Richland School Board August 7th Meeting

Construction projects throughout the Richland School District are progressing. District Administrator Jarred Burke reported Monday night, August 7th, that the goal is to have all projects completed by August 25th.


Burke also reported at Monday night's Richland School Board meeting that recently hired Middle School Principal Mark Olson will be transferring to the Reedsburg Area School District, meaning the position of middle school principal has become vacant. In addition, three staff positions have yet to be filled. They include the Middle School Tech Ed instructor, High School Spanish instructor, and High School Agriculture Instructor. Burke plans on having all three positions filled shortly.

The Richland School Board approved a proposal from Kraemer Brothers for a collection of security installments around the district. In one segment of the proposal, door positioning switches would be added at exterior doors not currently scheduled to receive them. This includes 12 at the High School, fourteen at the Middle School, six at Doudna Elementary, and four at Jefferson Elementary. Audible alarms would also be added to the exterior High School at three south corridors, two library doors, two wrestling corridors and four locker rooms. Cost of this portion of the proposal totals $45,537. In the other portion of the proposal, card readers would be added at the High School Reception Door for $2,241; adding a lockdown button at the District Office Reception area for $927; an intercom and buzzer at a back-up Reception Door at the District Office for $2,296; and adding Door Positioning Switches at the double doors to the lower level wrestling room at the Middle School for $2,363. The proposal was passed 5-1.

The board approved three separate agreements for the 2017-2018 school year including a vendor agreement between South West CAP Head Start and the Richland School District to provide lunch at $3.10 per meal; select under-enrolled classes offered by the High School for the first semester of the school year and the AmeriCorps Farm to School Application.

The board accepted a number of gifts incluidng a donation from the Kula Foundation, a utility vehicle from Vetesnik Power Sports for the 2017 fall sports season, $573 from DonorsChoose.org to be used in Mrs. Shipley's 4th grade classroom at Jefferson, a donation from Jones Chevrolet Buick meant for practice jerseys for the High School football team, and crest restoration from the previous High School.

Jarred Burke reminds the public that applications for the District Area 4 – At Large seat remain due by Friday, August 18th. The board will fill the vacancy at its next meeting on Monday, August 21st.