February School Board meeting summary

Posted February 26, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. Feb. 20, 2018 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.


Academic Pillar of Excellence

The board heard a presentation by Parkview Elementary School on its use of the Iditarod dog sled race as a theme to engage students each March in multiple subjects. Principal John Mather said the project began several years ago as a way to encourage third-graders to read, but has since grown to take over the school each March.

Teachers Julie Kohlmann and Sarah Desiderio and six students shared some of the Iditarod-themed activities they enjoy, including tracking mushers during the race and making dog-related crafts. The project encompasses activities in reading, persuasive writing, history, math, science, art, and character education, and culminates in a field trip for third-graders to meet sled dogs.


The board accepted a retirement request from Janet DeJean Newton, English, language arts and drama teacher at the Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  Mrs. Newton has served the district for 16 years.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Susan Awe, Horizon educational aide, has resigned. She served the district for 29 years.
  • Elyse Buchholz, Horizon educational aide, has resigned. She served the district for 6 months.
  • Gloria Bach, Riverview Middle School custodian, has resigned.  She served the district for 3 months.
  • Mary Augustine, Fairview educational aide, has resigned. She served the district for 5 months.


The board gratefully accepted donations of:

  • $1,000 from Sargento to install a water cooler with bottle filler and filter at Horizon Elementary School, and $203.80 from Sargento for Horizon Elementary School’s Activity Fund.
  • $364.17 from Parkview PTK for transportation to the Generations building.
  • $291.34 from Riverview Student Council for transportation to Generations.
  • $250 from Plymouth Foam and $200 from Lori Petrie for Paul Krzyzaniak’s physics class to offset transportation costs.
  • $165.54 from Horizon PATH for transportation to the Plymouth Police Station and Plymouth Public Library.
  • A 2000 Toyota Camry from Hannah Hau for the PHS automotive technology class for students to practice maintenance and repair techniques.

Other business

  • The board approved an out-of-state travel request from Laura Koebel, world language teacher at Plymouth High School, to take students to the We Day Convention in Chicago on April 25.
  • The board approved the second reading of NEOLA Policies 26.2. 


Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications