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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 4:26 pm | Updated: 4:28 pm, Tue Jun 18, 2013.

The Waterloo School Board heard end of the year reports from the elementary and high school principals during its regular meeting June 10.

High school principal Brad Donner informed the board that 70 diplomas and two competency diplomas (through the high school equivalency diploma program) were awarded at graduation June 9. One student did not complete graduation requirements.

The graduating class recently received a total of $471,000 in scholarships, including $139,000 at the local level.

Donner also shared the results of the school perceptions survey provided to seniors three weeks before school ended. Students are asked a variety of questions, including post-graduate plans, number of hours worked per week, rating of high school experience, interferences with their education, school climate and overall satisfaction. There were no major changes between this year’s results and last year’s results, Donner said.

The number of students crediting themselves for their post-graduate plans increased 20 percent from last year’s class, with 25 percent of students stating they created their plans for after high school. Science and technology education classes received higher ratings this year, while foreign language class ratings fell from 70 percent approval to 54 percent. The number of students who felt classes being poorly taught negatively affected their education fell this year to 61 percent. Those who noted the amount of time spent watching television and playing video games as having a negative impact on their education jumped from 18 percent last year to 41 percent this year. Fewer students said they did not receive the extra help they needed, which Donner attributed to more homework help being provided outside of school, as well as the WEBS classes in school.

In regard to school climate, 36 percent of students felt that their classmates respected each other. Overall, 76 percent of students were satisfied with the education they received in high school.

Elementary Wellness Goals

Elementary principal Maureen Adams updated the board on the school’s wellness goals, noting several accomplishments and activities students and staff have participated in:

  • Grades three and four helped plan school meals in April and May
  • The Waterloo Parent-Teacher Organization has set up its tower garden in the elementary atrium
  • Field day was a success, with a number of activities provided for students
  • Students in the weekly mileage club ran/walked a total of 873 miles this year, with third grade having run/walked the most (294 miles)

Adams also informed the public that literacy resources are one the elementary school’s website at www.waterloo.k12.wi.us. Click on the ‘Elementary School – Literacy Resources’ tab at the top of the page.

Administrative Report

School district administrator Connie Schiestl recognized school counselor Carmen Follmer, who Schiestl stated has received several positive remarks from students and parents.

“Everything that she does, she makes sure is well organized and she has a real sense of the quality of what should be done,” Schiestl said.

Schiestl also recognized Mac Chopin and the yearbook committee for receiving the Josten’s National Yearbook Program of Excellence Award for the second year. Waterloo High School is one of 300 schools to receive the award out of 10,000 total schools. The award recognizes yearbook committees for creating a “meaningful book for all students, a book in every student’s hands, and effective project management.” Schiestl stated the yearbook included at least 85 percent of the student body at least three times.

She also updated the board on summer maintenance projects, including two science rooms, a math room, the intermediate/middle school principal office, band room and generator replacement.

Other business:

  • New student representative. The board welcomed Brianna Farwell, who will serve as the junior student representative.
  • Approved staff positions. The board approved hiring the following: Rebecca Brethouwer – PK-12 Cross Categorical; Hannah Bell, elementary dual immersion; Gillian Yahn – lifeguard; Cassandra Hollatz – substitute lifeguard/swim instructor; and Sean Stiyer – substitute fitness center attendant.
  • Approved staff resignations. The board approved six resignations: Michelle Behl, intermediate/middle school teacher; Jennifer Corrado – 4K; Ann Reyes – school psychologist and local education coordinator; Jessica Abegglen, elementary/middle/intermediate school counselor and local education coordinator; Diane Lamia – middle school teacher; and Katie Pritchett – English teacher.
  • Approved 2013-14 faculty co-curricular positions. The board approved the following: Michael Birschbach - 7/8 track; Deb Braatz – softball; Mac Chopin – yearbook; Jennifer Diallo – 6th Solo & Ensemble; Lynn Dose – 8th girls basketball, 7th boys basketball and FBLA; Aaron Erickson – assistant football, Varsity wrestling, and assistant baseball; Kyle Ewing – assistant track; Leah Feldman – 7th volleyball and intermediate/middle school student council; Carmen Follmer – NHS adviser and 12th grade adviser; Kimberly Forrester – assistant girls’ track; Ann Hecht – intermediate/middle school student council; Rachel Holden – forensics, 11th grade adviser and high school student council; John Janecek – 9th football; Wanda Kershaw – 8th volleyball – Dennis Klubertanz – assistant football, varsity baseball; Kevin Koehler – 9/10 adviser; Jason Marshall, 7-12 band, pep band and assistant musical; Jerry Percak – 9th boys’ basketball; Nancy Schoeneman – Art Club/VAC; Scott Schumann – varsity volleyball and varsity boys’ track; Shane Seefeld – varsity girls’ track; and Andrew Vosters – vocal Solo & Ensemble and musical adviser.
  • Approved non-faculty co-curricular positions. The board approved the following: Paul Scheel – football, head varsity; Joe Jahnke – football, assistant coach; Trevor Deppe – football; Tammy Renforth – freshmen volleyball and football cheerleading.
  • Approved 2013-14 student accident insurance.
  • Tabled Wisconsin Association of School Boards membership dues for July meeting.
  • Approved CESA 2 services contract.
  • Approved revisions to certified teaching staff and support staff handbook.
  • Entered into closed session. The board convened into closed session to discuss administrative support compensation and contracts and administrative compensation. Upon reconvening into open session, the board extended one-year contracts for the following: Carleen Benninger – payroll/benefits/accounts bookkeeper; Cory Calvert – network administrator; Chris Dillon – assistant network administrator; Patsy Epstein – food service director; Patricia Schellin – pool/fitness center director; Brad Stacey – building and grounds director; and Karen Weihert – administrative assistant. No action was taken on administrative salaries. 

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