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September 29, 2020

8/21/2020 10:54:00 AM
Highland School Board sets annual meeting for Wednesday, Oct. 28
The Highland Board of Education set their annual meeting date for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. At that time, the tax levy will be set for the district along with taking care of other business.
At a special board meeting on Wednesday, July 29, the board approved some changes for the upcoming school year re-opening plan. Due to the mandated mask order, everyone that can wear a mask will be required to at the school. Two Fridays a month will be strictly virtual learning instead of having late-start Wednesdays. During these virtual days, students and teachers will meet, and attendance is required for students - staff will be in the building these days with students at home. The board also passed the first reading of policy #0167.1: voting; this allows school board members to vote virtually, and the first reading of policy #2266: nondiscrimination on the basis of sex also passed; this policy relates to Title IX which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs, so things must be fair across the board for both males and females.
The employee handbook changes were approved - there were no substantial differences except for the addition of information regarding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Additionally, policy numbers were updated to the NEOLA ones. The second reading of NEOLA policy that sets section 0000 through section 9000 were passed.
The building and grounds committee updated the board on items that were done throughout the district over the summer including: new bleachers in the gym, Hudl installed in there as well, ADA pathway is paved, floors are almost done, LED lighting completed throughout the building, and the south parking lot has been seal-coated and striped. The majority of the items administration wanted to be done are completed.
In other business:
• The meeting minutes from the July meetings were passed.
• The current expenses and vouchers payable were approved.
• Ryan Brown gave the district a discount on the Hudl bracket in the gym. The Dodgeville Lions and Lionesses Clubs donated school supplies while Cummins out of Mineral Point donated facemasks. These were all passed with gratitude.
• Eight open enrollments out with one in were approved.
• The weight room will be able to be open a bit more this summer with sports being pushed back, so supplementary hours are needed for summer school staff to supervise there. More hours were approved for Lynn Michek and Sarah Hennessey.
• Laura Sprinkel was hired as a special education aide.
The next Highland Board of Education meeting is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m.
Just a reminder that school starts Tuesday, Aug. 25.





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