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Lena School To Offer German, College Courses

Lena High School students can sign up to learn German during the 2014-15 school year, as well as choose from an expanded range of classes that offer credit at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical School (NWTC).

At the Lena Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 3, Lena High School/Middle School principal announced that a smaller than usual eighth grade class will allow High School English teacher Mollie Jones to offer German, a subject she is also authorized to teach. District Administrator David Honish predicts that first and second year German will be offered in alternate years to students as young as ninth graders. The currently offered Spanish courses will also be continued.

District Faculty will also offer courses that will earn college level credit at NWTC. The curriculum includes classes in Business Education, Accounting, Computer Assisted Design, Digital Photography, and Blueprint reading. Agreements with neighboring school districts may make more of these dual credit programs available to students.  Lena Schools will be able to offer the courses with no additional expenses to the district.

Board members accepted the resignation of Shirley Kushava, the district’s head cook for about 30 years.  She is the third member of her family to serve the Lena Schools in this role, following in the footsteps of her aunt and her mother. The two generations of her family have prepared food for Lena’s students for about a total of 70 years.

Board members approved a service agreement with Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) 8 for the 2014-2015 school year. The new agreement will cost $60,200, and will strengthen the district’s Special Education services, Technology Services, curriculum assessment and literacy center. Honish reported that he had worked with CESA 8 to target the services toward items that the district will need next year.

Board members also approved a Youth Options Certified Nursing Assistant Course for 2014-2015. They also approved a second reading of six policy items covering employment of professional staff, purchasing, Network and Internet use by students and staff, and student records.

Honish told board members that two similar concerns had arisen recently involving young students and cell phone use. At the request of both sets of parents, the Lena Police Department and the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department had been called to intervene. Cell phones and similar technologies, Honish told the Board, are uncharted areas for today’s parents. The mother of one student wrote Honish a thank you note for his assistance.

Honish also reported he will join other School Administrators in Madison on Thursday, March 6 for a hearing on Senate Bill 619, which would give state legislators more input in school standards.

The Board closed its hour long meeting with a spirited discussion of school fundraising efforts to support athletic activities, student trips, supplies, and local charities. The discussion centered on the number of fundraisers, the profits garnered from them, their effectiveness, and whether charging fees for extracurricular programs would be more effective.

Board President Lori Dufek presided. Also at the meeting were Board members Patricia Belongia, Charles Imig, Kristan Huberty and Ed Huberty, along with student representatives John Wenzel and Brandon Heimke and Administrative Assistant Tina Rouer. The Board will meet next on Monday, March 17 at 7 P.M. in the District Office Board Room.


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