December School Board meeting summary

Posted January 2, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2016 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.


Pillars of Excellence strategic planning

Community Engagement Pillar:

  • Board President Tim St. Clair and Superintendent Carrie Dassow presented a legislative update to the board and the community, including a summary of the legislative discussion with state Rep. Tyler Vorpagel and former Rep. Steve Kestell at the Dec. 12 Committee of the Whole meeting.
  • The board approved sending Sally Isely as its delegate and Jamie Gambrell as alternate to the WASB Annual Meeting on Jan. 18. The delegate or alternate will vote on proposed resolutions on behalf of the School Board. 

Academic Excellence Pillar:

  • Dr. Jennifer Rauscher and Claire Emley gave a presentation on the Understanding by Design® Framework developed by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. This framework offers a planning process and structure to guide curriculum, assessment, and instruction, and is used by many teachers to develop courses, units, and lessons. Teachers can learn about UbD in our Student-Centered Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction graduate course; through professional development workshops and sessions; and from colleagues.
  • The board approved the 2015-2018 Plymouth School District Media and Technology Plan. This three-year plan establishing district technology goals and objectives is required by the state Department of Public Instruction.



The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $1,474.72 from Sargento Foods and its employees for Horizon Elementary School activities.
  • $900 from Walmart to the district as part of its giving program.
  • $396.53 from Fairview PTO for student transportation.
  • $250 from Thrivent Financial to be used to fund female student/staff (mentor/mentee) after-school activities at Plymouth High School.
  • $58.41 from the Sheboygan Human Rights Association for 4K student transportation.



The board approved the first reading of numerous policy updates recommended by policy consultant NEOLA, largely due to changes in state and federal regulations.


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications