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Coleman School Board Adopts 2017-18 Calendar

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, Coleman School Board approved the calendar for the coming school year, and learned that to date they are two hours short of the teacher/student classroom instruction hours required by the state Department of Public Instruction on this year's schedule. Provided there are no further cancellations or late starts for the remainder of the year, plans are to make up the hours by holding a full day of school on the last day, rather than releasing students at 12:15 p.m.

The 2017-18 school calendar adopted by the board has 1158 hours of instruction built in. The DPI requirement is 1137hours. A comparison shows that among area schools the Coleman calendar has the least amount of teacher contractual days and student days. The first day of school is scheduled for Sept. 5 and the last day, May 31, 2018 for students and June 1, 2018 for teachers.

The Coleman calendar provides for 183 teacher days (without holidays) and 172 student days. By comparison, Crivitz calls for 184 teacher days and 175 student days, while Lena lists 186 teacher days and 179 student days, Marinette has 190 teacher days and 177 student days, and Peshtigo has 187 teacher days and 176 student days.

Other action items included approval of the 2017-18 Course Description Book with the addition of Stats and Earth & Space Science.

The board approved hiring Kasandra Kostreva, as part time Library Aide and Gloria Kainz as Custodian II.

They accepted resignations of Todd Olsen, as assistant baseball coach, Gerald Herzog as Custodian III and Jodi Maedke as Custodian II.

The board also approved Shane Gould to serve as a volunteer middle school wrestling coach and Gary Kotecki as a volunteer high school softball coach and accepted a donation from Northeast Wisconsin Deer Management Alliance.

Superintendent Doug Polomis reviewed findings of the 2015-16 financial audit.

He informed the board about a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to increase the per-pupil Categorical Aid by $200 per pupil for the first year of the biannual state budget and $204 the second year. In addition, Gov. Walker proposes increasing Sparsity Aid by $100 per student and there is a proposal to increase general transportation aid as well.

Polomis also shared the results of the school board members who took the School Perceptions Annual School Board Development Tool Survey. Board members gave themselves 100 percent on, "We value differences of opinion and do not let them degenerate into personality conflicts," gave an 80/20 score on several items including recognizing students, teachers and schools for outstanding performance, showing mutual respect and professional behavior, and working with the superintendent in a spirit of mutual respect, open communication, trust and confidence."

As to focusing on strategic decisions and policy issues rather than on the administrative implementation of policy and other day-to-day management/operational issues, three board members gave themselves a "fully achieved; one a mostly achieved, and one a "not sure."

The split was 60/40 on "our culture promotes high expectations," with three board members feeling that was fully achieved and two "mostly achieved."

On the final question, "Our community believes the district is effectively governed and makes decisions with the best interest of students in mind," two board members ranked the goal fully achieved, two mostly achieved, and one was not sure.

Polomis said the Elementary and Middle School schedules are finished for 2017-18 and the high school schedule is for the most part complete. A scheduling consultant was hired to help with this process and Polomis said he was extremely helpful.

In January he and Administrative Assistant Lorie Karban met with Tim Baneck from NEOLA to go over possible policy changes. A policy committee meeting is to be held before the next regular board meeting in March.

The Coleman Facility Committee (CFC), which consists of 24 community members and 3 board members, has held two meetings so far to look at facility needs. The next meeting is to be on Wednesday, March 15.

Sean McGough recently completed a bid process for routers throughout the district buildings. Polomis said they will be using E-rate funds to help pay for router project, and work is scheduled for June.

Thursday, Feb. 23 was a professional development day for staff, and they worked on technology and literacy action plan.

Polomis reported he had met with representatives from McKinstry to go over results of a recently completed energy efficiency study.

In the District Spotlight portion of the meeting, Karl Peters, Chris Gould, Deb Heitman, and Courtnee Wickman reported on the Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS) program. Heitman presented things that are new this year, particularly that the Elementary PBIS team implemented Family Meetings for Jr. K through 5th grade.

Wickman did a site visit to Grant Elementary School in Sheboygan, which is what the Coleman the program is modeled after. She explained that the family meetings are a familiar format that consists of grade level pledges, a lesson, and prizes.

Peters stated that everything surrounds the book "Seven Habits of Happy Kids."

Purpose of the Family Meetings is to help build a positive school culture. A short video was presented to show parts of Family Meetings.

Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall reported the Feb. 10 student celebration of the excellent Coleman School District Report Card was a huge success. Each grade level had 45 minutes of the day for the students to participate, with several activities for them to choose from. She thanked everyone involved for helping make the event run smoothly, particularly Coleman PTO, Susan Rosner and Kari Fendryk, Karl Peters, Kelly Mitchell, and custodians. She also thanked all staff for everything they do every day.

The 5th grade recently went on an overnight field trip to the Northern Lakes Impact Center In Rhinelander.

Parent/teacher conferences were to be on Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8.

Karson Casper and Isabelle Straub are the Middle School students of the month.

Celina Demmith, 5th grade, won the school spelling bee for students in grades 4 through 8.

There also was a spelling and math competition sponsored by the Coleman Knights of Columbus. Justin Borchert (5th), Trent Mongin (6th), Noah Nosgovitz (7th), and Molly Seefeldt (8th) won in spelling. Math winners were Justin Borchert (5th), Isabel Kuntz (6th), Karson Casper (7th), and Thomas Bartnik (8th).

Mid-term student learning objectives and surveys are completed.

The PTO was organizing a book fair to be held during parent/teacher conferences and plans are in the works for an elementary dance. March 2 was "Read Across America," day, and green eggs and ham were served for breakfast.

The Feb. 23 professional day focused on complex text with secondary teachers and elementary staff focused on writing standards and common assessments.

In his report as high school principal, Polomis announced Clara Yoap was the student of the month, nominated by Mr. Kaufman.

The wrestling team just received its 14th consecutive conference title. Six individual wrestlers competed at the state tournament over the weekend. Placing 1st were Koltin Grzybowski, Caleb Gross, Donovan Salewski, 1st, J. Blanchard 3rd, and J. Baldwin 6th. "This is the first time since 1964 that we had 3 state champs in one year," Polomis declared.

Juniors took a practice ACT exam on Feb. 2 and were to take the actual exam on Feb. 28 and March 1.

The M&O Conference Academic Bowl will be on Monday, March 13 in Peshtigo. Out of 36 Coleman students who participated in Region 3 FBLA completion on Saturday, Feb. 4, six are advancing to the state level, which is to be held on Monday and Tuesday, April 3 and 4, in Appleton. First place finishers were Miranda Rost, Maria Nowak, and Alex Prestine. Faith King and Stephanie Faudoa placed second in introduction to business presentation and Caleb Gross finished third in introduction to business procedures.

The High School Forensics Team had its first competition on Monday, Feb. 6 in Lena and the students were competing at the sub-district event in Crivitz on the evening of the board meeting.

There was general board discussion on the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) Report. Kindergarten strategy is small class sizes and professional development related to small group instruction. The board was told 98 percent of the students have met their individual student assigned Fall SLO goal. In math, 92% showed proficiency in AIMSweb Plus Number Naming Fluency Assessments as measured from Fall to Winter. In 1st Grade 74% of students have already met their end of year goal for reading and 80% did the same in math. In 2nd Grade 48% met their end of year reading goal and 46% for math. In 3rd Grade 61% met their end of year reading goal and 53% for math.

The majority of students who have not yet met their end of year goal are on track to do so, Marshall said.

Marshall had a spreadsheet which detailed last year's summer school expenses and revenue. It showed that summer school did have a minor surplus in the end. She stated the changes implemented from 2015 to 2016 summer school went well, going from 2 or 3 week sessions to 1 through 4 week session and cutting back on swimming lessons. She plans to move forward with 1 through 4 week and then 8 sessions of swimming for summer school of 2017, the same as for 2016. Classes will be the same with the hopes of adding some new programs for students. The 2017 summer school booklet will be up for approval at the next board meeting.

Results of the DPI Self Evaluation Summary, a requirement from DPI every 5 years, were distributed. A self evaluation survey was distributed by email to parents, residents, teachers, students, and administration. This was a 3 question survey they completed and results did not show any discrimination or inequalities by any of the groups. Another requirement was to compile data of female and male participation in extracurriculars over the past 5 years. The deadline for completion is April 1st and Mr. Polomis will sign off on this based off the survey results shared.

The extra curricular report shows, among other things, that in the years from 2011 through 2016 there were 189 males in football, 196 females in volleyball, 95 females and 112 males in basketball, 113 males and no females in wrestling, 72 females and 63 males in track, 100 females and no males in baseball, 84 males and no females in softball, 23 females and 20 males in cross country, six females and 57 males in golf, 21 females and no males in cheerleading and Pom Poms, 22 females on the equestrian team, 71 females and 22 males in the national honor Society, 69 females and three males in the healthy Youth Coalition; 36 females and 12 males on the Hi-Q team, 20 females and 21 males as Camp Bird counselors, 74 females and 20 males on Student Council, 42 females and 22 males in Future Business leaders of America, eight females and two males for Badger Boy and Girl, 16 females and one male in the one act play,25 females and no males in the flag squad, 31 females and 15 males in the Leadership Group, 36 females and seven males in les Adieux, 25 females and 15 males in the Academic Bowl, 57 females and eight males in forensics, and 92 females and 97 males in future Farmers of America.

Polomis noted the week of Feb. 13th was Bus Driver Appreciation Week. The district gave out a gift bag to every bus driver in recognition of their efforts. The bag included things like Tootsie rolls to "roll down the streets;" rubber bands, for when patience is stretched; mints, "you're worth a mint to parents and the school;" ear plugs, for when you can't take the noise any more; aspirin, for when you forget the ear plugs; peppermint patty, "to help you keep your cool," and Snickers and Mounds bars for sense of humor and mounds of courage needed. Recently passengers from one bus route have been dispersed among other routes.

At 9 p.m., when other business was completed, the board went to closed executive session for Administrative Review and to discuss staffing for the 2017-2018 school year. They returned to open session two hours later, at 11 p.m. and adjourned without taking action. Board members present were Joanne Nowak, Jamie Graetz, Scott Herzog, Jeremy Hoida, Barb VanDrisse, Barb Krause-Klug, and Board President Ryan Wendt.

The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, March 20, to be preceded by a Policy Committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. and a Building and Grounds Committee meeting at 6:40 p.m. Tentative agenda items for the March 20 meeting include approval of the 2017 summer school program, approval of the 2017-2018 CESA contract, Youth Options review of the budget, and the McKinstry Energy Study.


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