Stevens Point Area School District Information

  • School Board

     

    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

  • December 10, 2018 School Board Highlights

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

    The Stevens Point Area School Board held their Regular School Board Meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018.

     

    Kennedy Students led the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

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

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee

     

    Congratulations to Tammy Tautges, McKinley Elementary and

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee

     

    Beth Slowinski, Kennedy Elementary on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Consent Agenda

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

     

    Business Services

    An annual independent audit conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Principles (GAAP) is required of all Wisconsin school districts. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) sets accounting standards and auditors follow Wisconsin Single Audit Guidelines. The District audit is annually reported to the Board and filed with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, federal depositories in compliance with continuing disclosure requirements, financial institutions, and bonding companies. The 17-18 Annual Financial Report was approved as presented by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Now is the time when the Board sets budget limits for school buildings, via per pupil allocations (PPA), and budget limits for departments or specialized programs. Following Board action, each school building principal begins the budget building process and must adhere to limits established by the Board. A review of projected vendor rate increases conducted by our purchasing agent identified that expected supply costs next year will increase 4% and paper, furniture, and equipment costs may increase by 3% to 27%. Staples reports an estimated 3% increase. A 1% increase was recommended.

    Building PPA and Department/Program Allocations were approved as presented by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Educational Services

    Teachers in the Stevens Point Area Public School District consistently seek educational enrichment opportunities for their students. One such opportunity is international student travel that adds authenticity and depth to the curriculum and to student learning.

    The school district partners with Education First Educational Tours to help provide students with these international trips. Education First creates global education programs that blend classroom and experiential learning for students through a safe and high-impact travel itinerary. The coordinating teacher chaperones have prior experience in organizing and facilitating international trips. The international student trips were approved as presented by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Technology

    The SPASH technical education department and music department use Apple computers to deliver instruction in Video and Music Production. The software used for the video production class, Final Cut Pro, is designed to work only with Apple computers. Software used for the music department, Garage band, is also exclusive to Apple. The Apple computers at SPASH have become obsolete and must be replaced. Technology Services received pricing and lease options from Apple computer in 2017 and again in 2018. The recent approval of the referendum and the corresponding technology funding will enable this purchase to occur. The lease was approved as presented by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Human Resources

    The District’s dental plan is self-funded with two dental insurance options.  Due to bargaining over the years, employee premium costs currently vary based on job classification and hours worked.  The District contributes 87.4% toward the premium for single and family coverage for full-time employees, other than the Custodian and Teamster (non-driver) group, in which the District pays 87.4% toward single coverage and 80% toward family coverage. The dental benefit is not offered to Educational Assistants and Food Service staff at this time.  The District has worked with M3 brokerage services to research the cost associated with adding these two groups of employees to the plan. The Board approved offering dental insurance benefits to Educational Assistants and Food Service staff who regularly work a minimum of 30 hours per week, effective February 1, 2018, by unanimous voice vote.

     

    General

    The Board accepted the District School Safety and Security Report 2018 and authorized submission to the Office of School Safety by January 1, 2019.

     

    Michael Wade was appointed as the WASB Delegate/Legislative Liaison.

     

    Closed Session

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

     

    The board came back into open session and accepted the resignation of school district Administrator Scott Huff by unanimous voice vote.

     

    The next meeting of the school board will take place January 14, 2019, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • November 12, 2018 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/13/2018

    PW Pledge Leaders

    Thank you to Plover-Whiting Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Presentations

    WRA Presenters

     

    SPASH Students, Mazie Maluka, and Kristin Soucek, with one of their Wisconsin River Academy (WRA) instructors, Glen Reindl, presented information on their recent work in the community. WRA is an environmental, experiential program at SPASH in operation since 2003.  Students attend hours 6 – 8, for a year and earn credits in Social Studies, Science and Physical Education.  Juniors and seniors who have passed Biology are eligible to enroll. The average class is 60 -65 students a year.  Class time is split 50/50 between outdoors and in the class.

     

    In the fall of 2017, WRA staff applied for Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin environmental grant.  The goal was to clean up areas of invasive species within the community. Previously WRA had worked with Golden Sands RC & D in clean up efforts of buckthorn and Japanese barberry.  However, WRA wanted to expand its impact so applied for a $5200 grant to train, equip and transport WRA students and other students to train in the removal of invasive species.

    Through the CFCWI grant, the WRA was able to purchase equipment to set up students for removal of numerous types of invasive species for the extended future.   



    Consent Agenda

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

     

    Business Services

    Unanimous approval was given to approve Move to approve the Investment Policy Statement for the Wisconsin OPEB Trust, dated November 12, 2018, and continue with Wisconsin OPEB Model 1 option. Als approved was the RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE ADOPTION OF THE WISCONSIN OPEB TRUST AGREEMENT as amended, the WISCONSIN OPEB TRUST AGREEMENT as amended, and the Single Advisory Contract between Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and Stevens Point Area Public School District as amended.

     

    The 2019-20 Budget Calendar was approved by unanimous voice vote.

     

    Educational Services

    Recommendations for secondary course approvals were made and approved by unanimous voice vote.

    Changes included:

     

    Department

    Course

    Description of Change

    Computer Science

    Foundations of Computer Science

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Information Technology 8

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Computer Science 9-12

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Computer Programming 9

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    English

    English 9

    Course Name Change

    English 10

    Course Name Change

    English 10 Foundations

    Course Name Change

    Family and Consumer Science

    Food Science 1-2

    Curriculum/Credit Revision

    Math

    Extended Algebra 1 Year 1

    Course Name Change

    Extended Algebra 1 Year 2

    Course Name Change

    Intermediate Algebra 2

    Course Name Change

    Reading

    Academic Literacy

    Course Name Change

    Science

    Biology - Macro

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Biology - Micro

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Advanced Topics in Chemistry

    Course Name Change
    Curriculum Revision

    Technology Education

    Construction Fundamentals

    Course Name Change Curriculum/Credit Revision

     

    Feedback from staff and families have determined there is not enough time between the end of the school year and the start of summer school based on the current calendar. A recommendation to change the start of summer school from June 10, 2019, to June 17, 2019, was approved.

     

    Changes to the 2019-20 calendar were recommended to committee for further discussion and review.

     

    SPASH Principal, Jon Vollendorf, provided an update on the SPASH Daily Schedule Team’s work. The SPASH Daily Schedule Team recommended and has been working to implement a flex mod schedule.  However, after careful consideration, they have decided that they will not be pursuing a flex schedule and will be moving in a different direction.  This project has been a valuable learning experience and right now the flex schedule solution has created too many unknowns, questions, and other problems that they feel outweigh the potential benefits. They will, however, continue the schedule project and actively work on addressing the aforementioned problems.

     

    The purpose of this update and presentation was to review their work to date and to update the committee on their revised goals and strategies for this year.

     

    Summer School recommendations were approved as presented.

     

    General

    Superintendent Gerlach reviewed the outcome of the two school referenda questions that were on the November 6 ballot.

    The next meeting of the school board will take place on December 10, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • October 8, 2018 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/9/2018

    McKinley Pledge Leaders

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

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

    Bannach Staff

    Congratulations to Bannach Elementary Staff on being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School!

    Mandana Bliss Award Recipient

    Congratulations to Heather Wayerski, 

    Mandana Bliss Award Recipient

    and Renee Matuszewski, Roosevelt Elementary, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

    Community recognition - Eagle Tree Care

    The Boston School Forest recognized John Thieme and his crew at Eagle Tree Care LLC are being recognized by the Boston School Forest. For the past 2 years, John and his crew have donated over 50 hours of arborist expertise, labor, equipment, and hauling to keep the trails and buildings at BSF safe for students.

    His in-kind donation totals more than $11,000! John has expertly taken down trees near buildings, removed hanging branches from over trails, chipped acres of brush left behind by the timber harvest, hauled in many truckloads of wood chips for our trails, and even hosted an activity station at the Earth Day Celebration giving kids an opportunity to climb 50 feet up a white pine tree!

    Community Recognition - Cooper's BP Stores

    The District also recognized Cooper Oil Company for their "Fuel Our Schools" program which started in August of 2017.  Cooper Oil is donating 2 cents of every gallon pumped at the designated "Fuel Our Schools" pumps to the Stevens Point Area School District Elementary Schools. In one year, the program has generated over $11,000 to support and provide access to technology in elementary schools.

    Thank you for your continued support of the students and families in the Stevens Point Area School District!

     

    Consent Agenda

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

     

    Educational Services

    Members of the Academic Career Planning leadership team presented a summary of the work that has been completed as we enter full implementation, 6-12, of Academic and Career Planning.

     

    The 2017 State Budget Act resulted in significant changes to the Youth/Course Options program, effective for the 2018-19 school year. Under youth and course options, a student does not pay for a college course if the school district determines the course qualifies for high school credit and is not comparable to a course already offered in the school district.  If approved by the district, the student can receive both high school and technical college/university credit upon successful completion of the course. A student who successfully completes his/her high school graduation requirements earns a high school diploma regardless of whether the requirements were met while attending a high school or college. In the 2017-18 school year students earned over $229K in dual enrolled credits.

     

    The 2018 Summer School Report was provided by Jen Melville and Cindy Solinsky, Summer School Coordinators. Overall summer school experienced an increase in enrollment of 39% with the largest portion of enrollment growth taking place at the 3rd - 6th-grade intermediate site.

     

    Based on the experience with the expansion of the 2018 Summer School Program, observations, and discussions/feedback from students, parents, and staff, the recommendation to approve the 2019 Summer School Plan was approved.

     

    The Point of Discovery contract revision was approved as presented.

     

    Student Services

    Memorandums of Understanding with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, New Directions Counseling (Elementary, Secondary), Focusing on Success and Advocate Psychotherapy Services were approved as presented.

     

    Policy

    The 8000 Series, Operations Policy, and 7000 Series Property Policy were reviewed and approved as presented.

     

    General

    Superintendent Gerlach reviewed goals for the information effort for the November 2018 Referendum.

     

    The next meeting of the school board will take place on October 22, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • September 10, 2018 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/19/2018

    Madison Cadets Lead the Pledge

    Thank you to Madison Elementary Cadets for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

    Stuettgen Receives Mandana Bliss Award

     

    Congratulations to Jami Stuettgen, McDill Elementary, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

    Consent Agenda

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

     

    Educational Services

    Update on the School Administrators Institute for Transformational Leadership (SAIL) initiative was presented to the Board.  This is the District’s second year of SAIL.

     

    The School Board also received information on PoDS’ two-year implementation grant, totaling $550,000, from the Wisconsin Charter School Program grant competition.  The funds from this grant will be used to enhance the instruction provided to the students of Point of Discovery School, thereby directly impacting student achievement.

     

    Student Services

    The School Board approved the Interagency Agreement with Portage County Health and Human Services (PCHHS).  The agreement facilitates the exchange of appropriate information and has been beneficial for both parties.

     

    Technology

    Brian Casey updated the School Board on the District Safety and Security Committee and the finalized applications for two rounds of safety and security grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

     

    General

    Superintendent Gerlach reviewed goals for the information effort plan, types of communication and messaging for the November 2018 Referendum.

    The next meeting of the school board will take place on October 8, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

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  • August 13, 2018, School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 8/14/2018

    The board held their regular August School Board meeting on August 14, 2018.

     

    Consent Agenda

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

     

    Employment Recommendations
    Recommendations for employment were approved by a unanimous voice vote.

     

    Business Services
    A revision to the 2017-18 was approved by roll call vote;  6- yay; 0 - nay.

     

    Educational Services Committee

    Connie Negaard, Director of Secondary Education and Cory Hirsbrunner, Director of Elementary Education presented an update on Professional Development provided by the District highlighting the opportunity for personalized and specialized professional development will be attained through the additional fifteen hours of professional development each year.

     

    Cory Hirsbrunner, Director of Elementary Education, provided information on the Reading Recovery Consortium requesting approval for the District to participate in the Northcentral Wisconsin reading Recovery Consortium. Reading Recovery is a is a thoroughly researched and proven early literacy intervention for the lowest-achieving first graders. Funds have been budgeted for an approved by DPI through ESSA/Title II Grant to utilize Title II funds for this initiative. The request was approved by a unanimous voice vote.


    Policy

    The 5000 Series of School Board Policy, Student Policy was reviewed and approved for adoption by unanimous voice vote following approval of all policies.

     

    General

    A summary of the School Perceptions Climate Survey was provided to the School Board.

     

    An update on referendum communication and the School Board’s role was presented.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place on September 10, 2018, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

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  • 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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