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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Peshtigo School Board Hears Resignations and Retirements

Issue Date: March 22, 2018

District resignations, retirements, hirings and appointments were announced at the Peshtigo School Board meeting on Wednesday, March 14.

Resignations included Nate Motkowski, Boys Varsity Assistant Track Coach and Stephanie Nault, Girls Varsity Assistant Track Coach. Nault resigned from assistant due to being elevated to Girls Varsity Head Track Coach.

New hires include Grace Winter, Girls Varsity Assistant Track Coach, replacing Nault and Mike Fisher, Boys Varsity Assistant Track Coach, replacing Motkowski.

Also hired was Patrick Rau as District Administrator, effective July 12, 2018, replacing Kim Eparvier. President Gary Larsen stated this process for Administrator interviews was the best group they have ever interviewed. He extended a big thank you to CESA for helping in making the process go smoothly with qualified candidates.

Volunteer Coaching appointments for the track program were Molly Bonjean and Ted Rauch.

Donations received in excess of $250 were accepted, including: Sheila Stillman, $700 for Jim Stillman Scholarship, Suzanne Dickinson, $1,000 for the SEED program and Waupaca Foundry, Peshtigo Lions Club and Rennes Group Inc., each $300 along with Bulldog Booster Club, $500 all for Post Prom party.

Beverly Doucette along with Kathy Crabtree gave a presentation of the JustinKase door jam that inhibits access of getting into classrooms incase of dangerous situations. The door jam was invented by Jason Rivard of Somerset, Wi.

Doucette initiated the grass roots group consisting of concerned grandparents which is titled, Grandparents For Action For School Safety. Doucette said "It is an excellent safety device, is unobtrusive and easy to use". She also stated "It is the best chance they have for immediate safety and the most positive approach". The units cost $90 each and it takes about 6 to 8 seconds to set the door jam.

In conclusion, Doucette said, "The units are ordered at the cost of $90 each with a total cost to supply all rooms at the High School/Middle School/Elementary schools between $10,000 to $14,000. Donations are encouraged and accepted to offset the cost of all of the door jams and can be made at NEW Credit Union. For more information, call Kathy Crabtree at 715-330-1715.

Peshtigo resident, Cathy Joy expressed her concern of what has been taught and still being taught is Run, Hide, Fight. Joy commented, it is not always good to be locked in a room with no place to go and if it is possible, it might be best to initiate the Run, Hide, Fight scenario. Eparvier said they will be looking at all options and scenarios and be trained on all.

After Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Schools and Tom McCarthy, Department of Public Instruction (DPI) Supervisor heard of the JustinKase units that were being purchased, Evers and McCarthy were interested in meeting to see what is being implemented at Peshtigo Schools and what they are doing to educate the students.

The donation of the JustinKase units was approved by the Board and Education and information will be provided to teachers and students.

Paula Gruszynski of the Marinette and Menominee Community Foundation Grant Program Group, spoke on behalf of the group. The foundation has been helping the area for 23 years and serves all of Marinette and Menominee counties. Starting amount was a few thousand dollars and now has grown to $10.4 million at present that can be used for area grants.

The February grant program was "Paying It Forward" for schools, churches, government entities and non profit organizations. Of 32 organizations that submitted, 11 were chosen to receive grants. Of those 11, Kay Sodini's Peshtigo Elementary fifth grade class was chosen to receive a check in the amount of $500 for a nursing home program that was the brainchild of Karsen Villas and Jaycee Mullins.

The two came up with the idea to provide Rennes Health Care Center residents with birthday gifts, paying it forward to help make their day a little brighter. The $500 grant will be used to continue this program at Rennes.

Eparvier reminded the committee that the website has a vast amount of very specific referendum information available. Also, large informational display boards are placed in key, high traffic areas around the district, including City of Peshtigo Municipal Building, Town of Peshtigo Municipal Building, BPM, Peshtigo National Bank, NEW Credit Union and the School buildings.

Eparvier also stated, an initial fact sheet was sent home with each student at the elementary level and is also available at events at the schools. A first of two district wide mailings was released Friday, March 9 and another one will also be released soon.

There will be an open house at the Middle-High School on Thursday, March 22 at 6 p.m., featuring various stations as a means to address specific questions and to clarify referendum information. There are also various other community events to provide opportunities to message the schools facility needs and findings.

Administrating of policies will be on the agenda for the April meeting.


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