February School Board meeting summary

Posted February 27, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Academic Pillar of Excellence strategic planning

The board recognized retired PHS English teacher Herbert Stoltenberg, current PHS English teacher Brad Feick and the cast of the PHS One-Act Play. PHS received the Critic’s Choice Award and the Outstanding Ensemble Award at the State Festival for their production, an elite level of achievement. Mr. Stoltenberg and Mr. Feick also received the Directing Award.  Students Connor McManus and Adam Carbaugh received Outstanding Acting Awards.  PHS Principal Jennifer Rauscher also honored Herb Stoltenberg for his years of commitment to the Plymouth School District.
Learn more: Article on PHS One-Act Play at state

The board recognized June Winkel, PHS business education teacher, for receiving a 2017 LTC Top Tech Award. She was chosen as one of six recipients in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties. 
Learn more: Article about the 2017 Top Tech Awards

The board heard a presentation from PHS science teacher Tina Henriksen and PHS head custodian Robert Mueller on the accomplishments of the PHS Green Team. Using funding from a Plymouth Education Foundation grant and funding from Masters Gallery Foods and Thrivent Financial, the team also is preparing a recycling presentation for third-graders.
Learn more: Article about the Green Team compost bin

 

Personnel

The board approved a contract for Marcus Lackovic to serve as an educational specialist at Fairview Elementary School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University and this will be his first year of teaching.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Anna Anderson has submitted her retirement notice effective July 14.  She has served as the Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator for 27 years. 
  • Melissa Konrad, special education aide at Fairview Elementary School, has submitted her resignation effective Feb. 24. She has served the Plymouth School District for six months.
  • Alexandra Gilhuber has been hired as a special education aide at Horizon Elementary School. 

 

Donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $1,040 from Sargento to pay for the T-shirts the fourth-grade students wore during a  production directed by Patty Talen.
  • $500 from NEW Manufacturing Alliance from Green Bay for students to attend the Get Real Math video premier at Meyer Theater.
  • $346.78 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.
  • $312.20 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.
  • $250 from Waldo State Bank, $150 from Maggie’s Closet, and $100 from Sonntag Plumbing for PHS students to attend physics day at Great America.
  • $240 from Board of Education Vice President Pam Holzhaeuser for the PHS art department.
  • $100 from the Labor Management Council of Northeastern Wisconsin for student transportation to attend a Construction Career Fair.

 

Travel request

The board approved a travel request from Laura Koebel, world language teacher at Plymouth High School, to take students to the We Day Convention in Chicago on March 1. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and/or their parents.

 

Administrative business

The board approved renewal of the 2017-18 Carl Perkins 66:30 Agreements, continuing Plymouth’s participation in the grant and related consortium. The Carl Perkins Grant is a federal grant for which the Plymouth School District serves as fiscal agent, as part of a consortium of several Sheboygan County school districts. The funds are used to provide for teacher training, services, supplies and equipment, which are part of the vocational education training programs at these school districts. 

The board also approved the second reading of a number of policy updates recommended by consultant NEOLA, largely to keep them in line with changes in state and federal regulations.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications