June School Board meeting summary

Posted June 26, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 5 p.m. June 20, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Board vacancy

Board members chose Phillip Zellmer to fill a vacant position on the board. Mr. Zellmer, quality improvement section chief for Child Protective Services in Milwaukee County, moved to the area in July. He and his wife have two children at Riverview Middle School and two children at Fairview Elementary School. The seat will be up for election in spring 2018.

 

Personnel

The board approved contracts with the following teachers:

  • Stephanie Lehman to teach agriscience at Plymouth High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Jamie Moyle to be an educational specialist at Parkview Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh and has five years of teaching experience in the Oshkosh Area School District.
  • Allison Schwartz to teach language arts at Plymouth High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Georgia Tucker to be library media specialist at Plymouth High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a master’s degree from Concordia University-Nebraska. She has five years of teaching experience at Merrill Middle School in Des Moines Public Schools, two years at Columbus Middle School in Columbus, and five years at Gretna High School in Gretna, Neb.

The board accepted resignation requests from:

  • Fran Wieneke, 4K teacher at Parkview Elementary School, who has served the district for 38 years.
  • Lynn Zimmermann, general music teacher in the Plymouth School District, who has served the district for 15 years.
  • Shelly Birenbaum, educational specialist at Plymouth High School, who has served the district for 11 years.
  • Melissa Costello, library media specialist at Horizon Elementary School, who has served the district for seven years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Terry Peterson, food service employee, has resigned. He served the district for 1.5 years.
  • Elyse Buchholz, educational aide at Horizon Elementary School, has resigned. She served the district for one year.
  • Lynn Sierpinski, educational aide at Plymouth High School, has resigned. She served the district for one year. 
  • Kate VonDerVellen, educational aide at Parkview Elementary School, has resigned. She served the district for one year.
  • Dianne Hughes, educational aide at Horizon Elementary School, has resigned. She served the district for six months.
  • Sarah Gamoke, educational aide at Plymouth High School, has resigned. She served the district for six months.

The board voted to ratify the 2017-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Plymouth Education Association, which includes a 1.26% total base wage increase ($498) to the base salary of $39,542. The amount budgeted for salary increases for the 2017-18 school year (an amount equal to 3.1% of total compensation) has been distributed as supplemental/discretionary compensation for teachers according to the Career and Compensation Model.

The board also approved a 3% administrative salary pool increase for the 2017-18 school year to be distributed based on the discretion of the superintendent and the Board of Education according to the Administrative Career and Compensation Model.

 

Gifts and donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $4,290 from Kohl’s Department Store for Fairview student field trips.
  • $4,000 from Kohl’s Department Store for Parkview student field trips.
  • $2,230 from area businesses for the STEAM project at Riverview Middle School. 
  • $1,392.49 from Fairview PTO for student transportation.
  • $500 from Anthem (Blue Cross/Blue Shield) for the Horizon Elementary “Watch Us Sprout Campaign.”
  • $405 from Joe Van Horn for T-shirts for students in Patty Talen’s performance at Horizon.
  • $250 from Thomas Gross to help offset costs of the FBLA trip to Nationals this summer.
  • $224.16 from CESA 7 for the PHS Jolly Pranksters transportation. 
  • $214.72 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.
  • $62.13 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.
  • Equipment donated by Glenn and Peggy Thiesenhusen for the food science and culinary arts classroom.

 

Buildings and grounds

The board chose Miran Construction as project manager to provide costing and consulting services for work under way to define the Plymouth School District future facility needs. The firm will help the district architect in design specifications, estimate costs of projects that may be considered and become the project manager on any work that subsequently results from the facilities study.

The board also recognized Ryan Rusch and Eugen Weber of the grounds crew for receiving a Fields of Excellence Award from Pioneer Athletics for the PHS football field.

Learn more:
Read an article about this national honor.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications