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Crivitz Teacher Brett Meyers Chosen For State VFW Honors

Issue Date: January 30, 2020

Elementary/Middle School Principal Kelly Robinson informed Crivitz School Board on Wednesday, Jan. 15 Middle School Social Studies Teacher Brett Meyers has been selected as the Wisconsin VFW Citizenship Teacher of the Year and will receive that award at the VFW's annual banquet on Saturday, Feb.1, and his name has been forwarded as a nominee for national level awards. Robinson had reported in November that Meyers was selected as the VFW District 8 Teacher of the Year.

During her report on the 2018-2019 audit via video conference at the board meeting Auditor Karen Kerber told the school board that with its $10.5 million overall general fund balance, Crivitz School District is in a very strong financial position.

"You certainly have enough in your balances to meet your short and long term obligations," Kerber told the board. Board members agreed with District Administrator Patrick Mans' observation that having a healthy fund balance saves them money that could otherwise need to be spent on short-term borrowing. Kerber said it is good that they have a plan to use the reserve funds.

She said the district's non-current assets were down about $200,000 from a year ago due to accumulated depreciation, and liabilities were up, mainly due to a late bill for the roofing project. Overall debt was shown as up about $700,000, but that was mainly because the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) account had gone from being an asset to being a liability. Kerber added that since then the market had come back, and predicted that by June 30 of this year the district's WRS account will be only about $800,000 short of the amount that would be needed if everybody decided to retire on that day.

Kerber said she had excellent cooperation from district employees in performing the audit, and commended administration for making a smooth transition during changes in the accounting department. "It was very well done. Kudos to all of you," Kerber declared.

In other action the board set parameters for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year as recommended by Mans. As in past years, there is no limit on Open Enrollment for regular education, based on space. Mans noted the district receives additional revenue for accepting additional students. Enrollment for Special Education will depend on the number of students that can be added without creating need for additional instructors.

Enrollment projections for the year are for 219 high school students, 45 seniors, 58 juniors, 65 sophomores and 51 freshmen. Elementary grades show a high of 70 students in third grade, 61 in second, and 51 in first grade and 5K, with 4K enrollment not to be known until after screenings in February. Overall, the predicted student count for the year comes to 726 students from 4K through 12th grade.

Mans reported that unfortunately the foundation in California that supports Crivitz Youth, Inc. (CYI) has decided to no longer fund the school's two technology positions after the current year. He stressed that this is a decision of the Foundation, not of CYI. He said in speaking with High School Principal Jeff Baumann and Elementary/Middle School Principal Kelly Robinson it had been determined that of the two positions, that of Bryan Anderson is most critical due to his teaching high school computer classes for credit. The keyboarding being done through the other position can be carried out in other existing classes, Mans said. They have gone through the budget and it appears the district budget will be able to absorb the cost of that position. Later in the meeting board members approved a motion to do that.

There are tentative plans to add a primary elementary teaching position for next year, and Mans said Amanda Chapman, the other CYI tech teacher, would be qualified for the position and could apply for it if the board approves adding it later this year.

The board accepted resignation of Eric Walters as a technology assistant and approved hiring Pamela Doering as a community ed craft class instructor and Tina Wittkopf as a substitute paraprofessional and substitute food service employee.

Pamela Doering, Patrick Doubek, Scott Sharkey, Roy Spiekerman, Nicholas Chapman and Sabah Ludwig were approved as volunteers/chaperones.

Out of state trips for the 10-member Quiz Bowl team were approved as requested by advisor Mrs. Retza.

Robinson reported that the second of the term's Early Childhood Child Find days was coming up on Friday, Jan. 31. At this time the team meets with and screens future students who will be three by September or will attend 4K in fall. The Lions Club was to come in to do vision screening for these youngsters as well as current students.

Robinson also reported that they had recently held the Future Fund Kick Off with M&M Area Community Foundation and Nicolet Bank. Each kindergartener received a savings account with $50 in it, and throughout their time in school there will be opportunities to add money to that account. At the ceremony each child received a sticker and a piggy bank, and they sang about money and saving to watch it grow.

Baumann reported on semester end testing and how teachers use the data to guide their classroom instruction.

He said on the previous Friday an officer from the Marinette County Sheriff's Department had visited the school for an informal presentation to the student body during the last two periods of the day. He discussed drugs and drug use, especially among the young, and the physical and emotional effects. Following the student assembly the officer gave a presentation to the entire teaching staff about drug identification and how to tell if a student is under the influence of a drug. Nurse Cindy Kubicek ended the staff in-service by talking about how to identify drug-endangered students.

Student Council Representative Liam Roman reported the National Honor Society is preparing for a blood drive on March 27. Hi-Q had won a match in Suring and was preparing for a home match on Thursday, Jan. 30 against Peshtigo and Menominee.The Quiz Bowl team is attempting to qualify for nationals. Forensics will have its first meet on Monday, Feb. 3.

Roman said Student Council is busy planning activities for the new year for the the school and is seeking new ways to help out in the community.

In view of the recent school security concerns, the board agreed to postpone approval of a proposed 5-year Facilities Maintenance Plan to take a look at moving up the timetable for lock replacement. They will most likely consider replacing all but one or two of the currently existing locks with those of the key card variety.

During a Building, Grounds and Transportation Committee meeting prior to the 6 p.m. regular monthly board meeting Board Member Gary Huc urged changing the plan to move up the lock changing. Others on the committee agreed with him, especially in view of concerns about the possibility that lost or missing keys may have ended up with individuals not authorized to have them.

At the full board meeting, Building, Grounds and Transportation Director Tom White reported that custodial staff took advantage of the Christmas break to do some additional cleaning and maintenance. As is done at that time each year, gym floors at each building received a fresh coat of finish to maintain their non-slip surface through the winter sports season.

He said memorandums outlining district expectations, roles and procedures of the district and off-site locations to be used in case a school building needs to be evacuated were distributed, signed and returned. The memorandums grant the district permission to access the sites in event of an actual emergency evacuation. He hopes to hold an evacuation drill in spring in cooperation with the off-site hosts.

White reported one of the high school boilers failed, but by using the third boiler as a standby they were able to maintain comfortable temperatures.

White welcomed Mary Jane Steusser as a substitute member of the custodial/maintenance team.


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