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Crivitz School Cuts Ala Carte, Considers 5th Grade Teacher

Issue Date: August 2, 2017

When Crivitz School District students go back to school on Friday, Sept. 1, they will find there is no longer an ala carte line in the cafeteria.

They may also find that there is an additional fifth grade class. The School Board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 to consider need for an additional fifth grade teacher. A special Personnel Committee meeting will precede the full board meeting.

At the regular monthly School Board meeting on Wednesday, July 19, Food Service Director Stacey Cooper explained that the food service program has been operating at a deficit due to several factors including staffing and restrictions on food caused by nutritional standards put in place by the federal government. The ala carte line has been particularly hard hit by caloric restrictions imposed by federal funding requirements that limit it to foods that Cooper said students do not want and will not buy. Expenses for the ala carte line last year totaled $13,204.56, while income was only $8,616. Overall, expenses for the food service program came to $325,090.34, while income was $310,580.84. The Food Service fund balance is down to $23,443.19, compared to $37,952.69 at the start of the year.

After considerable discussion the board agreed to end the ala carte offerings as recommended by Cooper and cut hours of each food service worker by half an hour a day. The other proposal for cutting food service staff costs would have been to eliminate one position. Laying off one staff member would save about $10,000 a year, while discontinuing the ala carte line and reducing all food service staff members by half an hour per day is expected to save $18,900 for the year.

In other action the board agreed to hire Jane Kaanestrom as the choral and elementary music teacher, Brad Taylor as a middle school girls basketball coach, Bo Heinmeyer as a middle school football coach, Bill Retza as an assistant high school football coach, and Jane Kanestrom as assistant music director for athletic and other community events.

They approved Sue Wieting, Jeff Lieuwen, Kellie Stumbris, kelly Robinson, Stacey Olson, Luke Deschane, Buck Gehm and Irene Bauer as Community Education Advisory Council members.

After some discussion the board approved changes in elementary/middle school, high school, and transportation handbooks, and accepted Common Core and Wi State Academic Standards for the 2017-2018 school year that are the same as last year. They also approved policy changes discussed in June that govern the food service program as well as student fees, fines and charges. At its June meeting the board had agreed to raise the price of adult tickets for games and events from $3 to $4, bringing it in line with most area schools, and with WIAA post season pricing. However, K-12 students will continue being admitted free and family passes remain at $50.

Richlen Enterprises submitted the sole bid for snow removal, and it was accepted without dissent by the board.

Dean Foods will again be providing milk for the School District for the coming year. There were no other bidders.

At its last annual meeting the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) voted to permanently end membership fees, and the Crivitz Board at its July 19 meeting voted unanimously to renew the district's WIAA membership for the 2017-2018 school year. They also unanimously approved a resolution to accept federal funding for special education, Title programs, food service and Carl Perkins funding.

At the end of regular business the board went into a brief closed executive session to evaluate performance of Elementary/Middle School Principal Jeff Walsh. They adjourned without action after returning to open session.

In his report to the board, Walsh said the elementary/middle school had 58 expulsions during the previous school year, with the majority in middle school. There were 18 out of school suspensions. The total of 76 suspensions was up from 69 the previous year.

Walsh said over the past seven years the school has kept behavioral data on special software to look at office referrals and minor offenses. That data shows great and steady improvement for every year except one, Walsh said.

He reported briefly on results of state tests. He said they have generally brought test scores up in math and are working to bring up scores in reading and the language arts.

Walsh also presented the report prepared for the meeting by High School Principal Jeff Baumann, who was not able to attend.

The high school bell schedule for the coming school year. The warning bell will ring two minutes earlier, at 7:58 a.m., and the first hour class will begin at 8 a.m. The day will end at 3:24 p.m., the same in previous years, adding two minutes to each school day.

Bauman's report said the high school summer school was progressing. Mrs. Retza and Mrs. Brown were teaching a biology class in the mornings that was to continue until July 26, and in the afternoons Mrs. Prange taught an English 9 course. Mr. Krichberg had already finished his US History 1 class and all five of his students earned a credit. There were 76 students - 37 percent of the high school enrollment - on the high honor roll at year's end.

Baumann commended the custodial staff for the amount of effort they had put into making the high school look brand new. He said a number of visitors had commented on how beautiful the building looks.

After discussion, board members agreed with Gary Huc that the high school handbooks should be changed to reflect the newly adopted policy that requires notifying parents if their student is eligible to skip taking final exams, but the parents have the option of requiring them to take the test anyway. The board had agreed to that policy at its June meeting, but wording had not been added to the handbook.

Special Education Director Dave Cullen reported that one middle school student with disabilities had required seclusion placement during the 2-16-2016 school year. That annual relport is required by the state.


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