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Durand Board of Education President Bill Yingst recognized Galen Radle for his many years of service on the school board. Radle attended his ﬁnal meeting April 16.
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Durand BOE recognizes Radle for years of service
Tammy Hoyt and Bill Yingst took an oath of ofﬁce after being re-elected to the school board this month.
In a regular meeting held pril 16, the Durand Board of ducation reviewed results of he facilities study, and thanked alen Radle for his many years f service on the school board, as he meeting was the last one for adle. The consent agenda, including he agenda, minutes of the regu-ar meeting March 19, vouchers, nd the treasurer’s report, was pproved. The junior class president and ice president appeared before he board to report on student ac-ivities. They reported on the Ac-demic Decathlon Team, foren-sics, the musical, reality check, nd other events and activities. Principals Bill Clouse and Eri-a Johnson reported on Educator ffectiveness. Educator Effec-iveness will go into effect for he 2014-15 school year, and im-acts how teachers are evaluated. Johnson reported they have spent the last two years trying o gague educator effectiveness. he said one of the biggest af-ects for administrators and eachers have been SLOs, or Stu-ent Learning Objectives written y the teachers. Administrators omplete School Learning Ob-ectives. Johnson reported this helps he staff do a better job of taking eaningful data. Each teacher oes two SLOs per year. Johnson said many teachers already com-lete SLOs, but Educator Effec-iveness will make the objectives ore thorough. Clouse reported educators are scored on a four-point scale, and said the district wants twos and hrees, but not ones. He said twos nd threes are quality educators, nd a four-rating is a place teach-rs will visit, but can’t maintain n a day-to-day basis. Clouse said there is a rated year, then wo non-rated years. Clouse said the Department f Public Instruction determines he years. First-year teachers au-omatically get rated in their ﬁrst nd second year. Clouse said a lot of time is nvolved, and he is interested to see the impact the program has n learning. Board members Bill Yingst nd Tammy Hoyt took an oath f ofﬁce after being re-elected arlier this month, and Superin-endent Greg Doverspike shared 014 election results. An out-of-state travel request as made by Mrs. Johnson and he 3rd grade team to travel to he Minnesota Science Muse-m. The trip will be funded by students, the third grade budget, nd the fundraiser account. The undraiser account through the TO will also help offset any ost shortages for students that re unable to afford the trip. The oard approved the request. Doverspike reported no hange in the summer school fferings, and the requests were pproved as presented. Representatives from SDS Ar-hitects and Market & Johnson were present at the meeting to present the ﬁndings of the facil-ities study. The study started in February. Data collection and documentation was completed in February and March, recommen-dations and budgets are being worked on in April, and concepts and approach will be completed in May through July, with option reﬁnement in August. The representatives reported that the facilities are well-main-tained, and there were no major surprises, though some issues were reported in the original part of the high school building. A number of issues were pointed out at Caddie Woodlawn, and the representative said the building is outdated and un-der-utilized. A pitched parking lot was recommended at Arkansaw Ele-mentary School to allow water to drain, and to replace well equip-ment. 2015 high school classes un-der the policy minimum were presented by Clouse. Many of the classes are either combined with another class, transcripted credit with CVTC, AP, or taught via distance learning. The class list was approved. Mrs. Johnson, along with Ryan Miller, Kathy Forster, and Wendy Arneson proposed the creation of a summer reading program throughout the district. The teachers presented to the Board, and sought approval for use of a school van for a book-mobile. They stated there is a reading loss in the summer, and hope with a summer bookmo-bile, the loss will be curbed. The teachers stated the pro-gram would focus on 4K through ﬁfth grade, and 14 teachers have already volunteered their time to help over the summer. The pro-gram will offer read-aloud time, book check-out, and snacks. The program is hoped to be offered at Memorial Park, AES, Eau Galle Park, Rock Falls park, and Tarrant Park every Tuesday. Funding will come from the Title I budget, and the Scholas-tic Literacy Partnership program. When done with the books, they get handed out to students. One teacher reported talking to students about the potential program, and they were very excited. Doverspike thanked the teachers for coming, and said he thought the cost of gas was a good investment. He said ad-ministration supports the idea, and noted it was commendable for the 14 or so teachers who had volunteered their time over the summer. The Board approved. A contract with MJ Care for SBS and MAC was approved at a cost of approximately $5,000. The Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology Committee met March 26, and recommended a middle school/high school En-glish textbook adoption. The goal is to purchase as many grades this year as the budget allows, and to purchase the remaining materials in future years. The Board approved. The Facilities, Finance, and Transportation Committee met April 10. Doverspike reported the purchase of a new scoreboard for the main gym was approved using advertising dollars. The current scoreboards will go to the new gym. A new sound system is hoped to be installed in the main gym by graduation, and it will be used for all events. The committee also recom-mended a lunch and breakfast price increase of 10 cents for students, a 25 cent lunch increase for staff, and 15 cent breakfast increase for staff. Doverspike said the school is seeing a dras-tic decline, and is serving 14,500 less meals now than two or three years ago. The Board approved. Doverspike reported the net defecit is currently at $160,000 for the 2014-15 budget. The CVTC Academy Program meeting was postponed until Thursday. Doverspike reminded the Board Durand is hosting the WASB new board meeting on April 17 in the high school caf-eteria. Doverspike reported the new bill regarding minute require-ments was signed into law, which means there is no longer a 180 day requirement for school. Doverspike said this gives the school some more ﬂexibility in calculating summer school min-utes for state aid purposes. The WIAA is keeping con-ference realignment responsi-bilities. The private school mul-tiplier was pushed to an ad-hoc committee. Recommendations will be presented to the WIAA by September 1, and to the Board of Control by December 1. Clouse reminded the Board that graduation is May 23 at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be held May 21.
