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LaCourt Again Heads Marinette School Board

The MarinetteSchool Board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 20 again elected John LaCourt as Board President. Lisa Michels will continue as Vice-President, Terri Florek is Clerk, and Brian Ceransky is Treasurer. William Milz will represent the Board at the CESA District 8 annual meeting, and Lee Kuntz will serve as delegate to the Joint Convention in January in Milwaukee. Milz will be alternate representative for the convention.

Michaels, Milz, and Florek will return to the Teaching, Learning, and Technology/Student Services Committee. Ceranski, Richard O’Farrell and Chuck Rowell will continue serving on the Finance and Facilities Committee and Milz and Marjorie Giese will join the Personnel Committee. The Board will continue to hold its regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 P.M.

The Board voted to continuethe $10 fee per student per activity to participate in student athletics. It also acted to continue an optional program for student health insurance with more options and slightly higher fees for the 2014-2015 school year. A contract with Cooperative Educational Service Agency Area 7 for ShoreNet Distance Learning Network services in the amount of $7,199 for the 2014-2015 school year also passed.

Marirose Lucey, the District’s Reading specialist, reported on progress in reading skills for all of the school’s grade levels.  Almost all classes showed improvement in scores on reading tests from the winter to spring testing periods. Lucey’s goal is to have all classes reach a minimum of 80 percent of their students at grade-level reading skills. Any percentage lower than this will cause problems in providing enough support for students who need more help with reading, she said. Lucey also noted that the District was in the first year of using the Jolly Phonics program and Sunrise Early Learning Center, and the first year of Star testing.

The Board approved changes to the Health Insurance Plan for district employees. Deductible amounts will rise slightly and an incentive for employees to complete a Health Risk Assessment and have $100 removed from his or her deductible. In another change, employees will no longer be able to borrow funds from their 403(b) or 457(b) retirement accounts.

The Board also approved an amendment to the Athletic Training Contract for services from Bay Area Medical Center to allow the district to terminate the agreement on a 90 day notice. Ceransky abstained from the vote because of his employment at Bay Area Medical Center. The group also approved a membership application with a $1,000 dues payment to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Superintendent Tim Baneck praised the third and fourth grade teachers at Garfield School who are learning more about the smarter balance assessments that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will require of all students next year. He also noted that 300 students have signed up for summer classes, which are slated from June 16 to July 17.

Board members voted to purchase Chrome Books tablets for district business in an effort to use less paper.


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