March School Board meeting summary

Posted March 26, 2018

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

Academic Pillar of Excellence

PHS technical education instructors Greg Gritt, Jake Sherman and Beau Biller, along with Mark Feick of the Kohler Company gave a presentation about Kohler’s donation of $65,000 for an industrial robot at Plymouth High School. The board formally accepted the second $32,500 installment and thanked Kohler for its generosity and support of the PHS program.

Personnel

The board accepted a retirement request from PHS educational specialist Kay Hannes, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 22 years.

The board also accepted resignation requests from:

  • Sandra Nicholson, PHS German teacher, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  She has served the district for 11 years.
  • Mary Strong, PHS English teacher, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  She has served the district for 19 years.

The board approved a contract for Leroy Schwab to teach fourth grade at Fairview Elementary School for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year.  Mr. Schwab has 25 years of teaching experience with the Sheboygan Falls School District and has been a longtime substitute in this position. 

The board approved a one-year leave of absence for Josie Hau, Parkview Elementary School first-grade teacher, for the 2018-19 school year.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Patricia Hicks, PHS server/cook, has resigned after serving the district for 12 years.
  • Stephanie Back has been hired as an educational assistant at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Angela Goelzer has been hired as an educational assistant at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Bobby Norlander has been hired as an educational assistant at Fairview Elementary School.
  • Robin Rosenthal has been hired as an educational assistant at Horizon Elementary School.

Donations

In addition to the donation from Kohler Foundation, the board gratefully accepted donations of:

  • Donations of $250 from Sargento Foods, $250 from Matt Gabrielse of Gabe’s Construction, and $100 from Francis Chiropractic to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • A donation of $282.12 from the Riverview Student Council for bus transportation to Generations.
  • A donation of $174.80 from Fairview PTO for bus transportation to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum.

Out-of-state travel

The board approved the following out-of-state travel requests:

  • For Paul Krzyzaniak, PHS physics teacher, to take students to Physics Day at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., on May 11. Expenses will be covered by donations and the students and their families.
  • For Kelly Ochalek, Riverview Middle School teacher, to take students to Washington, D.C., from June 17 to 21, 2019. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and their families through fundraising.
  • From Sandra Nicholson, PHS German teacher, for students to travel to Germany for three weeks during the summer of 2019 to participate in the exchange program with Kurt-Shumacher Schule in Karben, Germany. Expenses will be the responsibility of the students and their families though fundraising.

Other business

  • The Board approved the 2018 Summer School course offerings. 
  • The board accepted a bid from Mannenbach Mechanical to furnish and install a new boiler at Horizon Elementary School.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications