August School Board meeting summary

Posted August 21, 2017

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 5 p.m. Aug. 15, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.



The board approved contracts with the following teachers:

  • Jennifer Weinhold to teach 4K Horizon Elementary School.  She received a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland University and has 13 years of teaching experience in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District.
  • Corey Holloway to teach music at Horizon Elementary School. He received a bachelor’s degree from UW-La Crosse, and this will be his first year of teaching.

The board accepted a resignation request from Lisa Miller, educational specialist at Riverview Middle School, who served the district for 18 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff resignations:

  • Connor Schultz, administrative assistant for Community Education & Recreation, who worked for the district for 5 years.
  • Theresa Martell, educational assistant at Riverview Middle School, who worked for the district for 5 years.
  • Tammy Vermeulen, educational assistant at Riverview Middle School, who worked for the district for 1 year.

The board approved updates and changes to the 2017-18 Teacher Employment  Framework, including the addition of two extracurricular positions and language changes to add clarity and meet legal requirements.

The board also approved adjustments in substitute teacher pay, in order to be more competitive with neighboring districts. Substitutes now will be paid $105 a day for the first 10 days of an assignment, then $115 a day after that. The district also can designate preferred substitutes, who would receive an additional $25 a day.


Gifts and donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:
•     $8,000 from Ruth DeYoung Kohler for educational programming at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.
•     $3,710.03 from Plymouth Rotary for garden sheds at the elementary schools, which were built by Plymouth High School students.
•     $2,172.14 from Fairview PTO for student transportation.
•     $527.43 from the Plymouth High School German Class for student transportation.
•     $498.63 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.


Pillars of Excellence

Academic Excellence: Assistant Superintendent Dan Mella updated the board on the strategic plan in support of the Academic Excellence Pillar.


Other matters

      • The board approved NEOLA policy updates Volume 26, No. 1.
      • The board approved the 2017-18 Elementary School Student and Parent Handbook.
      • The board approved official publication of the 2017-18 budget in anticipation of the annual meeting on Sept. 19.  View the Budget for Publication.


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications