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June Tomahawk School Board Recap

11 Jun News

The board began their meeting with consent agenda items that included Jamie McAllister as elementary special education and Tamie Hall, 7th grade English, language arts; Renee Loka, integrated leadership team and Mike DeBels, middle school cross country; Amanda McKellips, volunteer middle school volleyball; and the resignation of Shelly Casey, reading specialist, reading recovery. The contract for elementary principal Penny Antell appeared here but was removed and placed as its own item for discussion.

In the financial reports Sherri Baker discussed the revenue and expenditures which she says are both on track, with expenditures down slightly for this year. She also touched briefly on the hiring process for Antell.

The various administrators all spoke of the positive end of the school year. Summer school principal Trish Detert noted the 1st day of summer school and was excited by the number of kids participating. Dan McGuire in his final elementary report thanked the staff, board, administrative team, the students and their families for his time here in Tomahawk, to which he received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Mike Debels gave an update on the safety drills the school has been participating in each month. He noted that in their most recently tornado drill the school population of around 1,700 were able to reach safety in a minute ten. He also updated the board on various projects maintenance is working on at this time including the track surface, the parking lots, and centralizing the central offices.

Nathan Hanson briefed the board on recent MAP and WKCE testing scores vs. other districts and the national average. The board questioned a plan of action to raise the scores. Curriculum and administrative continuity, classroom interruptions and reductions were cited by staff as potential areas of change.

The board approved changing the insurance carriers from Security Health to WEA after receiving a similar bid, approximately $75,000 lower that also had a cap in place for year 2.

The board also approved a change to the athletic coaches pay scale in an effort to reduce costs and make the pay more equitable. It actually increased the base pay slightly, while eliminating non contract days. In the end that resulted in a net decrease of approximately $20,000. As part of that decision, they also raised the student fees from $15 to $25.

Finally after more than an hour in closed session, the board quickly approved the items discussed. This included accepting the Taher food contract for next year, non renewal of Angela Schaeffer, and rolling over of administrative contracts.

The last item on the agenda was approving Penny Antell as the Elementary Principal, which the board did unanimously.