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Crivitz School Board Hears State Spend Increase

Issue Date: January 31, 2018

During the meeting of the School Board of Crivitz, held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, Patrick Mans announced that the school will be hosting a shared in-service day with Wausaukee school staff on February 5th. Staff will take part in meetings related to customer service given by a nationally recognized speaker who presented to the likes of New York University, Microsoft, Sonic Health Care and the Library of Congress. Staff will also work collaboratively by sharing teaching strategies and programs which have produced successful outcomes in each district. It is hoped that both staffs will gain useful information helping students be successful both in and out of the classroom.

Jeff Mursau and Tom Tiffany, two local state legislators, have signed onto to be co-sponsors of a bill which is working its way through the state legislator which will allow local school districts to raise the revenue limit by $100 per year until reaching the state average per pupil spending. Currently Crivitz is allowed to raise revenue sufficiently to spend approximately $9300 per pupil. The state average is approximately $9800 per pupil. This means that Crivitz district can increase the revenue limit by $100 per year until it reaches $9800 per pupil spending. That equates to approximately $76,000 per year in additional revenue. Superintendent Mans explained that this much revenue cap relief for spending districts reduces the impact of a child's zip code on the quality of education provided by their local school district. It is noted that Governor Walker supports this bill and has encouraged the legislator to approve it and get it to his desk for signature. Mans said he has contacted both Mursau and Tiffany and thanked them for this legislation.

Karen Kerber, a certified public accountant, was available via phone conference to provide a report on the 2016-2017 audit which she had completed. Kerber stated that the school is in a good position in the long term, and that fund expenditures fall at 52% which is excellent. She also mentioned that the school is in a good position to borrow money for projects if it desires to do so.

The board has been discussing for several months upgrading the green space at the elementary school. Several bids were received, and the building and grounds committee moved forward by submitting the request to the full board during this meeting to approve the bid from Dan Risner and Son Excavating LLC for $27,100. A vote was taken and passed to accept the bid and begin the improvement.

The Board also approved a motion to set the open enrollment limits for regular and special education by adopting the special education caseload recommendations from the DPI and determining regular education open enrollment per grade level in grades 4K-12.

In related school news, Mans and Tom White were approached by a vendor that is selling a security FOB device and management system called ZipTech. The FOBs that would be carried by school staff members have an emergency "call" button that will alert the entire staff via email and text messaging in the event of an emergency. The alert would contain the location of the staff member allowing another staff to take appropriate action. The school is researching the viability of this system for implementation at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.


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