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Peshtigo School Board Hears New 100 Day Plan

Issue Date: December 16, 2021

At the Peshtigo School Board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8 the Peshtigo School District 100 Day Plan was outlined by Sixth Grade Teacher Loretta Rich, Middle School History/ Career Exploration Teacher Sam Zuehls, Middle High School Education Teacher Alison Stauss and 4K Kindergarten Teacher Justin Woulf.

In the 100 Day Plan, all students will demonstrate core academic growth to be life ready and all staff will function as a collaborative learning community.

Zuehls was first up stating, "The process started at a retreat this past summer with a data analysis and where to go from there. Every business looks at what they are doing well and what they can improve on, and every school has to do the same thing. Let's look at ways we can improve things and keep things getting better for the benefit of our students".

Rich then added, "The 100 Day Plan is simple, purposeful and achievable and gives us a sense of direction toward a greater accomplishment by setting and reaching smaller goals along the way. We saw the big picture of what our District needs and where we need to go. We simplified these goals and in creating this 100 day plan we have started to work towards them. It becomes purposeful work for us because we are aligning the things that we are already doing in our District and it is working together collaboratively in order for our students to learn more and to see our data improve. We have so many wonderful resources in our district with both staff and curriculum already and by working together collaboratively we are getting a chance to able to further explore and share these things".

Stauss then echoed some of Rich's platform of the first goal being collaboration and the second goal being academic and career ready. "The process of collaboration is so important versus bringing in new programming because as educators we do bring in great background and that collaboration time allows us to build on that to build a sense of trust within those collaboration groups".

Woulf ended with, "I would like to piggy back of what they said. I think it has been pretty positive and gives our inservice time a little more focus. Some of the past in-services have been modge podge and our in-services this year seem to have more focus of improving teaching, improving instruction, assessment, numbers and is done in more a collaborative teamwork building model as opposed to administrators saying you are doing these things wrong, you need to do it this way. I think this approach has been more positive so far".

After every 100 days the program will be evaluated as to what was successful, what goals were met and can then can go back and make changes as needed. The group will also meet once per month to go over what it looks like with the collaborative team and what is happening.

There were no resignations since the last board meeting of Nov. 10 with only one new hire of Brook Mullins for seventh grade Girls Basketball Coach.

The only donation in the past month was from PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) in the amount of $3,400 for the Teacher's License, which is a credit program, and the amount will be equally distributed among the teacher teams. Each team can then use their credit for what they need for their classroom.

Krisztina Dommer, Shareholder of KerberRose Certified Public Accounting Firm, announced the school is in a nice financial picture with an overall increase in the Fund Budget. It is listed as unmodified opinion (or a clean opinion) and that is what you would want. The total long term debt currently is $972,000 which taken against your legal debt margin as allowed by the state, allows you with an additional $41.9 million that the district could borrow. That being said, the district is in very good shape to be able to finance the future education of the students.

Middle - High School Principal Chad Sodini then spoke in reference to course descriptions, stating, "There were no major changes from this year to next year other than one exciting course being a Journalism/ Broadcasting class that will be added to the curriculum, being offered to Juniors and Seniors. We will be bringing back the school paper that will be a monthly newsletter. There is a lot that goes into writing a monthly newsletter including research, taking pictures and composing the articles. The broadcasting portion will include broadcasting the Pledge of Allegiance, all of the announcements and we want to take advantage of all of the things we have going on in our district now. There will be two students in front of the camera and broadcast them right into the classroom everyday on a daily basis. We will have that technology to do that".

Sodini continued,"The second part of broadcasting is since we have their camera at all of our athletic facilities we want get our students to broadcast the games starting at the lower level, have a commentator and starting lineup.The kids enjoy that! We will have to prep the kids because we know it is live, so we will start out at small lower level events. That is the vision of that and I know that we can start the newspaper back up with a Journalism class because we have a lot of students interested in that. I know we will have a bunch of students interested in live broadcasting but we have to weed through that to make sure we get the right ones there at the right time".

Sodini added, "The only other change was looking at eliminating the Academic Career Course at the High School at this time. We have a strong staff, guidance counselor and guidance department and a strong core at the Middle School with the Art Exploration Class and that one will stay. It has a strong foothold for our students. We have seen a diversity in our High School with us being known as a four High School, they go to Peshtigo, they go to a four year college and we are now transcending into having more offerings of the trades into agriculture along with Vocational Studies Teacher Mr.Dan Vanidestine's program with the vocational students and work experience. This has hit a really strong niche of our students and it is working out very well and we are really proud of that".

School Board Buildings and Grounds Committee Chairman Josh Seefeldt advised that on Jan. 3, 2022, they will meet to discuss the upcoming year. Seefeldt added that he had talked to Director of Buildings, Grounds and Transportion Brian Williams earlier and the heating coil broke and there was water all over. We are pricing it out for repair. The Ben Q Interactive Smart Boards are installed and the Elementary classrooms 12 and 13 will be completed by Christmas break.

Seefeldt added, "We are working on trying to re-certify the boiler and are waiting for the boiler plate adapter, with hopes that the burner will be back up and rectified soon".

In his Administrator report Superintendent Patrick Rau was pleased to announce the great experience that students had with the live broadcast from the Space Station. Students were able to ask questions and hear the answers in real time through the internet. The children asked many questions of the astronauts.

The first reading of the policies #0100 through 9700 was then read and approved.

The next School Board meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12 and there will be future meetings setup with PSI (Performance Services Inc) and also will be talking to School Perceptions about creating and distributing a detailed survey. Rau also added that there will again be open enrollment, resolutions and the cleaning contract.


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