3/28/2019 11:03:00 AM Southwest Tech plan
could benefit Barneveld
A plan by Southwest Tech to include more schools and businesses from their location in Grant County to the Dane County line may provide benefits for those in the Barneveld school district when the new tech ed area is completed. Southwest Tech has contacted several Barneveld area businesses about being involved in the project that would provide training for people wanting to enter the workforce. Businesses mentioned at last Wednesday's school board meeting were Vortex, Deer Valley, Quantum Devices and JG Development. "Southwest Tech wants to increase its presence and with our new tech ed classroom we could be a site for their expansion," District Administrator Brett Stousland said. "Our students and our community members could use it and receive training to work at Vortex, Quantum Devices and other places. It would give our kids opportunities." During discussion it was noted that Fillback Motors and Hallada Motors are getting involved in the automotive area. Discussion also included a housing development behind Deer Valley that would be put up by Design Homes and 30-32 housing units. The board heard a report that reimbursable meals in the district are down and Stousland said they are looking into why that is happening. "We receive less money from the state now and we need people who are eligible to take advantage," Stousland said. The board held first readings for five policies with some of them updated and others up for review. Board member Tadd Owens suggested putting review dates on the policies so those reading them won't think they have not been looked at as some stay the same. Administrative assistant Jill Covelli said she puts the review dates on the policies when they are reviewed. Some of the changes in the policies are being done to meet state requirements. Policy 431 which deals with student absences receive the most discussion. In response to a question the board learned there was only one truancy issue last year and truancy is not a big problem. Other policies receiving a first reading deal with logo use and ads in the building. The policies will be returned for a second reading next month. The board approved a request from the Booster Club that they be allowed to put their name on a banner that will be used on the scoring table in the new gym. The board reviewed sponsorship guidelines and did some revisions that will give large donars more payment options as to time to make it more attainable. Substitute pay was reviewed and revised to make it $50 for a half day and $100 for a full day. There will be no hour increments. Stousland also told the board science special ed teachers will be screened next week. He added there will be some retirements coming before the board at the April meeting.