Board recognizes 2020 WASB honorees

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The Board of Education recognized 2020 Wisconsin Association of School Board Business Honor Roll recipients Biopharmaceutical Technology Center Institute/Promega, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, KEVA Sports Center, and SPARK at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.

Board president Annette Ashley presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. The School Board has been meeting virtually since mid-March.

Read more about the 2020 WASB Business Honor Roll award recipients on the District website.

In other news from Monday's meeting:
 
* The Board held a 90-minute learning session before its regular meeting on the budget and a school level spending report that is being required of all districts and will be released to the public later this week.
 
* Director of Secondary Education Laura Love briefly updated the Board on the secondary instructional model change request process.
 
Love reminded members that middle and high school families were previously told they could change instructional models between first and second semester. However, because of the work involved in administering those requests, the District would like to adjust the timeline.
 
Love plans to meet with Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and 4K MaryBeth Paulisse and Director of Communications Perry Hibner this week about a request form that will go out to families of secondary students. The form will be different than the one elementary families will fill out if and when students at that level can return to school buildings for instruction. The secondary form is based on courses changing at the semester and not on when or if students at those levels return to school buildings.  

The form will likely be available on Thursday. Families of secondary students would need to complete the survey before Dec. 2.
 
* The Board decided to wait to approve an elementary blended learning model until the Nov. 23 meeting. The School Board received a report about two models -- 2-1-2 and half-day -- at its meeting on Nov. 16 and asked administration to bring forward a recommendation.  
 
Administration recommended the 2-1-2 model. Members had lots of questions and feedback about each model at the latest meeting. Administration will survey elementary staff about their preference and share the results at the Nov. 23 meeting.   
 
* Anne Bauer, Sean Hyland, and Todd Smith, whose three-years terms expire in 2021, indicated they do not plan to run for re-election. Bauer has served for nine years, Hyland six and Smith since 2016.  
 
* The Board approved a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 starting at 6 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to last 90 minutes and include information from Dr. Ellen Wald, the chair of UW-Madison's Department of Pediatrics. The additional meeting was discussed by the agenda setting committee on Nov. 9. 

* Board president Annette Ashley noted the Board received three emails that residents asked be read into the official record. The emails will be posted on the District website's Community Announcements page later this week once personally identifiable information is redacted. Each communication asked that students be returned to school buildings.
 
Bob Green, Katy Morgan, and Todd Smith noted the School Board continues to receive lots of feedback on reopening schools and which blended model to select and thanked residents who have reached out. Members also encouraged residents to continue to reach out and that their emails are being read.  
    
* Superintendent Dana Monogue noted the start of medium and high-impact winter sports were postponed last week by all Big Eight Conference schools. She said athletic directors will continue to work to decide when those sports can start. The decision was "made out of an abundance of caution,'' she noted.