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Tomahawk School Board Meeting Recap

15 May News

The School District of Tomahawk began their meetings by electing their officers, with just one change from last year. Pete Wurl will serve as board president; Ken Schultz, vice president; Mark Schlegal, clerk; and choosing to no longer serve as treasurer  Dale Ernst nominated Ken Dirxx who was approved.

The entire board were then presented with 2013 yearbooks. This year’s theme is “we are.”

This was followed by approval of consent agenda items including: replacement staff Jessica Shimkus, special education; Brianna Schield, HS Science; Alyssa Galvan, 6th grade; and Kay Olson, 8th grade math. Above pay contracts were approved for Mike DeBels MS Head CC coach, Chris Uttech, MS assistant football coach and Rachel Tassler, Wes Roessler, Jeremy Baalke, Dottie Anderson and Brian Casey as their respective department chairs. Elizabeth Hilgendorf was approved as a volunteer track coach and the board accepted the resignations of Roger Rindo, Kelly LeVeque, counselor; Kristi Anderson, play director and Cathleen Schmit as Destination Imagination/ Writer’s Guild. Finally they recognized Julie Shelly’s retirement as a paraprofessional after 18 years of service. Ken Dirxx was appointed as the CESA 9 Convention representative and Dan Maguire was approved as summer school principal.

The staff reports were spent largely spent praising those teachers, aides and other staff members leaving the district at the end of the year. Dan Maguire did touch on the summer school registration which is ahead of last year’s sign up rate. There are already 330 registered for the 3 week program. Both he and the board were excited by that.

The board heard presentations from the High School Art trip to Chicago where around 20 students attended the Chicago Institute of Art Museum amongst other stops. There was also a recap of the 48 member 8th grade contingent that traveled to Washington DC. New this year, they documented their trip via a Facebook page that was frequently visited.

The board did make some recommended tough decision following a discussion that will reduce the budget by $473,000. The cuts were mainly done through staff leaving without being refilled, and were prioritized as 2s and 3s on a scale of 1-4.

The board approved the recommended bid for new district copy machines from Rhyme. They will replace the current machines that are on their 7th year of an estimated 5 year lifespan. The new machines will be equipped with flash drive, sd card and .pdf capability amongst other features. The hope the cost savings in yearly maintenance will offer a reduction in the purchase price of $157,000 for 10 machines and maintenance for 5 years. They reported that the district printed around 3 million pages last year.

The board approved the safe school plan, transportation contracts, 2013 graduation list, and 3 students for early graduation next January.

The meeting wrapped with a member suggesting the board have a future discussion of policies regarding the new k-9 unit at the Tomahawk Police Department. They then entered closed session to discuss the superintendent vacancy.