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Elementary Remodel On Schedule And In Budget

Issue Date: July 25, 2019

"We're ahead of schedule and fiscally we're at or ahead of where we need to be," District Administrator Doug Polomis told the Coleman School Board Monday, July 22 when reporting on status of the Elementary/Middle School remodeling/renovation project that was approved by voters at last spring's referendum. He said they are one month from moving furniture into the renewed and remodeled wing of the school.

There were no contingencies approved during the past month. Over $400,000 remains of the original contingency fund of $468,000, and that is in addition to the owner contingency fund. Polomis said keeping enough money for future contingencies is important, because the high school revamp to be done next year is a more complicated project that may entail more unanticipated expenses.

The board was provided with a detailed report of contingency fund expenses and deducts.

Polomis thanked Tom Bieberitz and North Wood Flooring for donating the hardwood flooring for the elementary/middle school gym, which formerly was the cafeteria area. Security cameras are to be installed next week, financed as part of the school's Security Grant.

Prior to the start of the meeting the board was given a tour of the renovation area. Polomis said the gym will be larger and will be good for community events. "My kids were in awe of the gymnasium. They can't wait to get in there," commented Board Member Corey Kuchta.

During time for public comment after the meeting began community member Dennis Fiedorowicz asked if the block wall sound barriers between classrooms and the hallway had been removed as part of the remodeling. He had seen photos on a Facebook posting. He was told the only block walls removed were in the previous kindergarten rooms to make the new cafeteria.

District Spotlight for the meeting was focused on the recently issued school newsletter, which was mailed to district families last week. Polomis thanked Lorie Karban for her efforts in gathering the needed information and getting it published.

Polomis urged board members to attend the Cougar Booster Club Banquet on Monday, Aug. 19. "That organization does a lot of contributing to our district," Polomis declared.

Elementary Principal Yvette Marshall reported that Coleman Pound Lioness Club will have its annual school supply distribution event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 in the band room. She thanked the club for their dedication to the community and for ensuring that students are able to start the school year with new supplies they need for the classroom.

"That's a really cool thing that they do...It's kind of unique to our area," commented Board President Ryan Wendt. He asked how many kids usually take advantage of it. Karban told him last year there were just over 80 kids pre-registered, but you never know how many will come because not everyone pre-registers.

Marshall reported summer school wrapped up on Thursday, June 27. She thanked the teachers and staff who supported them. She said several teachers attended professional development during the summer, and received training in math, safety and trauma-sensitive practices. "Their efforts to continue their learning to help support the continuous improvements of themselves, our students and our school is very much appreciated," she said.

Copies of senior exit survey for the graduating class of 2019 were provided for the board. Polomis said getting feedback from students is extremely important. While the graduation year survey is important, even more important is feedback from surveys taken after they have been out of school for a few years.

He said 77 percent of the members of the Class of 2017 responded to the exit survey, and their feelings are very positive about how well their Coleman School education prepared them for college and careers. Overall, 82 percent rated their education in the good to excellent range. The students fill out the survey independently and anonymously.

The survey showed if the school needs improvement it is in the area of training students to be good speakers and writers, which only 45 per cent rated as good, Polomis said, and indicated they had been somewhat aware of that and are already working on it.

There will not be an all sports parents meeting this year. Coaches are responsible for having a parents meeting for each sport and parents will be able to fill out the forms on line. Volleyball Parents are to meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 29.

Polomis had attended a coaches meeting earlier on Monday at Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics in Green Bay. After going through the handbook they went through strength training and stretching exercises. he thanked Coleman athletes Trevor Risner and Sam Kuchta for being there to help demonstrate techniques.

New student and Freshman orientation is to be held from 12:15 to 1:24 p.m. On Monday, July 29.

Several Coleman math teachers attended a week-long mathematics Institute in Oshkosh and Polomis is to attend the WASDA Legal Conference in Sturgeon Bay later this week.

The board approved elementary/Middle School and High School student handbooks with changes had been discussed at the June meeting. It is now spelled out that middle school and high school students can take the college courses. Another is in the exam exemption policy. The policy now clearly states that students who have any unexcused absence whatsoever will be required to take all their final exams.

The academic standards policy adopted by unanimous board vote is the same as last year. It states that the district uses Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Language Arts and Reading, Math and Social Studies, including geography and history, as a foundation for instruction and assessment. They use the Next Generation Science Standards as the foundation for science classes. The policy also states belief that children learn in different ways and therefore the district has made a commitment to offer individualized learning opportunities to meet the various needs of students.

The board also approved the Chromebook Care and Use Policy and Guide, and Polomis said a night will be designated for parents to come in and pick up the Chromebooks, which are being provided for all students in grades 9 through 12. There is no charge for the Chromebook, but if it is lost, damaged or destroyed by misuse, or if not returned at the end of the year, the family will be charged. Failure to return is between $250 and $350 depending on the model. Polomis said families must sign off on this and students will not get their Chromebook until they do.

Board members had several questions before approving the Chromebook policy. Kuchta asked what would happen if parents could not afford to repair or replace the Chromebook and Polomis said they would need to handle this on a case by case basis. He compared it to being responsible for a textbook, where students are responsible if it is lost or damaged by misuse.

Board member Joanne Nowak was concerned that students who live where there is no access to Wifi will be at a disadvantage . Polomis said most documents can be downloaded and worked on at home.

The physical restraint report required each year showed physical restraint involving three students was used 13 times in the past school year.

The board approved a new contractor teacher Janna Gross. With the approval came congratulations to Gross, who has attained her Master's Degree in Education.

Hiring of Heather Carlson to fill a vacant paraprofessional position was approved pending her passing a pre-employment physical.

Resignation of Victoria Loos as a Reading Center aide was approved. She has accepted a position as preschool/kindergarten teacher at Faith Christian School.

Because of the Cougar Booster Club Banquet on Monday, Aug. 19 the next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26.


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