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September 26, 2020

9/15/2020 9:30:00 AM
School opening goes well for Dodgeville school district, fall sports approved

The first week of "back to school" for students in the Dodgeville school district was not quite an A+ but it was a high mark.
"We have some tweaking yet to do," said high school Principal Ryan Bohnsack at last Thursday's special school board meeting. "Masking went very solid and several students came with their own masks," Bohnsack said. "The one thing we need to address further is social distancing."
But one thing Bohnsack and his fellow principals Sally Baxter (middle school) and Scott Marty (elementary school) agree on is it is great getting back to the purpose that is to be served.
Working through the no-shows is a one item facing all three schools but it will be clear soon.
"We had two who signed up for virtual education come in person instead," Bohnsack said. "It was fine as we have the space."
Baxter called the first week as going fantastic for the middle school which is split between having the 7th and 8th graders at the high school and the 5th and 6th graders at the middle school.
"The kids are so sweet," Baxter said. "They have been fantastic with masking and are very respectful to staff."
Baxter agrees there will be some retooling done and some of the numbers will be shifting as they move from virtual to in-person or back the other way.
Sixth grade has the biggest numbers when it comes to virtual according to Baxter.
"We are working to make sure the virtual kids know they are part of us," she said.
"Smooth as butter," Marty said about the week at the elementary school.
"Kids are excited to be back and the teachers have been very welcoming," he said. "Masking has gone well and if we have any glitches we will get through them."
Marty said there has been some movement from virtual to in-person and back the other way but the numbers still line up.
"All in all the staff and students have been outstanding," Marty said.
After Bryan Brom, who handles the virtual education component, discussed how that part of the district's education has been going the board handled the items on the agenda.
The board approved the employment of a permanent substitute teacher and welcomed Alexandra Morit-Hanson to the staff.
Approved was a resignation of a Dodgeville Middle School library assistant, approving the request from Dawn Radosevich.
The board then approved rescheduling the annual meeting of the school district for October 12.
The rest of the meeting was full of emotion as board members weighed the pros and cons of having fall sports for high school and middle school.
After over an hour and after a lengthy report by Athletic Director Joey Martin the board voted 6-1 to proceed with fall sports which for the Dodgeville district includes football, boys soccer, girls volleyball and boys and girls cross country.
When it came to middle school sports a motion cancel all fall sports at that level failed 4-3 then a motion to allow fall middle school sports passed 4-3.
The only activity that will take place at the middle school level this fall will be cross country as volleyball has been moved closer to spring.
More information on fall sports for Dodgeville and neighboring school districts can be found in our sports section.

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