THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Suring School Board Discusses Possible Snow Make-Up Times
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
The Suring School District held their regular Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm in Room 300. In action items members approved the Jan. 9 minutes, financial report, resignation of HS/MS Science teacher Shaun Wagner and the retirement of Cindy Scheunemann, Food Service Director.
Members approved hiring Kaitlynn Gueths as the Speech and Language Therapist and German teacher, Kristen Trader, shared information about allowing students from the district to participate in a trip to Germany with a high school group from Minnesota. The Board approved five students to attend the German trip that will take place in June. The board ended hunting in the school forest. The 2019-2020 New Course Offers and the 2019-2020 Course Description Booklet was approved.
Special Education /Curriculum Director, Michelle Pendl, shared information on initiatives being utilized in an effort to grow the District, Special Education update, improving test scores, NAEP testing update, ACT test dates, Forward Exam and DLM testing window and the ACT Aspire window.
Principal Berg presented her report including an update from teacher leadership groups regarding Parent Engagement, Middle School Mentality Committee, Academic and Career Planning (ACP), PBIS, School Safety, Wellness and Trauma.
Athletic Director Heidi Gerndt discussed baseball /softball seasons, one Suring wrestler who advanced to sectionals, and track is ready to go. She also mentioned Military night was a huge success and a check from the proceeds will be presented to the American Legion Post #283.
Berg presented the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) report explaining where Suring is at midterm with meeting the expectations.
Administrator Kelly Casper reported on January Food Service. Presently the District is meeting the transportation budget that was set for the school year. The lowering of fuel costs has helped, she continued compliments were given to Heidi Gerndt on Military Night, Pam Berg on her work on the CLC Grant and Michelle Pendl on getting the District ready for testing.
Casper also told of the steps she follows when making a decision to delay or call off school. It was recommended that the District use the April 18 date as noted on the school calendar for a snow make-up day. If the district continues to have to delay or call off school, minutes/days will be added to the end of the school year. On Feb. 22 will be a teacher in-service. The 2019-2020 calendar that was approved in January did not have a make-up snow day. The District will add March 16 which is an in-service day, to be used as a snow make-up day if needed.
Mary Basel, Partner /Senior Account Executive for M3 Insurance, presented information on insurance.
Amy Hermsen told of Associated Bank purchasing Huntington Bank. The District has been informed that the bank in Suring will be closing in May. The district will gather information to see what other area banks can offer.
Casper also said the 5-year non-recurring referendum is coming to an end at the completion of the 2019-2020 school year. She shared survey results from both certified and support staff. Information will help guide the District as they move forward in preparing for the next referendum. She shared certified and non-certified staff survey results in regards to retention and recruitment. Student report card data, broken down by teacher and content grade level was provided.
Board members who attended the WASB convention in Milwaukee gave a report.