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January 23, 2019

12/14/2018 1:47:00 PM
Discussion on continuing co-op sports contract with neighboring school district

By Kasi Greenwood
In the public comments section, Steve Vivian was at meeting for discussion regarding the Dodgeville/Mineral Point co-op. He needed clarification on the co-op agreement. District Administrator Jeff Jacobson mentioned to Vivian that a couple votes will take place in January for fall sports co-ops. Vivian felt that there needs to be opportunities to speak up. If five or eight students at Dodgeville School District aren't going out for fall sports, and the Mineral Point school districts bring five or eight students to play on the coop team, it takes away from opportunities for Dodgeville students. The co-curricular committee meeting for this discussion on co-op contracts is the first Monday of January for fall sports (boys soccer and cross country).
The Curricular/Co-Curricular committee report saw continued discussion on the co-op sports contract with Mineral Point School District, with Mike Knoedler shedding more light on the discussion regarding co-op participation in sports. He pointed out a trend sheet, with data highlighting participation from both school districts from the past 11 or more years. He mentioned that soccer participation was at an all-time high in 2016, when numbers reached 53 students, 15 were from Mineral Point that year. Since that high, numbers from both schools saw significantly decreased participation from that year with Mineral Point only having nine students. Vivian pointed out that it's still considered a full team with almost 30 Dodgeville students participating that year. Board member Tom McGraw added that there needs to be detailed discussion, and that he understands where Vivian is coming from. He also saw some Dodgeville students that didn't have much opportunity to play, due to the high numbers. His number one concern is that Dodgeville students have as many opportunities to play.
"It's a discussion that we need to have," McGraw said.
The hard deadline for renewing contracts is February 1st for fall sports. The co-curricular/curricular committee meeting is set for Monday January 7th at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend that meeting for further discussion on the matter.
In other curricular committee discussion, Knoedler pointed out that a new type of science textbook is completely serviced online, downloaded to the school's Chrome books. Kari Roh Wasley is using this format in her Science 9 class. Although the discussion was informational only, Knoedler pointed out that the format could be used from the company Discover Education, and used with other science classes. Discussion as to whether or not to purchase textbooks through this company will continue.
There was also brief discussion on the district's state report cards. In the report, the district "exceeds expectations" according to the report given. Knoedler mentioned that these report cards are not meant to be used as a means to compare with other districts. The state weighs data differently and there is a lot of variety on how data is interpreted through the state's school districts.
Mike Humke acknowledged the referendum project meeting from two weeks ago. He wanted to let the public know that the expected completion date aims for late July or early August of 2020.
"It will be ready for the opening for the opening of the 2020 school year," School Administrator Dr. Jeff Jacobson said.
Humke also mentioned that there were five students nominated for the Jerry Awards from Dodgeville's "Seussical the Musical" production Outstanding lead performance nominations are Avery Peterson as "the Cat" and Leah Johnson as "Gertrude." Outstanding supporting performance nominations are Maya Kramer as JoJo, Cora Storkson as Sour Kangaroo, and Antonio Jacobson as Mr. Mayor. Dan Hemming was nominated for "Outstanding Direction," while Lisa Humke was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design and Outstanding Costume Design. Winners are expected to be determined by late April or early May.
Board member Dennis Polglaze mentioned that the policy committee reviewed DHS and DMS safety procedures. Each school district is required to review safety plans. The report was given to board members, but no action was taken. Review of safety plans for DES and RES will take place next month.
Board member Carrie Schroeder gave a brief update that the Finance committee reviewed the district's annual audit through Johnson and Block. She also discussed timelines for new referendum financing.
She also said that the Buildings and Grounds committee discussed the monthly maintenance report. There were some boiler issues that need to be addressed at some point. Door locks for the district's classroom's have also been ordered. She also stated that the baseball field is in good shape, with footings for the score board having already been poured. There is a little more work to do with the dugouts, and other projects for the field are likely to continue in the spring.
In action item business:
-There was a hearing on Board-initiated detachment of property from the River Valley School District to the Dodgeville School District. This is a small parcel detachment pertaining to the Town of Dodgeville. Jacobson said that there needed to be a hearing about the property transfer. He had sent letters to the landowners, who reside out of state thus not attending Monday night's meeting. Board members then approved the consideration and action on the resolution which authorizes the issuance of an order relation to the school district boundaries between River Valley and Dodgeville.
-Similar to the first action item listed, there was a hearing on Board-initiated detachment of property from the Dodgeville School District to the River Valley School District. This is a small parcel detachment pertaining to the Town of Wyoming. Jacobson said the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation owns this property. Board members also approved this consideration.
-Board members approved the resignation of Monica Riege, Elementary Math Coach, effective December 31, 2018. Board members approved the hiring of Chuck Tank, Ann Alleman, and Cedric Gibson Jr for winter middle school coaching. Board members approved the hiring of Beth Stopper as a special education teacher at Dodgeville High School.
-Board members tabled the approval of revised safety plans until next meeting. Jacobson presented board members with a handout detailing Dodgeville School District's actions taken towards school safety from April 2018-December 2018. He also mentioned that the district has received close to $160,000 in safety trainings.
Board members then convened to closed session. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for Monday January 14 at 7 p.m. in the Dodgeville High School Public Library.

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