11/18/2019 10:55:00 AM Nothing but good news for Dodgeville school district
One thing boards and councils...any unit of government....hopes for is a meeting filled with good news. The Dodgeville school board had that magical moment Monday at their regular meeting when nine members of the district were acknowledged for honors they have brought to their respective schools. Special Education teacher Wendy Dueling and Dodgeville Trap Team coach Kevin Zajicek were both honored by being named Best Teacher and Best Coach by readers of The Dodgeville Chronicle in their recent "Best Of" issue. It was also noted that high school teacher Michelle Latterell was runner up for the Best Teacher award. As the meeting went on five teachers were presented for completing requirements to further their nominations as Kohl award nominees. Teachers nominated have to submit essays and secure letters of recommendation from several local sources. "It takes a lot of work to finish the nomination process and these teachers have done it," said District Administrator Dr. Jeff Jacobson. Teachers completing the nomination process are Jeff Bradley, Erica Brunson and Chuck Tank at the high school, Jackie Kamps at the middle school ad Joan Davis at the elementary school. Also honored was Kira Runde, the district school public relations specialist. Runde received three honors at a recent state awards dinner in Osh Kosh at an event held to prese state awards to those in school public relations. Runde was honored for two videos, one on the school board and one on teacher appreciation. The also receive an Award of Excellence on the redesign of the district's website. Jacobson noted that judging for the event was done by representatives from eight different states. Jacobson continued the accolades for the district by telling the board and those present he had multiple comments about the excellent Veterans Day observances at each school. "I veterans talk to me at the programs and also several phone calls from veterans telling me how much the observance means to them," he said. McKenna Bucci, who serves as the student representative on the board reported that the recently completed musical had an "amazing turnout and amazing comments." She had great things to add about the Veterans Day programs and said they were very meaningful. Bucci also said girls winter sports practices started Monday with gymnastics and girls basketball underway. Boys basketball and wrestling follows next week. She also said AP tests sign-ups are earlier this year with testing scheduled for May. In other business it is anticipated more "good news" may be available next meeting when the state assessment data is available. The data is embargoed until the day after the board meets and it is anticipated the state newspaper will report on it this week. Committee reports were given starting with Policy which is working on facilities planning, namely determining fees for use of the new auditorium which will be ready next year. The committee feels this will be an ongoing discussion. The committee also completed work on the volunteer classroom guide updates which include a background check along with the requirements and expectations for volunteers. (The volunteer classroom agreement model was approved by the board later in the meeting.) The Curricular/Co-Curricular committee said the contracted Mental Health services with Oregon Mental Health is now in effect at the elementary school and the middle school. Ridgeway and the High School will be up and running soon. Jacobson told the board a presentation and updates from Oregon Mental Health will take place at a meeting in the near future. Also discussed was how achievement data will help the district move forward. Building and Grounds gave a construction update as to what has been done and what has found to be needed. There have been some minor changes enacted to that will be better for the district economically without compromising the project. Also, a water issue at the elementary school is being fixed. Finance committee reports included a contract for district copiers has been finalized and will save the district several thousand dollars. The contract will be for five years with all contracts having the same date. (Later in the meeting the board approved the copier contract with Gordon Flesch as an action item.) Jacobson added that there will now be a color copier at the elementary school. School safety drill reports were given by principals from Ridgeway and the Middle School. Ridgeway performed theirs November 1 with help from police laision officer Joe Pepper who discussed what to do if someone enters the building intending to do harm. Pepper also assisted with the drill at the Middle School which was held October 9. An after action report was completed which pointed out areas of concern which will be corrected. The board approved the final reading of a Post-Secondary Learning Options policy after the third presentation. Additional winter coaching contracts were approved. With a large group of freshmen girls reporting to practice there is a need for an additional coach. Sam Steiner and Sarah Phan were offered contracts to coach the team. Also, a large group of wrestling cheerleaders presents a need for two coaches. Contracts have been offered to Beth Mikrut-Gilles and Sarah Blabaum. Also approved were contracts for Ed Cockroft and Rick James who are added to the custodial staff and an elementary special education contract for Erin Spadafore. Erin is a graduate of Dodgeville High School when she was Erin Schuller.