December School Board meeting summary

Posted January 2, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 2017 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.


Facilities referendum

The board approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $31.9 million in bonds to pay for school building updates, including security improvements, construction of academic and athletic additions, remodeling and site improvements at the high school; security improvements, construction of gymnasium, cafeteria and academic additions, remodeling, roof replacement and HVAC upgrades at Parkview and Fairview elementary schools; district-wide security and communications system upgrades; and acquiring related fixtures, furnishings and equipment. Because such borrowing requires support of a majority of the electorate, the board also approved a resolution calling for a referendum election on April 3 to approve issuance of the bonds.


Pillars of Excellence

The board approved the dedication of the Plymouth High School stage in the name of Herb Stoltenberg, recognizing his service and celebrating the 50th PHS musical – 49 of which have been directed by Mr. Stoltenberg. The request came from Tim and Patty Talen, who are very active in local theater, and PHS English teacher Brad Feick.

Plymouth High School world languages teacher Laura Koebel and three PHS students gave a presentation to the board and community about the Global Navigator Scholarships, which are available to PHS students for the third year in a row thanks to the Council on International Educational Exchange. Learn more about Global Navigator Scholarships



The board accepted a retirement request from Gale Grahn, PHS social studies teacher and athletic director, effective May 11.  Coach Grahn has served the district for 30 years.

The board also accepted a resignation request from Jennifer Marten, gifted and talented coordinator and Online School coordinator, effective Jan. 15. Dr. Marten has served the district for 20 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Lynn Sierpinski, PHS educational assistant, has submitted her resignation.  She has served the district for 3 years.
  • Emily Connovich has been hired as an educational assistant at Fairview Elementary School.



The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $32,500 from the Kohler Foundation for a robot to be used in the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center, plus $1,000 for the Plymouth High School Photography Club.
  • $1,249.68 from the Fairview PTO for bus transportation and field trip costs to Whisper Orchards, Ice Age Center, Kohler-Andrae State Park, Bookworm Gardens, The Wade House, and Spieker’s Pumpkin Farm.
  • $484.50 from Parkview PTK for bus transportation to Spieker’s Pumpkin Farm, the Mauer Farm, and Stoney Hill School.
  • $225.89 from the Plymouth High School Activity Fund for bus transportation to LTC.
  • $169.56 from Horizon PATH for bus transportation to Spieker’s Pumpkin Farm and the Fire Station.


Land sale

The board approved the sale of 4.78 acres of vacant land near the corner of Highway 67 and Hill and Dale Road in the Town of Plymouth to a buyer represented by Bill Cain for the full listed price.

Other business

  • The board chose Tim St. Clair as its delegate and Jamie Gambrell as its alternate to the 2018 WASB Annual meeting. The delegate or alternate will vote on proposed resolutions on behalf of the School Board.


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications