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Peshtigo School Board Accepts Resignations and Donations

Issue Date: July 18, 2019

With School not being in session, there was not much to report at the Wednesday, July 10 Peshtigo School Board Meeting.

There was one district resignation for Elementary School Teacher, Matt Paris, who took an administration job in a different school district.

Recent donations included $385 from the M&M Foundation for Skills USA and a Drone from Tony O'Neil for the Tech Education and Science Department. The drone is already being put to use at the High School by Technology Education Teacher, Mike Paquette.

There was not a lot of budget adjustments other than receiving $18,000 in the form of a Sage AGR grant and $55,000 from other State sources for Round two of the Safety Grant.

Expenses were up by approximately $175,000 for Business Administration and Maintenance, but some of that will be offset with the Safety Grant, along with an unexpected $8,000 from investments.

The 2019-2020 Peshtigo Elementary Learning Center Handbook has only minor name and phone extensions that need to be changed and then will be ready for final approval.

A resolution to adopt academic standards in the areas of Geography and History as Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, Reading, Math and Writing as Common Core Standards, Science as Wisconsin Model Academic Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. The approved standards can be accessed in the following links: https://dpi.wi.gov/standards or https://www.nextgenscience.org

Superintendent Patrick Rau mentioned the District Hiring Process is almost complete with just a few tweaks suggested by Board Member Jenni Schwittay for better wording of some sections. One question by Schwittay was, "Should we list job postings for about two or three weeks"? Rau replied, "I think we need flexibility without having to be held to two or three weeks in the event we need someone sooner. I don't want to be tied down to that time frame if we need to fill a position immediately".

Treasurer Gary Larsen commented, "My only concern is if we want people to be involved in the hiring process, certain positions should require more than one or two board members to hire a candidate" Rau, said, "We might want to take a look at possibly separate groups with one including teachers and coaches and the second interview to include board members. Are you suggesting no more than five board members?" Larson said, "I just want to make sure if there would happen to be four good candidates that there will be enough people to interview them to make a better decision".

Rau's concern was if they were going to get honest feedback from the staff. Clerk Kelly Jones commented, "Was it you didn't get honest feedback because of the board or because of their boss being in the interview process"? Rau said, "If there would be five members, we would have to set guidelines and rules to get the appropriate feedback". A motion was then made to accept the hiring process to change from including three board members in the interview process to include five board members.

Buildings and Grounds committee reported they brought Board member Mike Finger up to speed on the long range plan and projects that were agreed on for this summer. The next Building and Grounds meeting will be held in August.

Rebecca DeMarce, Board President, stated she has seen the work that is being done in the High School and Middle School and the projects are looking good. She also reported, her and Kelly Jones are going to a conference, titled Diversity In School.

Rau, in his Administrative report said there is a new phone system installed; Capital projects are moving along nicely and BP express emailed him the information of the offering of what they will do for the District.

Rau said, "BP will be donating two cents per gallon back to the school for every one gallon purchased". BP outlined some things in general that are geared toward kids but the administrators could also choose.

There is no work on anyones part other than just filing up with gas and two cents of every gallon will go towards the School District.

Deputy Clerk Mariel Carter announced the next Design Team meeting will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13. She also stated they are actively recruiting more people and 15 new committee members have been added.


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