School board reviews Rec Center fees
Lee Wetzel, coach of the Clintonville Area Swim Team (CAST) spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting to explain the team's growth and current financial position-and how it relates to the Rec Center.
"We started eight years ago as a competitive swim team," said Wetzel. "We have a fall/winter session and a summer session. We compete with valley teams as well as teams from Wausau, Green Bay, and the surrounding area.
"CAST solely finances the high school swim team," he explained. "This is our sixth year having a high school team. It cost $10,956 last year."
Wetzel explained that the new fee schedule for the Rec Center contained proposed increases of about $1,600 that would directly affect CAST.
"The increase of $1,100 for us to hold our winter meet here seemed high," said Wetzel. "The $500 increase for our practices seemed reasonable."
Wetzel explained that the CAST winter meet brings in about 400 athletes alone-not including parents or family members who also come to the meet. He said the event is a boost for the local economy and is an opportunity to showcase the Rec Center.
Rec Center Director Pam Gray said the Rec Center Advisory Committee was asking the school board to approve the adjusted fee schedules. Proposed fees for CAST were $2,000 for their yearly facility use fee (up from $1,500 last year) and $2,400 for the Annual Groundhog Swim Meet (up from $1,300 last year). Swim meet charges are in place in order to make up for the cost of closing the Rec Center during the meet and make up for the lost revenue during the swim meet.
"We want to keep the swim team affordable for students and not become a burden to the community with fundraising efforts. The kids love it, and we want this program to be an option for all who are interested," Wetzel said. "We have maintained a positive relationship with the Rec Center and staff members, and we look forward to continuing that relationship."
Board member Jim Dins suggested rate increases of $250 for yearly facility use and $250 for the swim meet, as opposed to the proposed increases of $500 for yearly facility use and $1,100 for the swim meet. This was approved by the board.
Wording and rates regarding general use fees was sent back to the Rec Center Advisory Committee for further review.
Gray said American Red Cross lifeguard rates have also changed dramatically. One example is the lifeguard certification course. Currently, the lifeguard course costs $120. The Red Cross is recommending that this be changed to $350, plus a $35 per student fee. The Red Cross will be charging the Rec Center these amounts for each class and each student, so the Rec Center board is proposing a rate of $200, plus a $35 per student fee.
The district will absorb the cost difference between these rates and what the Red Cross is charging.
"We would probably not be able to get students or adults to try the lifeguarding course if they had to come up with $385 all at once," said Superintendent Tom O'Toole.
For a complete copy of the 2012-13 Rec Center fee proposal, contact the Rec Center at 715-823-7215 ext. 2278.
ACT Scores/AP Exam Scores
High School Principal Lance Bagstad presented data to the board outlining ACT and AP exam scores from 2011-12.
In 2012, 55 students were tested, as opposed to 66 in 2011, and 68 in 2010. Scores are as follows:
ACT Average Scores
(State scores are in parentheses)
• English: 20.7 (21.5)
• Math: 22.7 (22.0)
• Reading: 21.5 (22.1)
• Science: 22.5 (22.1)
• Composite: 22.0 (22.1)
Percent of Students Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks
(Benchmark scores are: English-18; Math-22; Reading-21; Science-24. Numbers in parentheses are the state percentages in each area):
• English: 80 (75)
• Math: 58 (54)
• Reading: 62 (59)
• Science: 35 (38)
• Meeting all four: 27 (31)
AP Exam Scores
A grade of "3" or better allows students to earn advanced placement college credits. Sixty-nine percent of the students tested achieved this level. For most exams, the exam grade will determine the number of credits a student will receive. Each university or college does have individual credit awards based on the score received. The credit information can be obtained from each individual university or college to which a student applies for admission. Results are as follows:
• Biology: 17 tested, 24 percent scored 3 or better
• European History: Not offered in 2011-12 due to a lack of student interest
• Statistics: 43 tested, 86 percent scored 3 or better
• Calculus AB: 13 tested, 62 percent scored 3 or better
• Calculus BC: 2 tested, 100 percent scored 3 or better
• Psychology: 22 tested, 77 percent scored 3 or better
• English Lit. and Composition: 4 tested, 50 percent scored 3 or better
The school board went on to approve the following:
Modifications in support staff hours
• Laura Wilber-Para I at Dellwood: from 29.5 to23.5 hours per week
• Martha Dethardt-Para I at Dellwood: from 29.5 to 28 hours per week
• Mary George-SAGE Para II at R/L: from 19 to 27.5 hours per week
• Kristy Zachow-SAGE Para II at R/L: from 19 to 27.5 hours per week
• Steve Emslander-8 percent, 7th class
• Joe Heinbuch-8 percent, 6th class based on numbers
• Kevin Godfrey-10 percent, 6th class/duty based on numbers
• Keith Basar-10 percent, 6th class/duty based on numbers
• Dan Scherschel-8 percent, 6th class based on numbers
• Lindsay Davis-10 percent, 6th class/duty based on numbers
• Chris Jentz-8 percent, 6th class based on numbers and 8 percent, 7th class
• Todd Lukoski-8 percent, 7th class
• Mike Wespetal-8 percent, 7th class
The board approved the purchase of a school car from Fund 50 for general use, with the funds coming from the fund balance.
The board also approved an early graduation request.
The next regular meeting of the school board has been changed to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 in the middle school IMC.
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