November School Board meeting summary

Posted November 27, 2017

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

Pillars of Excellence

The board heard a report from Nancy Zipperer on her Early Education Coordinator Leadership position and her work with the Born to Succeed Program.

The district and other community agencies partnered with the United Way two years ago to expand local screening of young children to those ages 6 months through 4 years, Ms. Zipperer said. They are looking at further expanding the screenings to other districts in the county, adding evening screenings to accommodate more families, and adding 4K teachers as screeners, she said.

Superintendent Carrie Dassow also updated the board on the strategic plan in support of the Community Engagement Pillar of Excellence.

Community Survey

Board member Bob Travis, chairman of the Facilities Study Subcommittee, shared the results of the recent Community Survey.

School Perceptions, an independent Wisconsin firm, conducted the community-wide survey for the district in late October and early November.

About 1,500 survey responses were received, which represents a very good response rate of about 20 percent, according to School Perceptions.

The survey revealed strong support for the proposed projects:

  • About 70 percent of respondents advised the Board of Education to pursue a referendum to update school facilities.
  • About 62 percent of respondents said they would support borrowing $31.9 million to fund the proposed updates.

Learn more: Visit the Facilities Planning webpage.

Personnel

The board learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Peggy Ellis, Pupil Services administrative assistant, has retired. She served the district for 22 years.
  • Holly Robinson, Food Service employee, has submitted her resignation. She served the district for two years.
  • Jolene Zirtzlaff, educational aide at Fairview Elementary School, has submitted her resignation. She served the district for one year.
  • Lisa Haack, educational aide at Horizon Elementary School, has submitted her resignation. She served the district for one year.
  • Gloria Bach has been hired as a custodian at Riverview Middle School.
  • Elizabeth Lau has been hired as an educational assistant at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Carly Lenz has been hired as the Community Education & Recreation Director of Wellness.
  • Stephani Newby has been hired as an administrative assistant in the Community Education & Recreation Office. 
  • Bobbie Norlander has been hired as an educational assistant at Plymouth High School.
  • Sandra Pha has been hired as an educational assistant at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Laura Wilmot has been hired as a custodian at Plymouth High School.

Donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • An anonymous donation of $30,000 for improvements on the Plymouth High School varsity soccer field.
  • An anonymous donation of $4,000 for improvements on the Plymouth High School varsity soccer field.
  • $530.83 from Parkview PTK for transportation to the Henschel Museum and Eden Quarry and student assignment notebooks.
  • $250 from Nicole McEvoy for the Forensics Team.
  • $214.57 from Horizon PATH for transportation to the Eden Quarry.
  • $134.14 from Fairview PTO for transportation to Bookworm Gardens.

Travel requests

The board approved out-of-state travel requests from:

  • Sandy Nicholson, PHS German teacher, to take students to the Chicago German Christmas Market on Dec. 4. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and/or their families.
  • Jessica Barrington, Riverview World Language teacher, and Trudy Cohn, PHS World Language teacher, to take students to the Concordia Language Villages Immersion Program offered from April 19 to 22 in Bemidji, Minn. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and/or their families. 

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications