October School Board Highlights
City Times Staff
STEVENS POINT — Stevens Point Area Public Schools held their school board meeting on Oct. 8. Here are some highlights from the meeting.
-Teachers Heather Wayerski and Renee Matuszewski, of Roosevelt Elementary, received the Mandana Bliss Award.
-The Boston School Forest recognized John Thieme and his crew at Eagle Tree Care LLC. For the past 2 years, Thieme and his crew have donated over 50 hours of arborist expertise, labor, equipment, and hauling to keep the trails and buildings at BSF safe for students.
In total, the donation equaled $11,000. Thieme has taken down trees near buildings, removed hanging branches from over trails, chipped acres of brush left behind by the timber harvest, hauled in many truckloads of wood chips for our trails, and even hosted an activity station at the Earth Day Celebration giving kids an opportunity to climb 50 feet up a white pine tree.
-The District also recognized Cooper Oil Company for their “Fuel Our Schools” program which started in August of 2017. Cooper Oil is donating two cents of every gallon pumped at the designated “Fuel Our Schools” pumps to the Stevens Point Area School District Elementary Schools. In one year, the program has generated over $11,000 to support and provide access to technology in the elementary schools.
-Members of the Academic Career Planning leadership team presented a summary of the work that has been completed as the district enters full implementation, 6-12, of Academic and Career Planning.
-The 2017 State Budget Act resulted in significant changes to the Youth/Course Options program, effective for the 2018-19 school year. Under youth and course options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school district determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district.
If approved by the district, the student can receive both high school and technical college/university credit upon successful completion of the course. A student who successfully completes his/her high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attending a high school or college.
In the 2017-18 school year students earned over $229K in dual enrolled credits.
-The 2018 Summer School Report was provided by Jen Melville and Cindy Solinski, Summer School Coordinators. Overall summer school experienced an increase in enrollment of 39 percent with largest portion of enrollment growth taking place at the 3rd – 6th grade intermediate site.
Based on the experience with the expansion of the 2018 Summer School Program, observations, and discussions/feedback from students, parents, and staff, the recommendation to approve the 2019 Summer School Plan was passed.
-The Point of Discovery contract revision was approved as presented.
-Memorandums of Understanding with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, New Directions Counseling (Elementary, Secondary), Focusing on Success and Advocate Psychotherapy Services were approved as presented.
-The 8000 Series, Operations Policy, and 7000 Series Property Policy were reviewed and approved as presented.
-Superintendent Gerlach reviewed goals for the information effort for the November 2018 Referendum.
The next meeting of the school board will take place on Oct. 22, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.