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September 21, 2019

8/16/2019 2:15:00 PM
Groundbreaking, annual meeting dates set by Dodgeville school board

The Dodgeville school board were reminded of two dates that will impact the district community.
The dates are September 4 and September 23.
September 4 school board and others will place new shovels on the ground and dig the first shovelsful for the new auditorium and gymnasium. That project was approved by voters in the last referendum election and has been supplemented by an ambitious fundraising venture. The event takes place at the high school at 4 p.m. and the public is invited. Bid opening for the project was to have taken place Wednesday.
During discussion about the groundbreaking it was noted that fundraising is ongoing and can be done by contacting the school, Terry Edwards or Jeff Grayson.
September 23 will be the date the budget for the next school year will be introduced and explained to the community. That meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
Budget work has been ongoing with administration and the school board finance committee. The budget will be published in The Dodgeville Chronicle prior to the meeting.
In other matters the board approved four exchange students who will be attending DHS for the full school year. They are part of two different programs, one which has worked with the district before. Host families for the students have been approved.
The students are from Germany, Italy, France and Thailand.
The board approved a plan that will help students stay on course to graduate. The requirements will be to have seven credits heading into the sophomore year, 14 for juniors and 20 to graduate. Both staff and students will be involved in meeting those numbers and Assistant principal Ryan Bohnsack emphasized that resources are always available to help.
Bohnsack said juniors could be affected as one proposal is to only allow students to attend prom if they are on line with their credits.
A combined fall sports meeting was very well attended, according to principals and athletic director Joey Martin. This was the first year middle school athletes were included in the meeting. Middle school principal Sally Baxter the students were reminded what it means to be able to wear the Dodger D on their chest.
The board later gave unanimous approval to the grade level policy which can be done after two readings to have it in the handbooks and web page.
Four overnight student travel requests were approved with the most ambitious being a week long spring break trip to Alabama March 20-28 for the softball team. The team made the same trip last year and played five games at the varsity level along with two at sub-varsity.
Another was for the girls basketball team to travel to Stevens Point for the Century Classic over the holiday break, starting December 26.
The annual Bi-State Classic wrestling trip was also approved which starts December 27.
The last was a request from Laura Kulsinski for Key Club members to attend an overnight leadership conference at Camp Wawbeek near Wisconsin Dells September 13-15. The conference is called Key Leaders and she will be taking two to four students.
All trips were approved.
Martin informed the board of some coaching positions that have been filled. Kylie Moneypenny and Tara Brom will coach seventh grade girls volleyball and Kristi Bramlett eight grade girls volleyball along with Renee Weber. Austin Larson vacated an assistant football coach position which will now be filled by James Dower.
Student and employee handbooks were discussed and approved with some minor tweaks. Items undergoing change included sick leave buy-backs and including the new insurance agreement.
In other business the board:
-learned there will be a cookout for new staff at Centennial Park at 5 p.m. August 27 and the staff breakfast wilt be at 7 a.m. August 28.
-discussed the Rocket Club which is in limbo with the change in the tech ed department but it will be on schedule B when finalized.
-heard a report from Bohnsack on summer staff curriculum work.
-learned there has been over 50 sign ups for the middle school Spanish offering.
-discussed the need for an addition to the maintenance department with the new addition which will be included in the new budget.
-approved a final reading on admissions of International Exchange Students which went through two readings last year and needed a third.
-heard reports that the athletic field project is going well, and thanked Midwest Construction and the Wong family for their donations to the project. They also heard that the paving project at the middle school has been completed and looks good.

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