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December 10, 2018

11/23/2018 9:52:00 AM
Highland Board of Education discusses state report card results, school earns three-star rating from Wisconsin DPI

By Janelle Miller
In their reports to the board, Highland School District administrators noted that the most recent state report cards are out for 2017-18 with Highland School District in the three-star range (meeting expectations). Hendrickson noted that the district has previously scored low in math so had really been focusing on improving that score, and it has been better; however, now English and language arts is on the lower end. That will need to be bettered. "It's a bit higher this year than last year...math looks good, but reading/writing needs to be improved," Hendrickson said. "There are plans in place to take a look at these things and improve upon them." Furthermore, Hendrickson noted that Highland was too small in some of the categories to be counted so that is why there is an N/A on the report card. For a complete breakdown of the report card, visit and select Highland from the "District" menu.
Moreover, she told the board that administration is hoping to add a section to the athletic handbook that talks about expectations for spectators. Plans for an ADA-accessible sidewalk to the athletic fields are going forward with the engineering being done by a UW-Platteville student. Once the board/administration gets those, they will decide on a plan of action.
At the regular Highland Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the board unanimously approved extending the contract with WARCO Transportation through 2023 with updates to the contract reflecting price increases less than 3 percent. Additionally, the district requested that all new buses the company purchases have seatbelts for increased safety - WARCO has been doing this already.
Highland Principal Josh Tarrell explained that many of the extra security procedures/items that were applied for with the recent state safety grant have been put in action. The new door locks and cameras are in place while the administration has been busy updating the school safety plan. The plan will be looked at and hopefully approved by the school board at a later date.
In the public comment section, Village of Highland Board Trustee Nicole Welsh told the school board that the village is no longer pursuing the safe pathways (sidewalk) project from the school to the rest of the village as the cost was too high to do by themselves. A non-sidewalk path has already been unofficially established by students/parents, but the village was hoping to make a safer/official route by adding sidewalks where there are none. The village investigated pricing for the route, and it came back around $100,000. Part of the route could be funded by an annual, four-year grant if Highland was picked. Principal Tarrell mentioned shortening the pathway by going a different route, thereby lessening the cost as this was the big obstacle to the project. The village is interested in partnering with the school, but cannot foot the bill themselves. Welsh said she would take the comments and suggestions from the school board back to the village board - it will be discussed more in-depth at a later date.
In other business:
• English teacher Scott Boylen was approved as the 8th grade class advisor and middle school wrestling assistant coach along with Shaun Reuter as the middle school boys basketball assistant coach.
• Two open enrollment applications out of the district were passed.
• The next regularly scheduled Highland Board of Education meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

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