Stevens Point Area School District Information

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    The Stevens Point Area Public School District has nine school board members.  Members are elected for a three-year term.  Citizens of the Stevens Point Area Public School District, 18 years of age or older may run for a board position.

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District School Board meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are held at Bliss Educational Services, 1900 Polk Street.  The agenda includes an opportunity for members of the public to address the Board.  Speakers have a maximum of three minutes to address the Board with their concerns, questions or suggestions.  The Board is always interested in hearing input from the community.

    • Communities served by the District:  Stevens Point, Plover, Junction City, Park Ridge, Whiting, Hull, Stockton, Carson, Linwood, Dewey, Eau Pleine, Sharon, Buena Vista, Milladore, Grant, and Sherry
    • Grade levels served: Pre-K -12
    • The number of square miles the District covers: 450 sq.mi.
    • The number of Schools:  18-4K Community Sites; 9-Elementary; 2-Junior High; 1-Middle; 1-High School; 1-Alternative High School; 1-Boston School Forest.

     

    Bliss Educational Center

  • July 9, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 7/10/2018

    Superintendent Presents to School Board

     

    Consent Agenda

    The Consent Agenda, including minutes, approval of the monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved by unanimous vote.

     

    Student Services

    School Boards are required by 120.12(13) of the state statutes to notify the parents/guardians of students enrolled in the school district of the student academic standards that will be in effect for the school year.  The board must annually include an item on the agenda of the first school board meeting of the school year (the first board meeting after July 1) that clearly identifies the student academic standards adopted by the board that will be in effect for the school year.

    Standards recommended for adoption for the 2018-2019 school year:

    • Wisconsin Academic Standards
    • Common Core State Standards
    • Next Generation Science Standards
    • College and Career Readiness Standards

    Passed unanimously.

     

    General

    At the June 25, 2018 meeting, the Board reviewed information on operations, deferred maintenance, and capital improvement.  The Board directed Administration to return with updated plans, that reflect the results of the Morris Leatherman survey.

     

    The administration updated the recommended projects with an approximate reduction of $7,000,000 to the overall scope.

    • Retention of the expansion to the cafeteria area at SPASH
    • Restoration of plans for separate gym and cafeteria areas at elementary school.
    • Elimination of the athletic facility at SPASH including the new two-court gym and locker rooms in the pool area.
    • Elimination of the Ben Franklin and PJ Jacobs cardio and weight rooms

    The updated plans include two questions for a referendum.

    • A resolution to exceed the revenue limit by $3,500,000 for recurring purposes
    • A resolution for authorizing general obligation bonds not to exceed $75,900,000

    This will include the recommendation that the District use approximately $3,000,000 of fund balance.

     

    The Board voted unanimously to move forward with posing these questions to the public November 4, 2018.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c)

     

    The next meeting of the school board will take place on August 13, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • June 25, 2018 Special School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 6/28/2018

     

    Leathermann Provide Survey Results to School Board

     

    Consent Agenda

    The Consent Agenda, including minutes, and employment recommendations were approved by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Business Services

    The District moved to establish 46 Restricted Fund balance accounts for the SPASH Ropes Course and the SPASH Parking lot.  The 46 Fund allows the district to set aside fees collected from outside groups using the ropes course for replacing and maintaining the SPASH Ropes course.  The net funds collected from student parking fees will be set aside for SPASH parking lot repairs. These motions were approved by unanimous voice vote.

     

    General

    The Morris Leatherman Company presented results of the Stevens Point Area survey conducted June 4 through June 15, 2018. View presentation.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c)

     

    The next meeting of the school board will take place on July 9, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

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  • June 11, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 6/12/2018

    The Stevens Point Area School Board held their Regular School Board Meeting on Monday, June 11, 2018. 

     

    Consent Agenda

    The Consent Agenda, including minutes, the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Business Services

    All school districts in Wisconsin are required to budget according to state statute 115.28(13).  The Board unanimously approved the preliminary 2018-2019 budget.  The preliminary budget allows the District to meet immediate expenses of operating and maintaining public instruction until the final budget is implemented in October.

     

    Student  Services

    Student services presented a restructuring plan to better address the needs of students and maximize resources. The need for additional resources in the schools to provide more support for our students has been a priority this year.

     

    2018-2019 PCHHS Agreement

    The School Health Service agreement with Portage County Health and Human Services was unanimously approved by the Board.  This Memorandum of Understanding provides nursing services for the schools.

     

    Human Resources

    2018-2019 SPAEA Ratification

    The Board ratified the 2018-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the District and SPAEA.

