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Tomahawk School Board Recap

12 Jun News

The Tomahawk School board met last night and began with their consent agenda items. This included a lengthy list of Above Pay Contracts including: Justin Lund and Gary Miller assistant CC; Joe Lilek, football assistant; Tim Nelson, JV football; Theresa L’Esperance, Girls swimming; Amanda Charles, varsity volleyball; Kristina Theiler, JV volleyball; Jody Bartz, Freshman Volleyball; Garth Gerstenberger, MS boys basketball; Amanda Knitt, MS volleyball head coach; Alyssa Galvan, MS volleyball assistant; Andy Peissig MS track; Meghan Barker, Peg McKenzie, Kristine Roberts, Emily Sage, Becky Wegner, Sheri Woodall and Renee Loka content leaders and Olivia Dachel related arts chair.

Adam Blomberg was named a High School Math Teacher. He has eight years of experience in Prentice., The board accepted resignations from longtime German teacher Brian Casey who took another position in Stevens Point Other resignations include: Jennifer O’Brion and Erica Gammie, para-professionals; Todd Senoraske as Middle School Special Education Teacher and his various coaching positions, Nate Mickelson as track coach, Sara Piller as Student Council leader.

At that point the board adjourned into closed session to review tentative agreements with the TEA and NEST for setting wages, and later in the meeting approved the wages.

Another item which drew both discussion and public comment was the food service director vacancy. Current staff supported keeping things local. In the end, on recommendation for committee they will simultaneously solicit bids from vendors, while also posting the position. The committee will decide where to go after those bids and applications are in.

Also from the operations committee, the board approved shuffling some rooms to make space for blended learning, and approved the summer projects list which largely included preventative maintenance.

Other action from the meeting included: designating funds for the school forest, 3 changes for the employee handbook and updating the library policy.

In Roger Rindo’s final administrator’s report, he thanked the board for 5 great years, commending them for their forward thinking,and putting the district in a good place. He added that he looks forward to watching the district continue to progress, which he will now do from afar. In school financial news, he says that expenditures are on the line and they will close the books on the fiscal year at the end of of June.

Mitch Hamm gave a brief overview on the pupil dashboards. Special education enrollment dipped this year, but those numbers are always fluid. He praised those students working toward graduation. He also touched on expulsions and suspension levels along with alternative education and the GED program. He did note the high level of graduation with that program. He also discussed the middle school reading and math enrichment program which has worked very well in its initial implementation.

Kelly Huesby updated the board on the curriculum companion implementation plan and touted the success of the initial semester.

In the High School, Scott Swenty noted the busy end to the year and wished the class of 2013 congratulations and good luck.

Mike Juech talked about fundraising ideas for the trophy display case, which he also reiterated will be for academics and arts as well as athletics. They also had a discussion on what to do with the vast amount of trophies won over the years.

In the Elementary, Dan Maguire recognized the success and accomplishments of students who received the 44 presidential achievement awards and 14 presidential excellence awards. He also recognized the student council who did plenty of fundraising this year for Hurricane Sandy victims, the Lincoln County Humane Society and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

Finally Middle School Principal Nathan Hanson talked about a dodgeball fundraising event that took in more than $500 which they will donate to the K-9 unit here in Tomahawk.