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March 12, 2015 5:00-7:00 p.m.
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Governor Walker's Budget Proposal
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Constituents,
Following the Governor's biennial budget address on Tuesday, February 3, many questions have arisen regarding
how the Governor’s proposals, specifically and financially, would impact the Tri-County School District. This
message is intended to provide that information to you albeit briefly.
Within the televised context of the Governor’s budget address, Governor Walker stated the new budget would
provide public schools with roughly the same amount of funding as during the previous year; thus, suggesting
that the per pupil revenue limit increase most recently set at $75.00 would be reduced to $0. This reduction
in projected revenue, along with other baseline assumptions (673 students), would result in a necessary
Tri-County School District 2015-2016 budget reduction of $50,475.00. However, contained within the actual 900+
page executive budget report, verbiage indicates that the same amount of funding will not be forthcoming. In fact
the budget report clarifies that in addition to the per pupil revenue limit remaining at $0, the proposal also calls for
a categorical aid reduction from $150.00 per pupil to $0 thereby increasing the 2015-2016 necessary budget
reductions to a total of $151,425.00. The Governor also proposed adding approximately $165 per pupil in
categorical aid during the second year of the biennium, but the net effect is a loss of approximately $135 per pupil
over the biennium. Further, the $165 would be a one-time payment which does not add funding to the base.
Additionally, the Governor proposed removing the 1000-student cap on private school vouchers. These vouchers,
as proposed, would be funded from public school dollars in which the voucher student resides.
Although the financial impact is impossible to calculate at this time, the net result will certainly be less state
funding for K-12 public schools in Wisconsin.
As is always the case, however, our State Assembly and Senate legislators are required to vote to approve a
budget prior to it becoming official. Should you have questions specific to this budget, you may wish to contact
one or more of your legislators:
Representative Scott Krug
Room 207 North, State Capitol
P.O. Box 8952
Madison, WI. 53708
Senator Julie Lassa
Room 126 South, State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI. 53707-7882
Tri-County awarded grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education
Tri-County Area School District has received a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Tri-County Elementary School will use the money to purchase Chromebook laptop computers and subscriptions to MobyMax, a software program designed to increase engagement and achievement in math.
Prior to submitting the grant, educators in the district tried to find software students could use to help increase math achievement scores. After thorough research, administrators were encouraged by success stories from students who routinely used MobyMax, but realized that without adequate access to computers student use would be limited.
Using funds from the grant, the district purchased 42 Chromebooks and a three-year license to MobyMax. With the new laptops, the 5th and 6th grade students in the district have the opportunity to improve math skills and comprehension, while becoming more tech-savy.
“We believe the combination of the Chromebooks and MobyMax will help students find success in math, while gaining proficiency with computer-related skills,” said Korryn Brooks, 5th and 6th grade teacher at Tri-County Elementary School. “This proficiency will lead to students being more confident in their abilities and will promote interest in the mathematical field.”
This past spring, local farmers nominated the district for a chance to apply for the grant. School administrators then designed a math-based project for the grant application. Once all of the school district applications were submitted, a panel of math and science teachers reviewed each application and selected finalists. An advisory council, composed of farmer-leaders with an interest in agriculture and education, then selected the winning grant applications from a pool of finalists.
“Agriculture has become one of the most technologically advanced industries, so farmers are very aware of the need for superior math and science education, particularly in their own communities,” said Monsanto Customer Advocacy Lead Linda Arnold. “We are proud to partner with farmers to support the things that are most important to them—schools, youth, and their community.”
TASD celebrated receiving the grant on Nov. 19, during an all-school assembly. Nominating farmers, school representatives, and local Monsanto representative Steve Lefever attended the event.
Grow Rural Education encourages farmers to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000. Since 2011, Grow Rural Education has invested more than $7 million to support math and science education in rural school districts across the country.
This program is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which partners with farmers to support education, service organizations and youth in rural America. Visit www.growruraleducation.com to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America’s Farmers Grow Communities is currently in its enrollment period. To sign up, visit www.growcommunities.
Rare Juvenile Bobcat Mount added to Tri-County Collection
While traveling in the Neshkoro area, Larry Vanderhoef came across a juvenile bobcat that had been killed due to a collision with a motor vehicle. Vanderhoef, an avid member of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, determined that the juvenile bobcat was in good condition, so he collected the specimen and contacted the Wisconsin DNR. Larry completed the necessary paperwork to have the specimen mounted by a taxidermist and set out to find a place where the mount could be housed for public use. Upon hearing this news, Bob Fox of the Tri-County School Forest Advisory Committee facilitated the transfer of the specimen to taxidermy collection housed in the Tri-County High School biology classroom. Bob also worked to find donations to cover the cost of the taxidermy work. These donations ultimately came from the Hancock Sportsmen’s Club and the Almond Rod and Gun club. Taxidermy work was completed by Majestic Whitetail Taxidermy in Plainfield, and the mount is now on display in the high school biology classroom. Bobcats are rather shy and reclusive animals, so having a mount for students and community members to view is a meaningful addition to our collection. Being that this specimen was from our area, and a juvenile, makes the mount even more unique and interesting. Thanks to the support of community members and groups, students and other community members will be able to enjoy this specimen for many years to come.
Tri-County Obtains Bear Mount
Mark Hennes donated a shoulder mounted adult black bear to the Tri-County high school biology room taxidermy collection. Mark originally harvested the bear, a 200 pound female, while hunting in the wilds of Canada in 1983. The mount was showing some deterioration due to age. Restorative work needed to be completed before the mount would be able to be displayed. Tony Marinack, Tri-County School District Administrator, contacted Doug Rehwinkel of Majestic Whitetail Taxidermy in Plainfield, arranged for the restorative work to be completed, and transported the mount to Doug. Doug’s efforts quickly had the mount looking as good as any comparable style new mount, for only a fraction of the cost. The mounted bear was placed prominently above the smart board in the center of the classroom. The ominous outstretched clawed toed pose is an attention grabber, and is a welcomed representative of Central Wisconsin Wildlife in our collection. Students and community members are able to view this specimen, as well as our nearly 50 other specimens located in the biology classroom (room 117) collection. Viewers are welcome to investigate the collection more fully by reading about each individual mount in our classroom wildlife pamphlet. This pamphlet gives detailed information concerning each species such as habit and diet, range and breeding information, as well as interesting facts and a summary of each specimen’s acquisition. Thanks to Mark and Tony, we have a charismatic addition to the wonderful collection.
Capitol ceremony celebrates 2014-15
Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition
MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Tri-County Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said.
The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal and Dianne George, 1st Grade Teacher. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year.
“Tri-County Elementary has received 9 Title 1 School of Recognition Awards from the state of Wisconsin. Our state has been honoring Title 1 schools for the last 12 years. We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the State for recognizing our hard work, rapport, and dedication to educating all children,” said, Shawn Jepson, EC-6 Principal.
Important Family Access Message
Skyward rolled out a new look and additional features for Family Access. The new look became permanent in July 2014. Some of the new features include:
- Ability to view one or all of your children on screen
- More Language selections through Google Translator in Family Access
- Improvements on the navigation bar
- Easier access to attendance information
- An updated calendar with the ability to color code items (attendance, Assignments, test, etc.)
- The ability to show only the current term
- Additional course information
- As before parents can change their log and password for easy access
Annual Notice Regarding Homeless Children
Homeless children and youth (twenty-one years of age and younger) are defined as:
* Children and youth who lack a fixed, and adequate nighttime residence, and includes children and youth who are:
* Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
* Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
* Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, the Tri-County Schools provides the following assurance to parents of homeless children:
* There shall be immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.
* All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.
* Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin shall be possible. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child attended when permanently housed or when last enrolled.
* Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin or school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.
* Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include: special notices of events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.
Please contact Anthony Marinack, homeless liaison for the Tri-County Area School District for additional information about homeless issues. Mr. Marinack can be reached at (715) 335-6366 Extension 1020.
2014-15 School Year Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Notification
As a result of recent federal legislation (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act –AHERA), each primary and secondary school in the nation is required to complete a stringent new inspection for asbestos and to develop a plan of management for all asbestos containing building materials. Tri-County Area School District has a goal to be in full compliance with this law and is following the spirit, as well as, the letter of the law. As a matter of policy, the Tri-County Area School District shall continue to maintain a safe and healthful environment for our community’s youth and employees.
In keeping with this legislation, all buildings (including portables and support buildings) owned or leased by the school district were inspected by EPA accredited inspectors and samples were analyzed by an independent laboratory. Based on the inspection, the district prepared and the state approved a comprehensive management plan for handling the asbestos located within its buildings safely and responsibly.
Furthermore, the Tri-County Area School District has completed its AHERA 3-Year Reinspection requirement each three years.
This inspection was completed in January 2013 by Badger Environmental Services.
The six-month periodic surveillance inspections were done on schedule.
Federal law requires a periodic walk-through (called “surveillance”) every six months of each area containing asbestos. Also the law requires for all buildings to be re-inspected three years after a management plan is in effect.
Short-term workers (outside contractors – i.e., telephone repair workers, electricians and exterminators) must be provided information regarding the location of asbestos in which they may come into contact. All short-term workers shall contact the lead maintenance person before commencing work to be given this information.
Public Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy — (Code #411) No person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, extracurricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability or handicap as required by S. 118.13 Wisconsin Statutes. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The district encourages informal resolution of complaints under this policy. A formal complaint resolution procedure is available, however, to address allegations of violations of the policy in the Tri-County Area School District.
Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to: Anthony Marinack, District Administrator, 409 S. West Street Plainfield, Wisconsin 54966. Spanish translation of this notice is available in offices.