August 25, 2023 at 9:40 a.m.

Dodgeville School District approves retirement, hires

The Dodgeville School District  will be replacing its head of food services, the Dodgeville School Board learned Monday.

Chris Lindner, who has served as Food Service Director the past 15 years announced her retirement effective December 1.  The board approved her request.

Others who are leaving the district are paraprofessionals Josh Busch and Lara Pawelski, DHS math teacher Rob Matthews and seventh grade volleyball coach Sandra Fengnolia.

Recommended for employment from the administration are Jen Schaaf as Food Service Director, McKenna Luepker for seventh grade volleyball, Tyrus Olson for seventh grade football, Karen Weber as SPEC paraprofessional and Taylor Profitt as fall cheer assistant coach.

Volunteers for seventh grade football are Ryan Bohnsack and Brad Godfrey.

Under acknowledgments Superintendent Paul Weber mentioned:

-Custodial, building and grounds and the  administrative  team  for their preparation when teachers return August  22.

-Summer school professional, support staff and other helpers who helped make sumer school successful. Numbers are being compiled but all signs point to a very successful summer school.

The board learned the Elementary School entrance project is on schedule.  A walk through is scheduled for next week and the next board meeting may be held at that location.

Sierra Davenport gave the student representative report.  She said  when it comes to Homecoming activities it is hoped to involve the entire community.  She talked about events held during the summer and the start of fall sports.

The Curricular/Co-Curricular committee reported on their meeting.  Highlights were:

-Textbooks for World History (freshmen) and US History (sophomores) were discussed by the department.  It was decided to order for classroom use plus PDFs for student computers.  Cost for the books will be over $20,000.  It was noted the books have been ordered.

The committee heard the other history classes have more current books.

-Greg Allemen gave the committee a math update on how the  new math process is going.

-Activities Director Joey Martin told the committee that all fall activities are off to a good start.

-Principal Ryan Bohnsack gave the committee an update and health course update on how to handle the requirement.  All students must take a health course and Bohnsack suggests offering a four year course through Dodger Core where a portfolio would be  used with the health course as an ongoing process.

The committee discussed an AP Environmental Science offering.

The board approved several policies and gave their OK to the handbooks with minor changes.

Bohnsack told the board there will be three foreign students attending this school year.   There are two from Spain and one from Norway.  Another student is expected at semester.

The students will be hosted by neighbors - the Bradley family, the Glynns and the Adlers.

The board learned the annual meeting will be held before the October  board meeting.

In closed session the board finalized questions and set timelines to interview candidates for the District Administrator position as Weber heads toward his announced retirement.