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September 21, 2019

8/26/2019 11:12:00 AM
Highland Board of Education sets annual meeting date, approves increased special education support
The Highland Board of Education met on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting where they set the annual meeting date for October 23, 2019. The other option was to wait until October 30, but the levies must be certified by the board by November 1, leaving a short turnaround time.
Additional special education support was approved. "We currently have three young men who require additional support beyond what our current special education staffing allows," explained Highland Schools Administrator Nancy Hendrickson. "One needs assistant to successfully participate in extra-curricular activities as well. We are considering hiring a UW-Platteville student to assist with the athletic practices but may need additional aide time for all students' academic/behavior support. These needs may decrease or increase as the school year actually gets rolling, but we want to get approval to move forward with more staff when and if needed for our special needs kids."
A 7 a.m. yearbook class was passed by the board as it will allow more students of all grade levels to participate in the class according to teacher Ashley Mathias. "Students would meet once a week as a group and then complete yearbook activities throughout the week for a least an additional hour. We would offer 0.5 credit for the full year," said Hendrickson. "We do a similar program for Jazz Band. Ashley's time would be covered by her current extended contract."
In other business:
-Second readings regarding the graduation requirements, student attendance, and bullying policies were approved. There were no changes made from last month's first reading of these.
-Gifts from McCon, Highland veterans were approved.
-A 4K open enrollment into the Highland School District was passed.
-Abbie Ramel was approved as the MS Student Council Advisor.
The next regular meeting for the Highland Board of Education is set for September 11, 2019 at 6 p.m.

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