April School Board meeting summary

Posted April 24, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. April 18, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Academic Excellence Pillar

The board heard a report on the Plymouth High School Formula High School Team. PHS Tech Club students Tyler Luedtke, Logan Kulow and Nathan Francis (with the support of PHS technology education teachers Beau Biller, Greg Gritt, Ken Odekirk, and Jake Sherman) presented their Formula High School Car, which they built last year. This year they are adding a second car to provide even more students with design and race experience. The team will participate in an event at Road America on May 15 and 16.

 

Personnel

The board approved the retirement requests of:

  • Mary Vanderkin, third-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year. Mrs. Vanderkin has served the district for 37 years.
  • Sue Smith, 4K teacher at Parkview Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year. Mrs. Smith has served the district for 27 years.
  • Susan Sell, family and consumer science teacher at Riverview Middle School, effective at the end of the school year.  Mrs. Sell has served the district for 20 years.
  • Lynn Graening, reading specialist at Riverview Middle School, effective at the end of the school year. Mrs. Graening has served the district for 15 years.

The board approved the resignations of:

  • Robert Briggs, English language arts teacher at Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the school year.  He has served the district for one year.
  • Samantha Finger, agriculture teacher at Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the school year.  She has served the district for one year.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Clayton Moore, recreation and fitness coordinator with Community Education & Recreation, has resigned. He served the district for 5 years.
  • Katrina Henschel has been hired as the administrative assistant to the superintendent.

 

Travel request

The board approved travel requests from:

  • Paul Krzyzaniak, Plymouth High School physics teacher, to take students to Six Flags Great America on May 17 to participate in Physics Day.  Expenses will be paid for by the students and their families as well as donations.
  • Jim Meinen, Plymouth High educational specialist, to take students on a service-learning trip to Cat Lake First Nation in Ontario, Canada, from May 19 to 28.  Expenses will be paid for by the students and their families as well as donations and grant dollars.  

 

Board membership

Board President Tim St. Clair issued the Oath of Office to Sally Isely and Jamie Gambrell, who were re-elected earlier this month.

Mr. St. Clair also announced the resignation of Pam Holzhaeuser and thanked her for her eight years of service to the board. “She has been a wonderful asset to this community,” he said.

Board members will discuss a timeline for filling the vacant position at an upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting, he said.

 

Board policy

The board approved the revised policy 0130 By-Laws (Functions), which better explains the functions of a school board.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications