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Lund Addresses Peshtigo School Board About Alternative Building

Issue Date: December 17, 2020

The Peshtigo School District Board of Education met on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and after approval of the agenda Peshtigo resident Marshall Lund spoke in Public Comment in reference to options of a new school.

Lund commented, "I have been attending these meetings for several years and I want to know why was two years ago the referendum voted down for a new school. For the past two years I have been trying to get people to understand that there is another alternative. Every time the millage comes up it is voted down and alI I see is more expense in the school. There has been no mention of any other alternative and I want to know why that no-one is paying attention that there is another alternative. No-one is looking into the Monolithic Domes like the Johnson Creek School District has. They are just looking at a glorified box building with cubicles after cubicles and it doesn't make sense. I don't understand why others aren't looking at these domes as another type of building option that is less expensive".

Superintendent Patrick Rau then addressed Lund saying, "I can shed a little bit of light on this. It was about a year ago when I met with you and we talked about the monolithic domes. I don't know what I know, but I don't know, so when talking about the domes in that point of time I didn't know we would be going forward with a facility solution. I read the materials that you gave me and I looked at Johnson Creeks dome structures. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Scott Zigmond of Performance Services Inc. (PSI) is here tonight and he wants you to have his card so you can talk about Johnson Creek and the domes more in depth. He would be the expert to talk to. One of the concerns I do have is we would need seven domes. The size of Johnson Creek building was 160 feet in diameter and that is a larger footprint than we are anticipating with a rectangular build. There is a lot of equipment we have to build around and soil type is a concern. We have had discussions about that and Mr. Zigmond will be able to provide you more details".

The second readings of policies were then approved from #0162 through #8900 with the exception of removing #7440.03 Property, (New) Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) per a request from Rau for exploration of alternatives.

Also approved was the Peshtigo Education Association and Peshtigo School District Collective Bargaining Agreement for distribution of an increase in base wages of the statutory limit of the consumer price index at of 1.81%, as well as, the authorization of the administration to distribute up to 0.2% of additional supplemental funds into the teacher compensation model. Rau added, "This is well deserved with everything they are going through with the changes due to the Pandemic".

A school violence event drill was held Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1. The scenarios of the drill included an Intruder X, an armed intruder, an active shooter and an imminent threat. The safety plan procedures used were evacuation, lockdown and ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).

The staff discussed the ALICE buttons on the telephones and how to operate the system. Two different scenarios were announced where an intruder was located in the building. Each class practiced using the "Just In Case" tool and then discussed their best action of either locking down, counteraction or evacuation.

High School Principal Chad Sodini gave a recap stating, "We gave a scenario to staff and students and ran a drill. One of the drills was conducted near the library and we ran it through the phones and had teachers and students in every classroom decide what would happen, what they would do in the situation or should we do something else if someone comes in the room. If they decided to evacuate what did they do, would they have done something different. After the drill was completed, myself, Mr. Rau and Mr. Wickmann walked through and double checked the rooms to see what teachers and students chose to do in the different scenarios. The important thing to realize is there is no wrong answers in those scenarios because those are split second decisions they are making. On a side note, the students are getting comfortable with the drills. These are difficult conversations to have, but their important to have every single year so they feel comfortable with how to use the device and how to access the phones".

Rau added, "On December 18 after students leave on that early release day we are going to have a technical drill and will be doing testing with the ALICE Alert that blasts a message to every phone computer screen in the district. We want to make sure it gets through to every phone and it makes it through to Marinette County Dispatch. The staff and students did a nice job of discussing their options and using the equipment".

The meeting then moved into hirings and donations.Mark Lansin was approved as a volunteer middle school wrestling coach. There were three donations for the SEED (Students Eat Every Day) Program including, $400 from Debra Barrette, $10,000 from Rebecca Hilden and $1,000 from NEW Life Church. The PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) donated $250 for the Car Rider Line vehicle window stickers and they also donated $15,429 for Playground equipment. The Eagle Express Spirit Pump tallied at $449.40 and $386.13 to be used for Student Engagement to purchase the Class of 2021 Senior banners, which allows us to continue this new tradition.

Approved as presented were the 2021-22 High School and Middle School Course Description booklets along with four Start College Now applications.

Items for the next Board meeting include: Open enrollment, Administrator reports of academic progress and a Resolution decision on the facility study.


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