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Crivitz School Collecting Can Tabs For McDonald House

Issue Date: October 10, 2019

Crivitz High School Principal Jeff Baumann and Elementary/Middle School Principal Kelly Robinson both reported to Crivitz School Board at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25 that the 2019-2020 school year had gotten off to a good start.

District Administrator Patrick Mans thanked both principals, Facilities Director Tom White, plus the teachers and support staff, for all the extra effort they had put in to get the school year started so efficiently and successfully on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

"There's a ton of preparation that goes into getting ready for that first day with students," Mans declared. "" it takes a lot of planning and preparation to get a seamless start in view of everything that needs to be done, but they had made it look easy."

Robinson said the new playground was a huge hit with all the students, and students of all ages are using the new equipment daily.

The PBIS program is back in full swing, and will again be holding a Festi-fall. This year's event, on Friday, Nov. 8, will include a Ford "Drive for your School" fundraiser.

Robinson said the PTO has been providing volunteers to help in many areas and at all different times of day and is holding book swap for students in October.

The Elementary School is doing a "pop-top" drive to benefit Ronald McDonald houses. A Crivitz Elementary student will be having surgery at Children's Hospital in Milwaukee and is expecting a 3-week stay there. Ronald McDonald Houses raise money from pop tops to provide free of charge housing to families with a child that requires an extended stay in the hospital. Robinson said they collected a large amount of pop tops that day, which was their first day of collecting.

Each of the Elementary/Middle School committees have met and started working. They are PBIS, Tier 2 and RTL.

Mans said the year is speeding by, and the first parent/teacher conferences were scheduled for Oct. 2 and 9, and the first teacher' inservice day, with students having the day off, was to be Wednesday Oct. 9. During Inservice teachers would create and utilize lessons using the District's new Chrome Books.

Mans said the weather had been perfect for the Tailgate Party on Friday, Sept. 20 and it was well attended.

After discussion, the board approved a number of staffing changes, including hiring two new paraprofessional aides to work five hours each school day with elementary teachers.

Discussion at the meeting indicated that for this year at least, the people hired will be assigned to the two kindergarten classrooms, where there are 25 students in one and 26 in the other. That had been the recommendation from a Personnel Committee meeting immediately before the board meeting, and vote in favor was unanimous.

Prior to to the vote, board member Gary Huc had some questions on the value of adding aides rather than splitting the class and adding a teacher. Mans said hiring the part-time aides versus adding a full time teacher and splitting the classes would save the district about $120,000 during the approximately three years the aides will be needed due to class size. There are 25 students in one class and 26 in the other and the aides will work during all five of the academic hours, and be off when students are at phy ed or involved in other special specialty classes like art or music. They have phy ed daily.

Board President Mike Dama recalled some years ago when they had cut the number of 5K teachers from three to two the board had informally agreed perhaps 28 students would be the maximum class size. To a suggestion from Huc, Mans said they could add "educational experience preferred" when advertising for persons to fill the two aide positions. He felt finding a certified teacher willing to work the hours proposed for the pay rate proposed would be difficult.

Robinson said the teachers who will be working with the aides will be very much involved in the hiring process.

The board approved hiring Ryan Reichardt as varsity assistant track coach, Stacey Olson as dance team coach, Matt Robinson as a substitute teacher, Julie Patefield as a substitute paraprofessional and substitute clerical employee, Donesa Fischer and Julie Patefield as substitute food service employees, and Alex Jones as a substitute custodial employee.

The board approved a request from Science Teacher Julie Retza for permission to take students to the Michigan Technological Institute's Blizzard Bowl Quiz competition on Saturday, Oct. 5. This was not an overnight and no class time was missed.

The board also approved what Mans described as the longest list of volunteers/chaperones he had ever encountered. Board member Kris Heidewald abstained and all others on the board voted in favor of the entire volunteer list.

The board also approved first readings of a number of school policies with changes as recommended by NEOLA and the policies committee. He noted one requirement is provision for handicapped access to board meetings, and said if it is not already in the school policies it will be added. There is also a policy selling out requirements for counting cash and deposits, and in some instances two persons will need to be involved in the counting. The policies, with the changes as discussed, are to be presented for board adoption at its next regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

On Aug. 14 White had facilitated an after-hours walk through of school buildings with several members of local fire departments. "We felt it was important for them to have an understanding of the layout of our buildings and to know locations of potential hazards," White said. He added that the firefighters had many questions and suggestions for him and answered some of his questions, which made the walk through mutually beneficial.

White told the board that gale force winds in July had blown over a skid loaded with insulation and toppled it over a section of roof, causing caused some significant damage. Several vent stacks were broken and the rooftop air conditioning unit that the skid landed on suffered significant damage. The accident was covered by insurance and repairs were made at no cost to the district, White reported.

"Thanks to the efforts of coaches, club advisors, students and staff, we were finally able to clean up the mezzanine storage area above the high school gymnasium," White's report concluded.

Robinson read Bauman's High School Principal report in his absence. Baumann said High School students began the year with an assembly in the gymnasium where they discussed school rules and changes to the student handbook. Since then, classes held their class meetings, freshmen have acclimated themselves, "and the student body has settled in for first semester and the road to Thanksgiving vacation."

Implementation of the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) curriculum has been very positive and worthwhile during the first month of the school year, Baumann said. They have completed a number of activities toward achieving ACP goals, including time spent discussing career topics with students and starting the portfolio process that is now a graduation requirement at Crivitz High School.

Grades 9-12 have taken surveys to determine possible future career choices, researched facts about a profession of interest to determine wage scale, popular locations, schooling required, etc. Seniors who want to attend a 2-year or 4-year school after completing high school have begun the college application process Juniors have begun using the new ACT prep software to help them being preparing for the ACT.

The ACP program hosted Mrs. Prange, its first speaker of the year. She spoke on the overall ACP process and how to develop a good senior presentation that is the culmination of the entire ACP program.

The new Flex period also has been a positive addition, Baumann said. Students and staff have been exemplary in coming up with useful ways to use the time, and students have commented that they like having a choice on where to go during the last period of the day.

Student Council Representative Liam Roman reported that the Student Council would meet on Friday, Sept. 27 to decide on new members for the National Honor Society, and they will be inducted on Monday, Oct. 28 at the banquet at Renee's. He invited all board members to attend, and said they would get formal invitations soon.

To a question from Board President Mike Dama. Roman said Juniors are eligible for nomination to the National Honor Society.

Roman said Student council was preparing for Homecoming Week.

Science Club had held its first meeting and elected officers, and meet soon to decide what they will buy and sell. The Game Club had a good turnout for its first meeting.

The Quiz Bowl team was going to Michigan Tech in Houghton on Oct. 5 (a trip that was approved by the board later in the meeting).

The Hi-Q team had a good turnout for its organizational meeting and is looking forward to a great season, Roman said.

Forensics will hold its first meeting in late October or early November.

Robinson reported the Middle school football and volleyball are in full swing, as is community Ed tackle football for grades three through six and flag foot ball for 5K through fifth grade.

Community Education Director Jolene Huc reported Community Education had partnered with the Crivitz Rescue Squad to have a garden plot this summer, and Master Gardeners had provided assistance. They harvested an abundance of vegetables and shared some with the senior citizens who live near the garden plots, and have more that they are willing to share.

She talked about plans for a Daddy Daughter Dance, and said they need parents to volunteer for a bake sale to help raise funds for Children's Theater, which has started production of "North Pole's Got Talent." High school students chose "Happy Murder," as its theater performance for the year, and possibly will present it in January or February as a matinee. Esther Schwartz is in charge of production.

Tumbling start in January, flag football is underway, and there is no word yet as to when soccer will start, Huc said.

They will have a youth dance class for students in kindergarten through 6th grade, and a Coleman teacher will teach it.

A volunteer has offered to supervise the weight room from 6 to 8 p.m. four days a week on community hours. Huc said she is waiting for the paperwork.

She said the Harvest Fest Craft Show had been very successful, with a record 65 crafters, a chili dump, and lots of student volunteers.

The next Community Education meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 14.

The board approved minutes from the regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and a special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

At the special meeting on Aug. 28 the board had accepted resignation of Kam Dama as a Third Grade teacher and agreed to enforce the $500 breach of contract fee "as discussed." Mike Dama abstained from voting on this item.

They also approved hiring Jenny Gehm as Third Grade teacher, Theresa Rock as a cross categorical special ed teacher and Amanda Chapman as CYI Technology Teacher.

At the Aug. 21 meeting the board approved hiring Stacie McGavock as 7-12 Spanish teacher and paying her $1,000 breach of contract fee to the Green Bay School District.

They also approved the 2019-2020 substitute staff list as presented, and approved hiring Della Heatley as a food service kitchen employee, Donna Klatkiewicz as a food service substitute employee, Brad Taylor and Matt Robinson as Middle School football coaches, Amy Grandaw as a volunteer cross country coach, Mike Dama as volunteer Middle School basketball coach, and Vic Gehm, Buck Gehm, Matt Robinson, Scott Doyen and Tracy Doyen as volunteers/chaperones.

After an explanation earlier in the meeting by Nick Schram the board approved formation of a cross country ski club without any startup money. Schram said he, Matt Bernier and Shane Graves would be staff advisors. They sought permission to cut a basic ski trail system into the school forest areas. Some trail maintenance equipment and ski had been donated by former Crivitz teacher Paul Matty, and the club can use the school's physical education ski equipment. They were asking for some startup money to get the program established, but none was granted by the board. Schram said cross country ski outings last year last year drew about 16 students each time.

There were two bids for the No. 6 bus route, one from Dana Walters for $200 per day plus 75 cents per mile, and one from Lamers for $243.10 per day and 79 cents per mile. The Building, Grounds and Transportation committee recommended accepting Dana Walters' bid for a 2 year contract, to sunset with other contracts, and the board approved that recommendation.

At the end of regular business on Aug. 21 the board had gone into closed executive session to discuss compensation for the 7-12 athletic director and game worker/referee. After about 40 minutes of deliberation they returned to open session and agreed to increase compensation for the athletic director to $8,000 in 2019-2020 due to earning a CAA, and to increase to $10,000 for next year after earning a CMAA, but not to begin before the 2020-2021 contract. Dama and Grandaw abstained from this vote.


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