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October 21, 2020

9/25/2020 1:45:00 PM
I-G board allows dual sports for fall run with coaches, AD on board

Being a role model and a good student pays off and Lucas Oyen proved that Monday at the Iowa-Grant School Board meeting.
Oyen and cross country teammate Cyle Steffl were granted permission by the board to dual sport this fall season. Oyen is a senior and Steffl a freshman.
Oyen has played football his entire career as an Iowa-Grant student but when there was talk of possibly not having the sport this fall he elected to go out for cross country, the same as Steffl. Even as late as the first cross country practice there was no decision on football as conferences were deciding between a fall or spring season.
Then by the time the decision was made to have football in the fall at Iowa-Grant, the two young men had been practicing with the cross country team and were looking at how to participate in both. They were told no by District Administrator Stephanie Hubbard but after several discussions she allowed Oyen to bring his concerns to the board.
One of the fears with dual sports is the possibility of cross contamination of the COVID-19 virus between different groups. Oyen said he does not see a difference between going into music then to another classroom. He also told the board he has good grades and often has had more than one thing going at a time with extra curriculars. He said he can do cross country workouts in the morning before school and go to football in the afternoon. He added that there are minimal conflicts with events for the two sports.
Both Jake Winkler, who coaches cross country and Zach Raimer who coaches football said they are willing to do what they can to make the dual sports work if the board grants the request.
The board discussed the matter at length and voted to grant the request for Oyen and Steffl as long as Raimer, Winkler and the AD are on board.
The board accepted several donations including:
$325-from Southern Heat to our school and volleyball program
Chicken Coop Donations:
Clare Bank of Montfort- $250.00; Pilling Electric Service LLC-$100.00; Biddick, Inc.-$300.00; Trailside Powersports LLC-$100.00; Aspen Ridge Home and Garden LLC-$100.00; Dave and Carol Rundell-$500.00; Michael and Erika Kelley-$75.00; John and Jean Slack-$100.00; Cummins- Plexiglass in both of the offices
Jeanne and John Cordts $150 to be used toward keeping students and staff safe at school.
Platteville Area Retired Educators Association- $50 to supplement any special effort because of the pandemic
Driftless Area Art Festival- to donate Bret Connolly's Professionally Mounted Piece of Art- from when Bret was a Blue Ribbon Winner in the Driftless Area Art Festivals Kids Art exhibit
Montanna Freymiller was introduced as this year's student council representative.
Jodi Bast, early childhood/grade 1 principal, told the board that the 4K teachers are pleased with their new half-day 4K and half-day Stay and Play format.
"We expect to see lots of good things as a result and thank the School Board for their support," Bast said.
The board was reminted that the IGEMS NEWS is a weekly newsletter for families to stay in touch with the latest news of the district.
Elementary Grade 2-8 Principal Robyn Oberfoell reported that there are No Contact Pick Up drawers in the main vestibule.
"We have heard many positives since school started, including the instructional videos that our teachers are providing," she said. "Some teachers are recording class periods and others are pre-recording instructional videos to share with all grade-level sections. This week we are starting to practice the virtual learning process with students. Teachers are asking students to login and navigate sites to get to lessons and videos. If we practice with students each day, our students will be more comfortable and better prepared if we should switch to virtual."
"A huge shout out was given to the students. They are doing a great job adapting to many, many changes. Special thanks goes to all the adults in our building who helped make these transitions so smoothly. Their leadership and attitudes are comforting to students and it shows. We are thankful to be learning together so far," said Oberfoell.
High School Principal Chris Gotto told the board the students have been great since the start of school and seem to be adapting well.
"We are working out glitches as they develop. Hopefully each week is a little better than the last," Gotto said. "The teachers are working really hard to prepare and teach for students who are in person and virtual. Teachers are also recording some lessons and learning new technologies . Teachers are multitasking each class and should be commended for their hard work."
Gotto added that many students learning virtually so there is a drop off and pick-up point.
Other highlights include:
-Bucky Boland and the students have been busy running and voting for class officers and student council positions.
-Sports are on their way and hopefully we proceed through the season without any hitches.
Hubbard also told the board how glad staff is to have students in the building.
"Our staff for going above and beyond to make the adjustments necessary to make things run smoothly," she said.
Robyn Oberfoell, Chris Gotto, Jodi Bast, Stephanie Dirks, Stephanie Hubbard, Casey Clasious, and Mike Oium were approved for Board-owned cell phones per policy 7530.01.
An extended contract for one year with Coca Cola was approved. The Booster Club will also need to approve this agreement as they receive the $2,000 each year which they return to the district through donations. The extension does not require a specified amount of products to be sold.
The Board approved the new Title IX policy in a single reading. The regulations provide detailed requirements concerning Title IX protections, as well as detailed provisions for identifying, reporting, investigating and making determinations of responsibility for acts of sexual discrimination/harassment that school districts must follow in responding to such incidents.
A 66:0301 EC Shared Services Agreement for IGSD to provide special education services for two early childhood students was approved.
The decision/discussion regarding waivers was postponed to allow Hubbard to view a webinar to learn more about all of the options.
Buildings and Grounds reported on the pavement and drainage project which is nearing completion and the extra efforts which has been put in by the buildings and grounds crew to help open schools safely. A meeting will be schedule to discuss items including: improvements to the project and the Board's potential response to Livingston's ball diamond,
The Ad Hoc-Reopening Committee acknowledged the good things that have happened at I-G in individual and group efforts to open the schools. The committee will reconvene in the future.
In regards to continuing the mask requirement Hubbard told the board that the admin team believes that masks are working and that will be moving forward with communicating that IGSD will continue current mask protocols when the mask mandate lifts.
Activities Director Clasious is planning an opportunity for students to design a mural which the winning design may be used by a professional artist on the blank space on the east side of the HS gym.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards sent a certificate and report to membership which was shared.
The following items were approved when the board came out of closed session:
Carolyn Laufenberg was approved as the new middle school cross country coach.
Carley Rider, Middle School 8th grade volleyball coach, was approved to serve as a volunteer volleyball coach at the HS.
Michelle Freymiller was approved as a volunteer cheerleading coach.
Tyler Nichols was hired as a special education assistant at IGEMS.
Laura Wienkes was hired as a cook.
The following extracurricular contracts were approved:
Academic Decathlon Advisor - Jacob Winkler
FBLA - Stacey Gardiner
FFA Advisor - Lara Hammerly
FFA Summer/Extra Ag - Lara Hammerly
Forensics/Assistant - Rebecca Richmond
Forensics/Head - Jackie Rolli
Homecoming Chair - Mandy Rosemeyer
Junior Class Advisor - Rebecca Richmond
Junior Class Advisor - Brian Zwick
Musical Director - Brian Zwick
Musical Director - John Larsen
NHS - Katie Wanie
Skills USA - Art Pronschinske
EMS Student Council - Katie Wanie
HS Student Council - Bucky Boland
HS Yearbook (Finance) Advisor - Stacey Gardiner
HS Yearbook (Production) Advisor- Mandy Rosemeyer
EMS Yearbook Co-Advisors - Katie Wanie & Rachel Carlson
Community Rec Coordinator - Stephanie Anderson

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