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October 17, 2019

9/23/2019 10:47:00 AM
Enrollment up slightly for Barneveld school district

When the open enrollment options were totaled so far this year the Barneveld school district is on the plus side.
District Administrator Brett Stousland told the Barneveld school board Wednesday that thee are 59 students opting in and 30 opting out. The district will receive $135,000 for those opting in when it comes to state aide.
Stousland said enrollment is a little up this year with a total of 454 students. In response to questions he said the high school enrollment is at 133 and the 4K at 29.
The board completed their staffing needs by approving contracts for Erin Poad, Marinelly Perez-Lippincott and Lexis McNamer. Poad will be an instructional aide, Perez-Lippincott will work in food service and McNamer will work with a student with health needs and also supervise the weight room after school for grades 8-12. Nate Wood will supervise the weight room for younger students two days a week.
The meeting started on a high note when the board received a check from the Barneveld Masonic Lodge along with some compliments.
Bob Johnson, who presented a check for $930.06 from proceeds from a fundraiser that was matched by the Wisconsin Masons Foundation, said this was his first time in the new addition to the school and he was very impressed.
"I can seen the tax dollars have been doing good work," he said. "This is good for the whole community. You are to be commended."
The funds the Masons raised came from a breakfast they sponsored and they held a similar event in Hollandale with funds going to Pecatonica. The Masons serve both areas jointly.
The Masons ask that the funds be used for alcohol and drug awareness programs in the two districts.
During his reports, Stousland said that funds from a grant from the Department of Justice have been used for safety upgrades in the district. He said the district is able to qualify for two grants as they qualify as two schools.
Stousland said plans are to apply for the grants again next time they are available.
He also told the board that the new teachers on staff are working out very well.
As for construction updates Stousland told the board the choir is in their space and the band can use their area but will have to move while the flooring is being completed. He said other areas are being completed and will be ready when classes will need them.
He also told the board the water issue between a wall serving the old and new area is still being worked on and the contractor said they will work on it until the problem is solved.
The siding is almost complete and landscaping will be finished soon, Stousland told the board.
Principal Erin Eslinger told the board plans are in place to start and "Honors Breakfast" for grades 6-12 for those who accumulate awards and those who receive recognition from teachers.
"This is designed to honor those who go above and beyond," she said.
She said the breakfast will take place at 8:15 a.m. three times a year.
Eslinger also said the PE assessment is being completed and that students will travel to Mineral Point October 16 to hear a presentation from an addict that comes highly recommended for students to hear.

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