Stevens Point Area School District Information
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.
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January 8, 2018 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 1/9/2018
Thank you, Washington Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congratulations to Ms. Alicia Skarsten, P.J. Jacobs Social Studies Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
Congratulations to Ms. Rachel Gottlieb, Madison Elementary School Sixth Grade Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
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.
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.
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.
An update was provided by Board Member, Judy Rannow, on the work of the Communication Committee focused on board roles relative to communication.
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.
December 11, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area School District on 12/12/2017
Thank you Bannach Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congratulations to Ms. Jean Murrow, Plover-Whiting Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/14/2017
Thank you Jefferson Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congratulations to Mrs. Busse, McKinley Elementary Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
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.
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.
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.
The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(f).
The next regular meeting of the school board will take place December 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.
October 23, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/24/2017
The board approved the 2017-2018 Budget for expenditures of all funds at $101,646,659 and revenues for all funds at $100,105,471.
The board approved and set the 2017-2018 levy at $32,750,578
The board received information on district needs that Nexus Solutions has identified in the past few months. Nexus has gone through all facilities identifying facility and maintenance issues.
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.
See the Nexus presentation here.
Nexus and administration provides the board with the means to address a significant amount of maintenance repair and replacement while the opportunity to do so remains. The cost of this work is structured to continue current funding levels. A conservative financing plan puts levy rate impact at 10 to 20 cents a year on a $100,000 home, with the possibility of no impact whatsoever.
The board approved the Initial Resolution authorizing general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $25,600,000 and calling a public hearing in connection therewith.
The board approved the update to Employee Handbook Policy 4.05 Emergency School closings to clarify work requirements for employee groups on emergency school closing days.
Policy and Legislation
The board approved a Resolution in Support of the Wisconsin Voucher Taxpayer Transparency Bill (Assembly Bill 267 and Senate Bill 183)
The board approved an exemption to board policy 811.4 that requires a citizen member to reside in the school district. The board appointed Fred Hebbelwhite a citizen member to the Policy and Legislation committee.
October 9, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/12/2017
Thank you to Plover-Whiting Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Congratulations to Mr. Jonas, Kennedy Elementary Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
Congratulations to Mrs. Vrieze, Ben Franklin Junior High Teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.
National School Lunch Week October 9 - 13. Thank you to school nutrition staff and our food service department for providing a nutritious, well-balanced school lunch to the health, well-being, and education of our students.
School Board Week was recognized October 1 - 7. Thank you to our dedicated school board members for the impact and difference you make to our students, schools, and community.
The consent agenda including the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved as presented. Minutes will be updated and presented at the next board meeting for approval.
The board approved the replacement of the high and low ROPES courses, a key component to the Adventure Education curriculum at SPASH. The outdoor classroom site was constructed about 30 years ago and over that period roughly 21,000 students have experienced the unique challenges and experiences only available through such an offering.
The board received information on a recent line-item veto by Governor Walker that will eliminate the Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Adjustment (Act 32). The district is currently working with Nexus on a facility study which includes several preventative maintenance/energy efficiency recommendations. The loss of the Act 32 option limits the availability of funding options for districts related to facility improvements. More information will be provided at the October 23 meeting.
The summer school report was given by Steven Prokop, Secondary Summer School Coordinator 2017. Highlights of the report included a 27% increase in enrollment, with the biggest portion of the increase attributed to a 118% increase in summer swim enrollment. Enrollment was also up at SPASH with the addition of Environmental Science and Music Theory classes, and in music programs overall with the addition of elementary and intermediate Choir Camps.
Recommendations for the 2018 Summer School Program were approved as presented.
Approval to participate in the Northcentral Wisconsin Reading Recovery Consortium was approved as presented.
Policy and Legislation
The District is currently working with Neola to update all District policies. The board approved the 6000 Finance Section as presented, to be implemented once all policies have been approved.
The school board will hold a special board meeting October 23, 2017, at Bliss Services Educational Center to include a budget hearing at 6:00 p.m. followed by a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. to review and take action on the 2017-18 school year budget.
The next regular meeting of the school board will take place November 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.
September 11, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/12/2017 3:00:00 PM
Thank you to McKinley Center Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Consent agenda Highlights
The consent agenda passed by unanimous voice vote.
The board approved by unanimous voice vote designating 5.2 acres of wooded area at the McDill Elementary School site as the McDill 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.
Sara Totten, director of student services, presented the 16-17 Pupil Nondiscrimination Report providing a brief overview of our district and recommendation for moving forward.
Totten also presented the Memorandum of Understanding between the District and Portage County Health and Human Services, which was approved by the board by unanimous voice vote.
