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Lena Lions Honored As "Friends of Education"

Issue Date: September 26, 2019

"Thursday, Sept. 19 was a proud day for the Lena Public School District, Lena Community, and the Lena Lions Club," Lena School District Administrator Ben Pytleski told the Lena School board at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 23.

The Lena Lions Club was celebrated and recognized by being presented with the state "Friends of Education" award at ceremonies in the state capitol in Madison during the annual "State of Education" address by State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor.

Pytleski said he and Lena Lions members Mike Diehlmann, Russ Glime, and Dave Manning were present to meet State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor as well as Governor Tony Evers, the Deputy State Superintendent, and Dave Hanish met them there as well. "The Lena Community is so appreciative of the Lions Club's efforts in the community and what they do for our students in Lena and we are so pleased that they were recognized for their efforts,"  Pytleski said as he extended congratulations to the club.

He said they were a bit surprised by all the pomp and circumstanace surrounding the presentation, and with the crowd under the rotunda for the address.

In other action at School Board meeting on Monday, Pytleski was proud to announce that the number of students coming into the district under Open Enrollment exceeded the number going to other schools, and they are almost at their limit for Open Enrollment. He said there is a big push in WASBA to make sure kids are treated fairly, and declared that Lena does an excellent job of making everybody feel welcome.

State aid has increased to $9,700 per student, which was another piece of good news.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 will be "Walk to School" day, and some costumed characters, including one or two Lena mascots, are expected to liven up the day.

The district Annual meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

The board approved persons to fill several coaching positions, including Donna Leigh for Junior high volleyball;

Ed Huberty for JV boys basketball; Tim Goldschmidt for Varsity Girls Basketball, and Lee VanArk as Assistant Wrestling coach. Goldschmidt, who is also a school board member, abstained from voting on his own approval as a coach, and all remaining board members voted approval of the appointments.

The meeting included a summary by Pytleski of proposed changes in a long list of policies being presented for first readings. Adoption is expected at the next regular board meeting, which is to immediately follow the 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 annual meeting.

One of the policies spells out methods by which the public is informed of meetings. Administrative Assistant Tina Rouer told the board she posts meeting notices at the library, the post office and in the case at the school office, as well as on the school web site. Notices are sent to the Peshtigo Times, the Oconto County Reporter and two radio or TV stations. There is also a district newsletter at the start of the year.

One student was approved for a "Start College Now" nursing assistant class at NWTC.

High School Principal James Torzala reported that homecoming was a good week for students.

Pytleski alerted the board that "Old Blue," one of the district's two mini-vans, will need to be replaced soon, and money for a replacement is being placed in the 2020 budget.


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