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.



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,