April 2019 School Board meeting summary

Posted April 22, 2019

The Plymouth School District Board of Education met at 7 p.m. April 16, 2019 in the Plymouth High School Amphitheatre.

Oath of Office

Board Secretary Sally Isely issued the Oath of Office to Bob Travis, Tony Backhaus and Dan Steinhardt, who were elected earlier this month.

Tim St. Clair recognized

The administration and board recognized Board President Tim St. Clair, who did not run for re-election after serving on the board for 12 years, including the last five years as president.

“You have been one of the strongest advocates for our school district,” Superintendent Carrie Dassow said. “It has been a pleasure serving with you.”

Board member Bob Travis, who has served on the board since 2012, said Mr. St. Clair was instrumental in the passage of what he called the “St. Clair Solution” – state relief for low-spending districts such as Plymouth. “You’ve done a lot for our school system and others like ours,” he said.

Academic Pillar of Excellence

Horizon Principal Dena Budrecki, third-grade teacher Jackie Murphy and garden coordinator Laura Grunwald shared how the cultivation of the gardens creates a hands-on learning lab to enhance the science curriculum. Learn more: Read an article about the Horizon Garden Club.

Personnel

The board accepted a retirement request from Jay Grosshuesch, Plymouth High School chemistry teacher, effective at the end of the school year.  Mr. Grosshuesch has served the district for 35 years.

The board approved a contract for Hanna Myers to be a school psychologist for the 2019-20 school year.  She received a bachelor of science degree from UW-LaCrosse and a master of science degree from UW-Stout.  This will be her first year as a school psychologist.

The board also learned of the following support staff changes:

  • Burnell Lorenz, maintenance technician/traveling custodian for the district, has submitted his retirement request.  He has served the district for 13 years.
  • Laura McKinster, educational aide at Parkview Elementary School, has submitted her resignation. She served the district for 1 year.
  • Heather Garczynski has been hired as an educational aide at Horizon Elementary School.
  • Susan Rathsack has been hired as an educational aide at Horizon Elementary School.

The board voted to ratify the 2019-20 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the district and the Plymouth Education Association. It includes a 2.44 percent Total Base Wage increase ($977) to be added to the Base Salary of $40,041. The amount budgeted for salary increases for the 2019-20 school year (an amount not to exceed an increase in total compensation of 4.1 percent) will be distributed as supplemental/discretionary compensation for returning district teachers according to the district Career and Compensation Model.

The board also approved changes to the 2019-20 Teacher Employment Framework, including changes to curriculum pay, sick days, calendar days, and pay ranges, as well as some technical and legal updates.

The Board approved a 4.1 percent administrative salary pool increase for the 2019-20 school year, to be distributed based on the discretion of the Superintendent and the Board of Education according to the district Administrative Career and Compensation Model.

Donations

The board gratefully accepted the following donations:

  • $1,500 from Wisconsin State Gold Association Foundation for the Plymouth High School Boys Golf Program.
  • $500 from the Allman Family to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $250 from Plymouth Foam to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $250 from Waldo State Bank to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $200 from Focus Therapy to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $100 from Mike and Katie Meyer to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $100 from Heartland Video to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $100 from the McEvoy Family to offset the cost of transportation to Six Flags Great America for Physics Day.
  • $450 from the Plymouth Education Foundation to support the students in the Horizon Garden Club.
  • $275 from the Plymouth Education Foundation to support Horizon students with break-out kits.
  • $269 from the Plymouth Education Foundation to purchase books for the Guidance Department.
  • $250 from the Plymouth Education Foundation to support the Plymouth High School Culture Fair.
  • $57.69 from Fairview PTO for transportation to Above & Beyond Museum.

Other business

The board also approved the first readings of NEOLA Volume 28 No.1 and School Safety policy updates.

 

Summary prepared by Jamie Piontkowski, district coordinator of community communications