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Jason Champagne Hired As New Coleman Wrestling Coach

Issue Date: July 20, 2022

Alex Bournonville

Coleman School District's Monthly Board Meeting was called into session at 6:33 p.m. on Monday, July 18. Present were Jeremy Hoida, Joanne Nowak, Barb Krause-Klug as well as Barb VanDrisse, Scott Herzog and Corey Kuchta.

The current meeting agenda, minutes from the June 20 meeting and the vouchers payable were all approved unanimously.

Elementary/Middle School Principal Pam Berg updated the board on the status of summer school so far. With higher numbers than normal, each grade was largely successful. 4K children became familiarized with basic social skills and classroom rules. 5K went more in depth with their phonetics and fine motor skills. First grade learned about animals from around the world and their habitats. Second grade studied types of numbers, addition, subtraction, hand writing, sign language and gathering information from an excerpt of text. Third grade students learned about different topics based on the theme of the week. Fourth grade read the book Living in Colonial America. Fifth and sixth graders focused on cooperation in groups and Junior High stayed busy by volunteering. Kids also learned how to golf, complete art projects, keep in movement and worked with coaches.

High School Principal and Superintendent Doug Polomis announced the results of the Senior Exit Survey from the Class of 2022 which were overwhelmingly positive about their high school education and preparedness for the world ahead of them. Online student registration for the 2022-2023 school year opens July 20 and must be completed before school starts. The All Sports meeting will be Thursday, July 21 at the high school at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) where laptops will also be available for registration. High School Football equipment handout will be August 2 with Volleyball and Cross Country practice starting Monday, August 15. Volunteer applications for the Equestrian Team were accepted from Lindsay Koenig and Chole Mongin. The final audit of the 2021-2022 school year is being conducted on July 19-21. Two teachers along with Polomis will attend the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators Legal Conference in Sturgeon Bay from July 27-29. The High School office will reopen for the fall on Monday, August 8. New teacher inservice is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23.

The Fund 46 Allocations for the track, tennis court and office renovations were discussed. Resurfacing the track was the focus. Northeast Asphalt's bid for $191,785 to asphalt the track was accepted. They tore up the track last week and will have the asphalt down by the end of the month. If the track was to also be rubberized, they would have to do that next spring without a guarantee on the price or the quality of the weather at the time of the project. Currently, a rubberized track from Athletic Field Surfaces Inc. would total up to $97,750 with a lifespan of 20-25 years and upgrades (about $50-60,000) every seven to ten years. However, the asphalt will hold its own very well and in the long run last about 50-60 years with repairs every four to five years. All board members agree updating the track would provide their athletic students with better opportunities.

2022-2023 Academic Standards have stayed consistent with their expectations in past years, but will be released to parents once again as per regulation.

Act 125: Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Report (2021-22) school year shows that there were no instances of seclusion or restraint needed.

The Student Council Stipend Amount was debated and compared to other school's bonuses for their own Student Council Advisors. The board agreed upon an amount of $660, the same as the FBLA advisor.

The board unanimously approved the resignation of Elementary School para- professional Amy Ruechel and Weight Room Supervisor Jeff Bronson.

An amendment to the Employment Handbook for Professional Staff Members (2022-2023) stating that teachers who meet the requirements will be provided with a retiree-only premium Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA). The District will make annual contributions to the HRA equal to the highest cost single health insurance premium in the school year the teacher applies for retirement - with a cap of $10,000.

The 2022-2023 Support Staff Handbook which clarifies the hourly rate of pay for support positions including $20.00 for Maintenance, $14.50 for Custodians, $17.00 for Administrative Assistants, $14.50 for Paraprofessionals and $13.00 for Kitchen Assistants.

Academic Standards for the 2022-2023 school year were approved along with the Memorandum of Understanding with both Trinity Lutheran and St. Anne's Parish Churches. The Memorandum confirms the Coleman School District can use their facilities in case of an emergency evacuation.

The last motions approved were the hiring of Laurie Hucek as a Library Assistant, Brittany Nowak as a Middle School Volleyball Coach and Jason Champagne as the Head Wrestling Coach. Champagne's momentous career in wrestling started when he served varying roles in the Coleman wrestling program from 2006-2016 and 2020-present day. This time frame is easily the school's most successful in its history. Champagne also tenured at Marinette High School for four years as the Head Varsity Wrestling Coach where the team produced its first state qualifiers in nearly a decade.

On the agenda for the next meeting is the teacher in-service day, the snow plow bids and reviewing the Emergency Response Plan on Monday, August 22.


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