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June 26, 2019

5/17/2019 10:52:00 AM
Future of Ridgeway Elementary School enrollment discussed
In the public comments section of Dodgeville's Board of Education meeting, Meghan Weier, Lea Solberg and Ericka Hillery were present to discuss the district's plan for Ridgeway Elementary School. Currently Ridgeway's second and third grade combination classes have only five students per class. Three of the second grade students are leaving next year. Weier asked what the plans would be, especially with the low numbers.
"With the current ELP class going into kindergarten next year, do they have to come back," Weier asked.
Board president Mike Humke stated that this hasn't been a discussion yet amongst board members, but Dodgeville District Administrator Jeff Jacobson said that there are nine students registered for the Early Learning Program (ELP) at Ridgeway.
"If we can matriculate and hold on to nine, we'll be in real good shape," Jacobson said. "Other than that, our plan was to continue the combinations."
Weier said her son is in the third grade class. Although she isn't concerned about him academic wise, she is concerned on a socialization level.
"How do I send him to the middle school in two years, and have him amongst 80 other kids," Weier asked. "That is a big class, plus there are four additional sections."
Jacobson responded that the ELP numbers just came back last week, and those numbers will drive the next stage of the conversation. They are looking at answers for parents, and deciding where students will be sent for next year.
In other student related concerns, Ericka Hillery asked if there was an option for students to test out of grades. Jacobson said that although it is rare, it is an option. He referred her to Jackie Goetzke to discuss further.
In other public comments, Weier was wondering why home girls soccer matches can't be played at Mineral Point. The current construction has interfered with corner kicks, lights have been lost, and junior varsity games have had to be cut short. Jacobson said that Mineral Point has said no to this.
Max Bruegger stepped in front of the board members to present an idea for his Eagle Scout project. He is looking to do some work on the arboretum and was worked with Gari Walz for helping on the project. The Dodgeville Lions Club is paying for a portion of the project, and Max looks to do additional fundraising. Board members approved Bruegger proceeding with the project. Humke also welcomed new board member, Jessica Wieczorek.
Earlier in the meeting, during the acknowledgements section, Sarah James recognized the students who attended the state HOSA conference. She also informed the board that Dodgeville student Jessica Vinger has been selected as a state officer. She also reported that the DECA program did well at competition in Orlando, FL. Students from the Rocket Club gave a presentation on their rocket project. They were Best in Show and placed third at the Rocket for Schools Competition in Sheybogan, on May 11. Hodgson also recognized the SkillsUSA students that traveled to the state leadership and skills conference in Madison. This is the first time that the student organization attended the conference and competed against over 2,000 students in technical drafting, individual carpentry, urban search and rescue, and the Teamworks competition. The students in the Teamworks competition placed fourth, out of 17 teams.
Humke recognized the district's teachers as it was Teacher's Appreciation week last week. Board members watched a brief video given by Kira Runde showcasing students thanking their educators. Carrie Schroeder also recognized the Love Dodgeville event that took place on May 5. There were many students that volunteered and put in a lot of hours, she stated.
In the information and study section, district Librarians Lisa Spady, Dale Meinholz, and Marie Perry gave a presentation on the District Library Plan. The librarians stated that libraries are changing across the nation in more ways than one: through digital learning, planning and how these will tie into student's personalized learning. They also stated that they are working with different community stakeholders in order to help students and staff. They expressed appreciation for the board to support the district library's efforts.
Personalized learning continued when Julie Fuerstenberg, sixth grade language arts teacher, gave a presentation on Genius Hour. Genius Hour was started at Google as a way to give employers 20% of work time for researching. She pointed out that Gmail is a result of an employee project. She wanted to find a way to help students as they were figuring out their research projects, (examples: picking out a topic, questions to ask, how to cite sources, etc). and it took months of research on her part to put together.
In the buildings and grounds committee section, board member David Blume stated that a new mower and skid steer have been purchased to help with lawn care. He also pointed out some problem areas with the Ridgeway Elementary school playground, and the middle school parking lot exit area having to be redone. He also said that the community chose brick and steel siding for the athletic field press box, so that the facility matches the high school. In a side note: he mentioned that he contacted Matt Staver and Scott Lundell, and they were looking to install the baseball scoreboard at the middle school on Wednesday. They are also looking at bid packages for the new building project set for July.
Baseball games aren't being played at the new field yet, as grass must take hold before it can be used.
Carrie Schroeder spoke on behalf of the finance committee and said that bills have been reviewed and they are looking at EMC insurance district costs. In the policy committee section, Dennis Polglaze said they reviewed the WIAA code for felony misconduct. Any student "charged" is ineligible to play. Mike Knoedler said that the Co-curricular committee discussed the summer learning program, and there were parents of students with special needs present. They were concerned about the support the students will receive during the summer. Although it was pointed out that the level of support may not match with what occurs during the school year, the conversation is expected to continue. Knoedler also stated the Schedule B positions. He stated that they are considering retroactively reimbursing staff for their first year if the club is successful in the second year.
In other Dodgeville School Board Business:
-Board members elected board member Mike Humke as meeting chairperson.
-Board members approved keeping committee appointments the same, with the exception of Wieczorek replacing Blume for the Personnel Committee.
-Board members approved, in separate motions, the hiring of Jesse Meudt as an elementary office administrative assistant, the hiring of Keylee Denton as a DMS music instructor, to accept the resignation of Special Education Teacher Lisa Pipkorn, and to accept the resignation of Heather Trumpy, Middle School Math Teacher.
-Board members approved keeping board officers the same: Mike Humke - President David Blume - Vice President; Tom McGraw - Treasurer; Dennis Polglaze - Clerk.
-Board members approved 2019-2020 school year staff contracts.
-Board members approved 2019-2020 school open enrollment applications.
-Board members approved the co-op agreement for Dodge-Point Girls Soccer contract for 2019-2020 School year.
-Board members approved adding the Dodgeville Middle School Builder's Club as a Schedule B position for 2019-2020 school year.
-Board members approved a travel request for Economics students traveling to New York May 14-May 16.
-Board members then moved to go into closed session. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is set for June 10 at 7 p.m.

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