With the new school year fast approaching, the School District of Clintonville has finally finalize a milk contract for the upcoming school year.
The district received only one bid for supplying its milk for the 2012-13 school year, that bid coming from Morning Glory, which was last year’s supplier. When it came time to approve the contract at the board meeting on Monday, Aug. 13, there was much discussion regarding the taste of the milk.
Board member Ben Huber said the company changed the milk midway through last year. Discussion ensued in which several spoke about students not liking the taste of the milk. It was said the students say the milk “tastes funny.” This results in a lot of students dumping their milk out.
The TruMoo chocolate milk was the type of milk that received the most criticism.
Huber also said that he thought the milk comes from Texas.
When it came time to vote on the contract, board vice president Dirk Weber said, “If our customers don’t like the product we shouldn’t force it on them.”
Huber added, “We may end up spending more but at least the kids will drink it.”
The contract bid was defeated. The board asked for a new bid with the bid being for milk that preferably comes from Wisconsin.
After further discussion on Monday, Aug. 20, the board was presented with two bids, one at about $78,000 and the other at $72,000. The board approved the lower bid from Morning Glory Dairy by a 5-2 vote (Pat Schley and Ben Huber voting no), after assurances from a company representative that the milk is bottled in Wisconsin. It was also explained that the students may not like the taste of the chocolate milk because it is skim chocolate, as opposed to 1 percent or 2 percent chocolate milk. This issue is dictated by the USDA, and the district must serve only skim chocolate milk if they choose to offer chocolate milk to students.
The board also passed a proposed levy increase for 2012-13. The proposed increase would raise the Mil Rate from 11.31 to 11.48.
The board approved several teacher resignations. They included: Alicia Klaus, bilingual teacher/Spanish interpreter; Deb Jacquardt, elementary teacher; Kevin Hage, elementary music teacher; Dan Schmidt, high school instrumental music teacher; and Tere Masiarchin, ESL teacher/coordinator.
The board also approved the transfer of Jackie Michalowski from reading teacher to reading teacher/coordinator, Kathryn Moser from elementary teacher to reading teacher/coordinator and Terri Schultz from elementary teacher to instructional math coach.
Teacher hires approved included: Megan Jo Meyers, elementary grade 3; Tim Welch, elementary grade 3; Sarah Wong, elementary grade 3; Stephanie Diedrick, elementary grade 4; Isaac Schwartz, middle school band and gifted and talented; Annette Vanstraten, middle school music/choir and gifted and talented; Joshua Heyer, high school band; Stephanie Schauer, high school math teacher, Staci Rubenzer, social studies teacher (50 percent); Dean Muthig, physical education/health/adaptive physical education; and Katie Laubenstein, elementary music (80 percent); Caitlin Werder, high school/elementary ELL; Amy Boerboom, elementary ELL/7th grade spanish.
The resignation of Jamie Kriewaldt from her position as freshman volleyball coach was approved.
Extra-curricular hires included: Bill Kinziger, JV girls basketball; Lindsay Davis, freshman volleyball and prom coordinator; Dean Muthig, JV/assistant football and head baseball coach.
The board also made not of the Annual Meeting, which will be held Monday, Aug. 27, at the high school auditorium. The evening will begin with a regular meeting of the Board of Education at 6 p.m., followed by a Budget Hearing at 6:30 p.m. The Annual Meeting is set to begin at 6:45 p.m.
The first day of school for grades PK-9 is Tuesday, Sept. 4, while grades 10-12 return to class on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the middle school IMC.