June 2018 School Board meeting summary

Posted June 25, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. June 19, 2018 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Pillars of Excellence

Dan Mella presented the summer professional development opportunities available for the faculty and staff.

 

Personnel

The board accepted retirement requests from:

  • Lisa Keys, art teacher at Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 25 years.
  • James Meinen, educational specialist at Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. He has served the district for 20 years.

The board accepted resignation requests from:

  • Abigail Price, reading specialist at Horizon Elementary School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 6 years.
  • Sara Sandman, school counselor at Plymouth High School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 2 years.
  • Brenda Schwaller, fourth-grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year. She has served the district for 2 years.

The board approved 2018-19 teaching contracts with:

  • Heaven Elliot to teach German at Plymouth High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-La Crosse. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Courtney Greenwald to teach fourth grade at Parkview Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Ryan Krippendorf to teach art at Plymouth High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. This will be his eighth year of teaching.
  • Jennifer Noster to be an educational specialist at Fairview Elementary School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. This will be her 12th year of teaching.
  • Amanda Parks to teach fifth grade at Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Ingrid Polinski to be an educational specialist at Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Colleen Schultz to teach English language arts at Plymouth High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Elizabeth Smith to be an educational specialist at Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Shane Smith to teach physical education and health at Plymouth High School. He received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh. This will be his second year of teaching.
  • Sanora Stout to teach eighth grade at Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. This will be her first year of teaching.
  • Kellen Warner to teach sixth grade at Riverview Middle School. He received his bachelor’s degree from UW-Parkside. This will be his first year of teaching.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Clare Erbe, secretary at Fairview Elementary School, will be retiring. She has served the district for 46 years.
  • Rose Lensmire, server/cook at Fairview Elementary School, has resigned. She has served the district for 14 years.
  • Kathryn Peterson, educational aide at Parkview Elementary School, will be retiring. She has served the district for 5 years.
  • Cassidy Boldt, educational aide at Fairview Elementary School, has resigned. She has served the district for 1 year.
  • Emily Connovich, educational aide at Fairview Elementary School, has resigned. She has served the district for 1 year.
  • Stephanie Zamora, educational aide at Fairview Elementary School, has resigned. She has served the district for 1 year.

The board also voted to implement the District's Final Offer for the 2018-19 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Plymouth Education Association and to ratify the corresponding Collective Bargaining Agreement. This provides for no increase in Total Base Wages for 2018-19 and distributes an amount equal to 2.6% of the total compensation for all returning teachers as Supplemental/Discretionary Compensation, to be allocated according to the district's Career and Compensation Model. 

The board also approved a 2.6% administrative salary pool increase for the 2018-19 school year, to be distributed to District Leadership Team members at the discretion of the Superintendent and the Board of Education according to the district’s Administrative Career and Compensation Model.

 

Donations

The board gratefully accepted donations of:

  • $899.02 from Fairview Elementary School PTO for student transportation to the State Capital and the Mt. Mary Berstron Hall.
  • $578.57 from the WE ACT Club at Plymouth High School for student transportation to the All State Arena.
  • $518.34 from Johnsonville to provide breakfast for the 180 Program for students at Plymouth High School.
  • $302.50 from the Journalism Club at Plymouth High School for student transportation to UW- Oshkosh.
  • $265.08 from Parkview PTK for student transportation to Maywood and Above and Beyond Children’s Museum.
  • $112.88 from Inspire Sheboygan County for student transportation at Plymouth High School.
  • $135.96 from Riverview Middle School Student Council for student transportation to Generations Intergenerational Center.

 

Other business

In other matters, the board:

  • Approved an out-of-state travel request from Todd Williams, Plymouth High School business teacher, to take students to Baltimore, Md., to participate in the 2018 FBLA National Leadership Conference from June 28 to July 1. Costs will be covered by the students’ families and through fundraising.
  • Accepted a bid from Milwaukee Lawn Sprinkler to provide and install irrigation equipment for the soccer field, as well as alternate bids for irrigating the softball diamonds and practice fields. These projects will be fully funded by donations.
  • Approved NEOLA policy updates Volume 27 No. 1, Health and Wellness 8510, and Special Updates.
  • Approved renewal of the district’s membership with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications