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February 17, 2019

1/21/2019 8:17:00 AM
Fall co-op contracts renewed...for now
For the past few weeks, there has been much discussion regarding the future of co-op agreements between Mineral Point and Dodgeville School Districts.
At Monday's regular school board meeting for Dodgeville School District, conversation continued. Board member Mike Knoedler recapped last Monday's curricular/co-curricular meeting to everyone in attendance. The Dodgeville Chronicle published a detailed description of the meeting in last week's issue. Knoedler said the co-op agreement discussion was a major component of that meeting with one third of the audience being Dodgeville athletic coaches. He also discussed the decreasing trend of participants since 2016 from Dodgeville School District. Concerns were addressed detailing both sides of the argument including but not limited to friendships being created, along with the long rivalry between Mineral Point and Dodgeville.
Board member Tom McGraw addressed his concern feeling that Mineral Point administration could be more involved in the decision making.
Board member David Blume asked Dodgeville Athletic Director Scott Tolzman if there are triggers that can be put into place for an agreement, when numbers hit a certain threshold.
Tolzman responded to Blume by saying that he has had a conversation with Mineral Point's Athletic Director Vickie Dahl for the past year. He said that Dahl understands if the numbers get too high, they would possibly be out due to Dodgeville being the home team. On the other hand Dahl supports the co-ops as it helps the students at Mineral Point.
"The beauty of renewing is that it is only for a two year period and we're not locked into anything," Knoedler said. "Should our numbers increase, then we can easily renew in two years or discontinue."
Board members approved the two year contract for boy's soccer and cross country teams contingent on Mineral Point administration exploring the creation of a Mineral Point team in the future.
In other reports:
Board member McGraw said that the Finance Committee went over billing, and timelines for the referendum. Lisa Voisin of Baird and Associates will present the next steps in referendum financing at February's regularly scheduled meeting. She was not in attendance at Monday's meeting due to illness. Adoption of resolutions for investments and actually borrowing are expected to have action taken next month.
Julie Lewis, Dodgeville District Reading Specialist, gave a presentation during the Summer Curriculum report. She met with Dr. Jeff Jacobson, and proposed some reading projects during the summer. One project concerns the elementary level, where the National Geographic Reach for Reading Series is used. The beauty of the program is first through fifth grade unit assessments provide information on what standards will be assessed, which will help determine if students are aligned with them. This is not provided at the kindergarten level.
The next project is through a phonics based program called Reading Horizons. When she was hired at Dodgeville School District, Reading Horizons was purchased to support the Reach for Reading Program. She had noticed that the Reading Horizons didn't allow students to transfer phonics skills over to actual reading time, as there was almost too much focus on phonics and it was. This brought the Reach for Reading program to the front, with Reaching Horizons as the support as it was intended for. Lewis blended both programs together to see which skills are being taught in the Reach for Reading program.
"This is a project I would like to continue," Lewis said. "There are five components in reading and they all need to be taught. They need to be taught together."
No actions were taken on this.
January is School Board Appreciation month, and board members were presented with a small video showing appreciation on their dedication to the district. Kira Runde was also recognized for putting the video together.
Dodgeville High School recently won the 2018 Economics Wisconsin Fall Stock Market Game. Jeff Bradley, Dodgeville's Economic teacher recognized team members Lindsay Johnston, Kristen Palmer, Sydney Judd and Lily Durst, all of whom are seniors. The team turned their hypothetical $100,000 portfolio into $157,108 over a 10 week period from October to December. Market volatility was a key component for this game. The team finished first of 700 teams during the competition, and have earned a trip to New York City in May. Board members congratulated the team on the accomplishment. Other students recognized were Dylan McGraw, Eli Hardy, and Brock Rule who received fourth place, and Zach Vivian, Max Pipkorn and Mitchell Murphy who received fifth.
Dodgeville resident Judy Lovaas was recognized for her donation of a 13.1 inch Coulter Odyssey 1 Dobsonian Telescope with three eyepieces and Telrad, which was donated to the school.
Board member Dennis Polglaze mentioned that school safety reports were given after drills were conducted. He also informed board members of considering a resolution that opposes the Cardinal- Hickory Creek Transmission Line. Board members approved both the school safety reports, and the resolution regarding the transmission line.
During the Buildings and Grounds committee section Blume mentioned that middle school wrestling mats have been replaced, along with some lights in the high school commons room being replaced. Air quality testing was done at the District Office, and came back with very good results.
In action item business:
-Board members approved voucher and payroll checks read by Board member Mike Humke.
-Board members approved the hirings of Abby Barwig as a Special Education teacher, effective January 22; Ellie Davis as a teacher for Middle School World Languages; Devin Mieden for a position as a kindergarten teacher; and eighth grade girls basketball coaches Andress Wainwright and Scott Garthwaite.
-Board members approved to accept the retirement of Mr. Bob Willie, effective at the end of the 208-2019 school year.
-Board members approved a motion to approve the attendance of Key Club members at the district conference in Green Bay March 15-17.
-Board members approved the setting of polling places for primary elections. The places are in the City of Dodgeville, Town of Dodgeville, Village of Ridgeway, and Town of Ridgeway.
-Board members approved a motion for the addition of AP Drawing Studio Art and 3D Design Studio Art.
-Board members approved a motion to allow sixth graders to participate in middle school wrestling. Discussion began before Christmas. Ryan Lord said there has been practice and first meet was on Tuesday January 15.
-Board members approved open enrollment limits for the 2019-20 School Year as presented.
The next regularly board meeting is set on the calendar for Monday February 11 at 7 p.m. in the Dodgeville High School Library.

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