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May 12, 2021

5/4/2021 11:29:00 AM
Dodgeville School Board to offer choices, hires new principal

Learning models for next year in the Dodgeville school district will provide choices as the school board moves toward offering virtual, hybrid and face to face as options.
Community meetings are being held for parents to ask questions and eventually make choices what works best for their children. "Soft" choices will be asked for by May 1 with final choices needed by May 15.
The board learned an icon in the district will be retiring at the end of the school year. Ernie Leuthold is completing 50 years of service as a custodian in the district. Board member Carrie Schroeder, a graduate, said he was the custodian when she entered Kindergarten.
A new principal was hired for the elementary school. Accepting the contract was Heather Zizis who was formerly in administration at Howards Grove. She has two elementary school aged daughters and her family is excited to become part of the Dodgeville School District, Zizis said.
Also hired was Laura Rhode as a reading specialist, James Rupp as agricultural teacher and FFA advisor, Max Frommelt as the STEM teacher at the high school, Hayden Hardyman assigned to the 6th grade at the middle school and Katelyn Nichols as the school nurse.
Resignations approved were for Shelby Beach and Briana Capesius as middle school guidance counselor, ChrisAnn Wllis as elementary special education and Rebecca Vail as an early childhood teacher.
In another personnel matter the board approved a two year contract for Joey Martin to serve as athletic director.
The board acknowledged two awards the WISPRA (school PR association) the district received for projects done by Kira Runde. Honored were the school newsletter and the handbook which received best of show.
During committee reports Mike Knoedler told the board that Curriculum Director Jacque Goetzke has a group of teachers from the elementary, middle and high school working on examining text books that would allow for a continuous math program for future adoption. The hope is for a math sequence that will be consistent for k-8/9 with the 10-12 math branching off in different areas. A timeline is being created.
Knoedler also reported that high school teacher Sarah Burkhart is now accredited to teach technical writing that would be good for dual credit with SW Tech.
Also according to Knoedler the PE/Health along with counseling and nursing are planning for course work for Human Growth and Development from Pre-k to 12.
The board learned the spring musical is nearly ready to become a video with a live production offered to close family members.
The board received presentation from Mark Ranthum and Kelsey Denton from the music department on offering a fifth grade band program now that all fifth graders are in one school. Later in the meeting the board approved adding fifth grade band.
The finance report included how the COVID related funds have been spent from SHAG and FEMA. The fact that health insurance costs are being looked at was discussed.
The building and grounds report pointed out while being short staffed the maintenance department under the direction of Donald Reddell accomplished extensive cleaning and sanitizing over spring break. Also, the high school baseball team assisted in putting on the fence cap and wind screen at the baseball field at the middle school. The board commended Reddell and his staff for their hard work.
A final part of the report was about traffic patterns which are under review.
The board voted to move their regular meetings to the third Monday to be able to have a better understanding of the financial picture. The move will begin in July.
The board learned that case management in the special education department will be extended per student for more consistency. The same caseworker will follow the student instead of switching.
The board approved the SWEEPS agreement which has a district chip in to share equipment with other districts. The equipment involved is needed on a limited basis.
In other business the board voted to approve early college credit and start college mow courses for the fall semester.
The board also approved two International Exchange Students for the 2021-22 school term.

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