5/21/2014 1:04:00 PM Cameron OKs school construction bid
Valerie Leair Chronotype staff
Cameron School Board members approved a base bid of $3,244,639 from RJ Jurowski Construction of Whitehall to complete the Cameron High School projects. Bruce Mohns of Lien & Peterson Architects said the projections are subject to change only minimally from what was budgeted in the referendum. "And the good news is we're under budget for the football field," said Mohns. "And the timeline is still in our favor." He said that, currently, good progress is being made on the projects. Groundbreaking for the elementary school is Thursday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
Eighth hour issues Melissa Bekkum, parent of a sophomore at the high school, spoke to the board regarding changes to the eighth hour of the school day starting next year. This year, students with 3.0 grade point averages and other specifications were allowed to leave the building early. "I think it's a good life lesson that when they work hard, they get rewarded," she said. "Now that it's changing, they feel like they're being punished." In the next school year, plans have changed in scheduling for the eighth hour homeroom period. "Next year, we're only offering the early release option to seniors. We're looking at offering enrichment opportunities for the students," said John Meznarich, high school principal. "We're trying to make it more productive for the kids rather than just cutting them loose for them to head out the door." Joe Leschisin, assistant supervisor, said, "When we started doing this, it was just a ball of clay. We wanted to try something. But now we want to make it better." Allen Breeden, board member, said, "It was never a lifelong thing. We were just trying it out." Meznarich said that also beginning next school year, students will have the same homeroom teacher during eighth hour throughout their high school year. "This is so the teachers can do progress monitoring and build strong relationships with their homeroom group," he said. "And then there is always one other adult in the building in which a relationship with a student is built." Bekkum suggested that administration should explain this better to the students. "I don't think the kids quite know what's going on," she said. "We can try to make this more understandable to the kids," said Meznarich. He also said that the high school has been working with UW-Barron County to expand post-secondary credit options for students. "We are still working out the specific classes available, but we have had two teachers approved to teach UW-Barron County classes at the high school," he said. The two teachers are Carla Kuffel and Tammy Pacholke.
Other approvals The board approved hiring Jennifer Groskopf for the position of high school special education teacher and Jaime Keep as the educational interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing. Also approved were resignations from Phyllis Arts, elementary school dishwasher, and Becky Crowe, educator for the home school program. A technology services contract with Getzger services, owned by Tim Getchell and Peter Metzger, at a cost of $125,000 was approved. Getzger will manage, monitor and plan the infrastructure, support network and device media, maintain the functionality of network servers and maintain device usage.
Reports Meznarich said that the senior awards banquet had 46 seniors and their families in attendance. "At the program, $116,900 worth of scholarships were awarded with $38,900 of that given by local contributors," he said. "Two seniors, Sidney Wilder and Cody Pumala, earned full ride scholarships to their respective universities, " Meznarich said. Patricia Schroeder, elementary school principal said that about 180 kids have signed up for summer school which runs June 10-20. "And we have already started scheduling for next year," she said. The board meets again Monday, June 16 at 6 p.m. in the middle school library. - - - -