The April 22 Sauk Prairie School Board meeting saw two members take the oath of office after successfully being elected to vacant seats on the board.

Richard Talmage and Tyler Erickson both ran unopposed for two open seats in the April 2 election. Erickson is a newcomer to the school board. Richard Talmage returned to the school board after previously serving for 13 years.

Talmage also served as a Sauk Prairie Pool Sharks Board Member, Friends of Education Board Member at Tower Rock School, American Legion member and Sauk Prairie Music Association supporter.

“We welcome a new member,” School Board President Richard Judge said. “And a seasoned one, returning.”

The board also elected a new president. Richard Judge assumed the presidency of the school board at the April 22 meeting. Former School Board President Ryan Jesberger announced in late 2018 he would not be seeking reelection. Judge has served as school board president before.

School Board Members James Isaacson and Mary Ann Marx were elected vice president and treasurer respectively. The elections were unanimous with abstentions from Judge and Isaacson while their nominated positions were voted upon.

Talmage was elected clerk after his oath of office.

The Finance & Personnel and Policies & Instruction Committees met prior to the School Board in Conference rooms one and two respectively.

Superintendent’s Report

Sauk Prairie Superintendent Cliff Thompson spoke highly of the High School Drama program’s performance of “A Wrinkle in Time”.

“It took me back to my third grade year in elementary school, when I first read the book,” Thompson said. “And now to see our students and drama leaders share their own interpretation of that book in their production, it was outstanding.”


Erickson was appointed by the board to attend the Cooperative Educational Service Agency District 5 conference.

CESA serves 35 school districts in central Wisconsin by providing a link between the districts and the state Department of Public Instruction. CESA 5 is headquartered in Portage and serves school districts in Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Juneau, Marquette Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood Counties.

Activities Updates

Athletic Director Josh Boyer said the Boys Swim Program won their third consecutive conference title this year.

“They’re very motivated to win their fourth straight, next year,” Boyer said.

The Sauk Prairie Boys Swim program has only won four consecutive swim conference titles once before during the 1970s.

“Our boys are definitely motivated to get the fourth, and some of them want to break that and even get the fifth,” Boyer said.

Boyer also praised performances by the Boys Hockey and Show Choir programs.

“Our Forensics Team, they won the Lodi invitational at the state meet,” Boyer said. “And also the state festival at UW-Madison… we had thirteen gold medals won, eight silver and two bronze.”

Other Business

The school board approved hires for an alternative high school education teacher, a middle school special education teacher and a 4K teacher.

Resignations for the After School Club teaching assistant and secretary were accepted along with retirements for the middle school assistant principal and special education teaching assistant.

The board went into closed session to hold private conferences requested by one or more employees who received notice non-renewal of their contracts was being considered.

The Sauk Prairie School Board will meet again May 13.

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