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July 6, 2020

6/23/2020 2:22:00 PM
New Dodgeville administrator guiding plan for fall opening

Dodgeville School District Board of Education Curriculum Committee heard a presentation from incoming District Administrator Paul Weber for a "plan to plan" for relaunching school in the fall of 2020.
Weber's plan has already begun implementation by the district's administrative team with nine sub-committees studying areas of Facilities and Safety, Learning and Technology, Co-curricular Activities, Communication, Special Education, Transportation, Food Service, Social/Emotional Needs, and Human Resources.
The committees are led by administrators, but involve many different staff members in their areas of expertise and outside organizations where it is appropriate. It was noted there are representatives on the committees from each of the buildings in the district.
According to Weber, "We are taking both a comprehensive short-term and long-term approach in developing a contingency plan for relaunching academic learning and school-related activities."
The plan recognizes that there will be stages of development as the district works to a new normal. According to the planning document, Re-Entry, Recovery and New Normal are likely to take years before a new comfort level is reached.
Each of the sub-committees has been guided by advice from the Iowa County Department of Health Services, Iowa County Emergency Management, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, US Center for Disease Control and a survey of Dodgeville School District parents and staff which received over 500 responses. The planning document has a goal of providing parents with a look into the 2020-21 school year sometime during the month of July. This is designed to give parents the opportunity to plan for the needs of their children. At Monday's meeting it was thought that the Curricular/Co-Curricular committee would hear the plan at their July 6 meeting with the full board receiving it at their regular meeting July 13. The community will be informed of the total plan during July.
Part of the plan is being formed from input from a recent community survey that collected over 550 returns with 66% favoring a return to face to face teaching.
With the input it was noted the district is committed to providing options to parents to meet the needs of families with a combination of face-to-face instruction and virtual learning opportunities.
According to Committee Chairperson, Mike Knoedler, "We want school to open in the fall and will do whatever we can to make that happen for all kids and families. But we also know we have to be safe and purposeful about the circumstances that allow that to happen."
Weber, who officially begins his work in the District on July 1 has hit the ground running, recognizing that the decisions made during this summer will have a significant impact in the Fall of 2002.
Prior to the meeting, Wisconsin Assemblyman Todd Novak presented retiring District Administrator Dr. Jeff Jacobson with a certificate from both him and Governor Tony Evers. Novak, who is also Mayor of the City of Dodgeville, said Jacobson has been one of his "go to" people in the field of education and has been great to work with on both levels Novak represents.
The commendation will be delivered to Dr. Jacobson in person as soon as the Governor signs it.
Following is the text of the certificate:
WHEREAS, we recognize Jeff Jacobson's service to his community and commitment to excellence in education in Wisconsin and across the globe; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, Jeff began his role as District Administrator of Dodgeville School District where he has served for more than 6 years; and
WHEREAS, prior to his position with Dodgeville schools, Jeff exemplified leadership in education as Principal of Platteville High School, Plymouth Comprehensive High School, and Crandon High School; and
WHEREAS, Jeff has contributed to the betterment of education through his role as a Research Assistant in the National Center on Effective Secondary Schools and service on the steering committee for a new administration certification program at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville; and
WHEREAS, his involvement with organizations that include the Platteville Community Recreation Department, Badger State Games, Sheboygan County Children's Museum, and the WIAA showcase his passion for mentoring youth; and
WHEREAS, Jeff is married to his wife Kathy who are both proud parents of their children Kirsten, Spencer, and Jens; and
THEREFORE, Representative Todd Novak and Governor Tony Evers celebrate the career and selfless service of Jeff Jacobson.

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