July School Board meeting summary

Posted July 31, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 5 p.m. July 18, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Personnel

The board approved contracts with the following teachers:

  • Gabrielle Fote to be a fifth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School. She received a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and this is will be her first year teaching.
  • Pam Holzhaeuser to be a sixth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School. She received a  bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay and this will be her first year teaching.
  • Amanda Koncelik to be an educational specialist at Plymouth High School. She received a master’s degree from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and has 3 years of teaching experience. 
  • Olivia Lanser to be an educational specialist at Riverview Middle School.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University. This will be her first year teaching.
  • Rachel Moore to be a fifth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School. She received a bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh and did her student teaching at Parkview and Horizon elementary schools. This will be her first year teaching.
  • Dave Scheel to be a seventh-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University and a master’s in elementary education from Grand Canyon University. This will be his second year teaching.
  • Samantha Smith to be a fifth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School. She received a  bachelor’s degree from Marian University and has 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Cody Wisman to be a music teacher at Riverview Middle School and Plymouth High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from UW-Platteville. This will be his first year teaching.

The board accepted resignation requests from:

  • Linda Weyker, educational specialist at Riverview Middle School, who served the district for 22 years.
  • Kelly Schroeder, sixth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School, who served the district for 2 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Roger Abraham, head custodian at Horizon Elementary School, has submitted his retirement notice. Roger worked for the district for 43 years.
  • Ashley Mueller has been hired as a Student Services secretary.

The board also approved minor updates and changes to the 2017-18 Support Staff Handbook, which were needed to meet legal requirements and add clarity. Changes in vacation benefits and shift differential pay were previously approved.

 

Gifts and donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $2,474.49 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.
  • $2,000 from the PHS Football Booster Club for football helmets.
  • $731.60 from Horizon PATH for student transportation.
  • $109.67 from Generations Intergenerational Center for student transportation.
  • $104.92 from Inspire Sheboygan County for student transportation.

 

Pillars of Excellence

Academic Excellence: The board voted to adopt the Wisconsin Academic Standards (http://dpi.ei.gov/standards) as the primary standards for all subject areas taught 4K-12. The standards are supported by the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards (http://www.act.org/standard/) and the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgerscience.org/) as deemed appropriate by professional educators and administrators.

 

Other matters

  • The board voted to approve 2017-18 Student and Parent Handbooks for Riverview and Plymouth High School.
  • The board voted to approve a 10-cent increase in hot lunch prices for the 2017-18 school year, as required by the federal government.
  • The board voted to approve the first reading of NEOLA policy updates Volume 26 No. 1.
  • The board voted to approve the district’s membership in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications