau Below volunteer Baseball and the resignation of Amy Herman as 8th grade math teacher.

The board approved Dr. Carl R. Eklund from the class of 1927 as their inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient. Eklund was the first THS grad to earn his PhD and is also renowned for his research in Antarctica. He will be honored at the Tomahawk High School commencement ceremony.

In other action taken at last nights meeting, the board approved; the teacher contract list and CESA shared services contract; and a Trees for Tomorrow Field trip for later this month and in May. The district is transitioning that annual trip from 6th graders to fifth graders. This second trip for the school year will cover those 5th graders that would otherwise miss due to the change.

Dave Janish spoke about the John E Dotter Trust as the designate a new trustee. Audrey Cordova will take over for Karen Storm as one of two trustees. The annual scholarship was established in 1996.

In District Administrator Roger Rindo’s report, he said some additional aide came in from the state, which will be the last until this summer. The district budget remains right on line with a fund balance of $9.4 million. He said that he continues to remain in contact with legislators from the area regarding various educational situations coming up in Madison such as vouchers and funding.

In the high school report, Principal Scott Swenty said they are beginning to acknowledge the staff and students for their accomplishments during the school year. Mike Juech commended Mitchell Schauer and teacher Andy Piessig, as the two are using classroom metals skills to work on a project to improve the weight room. Also coming up in the high school is the state forensics meet later this month.

In the middle school, their student council will be heading to Green Bay later this month to attend the State Jam. The two day event includes student council representatives from across the state.

And in the Elementary they continue work on their upcoming spring carnival. The student council also mentioned that last months Luck for a Buck St. Patrick’s day fundraiser raised more than $400 which they donated to the Lincoln County Humane Society.

In other reports from last nights meeting, the board heard a presentation on the Spanish class’s bi-annual trip to Mexico. The students traveled to Mexico City for several days before heading to the Yucatan. Highlights of their journey included visits to the president’s palace, an Aztec Temple, the Temple of the Sun and the Moon, Chichen Itza, swimming in cenotes and releasing a sea turtle. They continued their tradition of meeting with a school in Mexico. They continue to stay in touch with the school and their students.

The board discussed the RtI and PBIS Implementation Status. The implementation is ongoing and is broken down into various phases. Finally the board wrapped up the meeting with their monthly discussions of educational publications, this time focusing on the topic of Finland’s highly successful educational system.