May 2018 School Board meeting summary

Posted May 21, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. May 15, 2018 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

Academic Pillar of Excellence

The board heard a report from the Plymouth High School AFS chapter. Coordinator Ann Weeden and nine foreign-exchange students thanked the board for its support of the program, one of the largest in the state.

“I’m very proud of our kids,” Mrs. Weeden said. “All were involved in lots of activities,” among them swimming, soccer, cross country, track & field, basketball, football, wrestling, dance, musical, band, Art Club, Chess Club and community service.

The students also gave a series of three presentations about their home countries for the public at Generations, each of which was attended by about 100 people.

Board Reorganization

The board elected the following as its officers for 2018-19:

  • President: Tim St. Clair
  • Vice President: Richard York
  • Treasurer: Jamie Gambrell
  • Secretary: Sally Isely

The board also kept the following liaison appointments:

  • Community Education Advisory Board: Sally Isely
  • Plymouth Education Foundation Board: Bob Travis
  • Family Resource Center: Jamie Gambrell
  • Professional Development Council: Richard York

Personnel


The board approved a retirement request from Diane Rosenbeck, educational specialist at Riverview Middle School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 30 years.

The board approved a resignation request from Brianna Kappers, eighth-grade teacher at Riverview Middle School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 5 years.

The board approved contracts with:

  • Jenna Edington to teach family and consumer science economics at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2018-19 school year. She received a bachelor’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and this will be her first year of teaching.
  • Alexia Piskule to teach STEAM at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2018-19 school year. She received a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland University, and this will be her first year of teaching.
  • Rachel Kemnitz to teach eighth grade at Riverview Middle School beginning with the 2018-19 school year. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and this will be her first year of teaching.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Kathy Payne, educational aide at Plymouth High School, has submitted her retirement notice.  She has served the district for 14 years.
  • Bonnie Jaeger, educational aide at Riverview Middle School, has submitted her resignation.  She has served the district for 3 years.
  • Amanda Hendricks, educational aide at Plymouth High School, has submitted her resignation.  She has served the district for 7 months.
  • Margie Hoban has been hired as an educational aide at Fairview Elementary School.

The board also approved updates and changes to the 2018-19 Support Staff Handbook, including changes presented at the most recent Committee of the Whole and suggested wage rate changes.

Donations

The board gratefully accepted donations of:

  • $850.75 from Fairview PTO for student transportation and admission to the Maywood Environmental Center Sappin’ and Sawin’ program; admission to Camp Y-Koda for the Mammal Outreach Program; and transportation and admission to Above & Beyond Children’s Museum.
  • $478.24 from Horizon PATH for 4K student transportation to the Plymouth Post Office and for second-graders to visit Siberian huskies.
  • $285.48 from Parkview PTK for student transportation to visit Siberian huskies.

Referendum projects

In response to voter support for the April 3 referendum, the board:

  • Approved a resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of a $21.9 million bond anticipation note pursuant to Section 67.12(1)(b), Wisconsin Statutes. This resolution allows the district to borrow $21.9 million on a short-term basis prior to the issue of bonds, so that it can invest the money until needed to increase available funds for the referendum projects.
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of and establishing parameters for the sale of up to $21.9 million in general obligation refunding bonds to fund school upgrades. This resolution provides criteria for RW Baird to issue the bonds, including acceptable interest rates and other market conditions.

 

Other business

In other matters, the board:

  • Approved the Plymouth High School 2018-19 Curriculum Guide.
  • Approved the preliminary budget for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Accepted a bid from Ross Imaging to lease and repair copy machines at Riverview, Parkview, Fairview and Plymouth High School.
  • Approved the first reading of NEOLA policy updates Volume 27 No. 1, Health and Wellness 8510, and Special Updates.
  • Approved an out-of-state travel request from Rommy Herrera, Plymouth High School Spanish teacher, to take students to Costa Rica from July 14 to 23, 2019.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications