The Iola-Scandinavia School District presented special awards at the Dec. 9 School Board meeting.
The STAR Award recognizes people for “Successes, Triumphs, Accomplishments and Recognitions.”
The December recipients of the STAR Award were: Jill Willems, the Kohl Teaching Fellowship nominee from the school district; and
Tony Neumann and Tom Anderson, for volunteering hours for I-S Booster Club concession stands.
In other business, board members were concerned that a total of 55 students are divided into two sections of the fifth grade.
“That is above our maximum,” said Kristen Hoyord. “Can we offer more aides or teacher assistants to these teachers who have large classrooms?”
District Administrator David Dyb said he will discuss the situation with Elementary Principal Tess Lecy-Wojcik.
High/Middle School Principal Sara Anderson reported that Ian Knitter, a junior, received special recognition at a writing workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“His writing was very well received,” Anderson said. “If he had been a senior, he would have received a scholarship.”
Dyb announced that the I-S School District is partnering with the Manawa School District to apply for a shared $25,000 Educator Effectiveness grant to help with staff development.
“By partnering with a neighboring district, it provides opportunities to share resources,” Dyb said.
Dyb also discussed the high school requirement increase from two to three math credits, effective with this year’s freshman class. He noted this “unfunded” mandate will require I-S to staff the minimum of one more math section.
“We don’t have staffing to do that,” Anderson said.
The board agreed to hold its first Strategic Planning meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Mishler Room at the I-S Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.
In other business, the board approved:
• A contract for Michelle Bonikowske for Payroll Assistant
• A contract for Jennifer Wantdke as elementary library assistant.
• Posting for an assistant high school golf coach.
• Setting a public hearing for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, prior to the monthly board meeting, to discuss a proposed land purchase.
• A two-year agreement for a cooperative WIAA girls soccer program with Amherst, at no cost to the I-S School District.