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Coleman School Board To View Remodel Plans Oct. 8

Issue Date: September 27, 2018

At a very important special meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday Oct. 8, Coleman School Board members, and any members of he public who care to attend, will get their first real look at plans and proposals for the school renovation projects to be financed by the bonds approved in last spring's referendum.

They will be given prices of various proposed segments, furnishings, equipment and materials being considered for the upgrades to both school buildings and be asked to set priorities based on funds available in relation to need.

Decisions will have to be made about the scope of the project, Polomis said, adding the board may need to decide which, if any, components may need to be put off until more money becomes available.

Polomis said the administrative team has seen a rendering of what the front of the high school may look like, along with a sample color schemes with sample carpet tiles, and the board will also get a look at these. Board members are being asked to consider options for color schemes, furniture, kitchen equipment, flooring materials, and more, including which parts of the project to go forward with and which to put on hold.

Board President Ryan Wendt wanted assurance the board can vote that night on things they want to settle immediately, and was told they can. However, Polomis suggested board members should also have the option of taking the information home to study and consider before acting at a later date, possibly at their regular 7 p.m. monthly meeting two weeks later, on Monday, Oct. 22, following the 6:30 p.m. annual meeting and budget hearing that night.

In preparation for the annual meeting, the board will also be asked on Oct. 8 to approve the proposed 2018-2019 budget for publication.

At the board's regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 17, Polomis several times stressed the importance of that Oct. 8 meeting. He and others involved in the remodeling/renovation planning process have been meeting regularly for months with representatives of Bray and Miron, who are in charge of designing and managing the referendum project.

Polomis said Bray representatives will meet with "user groups" in half hour increments from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 to get staff input on plans so far, along with suggestions for features they might like added to make their work areas more effective. There was a similar meeting this spring when planning was getting underway. At the end of the day on Sept. 18 there was to be a core team debriefing.

On Friday, Oct. 5, Polomis and Industrial Arts Teacher Derek Tate will be going to Florence to view their renovation project, which includes a new fab lab.

One of the renovation components Polomis felt they will almost certainly move forward with are improvements to the kindergarten area. He said the core team felt work in that area is very important, and commented that the kindergarten is where students get their first impression of school.

The Sept. 18 meeting started with a "Meet and Greet" of new staff members. The board received a picture with a little bio of all new staff for the 18-19 school year. New members present for the meeting and introduced to the board by Polomis were Dawn Otto, K-2/Special Ed teacher; Austin Schwenke, High School Special Ed teacher; Amberly Behringer, 5th grade teacher, and Amy Ruechel, 2nd grade classroom aide.

Elementary/MS Principal YvetteMarshall reported the first day of the school for elementary and middle school went very well. She thanked families and staff for their patience and flexibility with the new arrival and dismissal changes. Elementary students had a first day assembly and middle school students reviewed the handbooks to be aware of the major school rules.

Marshall said the open house was also a success. Many families attended and students got acquainted with the staff. The first Junior Kindergarten Parent Outreach day was Friday, Sept. 14. Families got to participate in a scavenger hunt and get more familiar with the building.

She said the 6th grade would be heading to Camp Bird on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for four days, and expressed "a big thank you" to Keith Long for organizing this long-standing activity.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26 there will be a mandatory meeting for all 8th graders and others who are going on the Washington D.C. trip.

The PTO met on Monday, Sept. 10 to kick off the school year. Their goals for fundraising this year are to support class trips, supply gift cards to grade level elementary teachers for Teachers Pay Teachers, replenish recess toys, help with Mrs. Mitchell's coat drive, and hopefully give money toward prizes for the year end incentive. The next meeting is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 to start planning for the book fair.

In his Principal's report Polomis reminded board members the conference kickoff banquet is on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The kickoff meeting is held at Coleman, followed by a banquet at Kelly Lake. This banquet honors coaches and advisors for their dedication to their school.

The National Honor Society will induct new members on Monday, Oct. 15.

Homecoming week is October 1-6.

The tackle cancer football game is Friday, Oct. 5, with Coleman hosting Oconto. This event has raised over $80,000 over the last 5 years, Polomis said.

Both Polomis and Marshall reported that school pictures are being taken at the school by LifeTouch on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Reporting in his role as superintendent, Polomis advised the board that required trainings were held, staff members were recognized for their years of service, new staff was introduced, and other sessions were held during the opening inservice days to prepare staff for the new school year.

The afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 29 was dedicated to ALICE training by the safety committee. All staff participated in different active shooter scenarios. "This was a very valuable experience for everyone," Polomis declared. He thanked the safety committee, Coleman Police Chief Ida Soletske, Deputy Sean VanErmen and Deputy Jessie Parker for helping with the event.

The safety committee will be doing more presentations at upcoming inservices, he said. There will be a school wide evacuation drill on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The committee will meet during the first week of October to prepare a district wide emergency operations plan that will need board approval in December.

The Third Friday student count was to be on Friday, Sept. 21, but tentative numbers show enrollment has increased, Polomis said. District wide there are 47 new students and only 27 students left the district. Open enrollment numbers show 59 resident students attending elsewhere and 65 nonresident students attending in Coleman. Pupil count last September was at 690,and he predicted this September it should be around 720. These tentative numbers will be finalized for DPI reporting purposes by the due date in October, Polomis noted.

By unanimous vote the board approved memorandums of understanding with St. Anne Parish and Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Coleman, which have both agreed to serve as destination sites for students if the schools have to be evacuated. They are providing this service at no charge. High School students will go to St. Anne and elementary to Trinity.

Polomis explained they have always done this, but now with everything needing to be on record they are making the agreements formal.

Wendt was concerned about student safety, since now anyone wanting to harm them would know where they will go if the school buildings are evacuated.

Polomis reassured him students will not go to those destinations until they have been cleared for safety by law enforcement. He said there are other temporary gathering places that only staff members know about, and students will remain there until they are escorted to the churches by emergency personnel.

"That makes me feel a lot better," Wendt commented.

After being assured it will be well chaperoned, the board approved an overnight campout for the Volleyball team on Saturday, Sept.22 at the home of a coach.

The board accepted with thanks a $388.68 donation from Culver's for Coleman Future Farmers of America (FFA). Polomis commented Coleman benefits by being the only school in Marinette County that has an FFA.


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