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March 24, 2023

12/23/2022 3:34:00 PM
One new candidate needed for Dodgeville school board

There will be a need for a new school board representative for an at large seat as David Blume has filed his declaration of non-candidacy.
Blume has also served the board as its vice-president as well as having worked on several board committees.
Those wanting to be a candidate for the April 4 election have until 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 3 to file their intent to run at the district office. If a primary is needed it will be February 21.
The other seat up for re-election is occupied by Randall Thompson who is the representative for west of HWY 23.
The board approved the hire of Aaron Zimmer for a science teaching position starting second semester. Zimmer previously taught at Iowa-Grant.
Also approved were contracts for the spring play production and tech coordinator to Ainsley Anderson and Kim Reeson and eighth grade girls basketball coaching for Jamie Rupp and Amanda Leonard.
The board also received a retirement letter from band director Mark Ranthum effective at the end of the school year. The board thanked him for his many years of service.
Donations to the food service program have zeroed out the past due lunch accounts. Those along with other donations, were approved. Kaci Martens donated $3750 to bring unpaid balances current.
Also approved was a $6000 donation from Madison Area Finishing Contractors to be designated for batting cages and $1750 from Bret and Jen Peterson along with a matching donation from Novartis for wrestling uniforms.
The board received a review of the school safety drill summary which is required by ACT 143. The board approved the summary.
Overnight trips were approved for several groups, the longest being a trip to Nashville and Memphis over spring break by the band.
Other groups with approved overnights were wrestling for Bi-State, DECA, Key Club, FFA, FCCLA, HOSA, Rocket Club, and various competition for cheer squads.
The board also:
-heard a report from the policy committee on the progress of various policies which are being reviewed and updated. Jessica Wieczorek, chairperson, recommended passing policies which are ready as an action item. (The recommended policies were approved.)
-heard a report from curricular/co-curricular about the state report card. It was noted that there is still recovery from the pandemic years that affect scores statewide.
-heard a report from the finance committee that the budget is on track. It was noted some outside lights have been ordered because of a potential price increase. LED lights will be installed at the football field.
-heard that new doors are going in at the middle school over Christmas break. It was mentioned that heating costs are already high for this year.
The building and grounds committee is looking at a new landscape plan which could involve tree donations from community members if they desire.
The committee will be receiving an updated long range plan suggestions from HSR by the first of the year.
The elementary school project is going along as scheduled.
-thanked officer Pepper for his work with the elementary school students on keeping safe in dangerous conditions such as a school intruder.
-heard a reminder of the school board convention which takes place next month.

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