Beth Bakunowicz, director of human resources, presented a recommendation to create and fill a full-time, year round regular benefits specialist position to replace the current interim benefit specialist position. This position will allow the department to move from ‘personnel’ type work only (processing paperwork and compliance activities) to addressing the development of more efficient systems and processes, and talent management activities such as recruiting, employee engagement, succession planning, etc. The board approved the creation of a regular Benefits Specialist Position by unanimous voice vote.
Brian Casey, director of technology, presented a recommendation to approve a new job description, employment status and pay range for the auxiliary IT support position. This position supports the 1:1 Laptop help centers in the secondary schools and assist in the collection and distribution of laptops. The positions are funded by the Sentry Technology Initiative and Technology Services extra time budget. The board approved the new job description for the Auxillary IT Support Position by unanimous voice vote.
The district is currently working to update all board policies. The 0000 Bylaws section of policies was presented with a recommendation for approval. These policies were approved with amendments to policies 164.1, 167.5 , 167.6 and 167.3 by the board. Implementation of these policies will occur when all policy updates are completed.
The board also presented recommended changes to the 6000 Finance section of policies. Members have an opportunity to review these recommendations before consideration for approval at a later meeting.
The Board voted by unanimous voice vote to move into Closed Session at 7:50 p.m per state statute 19.85(1)(e)
The next regular meeting of the school board will take place October 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m., Bliss Educational Services Center.
August 14, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 8/16/2017
Staff and Student Recognition
Congratulations to students working with Art Greco (Ben Franklin). They raised $10,000 in one day for the 9/11 Memorial in Plover. See media coverage on their efforts and success.
WASB Legislative Update
The State budget has not yet been passed. Signals suggest mid-September is the current goal. WASB Delegate Assembly will meet in January. It is not too early to look at issues for WASB to place on their legislative agenda for representatives in Madison to consider to support public education. Public hearings will take place Thursday, August 17 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol on a number of bills, financial literacy, hours of instruction, summer school funding and more. WASB has also recently updated their website, where more information is available.
Superintendent Gerlach welcomed new cabinet members, Beth Bakunowicz, Director of Human Resources and Cory Hirsbrunner, Director of Elementary Education. Implementation of the 2017-2022 strategic plan for the district was introduced as the district works toward the items identified in the strategic pillars. View the Mission, Vision and Beliefs. View the Strategic Pillars and Objectives. If you have not yet registered for the PIE Social and Golden Apple Awards, there is still time. The purpose of the event is to connect our new educators to the community. The PIE Social and Golden Apple Awards are hosted by the PCBC Foundation at Skyward World Headquarters. Register here.
Consent Agenda was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Chair, Barb Portzen welcomed new community citizen member Melissa Barkley.
Brian Casey, Director of Technology shared the District Technology Plan created through the work of the District Technology Steering Committee during the 2016-17 school year. View the presentation. View the District Technology Plan.
Connie Negaard, Director of Secondary Education, shared information on the SPAPSD Professional Development Catalog for 2017-18. Opportunities for personalized and professional development will be attained through the additional fifteen hours of professional development each year. This professional development is based on choice and will be delivered by district course offerings or through other entities such as post-secondary institutions and/or conference and workshops. View an example of the courses.
Negaard also presented information on the work to implement Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Curriculum for grades 7-12. Beginning last school year, the ACP leadership team began to prepare and plan for the implementation including curriculum development and a plan to deliver. View the update from the ACP Leadership team here. It was approved as presented by unanimous voice vote.
The board approved the 2017-18 School Health Service agreement as presented by unanimous voice vote.
The board approved the addition of the SPASH A la Carte Coordinator and Administrative Food Service Supervisor positions and elimination of the Secretary to the Food Service manager position to better suit the needs of the food service program by unanimous voice vote. Positions will be posted on WECAN.
The board ratified the 2017-18 CBA between SPAPSD and AFSCME Local 32, 6 -0.
Handbook policy 5.04 Employee Benefits was updated so that it aligns with the Certified Staff Compensation Plan approved March 2017. The change was approved by unanimous voice vote.
Policy and Legislation
There is a current opening on the Policy and Legislation Committee. Citizens interested in joining Policy and Legislation committee can learn more here, or download the application here. Applications are due August 30, 2017.
The Policy and Legislation Committee is forwarding the 0000 Bylaws Series for the board to review for consideration of approval next month, pending approval of all updated policy series.
The board approved contracts for the following positions:
- Transportation Manager - Christian Budzinski
- Program Support Specialist Positions- Sue Melville
- Program Support Specialist Position Melissa Oliver
- Alteration of contract for Aimee Burazin (School Psychologist, SPASH) from 11 month to 10 month contract
The Program Support Specialist positions are a reaction to the statewide shortage of school psychologists. The district received zero school psychologist applicants for the last two positions posted. As a result, the position was opened to applicants with either a student services license (to include school social work, school counselor, and school psychology) or Director of Special Education license. The positions were developed to reflect the duties, and differences from a school psychologist, as well as, to meet the needs of the district given the shortage and absence of school psychologist applicants.
The next regular meeting of the School Board will take place September 11, 2017
June 12, 2017 Regular Meeting HighlightsPosted by Susan Kudronowicz on 6/20/2017
June 12, 2017 School Board Meeting Highlights
Following reports, the board approved the preliminary 2017-2018 budget. The board approved by unanimous roll call vote the Energy Exemptions for Energy Efficiencies in the amount of $1,270,702. The board approved Nexus Solutions Inc as the Energy Service Company to serve as the performance contractor for the projects. The board approved by unanimous voice vote the Westchester Premises Pollution Liability Insurance coverage.
The board approved an increase to school lunch prices in the amount of ten cents effective September 1, 2017 by unanimous voice vote. The 2017-2018 joint agreement with the Aging & Disablilty Resource Center of Portage County including a nine cent meal price increase to $2.95 was unanimously approved by voice vote.
The board approved by unanimous voice vote the dental premium increase of .57%.
Phase 2 of the Strategic plan was approved by unanimous roll call vote. The strategic plan is a five year plan for the District.
The board approved the date of June 26, 6:00 pm for the board retreat by unanimous voice vote. Discussions on goals and objectives will be included in the retreat.
The July 2017 school board meeting was cancelled. The next regular school board meeting will be August 8, 2017
June 12, 2017 Special Meeting HighlightsPosted by Sarah O'Donnell on 6/15/2017
The school board interviewed five individuals interested in filling the vacancy on the school board; Melissa Barkley, David Clark, Lisa Pett, Kurt Pulvermacher and Mike Wade.
Individuals were interviewed round robin with Mr. Mike Wade successfully appointed to complete the term left vacant until the new board is organized post elections April 2018.
Congratulations to Mr. Wade. We thank you for your service and look forward to your service to our district and students. View the news release.
May 8, 2017 School Board Meeting HighlightsPosted by Sarah O'Donnell on 5/9/2017
Thank you McKinley Elementary students for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
SPASH Student, Jocelyn He. Jocelyn earned a 36 on her ACT. Less than 1/10 of 1% of students earn a 36, the highest possible ACT composite score. See all SPASH Academic Award recipients.
Robert Hardina, 5th grade teacher, Roosevelt Elementary was presented the Mandana Bliss Award by students, Jacob Hickethier and Will Gargulak.
Nathan Olson, science teacher, Ben Franklin Junior High, was presented the Mandana Bliss Award by student, Natalie Hintz.
Allison Bancker, 2nd grade teacher, Washington Elementary, was recognized for receiving the Kohl Fellowship Award. Read more.
Leanne Krutza (left), kindergarten teacher, Plover-Whiting Elementary, was recognized for receiving the UW-SP Association for the Education of Young Children Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Nancy Schuster (right), physical education teacher, Plover-Whiting Elementary, was recognized for receiving the Students for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Amy Ervin, 4th grade teacher, McDill Elementary, was recognized for receiving the Kappa Delta Pi, Epsilon Chapter Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Melissa Oliver, (not pictured) teacher, Bridges, was recognized for receiving the UW-SP Student Council for Exceptional Children Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Rosalyn Evans, 1st grade teacher, McDill Elementary, was recognized for receiving the UW-SP Student Wisconsin Education Association Award for Excellence in Teaching. See more from the Awards Banquet.
Following recognitions and reports, the board approved M3/EMC as the property and casualty provider for the District by a unanimous voice vote, and approved R&R/Allied as the 2017-18 cyber liability insurance provider for the District also by unanimous voice vote.
Approval was granted to parents who requested their student ‘opt-out’ of state testing program.
Policy and Legislation
The Policy and Legislation Committee continues to review the 100 series of District policies. Tentatively, the board can expect to see a clean copy of those edits at their June meeting with a request for approval of the changes at the following meeting.
The board approved hiring Beth Bakunowicz as the Director of Human Resources. Ms. Bakunowicz received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences/Sociology from Northern Illinois University. She has served as Director of Human Resources for the City of Wisconsin Rapids for the past 17 years and brings over 20 years of human resources experience in public and private sectors to the District. Welcome to Beth!
The board approved teacher contracts for 2017-18.
The Board approved moving forward to fill the current vacancy on the board per Board policy 133. Candidates will have until 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 25, to submit their application to the superintendent’s office. The application is available online or can be obtained at the Bliss Educational Services Center.
Interview and appointment for the vacancy will take place at the June 12 School Board Meeting. To accommodate the additional time needed to interview applicants, the June meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.
The Mission, Vision and Belief statements that were reviewed and developed by the strategic planning committee at their first two sessions were approved, allowing the committee to continue their work at their next two planning sessions where they will identify priorities and goals for the board to consider.
The next meeting of the school board will be June 12, 6:00 p.m.