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October 24, 2021

9/28/2021 1:29:00 PM
Social Media Service approved for Highland School District

The Highland School District will have a social media service helping them tell their story for at least a year.
The board voted to enter into a contract with #socialschool4edu whose CEO is Andrea Gribble, a Wisconsin native from New Auburn. Gribble started the company when she found out the value of providing such a service for her local district. Since then there are close to 70 schools in Wisconsin using her services.
Previously much of the district's social media was handled by Ashley Hellenbrand who has since left the district for a different job.
Cost to the district will be $8,000 annually with an option for a three year agreement which would lower the fee to $7,000 per year.
Gribble will meet with staff in the near future and explain how to provide information that will be valuable in promoting the district. She said her company uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Her services include 24/7 access and crisis management if needed. Her company will also provided graphic design services along with helping with blogs and podcasts.
Principal Josh Tarrell updated the board on the COVID protocols being instituted by the Six Rivers Conference. Fearing COVID transmissions among athletes there will be no handshakes after games or matches.
Tarrell also discussed seeding procedures which are done differently for volleyball and football. Football is done electronically and if a team cannot fulfill its obligation and play Friday, Saturday or Monday the game will be a forfeit. A team can pick up another opponent but the game won't count in standings.
Volleyball seeding is done via zoom and if a game is cancelled for quarantine or COVID reasons there are more opportunities for make-ups.
Tarrell noted the junior varsity football team is having problems finding games, though they are getting some time on the field with the varsity well ahead. He said they are looking for more games for them and may play some larger schools who have freshmen teams.
Tarrell discussed optional masking in the buildings and how COVID issues are being handled in the district when it comes to quarantines
"Quarantine will be the biggest issue we will face with COVID moving forward," Tarrell said "There are different times required for different cases."
Tarrell added, quarantine adds stress and an increased work load for staff and he anticipates a battle all year long.
He also said the Iowa County Health Department guidelines are being followed.
In other business the board:
-Voted to hire Rachel Wolfe as a part time custodian to replace one who resigned.
-Approved splitting the junior varsity volleyball contract 50/50 with the two coaches helping out.
-Approved Jackie Johnson as ninth grade advisor.
-Approved four alternate open enrollment students out of the district, two who never attended here.
-Approved current requests for fundraisers and will check with the baseball program to get theirs listed.
-Heard in the restraint report their were no restraints in the district last year.
-With being halfway through the first six weeks, grade assessments are being readied to be released.





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