February 20th Richland School Board Meeting

The Richland School Board met Monday evening, February 20th.

Lincoln Dean of Students and 4-year old Kindergarten teacher Lisa Stafford reported on the recent Early Childhood and 4K screening. 63 students were screened earlier this month. Of those, 56 have already confirmed for the 4K program next year, and six have been referred for further testing for possible placement in Early Childhood. A second 4K screening is planned for April 7th, and another 10 families have signed their children up for that session with additional opportunities available. All-in-all, Stafford said that they are estimating the enrollment in 4-year old Kindergarten in the 2017-18 school year will be around 85.

District Business Official Kathy Stoltz updated the board on the status of the 2017-18 school year budget. She said that there is nothing out of the ordinary at this point in the year. A couple of the differences from the original budget were the reduced anticipated revenue of about $90,000 from the City of Richland Center closing a TIF district, and a significant anticipated savings in utility costs this year due to the overall mild winter. Stoltz said that the budget is generally on track, but the exact status won’t be known until later in the year.

The school board granted two requests to waive Policy 252 – School events on Wednesdays, Sundays, and holidays. The first allows the high school spring sports programs to practice on Memorial Day, and compete if necessary on Wednesday, May 24th and 31st. The second waiver allows the high school forensics team to compete in a District competition on Wednesday, March 22nd.

In other news from the Richland School Board meeting Monday night, the board accepted a grant from the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus totaling $2,546 to help purchase a table lift and other assistive technology devises. Silent Trivia will take place March 14th, with proceeds benefiting various student groups at the high school. And families and students are reminded that this Friday’s (Feb. 24) planned day off will be an instructional day. The board made that decision last month to help make up for lost time from inclement weather earlier in the school year.

Finally, following the closed portion of the meeting Monday night, the early retirement requests from two long-time high school teachers was approved. English teacher Therese Scheckel and Social Studies teacher Ken Thiede will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year.