     

    General

    Superintendent Gerlach presented information on the Operations, Deferred Maintenance, and Capital Improvement Plan.  

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c)

    The next special meeting of the school board will take place June 25, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • May 14, 2018, School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 5/16/2018

    Pledge Leaders

    Thank you Madison Elementary Student Council members for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

    Chandonais Receives Mandana Bliss Award

     

    Congratulations to Jeff Chandonais, McDill Elementary and,  

     

    O'Conner Receives Mandana Bliss Award

     

    Dorothy O'Connor, Jefferson Elementary on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award. 

     

    See more photos from the School Board Recognition. 

     

    Consent Agenda

    The Consent Agenda, including minutes, the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Business Services

    The Board approved a short-term loan in the amount of $12,500 from the School District to purchase playground equipment for Plover-Whiting Elementary.  The expected payment date is December 2018.

     

    Educational Services

    The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provides parents the right to opt their children out of taking the state test if they feel it is not appropriate for their child. The DPI stipulates that this request must be in writing and honored at grades 4, 8 & 9-11. The School Board approved the written parent request of twenty-three students excusing them from state testing.

     

    2018-2019 Calendar Revisions

    The Board unanimously approved changes to the 2018-2019 Calendar to increase  Parent Teacher Conference time for elementary students in the Spring.

    • Change February 12, 2019; 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences to February 21, 2019 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
    • No School Day for Elementary students on February 25, 2019, Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM for all elementary schools.
    • The revised calendar is available online.

     

    Human Resources

    The Board approved the 2018-2019 Health and Dental insurance plan presented by insurance broker, M3.  For more information on the plan click here.

     

    The Board unanimously ratified the 2018-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the District and the Teamsters and the District and AFSCME.  Teamsters agreement | AFSCME agreement

     

    General

    Superintendent Gerlach presented information on the Operations, Deferred Maintenance, and Capital Improvement Plan.  

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c) and 19.85(1)e

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place June 11, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • April 9, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 4/11/2018

     

    Kennedy Elementary Students

    Thank you Kennedy Elementary Student Council members for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

    Splinter Receives Mandana Bliss Award

     Congratulations to teachers, Tricia Splinter, Washington Elementary, and

     

    Peeters Receives Mandana Bliss Award

    Lori Peeters, SPASH,  on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Steel King Receives Community Partner Award

    Steel King Industries was recognized for their donations of steel to our welding classes over the past 25+ years.  Their dedication of time and resource through job shadowing and Youth Apprenticeship has given our students many opportunities.

     

    Presentations
    Kathy Graham, School Nurse Coordinator, updated the School Board on the nursing services from Portage County Health and Human Services.  PCHHS and SPAPSD have worked together for more than 30 years. The contract has evolved from screening services to the current robust and comprehensive services provided to our students.

     

    Consent Agenda
    The Consent Agenda, including previous minutes, the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved.

     

    Business Services
    The Board approved submitting a letter of intent to the Department of Justice indicating interest in a School Safety Grant Award.  Act 143 was signed by Governor Walker on March 26 creating the Office of School Safety and a $100 million grant program for school safety costs.

     

    The Board unanimously approved the sale of the Emerson Property for $40,000 to the city of Stevens Point, pending final approval by the City.  The transfer includes a small portion of the property to “square out” the P J Jacobs lot. The $40,000 represents the portion of the cost to demolish Emerson School paid for by non-city residents.

     

    Educational Services
    The Elementary Instructional Day Increase Task Force presented an update on the 20-minute instructional day increase at the elementary level for the 2018-2019 school year.  To view the entire presentation click here.

     

    Brian Casey, Technology Director, updated the School Board on a proposal for a one to one Chromebook program at both Junior High Schools. For additional information an  FAQ  sheet on the proposal is available.  No action was taken, the presentation was information only at this time.

     

    Student Services
    The Board unanimously approved the preliminary 2018-2019 District-CESA-5 contract for services.  Each year, the District and CESA 5 contract for professional services for regular and special education staff and students.

     

    Human Resources
    The Board approved the 2018-2019 teacher contracts as presented, with the recommendation that liquidated damage amounts be increased as follows:

    June 16 through July 15: liquidated damages in the amount of $1000.00
    July 16 through August 15: liquidated damages in the amount of $1500.00
    August 16 and thereafter: liquidated damages in the amount of $2000.00

    Language has also been added that allows the District to deduct liquidated damages from any remaining paychecks.

     

     

    General Information
    The School Board currently has four standing committees.  The various committee agendas often have agenda items relevant to more than one department/committee. The Board discussed combining committees and agreed that at this time the four committees will continue to remain separate.  

     

    Closed Session
    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c)

     

    The next special meeting of the school board will take place April 16, 2018, Bliss Educational Services Center. The next regular meeting of the school board will take place April 23, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.


    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

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  • March 12, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 3/12/2018

     

    Pledge Leaders

     Thank you, Roosevelt Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee

     Congratulations to  Mrs. Cameryn Kwaterski, Point of Discovery School, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee

     Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Wietrzykowski, Bannach Elementary on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Charlie Award Winners

    Congratulations to Charles Fernandez students, Mackenzie Fox, Anna Rae Rathmann, Andrew Pirog, Victoria Cedes Krayecki and Morgan Woyak on being named recipients of the third annual "Charlie Awards."

     

    View more School Board Recognition Photos

     

    After the strategic planning committee developed focus areas or pillars, a continuous improvement cycle was implemented in an effort to create measurable, observable, and sustainable changes that denote progress in our focus areas. Directors shared brief reports of their department progress to the Board. 

     

    The consent agenda including February 12 School Board Meeting minutes, approval of the schedule of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved. 

     

    Educational Services

    School mental health continues to be an area of focus in an effort to support students and staff. Sara Totten, director of student services, provided an overview of actions taken since last year to further school mental health supports. 

     

    An interagency agreement was approved to allow the Stevens Point Area Public School District (SPAPSD) to disclose relevant pupil records to the Stevens Point City Attorney for matters involving pupil adjudication.

     

    A renewed and amended contract for a period of five years with Point of Discovery School was approved.  

     

    Policy 

    The board approved correspondence to the Governor and state representatives in support of legislation for enhanced school safety in Wisconsin, specifically SB 858. 

     

     

    Closed Session  

    The board voted to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(e).

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place April 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

     

     

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  • February 12, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 2/13/2018

    McDill Elementary Students after leading the Pledge of Allegiance

     

    Thank you McDill Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Administrators with Jerry Gargulak

     

    Congratulations to Jerry Gargulak, Student Outreach Coordinator and Homeless Liaison, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Gargulak Receives Mandana Bliss Award

     

    Gargulak has been with the District for 28 years and is described by his colleagues as an individual who leverages the trust he builds in his relationships to be able to compassionately and without judgment, help folks navigate the often scary world of mental health care, medical services, landlords and yes, sometimes, even school officials -- to establish and support ongoing, positive, cooperative, life-giving, and even life-saving, relationships.  

     


     

    The Consent Agenda, including previous minutes, the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved.

     

    Business Services
    The Board approved the 2018-2019 Student Fee Schedule.  There is no change in fees at the elementary level, and a few new course and fee changes at the secondary level and summer school.  The Board moved to approve the purchase of 10 Type C65-passenger buses from Mid-State Truck Service, Inc. at a principal cost not to exceed $650,850 and authorize administration to enter into a subsequent six-year lease to purchase. Bus Purchase Bid Evaluation Form

    Human Resources
    The Board employs all  District administrators with contracts per Wisconsin Statute 118.24.  This year there are ten administrator contracts ending on June 30, 2018.  The Board approved the administrator contracts as presented.

     

    Policy
    The District is currently working with Neola to update all district policies. An updated version of the 1000 Administrative Staff series was presented for approval by the School Board for implementation when all policy series have been reviewed and approved.

     

    Closed Session
    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(c) and 19.85(1)(e).

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place March 12, 2018, Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

     

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  • January 8, 2018 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 1/9/2018

    Washington Elementary Pledge Leaders

    Thank you, Washington Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.



    Ms. Skarsten, Mandana Bliss Award Winner

    Congratulations to Ms. Alicia Skarsten, P.J. Jacobs Social Studies Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.


    Ms. Gottlieb, Mandana Bliss Award Winner

    Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Gottlieb, Madison Elementary School Sixth Grade Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Ms. Leahy received her National Teacher Board Certification December, 2017

    Laura Leahy, P.J. Jacobs Junior High Math Teacher, was recognized by the Board for receiving her National Board Certification. This certification requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning while requiring the individual to exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. Congratulations on your accomplishment!

     

    View more photos from the School Board Recognitions.

     

    The Consent Agenda, including previous minutes, the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved.

     

    Educational Services

    The Board received a report from the Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education detailing the Wisconsin School Report Cards, specifically, the District and individual school results.

     

    The Youth and Course Options Report was approved as well as the Open Enrollment Space Determination for the 2018-19 School Year.

     

    Policy

    The Wisconsin Association of School Boards 2018 Resolutions were shared and reviewed following review at the January Policy and Legislation Committee.

     

    The district is currently working with Neola to update all district policies. An updated version of the 3000 Professional Staff series was presented for review and eventual approval by the School Board for implementation when all policy series have been reviewed and approved.

     

    General

    An update was provided by Board Member, Judy Rannow, on the work of the Communication Committee focused on board roles relative to communication.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(e).

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place February 12, 2018, Bliss Educational Services Center.


    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

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  • December 11, 2017 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area School District on 12/12/2017


    Bannach Pledge Leaders

    Thank you Bannach Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


    Ms. Jean Murrow receives Mandana Bliss Award
    Congratulations to Ms. Jean Murrow, Plover-Whiting Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Infographic

    School Accountability Report Card data was released in late November. Overall, the District Report Card improved from an overall score of 71.3 (Meets Expectations) to 74.7 (Exceeds Expectations). Both priority areas of district growth and closing achievement gaps in both English Language Arts and Math increased by 12.3 and 4.4 points respectively. All four secondary schools exceeded the state average in English Language Arts achievement. Every elementary school in the district increased its overall score from the previous year with five schools increasing their overall accountability rating. Report card data is available on the district website.

     

    Representatives from the United Way provided a presentation and update on the Born Learning partnership with the district and the LIFE Report.

     

    Business Services
    The Board approved the 2016-17 Annual Financial Report (Financial Statement | Management Communications).

     

    Approval was granted to designate 3 acres on the Madison School Elementary site as a School Forest. This designation allows the district to attain the services of a state forester to properly manage the woods, acquire saplings as needed, and other benefits. (Madison School Forest Resolution | Madison School Forest)

     

    Approximately 10 acres on the west end and 1 acre on the southeast wooded corner of the Point of Discovery School parcel were also granted approval for designation as a School Forest. (PoDS School Forest Resolution | PoDS School Forest)

     

    During the passage of the state biennial budget, the governor used the line item veto to render the energy exemption, provided in the revenue limit statute, invalid after December 31, 2017. That veto action forces Wisconsin school districts to take immediate action in order to make use of that valuable financial tool before the end of the calendar year. The cost of this work is structured to continue current funding levels. A conservative financing plan puts levy rate impact of 10 to 20 cents a year on a $100,000 home, with the possibility of no impact whatsoever. A resolution was approved selecting qualified provider of energy conservation and facility improvement measures and providing for the authorization to enter into a performance contract with Nexus Solutions was approved by the School Board.

     

    The School Board approved the resolution awarding the sale of $25,600,000 general obligation school improvement bonds, series 2017.

     

    Finally, the School Board approved a resolution to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis.



    Policy

    The district is currently working with Neola to update all district policies. The 3000 series was presented for review and eventual approval by the School Board for implementation when all policy series have been reviewed and approved.

     

    General

    A change in the January committee meeting schedule was made to accommodate the New Year’s Day holiday. Human Resources and Educational Services committee will be moved to January 3, 2018. No change will be made to Business Services and Policy committee schedules.



    Closed Session
    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(c).

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place January 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.


    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

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  • November 13, 2017 School Board Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/14/2017

    Pledge Leaders

    Thank you Jefferson Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.




    Mandana Bliss Award Winner Holly Busse

    Congratulations to Mrs. Busse, McKinley Elementary Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.



    Ed Week Play Image
    American Education Week November 13 - 17. Thank you to each of the members of our school community, students, staff, volunteers and community partners, for your unique contributions to our team and for the difference you are making for students.

     

    The consent agenda items including minutes, the approval of monthly bills and personnel recommendations were approved.

     

    Business Services 

    The Board approved the 2018-2019 Budget Calendar Calendar and the building (Building Per Pupil Allocations of $1,776,067)  and department allocations ($5,565,374) to provide the expenditure framework for principals and department heads.  

     

    Educational Services 

    The 2018-19 School District Calendar and draft 2019-2020 School District Calendar were approved by the board.

     

    Several recommendations were made, and approved, to secondary courses including revisions, new courses, and replacement courses. Changes included; AP Computer Science, IT Computer Skills, Game Design, Intro to Computer Science, Essential Concepts for Health and Wellness, Food Science 1, Food Science 2, Extended Algebra 2 Year 1, Extended Algebra 2 Year 2, Intro to Diversity Studies, Building Construction.

     

    Closed Session

     

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(f).

     

    You can access the agenda and materials or watch the entirety of the meeting online.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place December 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.

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