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August 24, 2019

7/22/2019 1:05:00 PM
Code of Conduct discussed for both Dodgeville Middle and High school levels
At Monday's Dodgeville School Board meeting, one major conversation topic revolved around code of conduct being handled at both the Middle and High School levels.
Board member Mike Knoedler informed other board members that the curricular/co-curricular committee discussed a middle school code of conduct for extra-curricular activities. The model discussed was very much based on the high school model that was created about a year ago. Issues discussed were what penalties would be for violations, and to keep both parents and coaches involved throughout the process should a violation arise.
"Part of the situation is a little bit of wishful thinking that things would be naively simple and middle school is not as easy as it used to be," Knoedler said. "Students will have to be aware of, and then live up to the concept that there is a code of conduct."
Board member Jessica Wieczorek added the committee also talked about middle school being a time when kids do make mistakes and acknowledging that, they should get second chances and having a redemptive quality to the consequences. The code of conduct is a work in progress at this point.
Board member Dennis Polglaze said the Policy committee met and had discussions about the school fee schedule contained within a proposed policy presented by Dodgeville Administrator Jeff Jacobson.
The Finance committee met prior to the regularly scheduled board meeting. Board member Tom McGraw informed board members that they reviewed bills and there was a recommendation to Fund 46 transfer of $500,000 from Fund 46, which will bring the total to around $650,000. Funds will not be able to be drawn on for two more years. There was also discussion on compensation packages, which was presented to board members. The committee looked at schools in the surrounding area and it was learned that the district is near the bottom in several categories.
While the Buildings and Grounds Committee did not meet this month, Jeff Jacobson informed board members that the last slab of concrete will be poured on Tuesday, which will start the next part of the athletic field construction process. He informed board members that things can move forward, even if the pilers are not put in place.
In other Dodgeville School Board Business:
-Board members approved the following resignations: Will Hodgson, Technology Education Instructor; Shelby Meints, elementary teacher; Allison Swenson, elementary teacher; and Kelsie Geissbuhler, elementary teacher.
-Board members approved the following hirings, all contingent on successful background checks: Samantha Arniston as an elementary teacher; Patrick Wengelewski as a mathematics teacher; Jenna Thuli as an elementary teacher; Amanda Hahn as a special education teacher; McKenna Luepker as an elementary teacher; Scott Marty, elementary principal; Brianna Capesius as a school counselor; Heather Langkamp as a special education teacher; and Kari DeClerk as a special education teacher.
-Board members approved fall coaching assignments as presented to them.
-Board members approved the curriculum standards for the 2018-19 school year.
-Board members approved the Educational Options publication as presented.
-Board members approved compensation proposals as presented for all staff categories.-Board members approved the membership of Dodgeville High School in the WIAA for the 2019-20 school year.
-Board members approved to transfer $500,000 to Fund 46 for future facilities needs.
Next regularly scheduled meeting is on the calendar for Monday August 12.

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