A new scholarship will be available to graduating seniors at Poynette High School, beginning with the Class of 2022. The Board approved the district to introduce the scholarship this year during its Oct. 18 meeting.

“We’re excited to add this to the books, giving kids another opportunity (for a scholarship),” District Administrator Matt Shappell said.

The Trevin Horn Memorial Scholarship will range from $500-$1,000.

Trevin Horn was a 2018 graduate of Poynette High School, who died on April 10, 2019 at the age of 19, as a result of a car crash in the town of Dekorra. According to his obituary, he was enlisted in the U.S. Army. He died two weeks before he was to go off to Fort Benning, Georgia for his Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School.

To qualify for application of the scholarship, any graduating senior must be accepted for enrollment in a university, community college, trade school, or vocational education program; or be enlisted for active duty in any branch of the military; or applied and accepted into a service or humanitarian organization, such as AmericCorps or the Peace Corp.

The prospective student must also show good character and citizenship, as well as have a need for financial assistance.

In addition to the application, students will also be required to submit an essay, answering two questions. The first has to do with organ donation because Horn was an organ and tissue donor, likely helping up to 300 people after his death, according to his obituary.

The first essay question reads, “Please describe your profound impact an organ donation has had on you, your family, or a friend. If you do not have first-hand familiarity with organ donation, please indicate if you are a registered organ donor at donatelifewisconsin.org and share why you made the decision to become an organ donor.”

The second question asks the applicant to explain what they are passionate about and why, because Horn was passionate about the activities he loved, mainly the outdoors, and was always looking for his next adventure.

The scholarship committee will consist of members of the Horn family, as well as the principal of the high school. The scholarship will be made payable directly to the recipient after graduation and upon proof of college enrollment, active duty enlistment, or a signed service organization contract. The deadline to submit an application and essay in Feb. 15.

Mental Health Navigator position officially open

At the Oct. 18 meeting, the Board unanimously approved the second reading of the job description for the Mental Health Navigator position. It was posted and advertised thereafter.

The creation of the position is a result of the district putting focus on students’ social, emotional and mental health. The district also received a $75,000 grant from the Department of Public Instruction for each of the next two years that will help pay the position’s salary in the initial stages.

Potential candidates are preferred to be a DPI-licensed school psychologist, school social worker or school counselor. Candidates with certain skill sets who are willing to become licensed are also encouraged to apply. According to the job description, the person in the role will “work collaboratively with families, the community, and mental health providers to improve student access to the correct level of mental health care.”

Other news

— The district received three donations — $350 from LeRoy and Patricia Fischer, and $500 from Marin and Myong Powers for the purchase of winter coats for students in need. They also received $1,375 from the Poynette-Arlington-Dekorra Parent Club for the purchase of a “Gaga Ball Pit” for Poynette Middle School.

— The district’s head count for the 2021-22 school is estimated to be 1,048 across the district, from 4K through 12th grade. It is a decrease from last year’s total.

— There are 19 classes within the Start College Now program that have already been registered for during the fall semester. Poynette High School allows students to take college-level classes at MATC, with a few additional classes offered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The total cost for the fall classes is $14,685. The estimated cost for PHS students taking spring semester classes is $31,835.

— The Board approved a slight change in its transportation policy, in that any child in a district 4K program would be provided busing to and from the given 4K center to the appropriate district building, free of charge. The district used to charge for such transportation, and all those who paid this year for the service, will receive a full refund.

— The district accepted two resignations from its support staff — van driver Bob Odegaard, and custodian Byron Ward (which is effective at the end of the first semester).

The district hired two Gay-Straight Alliance Advisors in Connor Becka and Makenzie Hamer. Becka is a science teacher in the district, while Hamer is the district’s social worker. Gabe Morton was also hired for the No Name Volunteers.

The district currently has three open positions — a full-time custodian, a food service position, and a winter athletic events coordinator.

— Clerk Randy Tomlinson noted during his update of the Facilities Committee that because the enrollment numbers have yet again declined, with more students opting out of the district than those coming in, another operational referendum might have to be considered.

Also, he said that there is about $30,000 left from the 2018 referendum, with the district possibly purchasing storage shelves for the middle school.

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