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Suring School Distant Learner Numbers Drop From 58 To 31

Issue Date: February 17, 2021

At its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Suring School Board approved hiring Troy Blanchard as full-time Building & Grounds/Custodian; purchasing a 2020 Ram 2500 truck from S&L Motors, and removal of existing lockers and purchase and installation of new lockers from School Lockers.com.

In her written report to the board, Principal Pamela Berg shared an update of distant learners, indicating that for second semester there is a decline in the number of distant learners from 58 students to 31 students. Mondays remain the day for packet pick-up for families of distant learners.

Berg said ACT preparation is going great with the help of staff. Jim Keefe, Lucas Bedroske and Andres Doherty are facilitating ACT Math prep; Jennifer Thomson is facilitating English, Reading and Writing, and Cole Stillings and Jennifer Brady are facilitating Science.

The board was informed that six juniors and eight seniors received Honor Passes for second semester.

Berg complimented the FBLA for doing a great job at their recent competition, where 22 FBLA students placed in competition and 15 qualified for state competition. The Suring FBLA chapter finished fifth out of 26 chapters.

Berg also presented the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) report explaining where grades K-3 are at with meeting state expectations.

In a written report, Athletic Director Heidi Gerndt informed the board that girls' basketball received a one seed for regionals and will have home games, wrestling finished with three athletes placing fourth at regionals, track is ready to go and she will reach out to Gillett for numbers for softball and baseball. She also indicated that fall sports schedules for next school year are set.

In her District Administrators report, Administrator Kelly Casper shared some preliminary insurance information, gave an update on the increased water bill, and commented on recent legislation directing aid to schools holding in-person learning.

Casper also shared third Friday count comparisons, information on the Hall of Fame and gradation expectations that were given to seniors. Casper then informed the board of the plan for Tuesday, March 9, when the ACT will be administered to juniors. All other students, grades 4K-10 and 12 will be taught virtually that day.

Maintenance Director Greg Jaeger explained the recent bids he received for the purchase of a new truck and the removal, installation and purchase of hall lockers. Later in the meeting the board approved purchasing the lockers from School Lockers.com.

The mask mandate within the facility was discussed along with setting up an advisory committee to set goals and communicate with legislators and other school districts. Use of the facilities for open gym, weight room and other activities was then discussed along with off-site virtual programs for 2021-2022 school year.

Information about the virtual WASB convention was shared, Amanda Seibert gave a CESA 8 report and an update on the school sign on the Firgens property was given.

The board's Administration Committee will meet at 5:30 p,m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. Agenda for that meeting includes discussion of Covid-19 practices and protocols and communications with outside organizations in regard to that subject.

The next monthly board meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the small gym. All official Suring School Board publications (school board meeting agenda/minutes) can be found on the school website www.suring.k12.wi.us.




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