July 2018 School Board meeting summary

Posted July 23, 2018

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 5:30 p.m. July 17, 2018 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

 

Calendar revisions

The board voted to adopt a revised 2018-19 school year calendar, which will allow construction crews to begin work a week earlier next summer.

Changes from the calendar approved in January include moving graduation to Sunday, June 2, rather than June 9; and moving the last day of school to Tuesday, June 4, rather than June 11. In addition, the professional development day scheduled for Friday, April 26 will be a regular school day.

District officials emphasized that the changes are for one year only, to accommodate the construction projects.

Learn more: View or download a printable version of the revised 2018-19 School Year Calendar.

 

Personnel

The board approved 2018-19 teaching contracts with:

  • Andrea Alverez to teach fifth grade at Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor's degree from UW-Milwaukee. This will be her second year of teaching.
  • Andrew Crivellone to be an educational specialist at Plymouth High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Lakeland College. This will be his first year of teaching.
  • Margaret Fouliard to be a school counselor at Plymouth High School and Riverview Middle School. She received her bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point and a master's degree from UW-Milwaukee.  This will be her 18th year teaching.
  • Renee Reimer to teach fourth grade at Fairview Elementary School. She received her bachelor's degree from UW-La Crosse and a master's degree from Arizona State University. This will be her 20th year teaching.
  • Mitchell Tenpas to be an educational specialist at Plymouth High School. He received his bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point.  This will be his second year of teaching
  • Erik West to be a school counselor at Plymouth High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Concordia University.  This will be his second year of teaching.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Kristi Loehr has been hired as an educational aide at Plymouth High School. 
  • Denice Ruh has been hired as school secretary at Fairview Elementary School.

The board also approved the Teacher Employment Framework for the 2018-19 school year, which includes a legal clarification of retiree COBRA rights.

 

Donations

The board gratefully accepted donations of:

  • $10,000 from the Ruth DeYoung Kohler Foundation.
  • $10,000 from the Plymouth High School Soccer Booster Club for the irrigation system.
  • $5,838.01 from Riverview Middle School Activity Groups for student transportation.
  • $5,000 from the Plymouth High School Football Booster Club for the irrigation system.
  • $1,633.60 from Parkview PTK for student transportation.
  • $1,000 from the Kohler Foundation for the project Virtual Reality – Making the World More Accessible.
  • $219.23 from Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for student transportation to Johnsonville Sausage and Whistling Straights.
  • $189.56 from Environmental Park Trust for student transportation to Maywood.

 

Other business

In other matters, the board:

  • Accepted a proposal from O & W Communications of Sheboygan to replace the districtwide phone system. O & W Communication met all proposal requirements and was the lowest qualified bidder.
  • Accepted a bread bid from Pan-O-Gold for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Adopted the Wisconsin Academic Standards (http://dpi.ei.gov/standards) as the primary standards for all subject areas taught 4K-12. The standards are supported by the ACT College and Career Readiness Standards (http://www.act.org/standard/) and the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/) as deemed appropriate by professional educators and administrators.
  • Adopted the 2018-19 Riverview Middle School Student and Parent Handbook with no changes, and the 2018-19 Plymouth High School Student and Parent Orange Guide with minor revisions.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications