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October 17, 2019

9/27/2019 11:11:00 AM
Administrative transition plan approved by Highland board

The Highland school board adopted a plan at their Wednesday night meeting for life after District Administrator Nancy Hendrickson.
Hendrickson announced to the board last year this would be her last leading the Highland district. The board endorsed the district administrator replacement process as presented.
Included in the plan is looking for someone to fill the position on a 60% part-time basis or full-time depending on what the board decides. The plan suggests posting the position on WECA and the Wisconsin School Leadership Center.
The plan suggests posting the position by October 22 with applications due November 22. Applicants would then be screened and interviewed the week of December 16 with the selected candidate transitioned in by June 30.
There would be screener team and interview team or teams established. The board and administration would handle reference checks and second interviews.
In further business Hendrickson presented the board with the 2020 budget for endorsement. The budget will be published and presented to the electorate at 6 p.m. October 23 at the annual budget meeting and hearing at the hs/ms library.
Hendrickson said the budget is a balanced budget which means expenditures and revenues match. She said the budget is helped by more students coming in than going out and the fact more money is coming in from the state. She added that included in the budget is an upgrade in technology and adding a special education aide.
The board is anticipating purchasing two acres adjoining the campus and is currently in negotiations with the owner. She said the potential land purchase is not included in the budget figures.
She also said she anticipates the state will have final figures for the district by October 15 so the presented budget at the annual meeting should be complete.
"This is a good budget," she said.
The board then voted to give their endorsement of the budget as presented.
Also approved was an agreement with Riverdale school district for shared services for speech therapy.
The board discussed the annual meeting agenda for October 23 and gave it their approval. Included will be a resolution to purchase land for the district. The land being considered was discussed in closed session with no action taken.
The board received an alternate open enrollment request for a student from the Dodgeville district and gave it their approval.
Also approved was the NEOLA contract which advises and keeps schools updated on needed policies and policy review.
The board approved 19 major fundraisers and 11 minor fundraisers for various projects, equipment, tournaments, trips, yearbook, prom, etc.
Major fundraisers are out of school projects and sales. Minor fundraisers are in school sales such as concessions stands, stores, etc.

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