space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* AREA GOLF
* AREA TRACK AND FIELD
* M&O Softball
* M&O Baseball
* PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Minimal Increase In Coleman 2016-2017 School Tax Levy

After a budget presentation by District Administrator Polomis electors present for the Coleman School District Annual Meeting on Monday, Sept. 19, unanimously approved the proposed tax levy for the 2016-2917 school year at $4,383,525, up 1.62 percent from last year.

This supports a total budget of $9,523,526, which is up just .31 percent from last year. The levy includes payment of $180,924 for non-referendum debt service and $525,000 to pay on the referendum debt, plus the operations levy of $3,677,601, which is down slightly from $3,749,250 last year.

The budget will be adopted and the tax levy certified by the School Board at its next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24.

Polomis was happy to report there are 45 students attending school outside the district under open enrollment, and 74 students coming in from other districts, which is a financial advantage of $28,000 for the district. He said this huge increase in the number of students coming in through open enrollment is a big feather in their cap and reflects well on the quality education offered at Coleman.

Local property taxes of $3,674,969 are expected to cover 48 percent of the total $7,684,944 operating budget for the district for the current school year. State revenues are budgeted at $3,456,308, federal revenues at $228,650, and other local revenues at $325,017.

There are 693 resident students, 335 in elementary school, 147 in middle school and 211 in high school. With 48.6 licensed staff members, the overall student to staff ratio is 15 to 1. There are two administrators, one technology director, one bookkeeper, 4.74 administrative assistants, a director of building and grounds with two full time and six part time custodians, a director of food service with six part time workers, plus three part time library aides, a nurse, and 16 part-time teacher aides.

Polomis, who handles double duties as District Administrator and High School Principal, said the board is looking at facilities needs, but felt keeping the mill rate stable is very important. He felt holding a referendum for building improvements on top of another referendum would not be fiscally responsible, so major projects will wait until the current referendum debt is paid. "We're trying to plan ahead, to keep the mill rate stable for our constituents," Polomis said.

Board salaries will remain as they have been for several years, at $1,642 for the year for the president and clerk and $1,552 for the year for other board members, plus $35 for each extra evening meeting, conference or seminar and $65 for each all day conference,seminar or meeting attended.

Before the vote to keep the salaries unchanged, a questioner from the floor asked how long it had been since they had a raise. Board President Ryan Wendt said it had been a long time, but added it was that way because each time there was an attempt from the public for an increase the board voted it down. With that said, Board member Barbara Krause Klug moved to keep it the same again this year. Barbara VanDrisse promptly seconded and everyone voted in favor.

Board members will continue being reimbursed for expenses incurred for travel outside the district in the performance of their duties, for example to attend conventions and seminars. This is mainly paid for those who attend the annual School Boards convention in Milwaukee. Polomis said the amount is minimal. Krause-Klug noted she is a member of the CESA Board, but attendance at meetings is paid by them, so there is no cost to the district.

In routine actions the public authorized the board to direct and provide for the prosecution or defense of any legal proceedings in which the district is interested. To questions from the floor, Polomis said their regular legal representatives are Boardman and Clark. Wendt added they are not the cheapest attorneys, "but cheapest isn't always best." Polomis explained the law firm is used by many other school districts and by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

The board once again was authorized to furnish school lunches for students and provide necessary funding.

Due to changes in state law, the board no longer needs Annual Meeting authorization to provide free text books for students or to sell land belonging to the district.

The regular monthly board meeting was called to order immediately after the annual meeting.

Due to a state-level decision to end the SAGE program that was used to help pay for reducing student to teacher ratios in early elementary years, Coleman and many other districts are enrolling in the Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) program that replaced it.

During time for public comment, Josh Koenig wanted to know why the decision was made to go with other programs, such as peer mentoring rather than the SAGE-required 18:1 student teacher ratio. He asked if a matrix had set up to determine if SAGE is working.

Elementary/Middle School Principal Yvette Marshall said as SAGE progressed educators found it was not working as expected and the program was allowed to sunset in favor of the AGR program for kindergarten through grade 3 classes. Coleman and many other districts that formerly had SAGE funding are now in the AGR program.

Marshall said Coleman is not doing any peer tutoring for staff members, but is doing mentoring and providing extra instructors through AGR to keep small size kindergarten classes. She said they are setting grade level goals for reading and math, and using strategies to meet these goals. Baseline data from students will be obtained from assessments that are currently underway.

Jen Galbarith wanted to know in what grades AGR is being used to accomplish reduced class sizes. Marshall said DPI guidelines say the ratio must be 18 students per teacher or 30 students for each two teachers/aides for a class. Coleman is using that model for kindergarten. AGR is being used for instructional coaching for instructors in grades one through three.

Galbraith said she is an instructor for adult education and her class sizes are going in the direction of 16 to 1, and expressed hope the board would move in that direction. She wondered if behavioral problems would increase due to the larger class sizes. Marshall said it was too early in the year to determine this, but Ecuclimber, a computer program, will keep track of both behavior problems and academics. She said she not only tracks behavior problems, but can tell the time of day that behavior changes.

The Coleman PBIS program also tracks data through the Edu-Care program.

"This is really a learning year," Marshall said. "We are all exploring this together - administration, teachers and coaches - this is important for everybody." She added, "This program can be very effective for student achievement. Let's see how it works for ."

Polomis said studies done by UW-Wisconsin educators over 15 years of all schools in the state showed that smaller class sizes beyond kindergarten had no particular benefit.

Nancy Morstad asked about a survey done by the Center for Public Education that was funded by the National School Board Administration. She said there was conclusive evidence that the SAGE classrooms with 18 to 1 ratios or better resulted in improvements in student test scores. Some of them showed improvements up to the 9th grade. Since the school can make changes to the AGR program each year she asked the board to continue looking at different options, and offered to serve as a volunteer if a committee is formed to look at the options available.

She mentioned a class with 18 students last year has 25 this year, and declared that is too much for one teacher. She said that gives only 30 seconds each for teachers to give individual help. She said 2014 studies showed SAGE had a positive effect on math and reading skills and that students who had benefitted from it were less likely to drop out before graduating.

Wendt said enrollment keeps going down, which means income is going down. The district had 719 kids in 2012, and this year, even with the big increase in open enrollment, there are only 691 students. They had managed to come up with a good budget for this year, but it wasn't easy to do that, Wendt said.

Mrs. Morstad said she understood that it's difficult to make decisions, "I just don't want us locked into one."

She asked if anyone knows why enrollment numbers are going down. Polomis said Coleman is just one of many districts with declining enrollment, but this year for the first time, their open enrollment numbers had gone up, which means those parents are sending their children to school in Coleman by choice, not by necessity.

(Northeast District UW Colleges Dean Keith Montgomery had mentioned at recent county meetings that student numbers in northern Wisconsin have been dropping for several years, partly due to low vbirth rates, and partly because young families are moving elsewhere to find employment.)

On an entirely different subject, Cliff Rhode asked why some students are not allowed to use the new playground equipment.

Marshall explained the equipment is designed for students in grades three and up. Teachers of lower grades have been told their students can also use it, but for safety reasons, that should only be when the older kids are not there. "We do provide time they can safely use it," she added.

Polomis reported that juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to attend the College Fair at the UW-Marinette on Monday, Oct. 3 and interact with representatives of various colleges.

Homecoming is set for the week of October 10 through 15.

The "Tackle Cancer" game will be against Peshtigo on Friday, Oct. 14. Last year the event raised about $18,000 to give to three cancer patients and Bay Area Medical Center. There was a comment that both teams had ended up winners from that game.

Marshall reported the school year kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground, with Saputo representatives Lisa Olcott and Ben Waddell attending.

She said she and Polomis have been meeting with parents in regard to a possible additional elementary recess and a meeting with parents was slated for Wednesday, Sept. 28.

She thanked Kari Fendrick for organizing the PTO Shoe Drive, which raised $1,518. Mrs. Morstad offered to help if they hold another one.

School photos are to be taken on Thursday, Sept. 29,

Literacy Night with an ice cream social will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Polomis introduced new staff members L. Allen, K. Schermer, R. Shuman, B. Zingshman, and R. Rosner, and mentioned S. McGough and K. Jarmen who started during the previous school year The board took a short recess to meet the new staff members.

The board accepted the new teachers compensation model worked out with the professional staff committee.

On recommendation of Polomis, pay for long-term substitute teachers was increased to $150 per day, which takes effect after the 11th day. Short term sub pay will continue to be $100 per day.

The board approved Jeremy Brady and Joy Rhode as co-advisors for the Washington, DC trip; George Laitenen as golf coach and Katherine Schermer as Prom Advisor. Longtime Prom Advisor Mary Stillings had stepped down, Polomis said.

The board also approved creation of two additional part time elementary aide positions.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Town of Wausaukee Approves Addition to Building Ordinance

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Group Plans to Start Sportsman's Club

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-26-2017Community - Wausaukee
Village Changes Zoning From Ag to Residential

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Poppy Days Are May 17-28

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
CBA/CRA Community Events Now Online

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-26-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Zoning Board Meeting on May 23rd

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Village of Pound Car Show Set for June 24

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Lioness Meat Raffle April 30

04-26-2017Community - Coleman
Village Board To Meet May 1

04-26-2017Front Page
Joint Finance Hears State Budget Concerns At Hearing In Marinette

04-26-2017Front Page
State Selects Pound As Home For Sex Offenders

04-26-2017Front Page
Town Of Peshtigo Appoints Holterman New Supervisor

04-26-2017Front Page
Towns Association Urges Broadband Connections

04-26-2017Front Page
State New Owner Of Popular Peshtigo River Access Site

04-26-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

04-26-2017Sports
AREA TRACK AND FIELD

04-26-2017Sports
M&O Softball

04-26-2017Sports
M&O Baseball

04-26-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-26-2017Perspectives
From Our Readers

04-26-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-26-2017Obituaries
Glen N. Belongia

04-26-2017Obituaries
Allan A. Chaloupka

04-26-2017Obituaries
Donald M. Chapman

04-26-2017Obituaries
Claudine Conrad

04-26-2017Obituaries
Janet C. Christian

04-26-2017Obituaries
Kim Y. Chung, M.D.

04-26-2017Obituaries
Charles W. Clarke

04-26-2017Obituaries
Glenn C. Feifarek

04-26-2017Obituaries
Willard P. Frederiksen

04-26-2017Obituaries
Wayne R. Funk

04-26-2017Obituaries
Lynn M. Heise

04-26-2017Obituaries
Gloria C. Henneman-O'Meara

04-26-2017Obituaries
Donald Jakups

04-26-2017Obituaries
Susan M. Meyer

04-26-2017Obituaries
Elda Miller

04-26-2017Obituaries
Aaron J. Morois

04-26-2017Obituaries
Jessie Anna Neyens

04-26-2017Obituaries
Wanda F. Osterberg

04-26-2017Obituaries
John R. Peshek

04-26-2017Obituaries
Forest Phillips Sr.

04-26-2017Obituaries
Eileen M. Polzin

04-26-2017Obituaries
Evelyn Quist

04-26-2017Obituaries
Margaret Rhodes

04-26-2017Obituaries
George F. Schmidt 

04-26-2017Obituaries
Jeffrey M. Schoenwalder

04-26-2017Obituaries
Garth R. Seehawer

04-26-2017Obituaries
Laurel Stepien

04-26-2017Obituaries
Gerald C. White

04-19-2017Obituaries
Regina Waciak

04-19-2017Obituaries
Marcella F. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donald J. Paasch

04-19-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ruby M. Harring

04-19-2017Obituaries
Donna Belle Gropp

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joan Ernst

04-19-2017Obituaries
Otto A. Delzer

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Witt

04-19-2017Obituaries
Christine Wasbotten

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kim M. Seizyk-Trudell

04-19-2017Obituaries
June E. Tordeur

04-19-2017Obituaries
Mary Smiltneek

04-19-2017Obituaries
Jerald O. Schulz

04-19-2017Obituaries
Nancy J. Schuette

04-19-2017Obituaries
James L. Pileggi

04-19-2017Obituaries
Arlene E. Peterson

04-19-2017Obituaries
Julie A. Patton

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emma A. Mueller

04-19-2017Obituaries
John Montevideo, Jr.

04-19-2017Obituaries
Emily A. McBride

04-19-2017Obituaries
Kathleen A. Darrow 

04-19-2017Obituaries
James J. Anderle 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Helen  M. Wright 

04-19-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Tebo

04-19-2017Obituaries
Joseph K. Orlando      

04-19-2017Obituaries
Ann G. Knope

04-19-2017Obituaries
Denny Dunn

04-19-2017Obituaries
Georgene Ann Duellman

04-19-2017Sports
PHS Alumni Pepper "Fore" Golf Scholarship Outing Set for June 16

04-19-2017Sports
Bulldog Track & Field Teams Claim Multi-Team Meets

04-19-2017Sports
Peshtigo Refuses to Relinquish 1st

04-19-2017Sports
Coleman and Niagara to Play for Top Spot in M&O

04-19-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-19-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-19-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Legion Auxiliary Unit 66 Has 65 Paid Members

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Hearing Discontinue Town Public Way

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Churches List Worship Leaders

04-19-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Town Board Awards Roads Bids

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam April 21

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Benefit Golf Scramble at Crivitz on June 10th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Elementary WPTO 5K Run/Walk May 13th

04-19-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Chickens, Garden Topics at Library

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Sonny Seymour To Mark Third Birthday

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Community Rummage Sale Slated May 19, 20

04-19-2017Community - Coleman
Equity Club Re-Elects Officers at Annual Meet

04-19-2017Front Page
Puncer Open Raised $3400 for Charities

04-19-2017Front Page
Tricia Grebin Seated On Marinette County Board

04-19-2017Front Page
Proposed State Budget Good For Peshtigo School Finances

04-19-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Chamber Announces 2017 Persons of the Year

04-19-2017Front Page
Denise Wiedemeier Assumes Role as New Town of Peshtigo Chair

04-12-2017Front Page
Convenience Store Burglars Caught After 2-Day Chase

04-12-2017Front Page
Citizens School Building Committee Meets April 17

04-12-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Council To Reorganize April 18

04-12-2017Front Page
Auditor: 2016 Was Good Year For City of Peshtigo Budget

04-12-2017Front Page
CBA/CRA Salute Nick Witt as 2017 "Person of the Year"

04-12-2017
Silver Cliff Card Party Honorees

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Board Meeting April 18

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Jr/Sr High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Listed

04-12-2017Community - Wausaukee
Writers Lunch at Wausauke

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
SC Fire, Rescue to Offer Scholarship

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Craftfest Set for May 6th

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Egg Hunt Apr. 15

04-12-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Middle School 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls Listed

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Fish Fry Good Friday at Equity

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Pound Hillside North Family Easter Event

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman High School 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Middle School Lists 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance

04-12-2017Sports
Marines Fall Twice in NEC, Oconto Falls Splits Games

04-12-2017Sports
AREA GOLF

04-12-2017Sports
AREA TRACK AND FIELD

04-12-2017Sports
M&O Softball

04-12-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

04-12-2017Perspectives
From our readers

04-12-2017Perspectives
From My Window

04-12-2017Obituaries
Thomas J. Ausloos

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Blomquist

04-12-2017Obituaries
Richard C. Baribeau

04-12-2017Obituaries
David W. Cain

04-12-2017Obituaries
Frederick J. Charles

04-12-2017Obituaries
Judith Corey

04-12-2017Obituaries
Norman Damp

04-12-2017Obituaries
Viola Jashinsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
Randy I. Konell

04-12-2017Obituaries
JoAnn Kowalkowski 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Jerome M. Lemsky

04-12-2017Obituaries
David P. LeRoy

04-12-2017Obituaries
Henry R. Miller

04-12-2017Obituaries
Elizabeth C. Olsheske

04-12-2017Obituaries
John P. Przewrocki

04-12-2017Obituaries
Bernice B. Stone 

04-12-2017Obituaries
Carol J. Wyttenback

04-06-2017Obituaries
David Yudes

04-06-2017Obituaries
Helen Weinschrott

04-06-2017Obituaries
Eugene Tachick

04-06-2017Obituaries
Kenneth H. Rosner


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think President Trump being tough with North Korea is the thing to do?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites