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.

     

     


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    Stevens Point Area Public School District
    1900 Polk Street
    Stevens Point, WI 54481 

    Phone 715-345-5444
    Fax 715-345-7302

    Executive Assistant & School Board Secretary
    Heidi Schueppel-O'Brien
    hschuepp@pointschools.net

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  • November 11, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 11/19/2019

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District held its regular November meeting on Monday, November 11,  2019. 

     

    Mandana Bliss Recipient Sandy Masterson

    From left: Craig Gerlach, Sandy Masterson, Ken Simon, Karla Lockmann

    Community Partnership and Recognition
    SPASH student and Eagle Scout, Ken Simon, presented the Mandana Bliss Award to Ms. Sandy Masterson for her dedication to the Boston School Forest. 

    Consent Agenda 
    Consent agenda items were approved including the minutes of the October 14, 2019, and October 28, 2019, School Board Meetings, approval of the schedule of monthly bills and personnel recommendations 

    Business Services
    The Board approved the Budget Calendar Guideline for the 2020-21 school year and per-pupil and department/program allocations 

    They also approved designating 2.4 acres on the southwest corner of the Plover-Whiting school site as the Plover-Whiting Elementary School Forest

    Educational Services 
    The board approved secondary course proposals as presented. This approval included updates to computer science offerings, a new course designed to introduce students to careers in education and an exciting new way for students to learn geometry with ‘Geometry in Construction’.  

    Approval was granted to establish a 4K site with District personnel at Kennedy Elementary beginning in the 2020-21 school year to provide early childhood and special education programming. The proposal comes with an estimated savings of over $54,000 and will significantly reduce bus ride times for participant students. 

    The Foster Grandparent Memorandum Of Understanding through December 31, 2022, was approved, and the Board received the annual Summer School Report. 

    The next regular meeting of the school board will be Monday, December 9, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. 

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  • October 14, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 10/15/2019

    Pledge Students

    Thank you to students from Jefferson Elementary School and Washington Elementary School for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District held its regular October meeting on Monday, October 14, 2019. 

    Community Partnership and Recognition

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee
    Jefferson Elementary student Haylee Cisewski presented the Mandana Bliss Award to Ms. Karen Salienko. Salienko is a kindergarten teacher and has been with the District since 2000. 

     

    Mandana Bliss Awardee
    Washington Elementary student Khadeejaat Odogba presented the Mandana Bliss Award to Ms. Dana Nelson. Nelson is a fifth-grade teacher and has been with the District since 2008. 

    See more photos from the meeting. 

    Consent Agenda 
    Consent agenda items were approved including the minutes of the August 12, 2019, School Board Meeting, approval of the schedule of monthly bills and personnel recommendations

    Human Resources 
    The board approved revisions to the Emergency School Closing Employee Handbook Policy 4.05. A review of the policy stemmed from the board’s approval to utilize e-learning days when school is canceled for inclement weather or other emergencies. 


    The board approved partnering with WEA Trust to provide health insurance and wellness programming to District staff effective January 1, 2020. After detailed review, staff recommended that WEA Trust become the provider following a bid process where WEA Trust offered the most cost-efficient health insurance and wellness programming to District employees without major changes to plan design, as well as excellent service and additional resources.  WEA Trust presented a circle of care that is intended to target employee engagement, integrate pharmacy and health care and develop innovative partnerships. WEA Trust has both a state-wide and national network that allows employees to remain in-network, regardless of their location. WEA Trust also offers an out-of-network benefit.

    The change to WEA Trust will result in an approximate 5.28% reduction in cost, or $545,513.99 this fiscal year. 

    Educational Services 
    The board approved the adoption of Wellness Policy 8510

    Student Services 
    The board was informed of new memorandums of understanding for mental health services in schools with Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin, New Directions Counseling, Focusing on Success, Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital, Advocate Psychotherapy Services. There is no cost to the District for implementation/continuation of this program.

    General
    The committee meeting schedule was adjusted by the board to: 

    • Educational Services Committee - 6:00 p.m. 
    • Business Services/Human Resources Committee - 7:00 p.m. 

    The board will hold the annual Budget Hearing, followed by a Special Board Meeting on October 28, 2019.  

    The next regular meeting of the school board will be Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. 

     

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  • September 9, 2019, School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 9/10/2019

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District held a special board meeting on Monday, September 9, 2019 to interview candidates for an open school board seat. 

    Ed Morganroth affirms his oath of office folowing his appointment to the school board

    Ed Morganroth, Jr., was selected to serve the remainder of the vacated seat’s term ended April 2020. Thank you to Mr. Morganroth for your willingness to serve and provide leadership to our District. 

     

    Following the special meeting, the school board held the regular September meeting. 

     

    Community Partnership and Recognition

    from left, Craig Gerlach, Dan Hoppe, Jon Vollendorf

    Dan Hoppe, a teacher at Stevens Point Area Senior High School, has been named the 2019 Wisconsin History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education.

     

    Consent Agenda 
    Consent agenda items were approved including the minutes of the August 12, 2019, School Board Meeting, approval of the schedule of monthly bills and personnel recommendations

     

    Business Services 

    The board appointed Ms. Are Vang and Mr. Ted Kowalski to serve as citizen community members on the Business Services and Human Resources Committee. 

     

    Student Services 

    The board approved the use of an independent hearing officer to determine student expulsion cases as presented. 

     

    General

    The superintendent’s goals for 2019-2020 were reviewed and approved. 

     

    The school board's 2019-2020 goals of 1) Oversight implementation of district strategic plan, referendum facility projects and referendum operational objectives; and 2) support of ongoing communication regarding implementation to internal and external stakeholders - students, parents, staff, and community, were also reviewed and adopted. 

     

    Superintendent Gerlach provided an update on bonding projects, operating projects, and referendum financial progress. 

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will be Monday, October 14, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. 




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  • June 10, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 6/11/2019

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019.

     

    Consent Agenda

    The Consent Agenda was approved. It included the May 13, 2019 meeting minutes, the schedule of monthly bills and employment recommendations

    Business Services

    The first series of referendum projects included work at Washington Elementary, Plover-Whiting Elementary, and Ben Franklin Jr. High. The Board approved bids for initial project work on May 6, 2019. At that time plumbing remained open. The board approved Wisconsin Mechanical Solutions for plumbing work at Plover-Whiting Elementary for the bid price of $349,990.

     

    The School Board approved the revised 10-Year Capital Improvement Plan as presented.

     

    The board approved the preliminary 2019-2020 budget as presented.



    Human Resources
    A credit reimbursement for up to twelve credits to employees pursuing licensure in Special Education per policy 5.04 of the Employee Handbook was approved by the board.

     

    The board approved proposed supplemental pay for certified staff salary schedule and steps 5-20 of Level 2 Classroom Support staff to reflect local market comparables using referendum dollars that had been designated for retention and recruitment of staff. The proposal from administration used average market comparables to establish compensation that is competitive with neighboring school districts.  

     

    The 2019-20 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the District and AFSCME was ratified as presented.

     

    The 2019-20 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the District and the Teamsters was ratified as presented.

     

    Educational Services
    The “Updated Advisory/Wednesday Schedule” was approved for 2019-20 as SPASH continues to move forward with the project working to implement a hybrid block schedule.

     

    Similarly, the Junior High Schools presented a request for increased advisory time to allow for consistent delivery of curriculum to include topics such as academic and career planning, digital citizenship, and social-emotional learning which was approved.

    Student Services
    The preliminary contract between the District and CESA 5 for the 2019-20 school year was approved.

     

    Technology
    The lease agreement with Wells Fargo to purchase 310 iPads at an annual cost as described in the payment schedule was approved.

     

    Closed Session
    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session under the statutes:
    19.85(1)(c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.  Specifically to consider Administrative contracts. Closed Session

    19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiation of the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. Specifically to consider compensation for all non-represented staff including Administrators. Closed Session

    19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiation of the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.  Specifically to consider compensation for teachers in hard-to-fill positions and negotiations with individual employee compensation requests.

     

    The school board will meet on July 9, 2019, for a Board Retreat to review and set goals for the 2019-20 school year.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place on August 12, 2019, at the  Bliss Educational Services Center.


    The entirety of the school board meeting can be viewed online, www.PointSchools.net.

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  • May 13, 2019, School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 5/14/2019

    The Stevens Point Area Public School District School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019.

     

    Pledge Leaders

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

     

    Student and Staff Recognitions

    Award Winner

    Washington Elementary School student Izzy Golla presented the Mandana Bliss Award to teacher Allison Bancker.

     

    Award Winner

    SPASHstudent Mitchell Ries presented the Mandana Bliss Award to teacher Matt Ramlet.

     

    Award Winner

    Sophie Cegelski, SPASH Senior, was named a Wisconsin State Senate Scholar for the 24th Wisconsin Senate District.

     

    Award Winner

     

    Teacher Kris Kunkle from Bannach Elementary School was recognized on April 28, 2019  as an outstanding educator who has demonstrated a sustained pattern of mentoring pre-service educators for 5 years or more.  

     

    Award Winner

    Jon Vollendorf was named the High School Administrator of the Year for the Wisconsin Association of School Councils. Dr. Vollendorf was nominated by his students for his outstanding support and leadership at the local level and honored regionally for his accomplishments as the Region 2 Administrator of the Year.

     

    Award Winner

    CESA 5 and Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) Regional Awards collaborates to present a Special Education Teacher of the year award. This year the award was presented to Andrea Marty, SPASH Special Education Teacher.

     

    Award Recipient

    Thank you to SPASH student Lauryn Kinney for serving as the SPASH Student Representative on the School Board for the 2018-19 school year!

     

    The Consent Agenda, including previous minutes (April 22, 2019, May 6, 2019), the approval of monthly bills and employment recommendations were approved following amendments to the minutes.



    Business Services

    Following the successful passage of the November 2018 referendum, the Board moves into Phase III which includes executing the necessary contract agreement documents required for Nexus to continue work. Services paid on a progress billing basis, as outlined in Attachment C of the September 12, 2016 Master Agreement is incorporated into the two Phase III agreements presented herein. The Board approved the AIA Documents Agreements B144/ARCH-CM and B101-2017 with Nexus as presented.

     

    Human Resources

    The District has the opportunity to hire its own VI and O&M teacher. At the May 6, 2019 meeting, the Business Services/Human Resources Committee reviewed and forwarded the VI and O&M teaching position to the full Board for approval. The Board approved the hire of a District Visually Impaired and Orientation & Mobility teacher.

     

    The Board approved the contract with Parallel Education to provide substitute services from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021.

     

    Educational Services

    Approval was granted the written parent requests to exercise their choice to "opt out" their student from the state testing program to the full board.

    The Board approved the district entering into a 66-0301 Affiliated Member Agreement:  Shared Virtual Learning Services Between Rural Virtual Academy (RVA) and Stevens Point Area Public School District for 2019-2020, a consortium with RVA.  Resident students choosing RVA would enroll in our school district, and the district would pay RVA for the educational services provided.

    Connie Negaard, director of secondary education, submitted a report on professional development completed by district teachers/specialist during the 2018-19 school year.

     

    Technology

    The purchase of a new District IP phone system from Heartland Business Systems was approved.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session 19.85(1)(c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.  Specifically to consider an Administrative Support contract and the contracts of an Administrator. Closed Session 19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiation the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.



    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place on June 10, 2019, at the  Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

    The entirety of the school board meeting can be viewed online, www.PointSchools.net.



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  • April 22, 2019, Organizational Meeting Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 4/23/2019

    The school board held their organization meeting on Monday, April 22. Highlights include:

     

    Board members are sworn in to their three year terms

    • Congratulations to Ann Vang, Jeff Ebel and Barb Portzen on being elected to the School Board for a three-year term. We appreciate your service and commitment to students, education, and our district.
    • Meg Erler was elected President, Chris Scott, Vice President, Amy Dailey, Treasurer, and Barb Portzen, Clerk.
    • A change to the committee structure was made. The Policy and Legislation Committee will not meet in the upcoming year. Policies will be addressed within the committee structure. Human Resources and Business Services committee were combined and will meet on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. with Amy Dailey serving as chair. The Educational Services Committee will meet on the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. with Barb Portzen serving as chair.
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  • April 8, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 4/9/2019

     

    Pledge Leaders

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



    Bliss Award Winner
    Congratulations to Mr. Chistopher Heitz, PoDS teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.


    Bliss Award Winner

    Congratulations to Ms. TJ Pharo-Kozak, Bannach Elementary teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

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    Gretchen Marshall, Wisconsin Forestry Education Program and SPASH graduate Dan Lindner will award the 2018 Statewide School Forest Award to Karla Lockman.  Each year, LEAF (the Wisconsin K-12 Forestry Education Program) recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to school forest programs. They acknowledge excellence and outstanding teachers who have worked above and beyond to make the school forest an exceptional learning environment for students.

     

    Kontos Recognition

    The School Board recognized Dan Kontos for his service to the Board from April 2016 to April 2019 and wished him well in future endeavors.  

     

    View more photos from the School Board Recognitions.

     

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

     

    Business Services

    Motion to adopt the Resolution Authorizing Entry into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement relating to the "Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative" and authorizing participation in the Investment Programs of the Fund was approved.

     

    The Board also approved the resolution designating qualified financial institutions as public depositories for funds of the District.

     

    Key Benefit Concepts, LLC GASB 45 was awarded actuarial services for the next two years.

     

    ABM was approved to provide custodial service per their RFP. RFP for Contracted Maintenance 2019 | 2019 Custodial RFP Evaluation Summary | Board Agenda Memo

     

    The Goerke Park running track resurfacing and structural spray bid to Upper Midwest Athletic Construction at a cost of $176,198 was approved.

     

    The bid to American Asphalt of Wisconsin for Contract “A” Base Bid and Alternate 1-Drainage Improvements for a total of $181,634.30 was approved.

     

    Educational Services

    A revision of the charter school contract between Point of Discovery School and the Stevens Point Area Public School District School Board to reflect the following statement on page 3:

    School Calendar and Schedules: Point of Discovery School will organize the school calendar and schedule to promote and support deep, personal, and rigorous teaching and learning. Classes shall be taught within a flexible yearly calendar and daily schedule while meeting the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements for public school instructional hours at each grade level was approved.

     

    The board also approved a calendar adjustment for the 19-20 PoDS school year.

     

    Human Resources

    The health plan renewal with Security Health Plan and the dental plan renewal with Delta Dental were approved.

     

    Policy

    The Board approved the adoption of all policies presented to date.

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session 19.85(1)(c)Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Specifically to consider non-renewals, the contract of the Superintendent and the hire of an Administrator; and  19.85(1)(e) Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. Specifically, for the purpose of discussing bargaining for the 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2020 contract agreements.

     

    The school board will hold the organizational meeting on April 22, 2019, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place on May 13, 2019, 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 11, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Sarah O'Donnell on 3/12/2019

    McDill Pledge Leaders

     

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

     

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

     

    Student and Staff Recognitions

     

    Award Recipient

     

    Charles F. Fernandez Center student Cheyenne Cummings presented the Mandana Bliss award to volunteer, Tom Ness (not pictured).

     

    Award Recipient

     

    Jefferson Elementary students Lydia Johnson and Sophie Durkee presented the Mandana Bliss award to teacher, Renee Oestreich.

     

    Award Recipients

     

    Charles Fernandez Center principal, Jen Knecht, presented the Charlie Awards to students: Cheyenne Cummings, Elijah Kluck, Christian Lochner-Zanon, Samantha Miller, Caleb Stroik, Ryan Wilcox, and Dominique Williams. The Charles F. Fernandez Center for Alternative Learning (Fernandez Center) created a way to reward students that demonstrate the resiliency, positive attitude, and drive to succeed regardless of obstacles or hurdles that they face in life. This year we are proud to announce the fourth annual “Charlie” awards that will be awarded to five qualifying students that embody these characteristics. These students have truly exhibited the skills required to face challenges and adversity while maintaining focus on his/her educational path.

     

    Award Recipients

     

    SPASH principal, Jon Vollendorf recognized SPASH Student Senate members for receiving the Wisconsin Association of School Councils Spirit of Excellence Award.  SPASH was one of six regional winners in Wisconsin. The Spirit of Excellence Award requires that schools submit a thorough application showcasing their school’s achievement, student activities, and other unique things that connect the school to the community.

     

    Business Services

     

    SPASH Concept Rendering

    Representatives from Nexus Solutions provided the board an update on referendum projects including building renovation plans for Washington Elementary, Plover-Whiting Elementary, SPASH, and the Ben Franklin Junior High entrance.  

     

    The recommendation for a sale of bonds to borrow a portion of the $75.9 million approved by voters in November to occur in two phases was approved. The first phase, currently taking place, consists of the sale of $60 million in bond. The second phase $of selling the remaining $15.9 million bonds in the spring of 2022.  The bonds were sold at a lower interest rate than estimated in referendum planning. This lower interest rate will save local taxpayers 15 cents per 1,000 of assessed value, or, $150 less for a 100,000 home than previously anticipated.

     

    Educational Services

    The Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Program and Site Agreement contracts for 2019-2022 were approved as presented (Imagination Center, UWSP, Non-UWSP).

     

    Student Services
    The recommendations to amend open enrollment seats available for Project Search for the 2019-20 school year were approved as presented.

     

    The School Board received a report from Portage County Health and Human Services Kathy Reynolds, School Nurse Coordinator on nursing services in the District.

     

    Human Resources

    Beth Bakunowicz, Director of Human Resources provided an update regarding Teachers on Call including district substitute statistics, requests and fill rate.

     

    Policy

    The district is currently working with school district policy experts, Neola to update all district policies. Remaining policies that had not been addressed were presented for review and eventual approval by the School Board for implementation once all policy series have been reviewed and approved.

     

    General
    Superintendent Gerlach presented a Mid-Year Strategic Plan update to the school board with an end of the year report to be presented in June.

     

    The Board moved to designate Karlyn Krautkramer as Deputy Clerk to assist the Board Clerk in administering the responsibilities of Board Clerk to the extent permitted by law, and remain as such until replaced by the Board.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(1)(e) deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session specifically for the purpose of discussing bargaining for the July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 contract agreements and to review the administrative contract for the superintendent.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place on April 8, 2019, at the Bliss Educational Services Center.

     

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  • January 14, 2019 School Board Highlights

    Posted by Stevens Point Area Public School District on 1/15/2019

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

     

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    Congratulations to Mr. Ryan Hinner, Ben Franklin Social Studies teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

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    Congratulations to Mr. Steve Van Ark, Plover-Whiting fifth-grade teacher, on receiving the Mandana Bliss Award.

     

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    Congratulations to Ms. Ann Marchant, SPASH ESL teacher and instructional leader, on earning National Board Teacher Certification in English as a New Language - Early Adolescence through Young Adult. 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.

     

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    Plover-Whiting School Special Education teacher, Ms. Staci Warfield, was recognized for her selection as a WSAW NewsChannel 7 Teacher Salute honoree.

     

    View more photos from the School Board Recognitions.

     

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

     

    Business Services

    The recommendation to temporarily combine the Town of Sherry with the Village of Milladore for voting purposes in the February 19, 2019 Primary Election was approved.

     

    The recommendation to temporarily combine the Town of Grant with the Town of Plover for voting purposes in the February 19, 2019 Primary Election was 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 Open Enrollment Space Determination presented by the Director of Student Services for the 2019-20 School Year was approved as presented.

     

    The 2019-20 calendar  and 2020-21 draft calendar were approved as presented after minor adjustments from the first reading.

     

    Student Services
    The Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc. Memorandum of Agreement for use of space to provide mental health therapist time district-wide was approved as presented.

     

    Technology
    Chromebook lease agreement with Trinity 3, LLC was approved as presented.  Leasing provides the District with an effective method to annualize the cost of a large purchase and also to return or purchase the equipment at the end of the lease. The winning bid was awarded to Trinity3 based upon review of the following criteria: Price, prior experience in K-12 environments, service and warranty, and quality of the devices

     

    Policy

    Recently, the City of Stevens Point has implemented a new ordinance relative to vaping. Policy 5512, Use of Tobacco and Policy 5530, Drug Prevention were approved as presented and will be immediately implemented.

     

    The WASB Policy and Resolutions Committee received and discussed numerous resolution suggestions from member boards.  The Policy and Legislation committee reviewed the resolutions submitted by member school boards for consideration at the January Delegate Assembly annual meeting and were approved by the Board as presented.

     

    The district is currently working with Neola to update all district policies. Updated versions of the 9000 Relations series and the  2000 Program series were presented for review and eventual approval by the School Board for implementation once all policy series have been reviewed and approved.

     

    The Board also reviewed several remaining policies that will be presented for final approval in February.

     

    Closed Session

    The board voted unanimously to move into Closed Session per State Statute 19.85(c) considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility, specifically review of administrative contracts including the contract of the Superintendent.

     

    The next regular meeting of the school board will take place February 11, 2019 Bliss Educational Services Center.


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

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  • 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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