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February 22, 2020

1/20/2020 10:00:00 AM
Highland Board of Education hires Bryce Bird as new district administrator, Hendrickson to retire at the end of June
After a closed session discussion, Bryce Bird, the current Superintendent of Riverdale Schools in Muscoda, will be employed as the new District Administrator for Highland Schools. He will start July 1, 2020 after current Highland School District Administrator Nancy Hendrickson retires. Bird's contract will be much like Hendrickson's current agreement; the position will be part-time, approximately two days a week (105-day contract).
Officers from this year's senior class presented a proposal for their class trip. The class will be going to The Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells on Wednesday, May 13, which is the Wednesday before graduation. Presently, there are no events scheduled for that evening, but there is a softball game the next day. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. to get at the resort by 9/10 a.m. where students will have all day to explore the waterparks and/or arcades. Cost for the group is $32/person. It was agreed that students would pay for the waterpark pass and meals with the school board paying the transportation costs.
Open enrollment caps were set for the following year. This is an annual decision that is made before the open enrollment period starts in February. "Our only concerns are in the Middle School," said Hendrickson. The classes for those grades are quite large, and they are already "quite crowded." It was approved that there be three special education spaces for sixth grade, one for seventh, and none for eighth grade next year. See the chart at right for more information.
The Highland School calendar for next year was also passed. School starts Tuesday, Aug. 25 with the final day slated for Thursday, May 27. Graduation will be on May 22, 2021. "The schedule is quite similar to what was done in the past," Hendrickson stated.
Highland Schools Principal Josh Tarrell gave a shoutout to the Iowa County Heart Association who is delivering benches for the elderly to communities, Highland included. Right now, it is inside, but once spring is here, it could potentially be moved outside to the ADA pathway. Additionally, the Highland Wrestlebackers donated $700 to the Iowa-Grant/Highland Wrestling Team for new singlets.
Open enrollment applications in and out for this year were passed. Three students enrolled out, one enrolled back in, and a family of three currently living in Highland but open enrolling out will be moving out of state. Financially-wise, Hendrickson explained that it will probably be a wash.
In other business:
• The minutes from the December 11, 2019 regular meeting - open and closed sessions were approved along with those from December 18, 2019 special meeting - open and closed sessions.
• The current expenses and vouchers payable were approved with everything being usual.
• The next board meeting is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.

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