Local couple opening ﬁtness center in Pepin
Brad and Danni Noel, pictured with their son, Landon, are opening “Forever Fit” in Pepin. A grand opening will be held this weekend, and the 24/7 hours of operation will begin Wednesday, April 30.
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Brad and Danni Noel, who have lived in Pepin all their lives, said they remember the ﬁtness center in Pepin, but never used it. “I believe it hasn’t been a ﬁt-ness center since we were still in high school, or close to it,” Danni said. The Noels are reopening the center, Forever Fit, this weekend. “Brad has always wanted to do something like this, and has looked into different businesses,” Danni said. “We’re more into ﬁt-ness now ourselves, and we think this is a good thing for the com-munity.” “About two months ago, I called the owner of the building to see what his plan was for it,” Brad said. “He told me he want-ed to see it become a ﬁtness cen-ter, and wanted someone in the area to run and manage it.” The goal of Forever Fit is to encourage healthy lifestyles in the community, Danni said. “It’s family-friendly, open 24 hours, and will offer a supervised play room on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings,” she said. The 24/7 ﬁtness facility will offer Zumba for kids and adults, reﬂexology by appointment, and a full range of cardio training and strength training equipment. “We’re hoping to eventually incorporate a trainer,” Brad said. “That would be ideal.” “There’s something for every age group,” Danni said. “We have something everyone can use, whether they’re training for a marathon or just want to be heart healthy.” Both the Noels plan to main-tain their full-time jobs—Danni is a counselor in the Plum City School District, and Brad works construction. Brad said they hope to provide a positive place the community can use. “There’s more and more re-search about being heart healthy,”Danni said. “We want to encour-age healthy lifestyles, and want to offer an environment for peo-ple to exercise and destress.” The Noels said they are open to suggestions on how to im-prove and create a place that ﬁtspeoples’ needs. A grand opening will be heldSaturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., and Monday and Tue-sady from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Freereﬂexology will be offered onSunday from 10-5. Danni saidpeople are welcome to comethose four days to work out for free, check the facility out, and sign up for memberships. Free zumba classes will alsobe offered for adults on Satur-day from 9-9:30, Sunday from1-1:30, and Monday and Tuesdayfrom 6-6:30. Free kids Zumbaclasses will be offered Saturdayfrom 9:30-10, and Sunday from1:30-2. 24/7 facility hours beginWednesday, April 30.
THRIFT/ RUMMAGE SALE
At the Old Store in Arkansaw
FRIDAY, APRIL 259 a.m. to 7 p.m.SATURDAY, APRIL 268 a.m. to Noon(?)
1965-83 Copenhagen porcelain collector plates, clothing of many sizes, lots of infant girls, size 10 womens boots, scrubs, exercise stuff, books and much, much misc.!
ALSO MOVING SALE AT:Prescott StreetFriday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.Saturday 8 a.m. - Noon(?)
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Town of Waubeek
Seeking mowing bids for Waubeek Cemetery
Bids include mwoing and trimming when necessary plus clean up branches and debris. Proof of insurance required.
Send bids to:
David KleinN6168 S. Kirk RoadDurand, WI 54736
Bids due by May 15, 2014
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PHYSICAL THERAPIST NEEDED
Pepin County seeks to contract with a Licensed Physical Therapist for our ﬂuctuating Home Care caseload. Current WI PT License and WI Driver’s License required.
PEPIN COUNTYHEALTH DEPARTMENTPO Box 39740 7th Avenue WestDurand, WI 54736-0039715-672-5961www.co.pepin.wi.us
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Neighbors helping neighbors
Bryan Bauer, of the Durand Sportsmen’s Club, presented a donation on April 22 to JamesSedlmayr, of the Durand Fire Department, for the department’s annual chicken dinner anddance May 10 at the ﬁre hall. Rafﬂe tickets for the event are still available at local businesses andthrough members of the department.
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David Klein, of the Pepin County Dairy Promotion Board, presented John Zacharias, of the Pepin County Food Pantry, with an $800 donation on April 22 to be used throughout the remainder of the year to purchase dairy products such as milk, cheese, and butter.