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March 28, 2020

2/21/2020 11:16:00 AM
Barneveld board to search for new district administrator

The Barneveld school board will be searching for a new district administrator after accepting a resignation submitted by Brett Stousland last Wednesday.
Upon release from his contract Stousland will accept a position with the Germantown (WI) school district. His resignation, which was accepted by the board, is effective June 30.
When Stousland accepted the position at Barneveld he faced low test scores throughout the district in math and literacy and told the board that "Barneveld students deserve better." He started with the staff making a commitment to lifetime learning and the results began to reflect the true abilities of the students. Also, the district received its first 5 Star rating on the DPI's report card and Title 11 school of recognition designation. Barneveld has also become a top school in CESA #3.
Under Stousland's leadership the district underwent a building project after successfully passing a referendum by an 81% vote. The project has resulted in a state of the art facility.
The technology education program at Barneveld has been recognized as one of the top programs in the state and students constantly perform at the highest level in Skills USA competition. The district has purchased better and safer tech ed equipment.
Under Stousland's leadership more staff collaboration has been ongoing and students are receiving higher scores on ACT tests, averaging 1.4 points higher than in previous years. There has also been investments made in professional development for staff.
Also, inclusion in classrooms is stronger than ever and students remain highly engaged in co-curriculars. The district has also embraced a 1:1 technology program.
Stousland said he feels the teachers that have been hired are outstanding and have been value added to the students.
"The board has unselfishly worked well together in keeping the district moving in the right direction," Stousland said. "I thank them for allowing me to be part the Barneveld school district and thank you for all you have done to support our schools."
Later in the meeting Stousland told the board that the district hosted a CESA #3 event about transfering learning. He said the group toured the building and was impressed.
Principal Erin Eslinger gave the board her report which included a plan to create a reading culture throughout the school.
Stousland thanked those who worked on the technology upgrades and told the board he expects the district to receive about $70,000 back from a buy back of used equipment when evaluation is completed. He added the new equipment is all in.
Under construction updates Stousland told the board the new dishwasher is acting up and repair is being scheduled.
During budget updates board member Peter Shatrawka said he noticed that revenues exceed expenditures in Fund 50. Stousland said that is caused by taking part in the government commodities program for the school lunch program. It was noted that the people who work in the kitchen are also more efficient with the new work area.
Board member Rhonda Mullen attended the recent WASB convention and presented a power point program on the sessions she attended and how they could relate to the Barneveld district.
The board discussed future planning needs for an auditorium/community center and for upgrading the outdoor athletic facilities and decided to hire an architect for $2000 for a preliminary plan.
Stousland told the board that he has been approached by an individual who would sponsor a $100,000 matching grant if the district incorporates fundraising for improvements. He said he will also receive a list of others who may want to be included in funding programs. Another person had contacted him about a $10,000 donation they would make for an auditorium, Stousland said.
He said he would expect a new auditorium to be in the area of $2,000,000.
Lance Schmitz and Jason Gordon who coach baseball and softball respectively asked the board to consider installing a drop down batting cage for indoor practices. Schmitz presented the board with a document outlining need, possible locations and price.  He said if the board would approve it now the installation could be done before the season.
The board could not act on the proposal at the meeting as it wasn't scheduled as an action item but indicted a special meeting could be held for approval.
Under new hires the board approved a contract for Martina Reuter who will be the new girls volleyball coach. She has experience coaching programs at Wisconsin Heights and Sauk Prairie.
The board also accepted the school calendar after a third reading with the only change having June 4 as the ending date. Stousland said staff favor a little later end date so breaks can be extended.

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