The Sauk Prairie School Board welcomed a new member to the school district while thanking another for years of service at their June 10 meeting.

Tricia Rodey has joined the Sauk Prairie School District as the new Middle School Assistant Principal and Activities Director.

“We are really excited to have her join our team,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Wright of Rodey. “She’s a science teacher with a reading specialist degree as well and a license in administration.”

Rodey formerly worked in the Middleton School District.

“When I am entrusted with a group of learners, be they staff or students, I make them promise,” Rodey said in a statement. “I promise to make them change and do things that are challenging in order to enhance learning. But I will never ask them to make a change without giving them the support they need to be successful. I will be honored to make this promise to the Sauk Prairie Middle School and to the Sauk Prairie School District as a whole.”

Longtime District Plumber Mark McNeely was thanked for his service by by Buildings and Grounds Manager Len Burzynski.

“He will be missed, and hard to replace,” Burzynski said. “(We wish) him luck in his endeavors after this.”

McNeely worked for the district for nine and a half years.

Athletic Updates

Athletic Director Josh Boyer presented an overview of the district’s proudest activities achievements over the spring season.

Boyer congratulated Boys Tennis Athletes Kelby Mach and Noah Wankerl, who recently won at the state level. “Kelby and Noah, they won the Division 2 State Doubles title, which ended up being our first doubles state championship in our history,” Boyer said. “And our first state title since 1998 for Boys’ Tennis.”

Boyer also congratulated the Boys Lacrosse team on a season that ended with a 9-12 loss to Arrowhead in the state quarterfinals. “They had a very successful year nonetheless,” Boyer said.

The Girls Soccer Team ended their season with a narrow 0-1 loss to Oregon June 9 after winning the WIAA Regional Championship.

Freshman Katelyn Fischnick scored 45 goals over the season. Boyar said he believes that is a record for the district. “She’s got three more years to try to top that,” Boyer said of Fischnick.

Other than softball, which saw a dip from 31 participants to 28, participation rates increased for all spring sports from the 2017-2018 year. Overall, the number of participating students increased to 303 from 258, the highest spring participation rate in 13 years.

“Usually more students being active signifies greater joy at being in school,” said Superintendent Cliff Thompson. “Secondly, it usually means there’s an increase in performance.”

With a recommendation from the Athletic Directors, the Badger Conference Principals voted to approve a $1 price increase for athletic events during the 2019-2020 school year.

Boyer said the increase is inline with the WIAA increasing ticket prices from $4 to $5 for regional playoffs during the 2016-2017 school year.

“This will be conference wide,” Boyer said. “So this will not just be a Sauk Prairie” ticket increase.

Punch cards and family/student passes have been adjusted to reflect the price change.

CESA 5 Report

After being appointed to attend the Cooperative Educational Service Agency District 5 conference, School Board Member Tyler Erickson reported training opportunities were on offer by the organization. “It was a very informational meeting,” Erickson said. “They offer substitute teacher training workshops… they also do help with DPI licensing.”

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.

“They also went over vision resources for students that are vision impaired,” Erickson said.

CESA 5 is currently offering training for prospective substitute teachers. Participants do not need a teaching license or sub permit, but are required to have an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited higher education institution. More information can be found at www.cesa5.org

You can reach Jake Ekdahl on Twitter @JakeaEkdahl or contact him at 608-697-6353

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