After electors voted for the school board to purchase land to build a new elementary school, Reedsburg’s school board took the next steps towards its other referendum projects at the Dec. 18 regular board meeting. The meeting was held at Webb Middle School to accommodate the number of attendees from the Special Board of the Electors Meeting.

The board approved 6-0-1 for Plunkett Raysich Architects to design work for the safe and secure entrances of all the school buildings, including the new elementary school. In addition, the board approved 6-0-1 to authorize Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. to design the new transportation facility. School Board President Gary Woolever abstained from the motions.

Plunkett Raysich Architects will serve as an architect for the district’s new elementary school. Business Manager Pat Ruddy said the work for safe and secure entrances portion of the referendum would be the “next major step” in the referendum projects.

“We want to formalize the original agreement we had with (Plunkett Raysich Architects) and to have them continue to take beyond just the concept design they had for our referendum process,” Ruddy said. “We tried to approach the new elementary school as the primary focus and now we’re starting to look at some of the other projects there.”

Architectural Design Consultants, Inc. is based out of Lake Delton. A location has not been determined for the transportation facility. However, the designers approved Ruddy said the board can begin looking at potential sites for the transportation facility.

“We’ll move forward with that,” Ruddy said.

Teachers recognized

The board recognized Reedsburg Area High School Math Teacher Brenda Bestor, Webb Middle School Math Teacher Ann Rocha and Webb Middle School Special Education Teachers Cheryl Warming and Stephanie Kroeger for becoming National Board Certificated Teachers.

All four educators completed their certification in one year and shared about their experience in the certification at the board meeting. District Administrator Tom Benson said it is the first time staff members at Reedsburg School District have been nationally board certified.

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to recognize these (staff members) as the first ever national certified board teachers here in Reedsburg,” Benson said.

Other business

The board unanimously approved to start a Clay Target League for trapshooting at the high school and approved to appoint Brett Schuppner as head coach of the league. The league will be sponsored by the Reedsburg Outdoors Club and students would compete under Reedsburg Area High School and would involve grades 6-12 on one team. The league is looking to begin practice in late Feb. or early March 2018.

The board unanimously approved the 2018-19 student calendar. The calendar has 181 student days in case one day is lost due to inclement weather.

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