January School Board meeting summary

Posted January 22, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, 2018 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

Pillars of Excellence

The board heard a report by Horizon Principal Dena Budrecki, along with Horizon faculty members Lori Brown, Lisa Krzyzaniak, Kaitlyn Beck, Jackie Murphy and Judy Woelfel, about One Book, Many Families, One Community. This community book read was connected to the Academic Excellence, Community Engagement, and Extracurriculars Pillars.

Inspired by the success of the One Book, One Community – The Plymouth Chapter collaboration between Community Education & Recreation and the Plymouth Public Library, organizers wanted to do something similar to benefit younger readers. Families at all public and parochial elementary schools, as well as home-school families, were invited to participate.

The goal was to encourage families to read together, so each family was able to join one of four book clubs based on works by Juana Medina and Sara Pennypacker, who were featured at the Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival in October.

Horizon kicked off its book read the night before the book festival with an event on Oct. 12 at Generations. Each of the 90 participating families received a copy of its chosen book (thanks to a $1,160 grant from the Plymouth Education Foundation) and a packet with a reading calendar, suggested discussion questions, and other resources. Ms. Medina and Ms. Pennypacker gave presentations at Horizon on Oct. 13.

Additional events were held in the following weeks at Plymouth Public Library and Riverview Middle School, giving each book club the opportunity to meet and to participate in activities. The success of this inaugural family book read has led organizers to want to offer another in the fall of 2018. 


The board accepted a resignation request from Justin Lloyd, STEAM/Project Lead the Way Teacher at Riverview Middle School, effective Jan. 19, 2018.  Mr. Lloyd served the district for 4.5 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Joanne Dvorachek has been hired as a server at Riverview Middle School.
  • Kay Magnus has been hired as an educational assistant at Plymouth High School.


The board gratefully accepted a donation of $20 from Blair Seibert for the PHS Swim Team and PHS Band Department.

Other business

  • The board approved the 2018-19 school calendar, which is similar to the current calendar. The two most significant changes are the moving of the conference compensation day from the end of October to the Friday before Thanksgiving, and the addition of a Thursday off in mid-February. School will begin Tuesday, Sept. 4 and end Tuesday, June 11.
  • The board limited the number of spaces available for special education Open Enrollment to district residents and current students.
  • The board approved a request from Beau Biller, PHS automotive instructor, to take students to the Universal Technical Institute in Lisle, Ill., to compete in the Top Tech Challenge on Feb. 15.  Expenses will be paid for by the PHS Technology Education and Engineering Club.

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications