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.

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.