The Hayward School Board on Monday, July 15, reviewed student discipline reports from building principals for the 2018-19 year, which includes in-school and out-of-school suspensions and the number of habitual truants.
A habitual truant is defined as more than 10 excused absences or more than five unexcused absences. A student can be cited as habitually truant once in each semester.
The reported figures are:
Primary school — 20 habitual truants;
Intermediate school — 33 habitual truants;
Middle school — 56 habitual truants, 56 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 40 students, plus six in-school suspensions; 175 total referrals for disciplinary reasons including warnings and the academic learning alternative center (ALAC) but not including teacher-assigned detention;
High school — 111 habitual truancies (which includes students with multiple absences), 117 suspensions for a total of 77 students, one in-school suspension, 14 pre-expulsion conferences, no expulsions, one weapons-related incident, 10 voluntary withdrawals, 46 alcohol, tobacco or other drug abuse referrals; 262 total referrals, not including teacher-assigned detentions; and 69 referrals to authorities for potential criminal charges for offenses such as assault and battery.
Supt. Craig Olson said school staff continue to work with the parents, local law enforcement and the courts on the importance of attending school, which is directly related to academic success. “We need to continue pushing that effort,” he said.
Olson said the school district has had only one expulsion in the past eight years. Pre-expulsion hearings are held and if a student does not meet expectations, the student “could be in front of the board of education,” he said.
“From a board perspective, we certainly look to parents to help to get these numbers down,” said Board President Linda Plante.
The board received some favorable news on revenue for the coming school year.
Finance Committee chairman Dr. Harry Malcolm reported that the state biennial budget, which recently was passed by the Legislature and governor, contains “very positive news” for the Hayward School District budget.
The district will be allowed to spend $9,837 per student in the coming school year, an increase of $175. The state average is $10,500 per student. This provision “will give us an extra $320,000,” Malcolm said.
Likewise, state categorical aid and transportation aid for the Hayward district will increase about $200,000, Malcolm added.
Revenue for open-enrolled nonresident students also will increase. Hayward typically has more students coming in than going out under the open enrollment provisions.
Hayward also will get a raise in state aid for special education students this year and more the following year, Malcolm said.
The result is that “It looks like our budget will be in good shape this coming year,” Malcolm said. “It helps us pay for some things we’re trying to do. It means that the need for us to consider an operational referendum doesn’t exist for us in the near future.”
He added that it appears that the district tax rate (mil rate) will “stay roughly the same.”
Malcolm said the district’s year-end budget figures for 2018-19 are not yet available because the grants are still being worked through. The fiscal year ended on June 30.
In action items, the board:
• Voted to leave substitute staff pay rates the same for 2019-20 as the past year. They are: $109 per full day for a teacher and $59 for a half day; $11.36 per hour for a teacher’s aide in regular education classes and $12.45 per hour for teacher’s aides in special education classes; $12.60 per hour for a secretary; and $13.35 per hour for a custodian.
• Approved the annual academic standards to comply with state statutes, notifying parents of educational options available to their children and accountability reports (state report card) which are available on the district web site. The district meets state academic standards in all its curricular areas.
• Voted to spend up to $11,000 toward the $21,000 cost to construct new concrete block dugouts at the varsity softball field. The softball association will pay the rest of the cost.
Thompson’s Sand & Gravel will demolish the old dugouts, Keenan Construction will do the wood portion of the new dugouts and Jason Nowak will do the concrete work.
• Accepted the resignation of high school science teacher Charles Russell, who stated he has accepted a science teaching position at Shell Lake. Russell said he is “thankful for the time I have spent as an educator” in the Hayward Community School District and has had “an overall positive experience” here.
• Accepted the retirements of primary school aide Roxanne Thomas and custodian Terry Quaderer.
• Voted to hire Geraldine Muller as eighth grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher. She taught four years in the Mellen district.
• Approved the transfer of Amanda Stone from primary school aide to primary school technology integration specialist.
• Approved the transfer of Laura Hager from middle school aide to primary school aide.
• Voted to hire Michael Bestland as a housekeeper at the middle school.
On behalf of Peoples Bank Midwest, Mary Jo Becker presented a check for $584 to the school district — the proceeds from the dunk tank that bank staff operated on their green space on Main Street during the Musky Festival. The donation is earmarked for scholarships.
Olson said he is working on hires for school psychologist and the science department.
The board will hold its quarterly planning meeting Monday, July 22, when the board will receive progress reports from building principals on meeting board goals for 2018-19. The board also will work on goals for the 2019-20 year.
The topics will include student attendance, and using Skyward software to monitor of bullying and harassment, Olson said.
Intermediate Campus Assistant Principal Wade Reier said Guidance Counselor Angela Reinke has offered to bring a therapy dog to school to help students in need. She visited the Winter School to get information on their therapy dog.
Reinke would “start slowly,” bringing the dog to school one day a week and later two or three days a week, Reier said. She would take care of the dog, keeping it in a kennel in her room and making sure it is vaccinated and fed.
The school board would need to have the dog insured when it is in school, Reier added.
The board took no action pending the receipt of more information.