Five area organizations were selected as recipients of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards' Business Honor Roll award recipients from the District in 2019.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Integrated Technology Solutions, Paragon Development Systems, Sauk Plains Plumbing and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute were nominated by District officials for the awards in August. The District learned in early September that all five would receive the honor.
Each business will receive a gift at an upcoming Board of Education meeting.
"We very much value the partnerships we have with this year's recipients along with all of our prior award winners,'' Director of Communications Perry Hibner said. "The toughest part of this is every summer narrowing down which organizations to nominate because there are so many who do so much for our District. We are fortunate to have so many business partners making a difference for our students and staff.''
The Ice Age Trail’s Saunters Program benefits fourth-grade students, who receive real-life, hiking experiences on three to five sections of the trail and the opportunity in a service learning project. Students take part in a variety of activities connected to the Common Core and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards while also sauntering up to eight miles per day. The Saunters Program aims to honor Henry David Thoreau’s belief, “It is great art to saunter.”
Added Park Elementary principal Monica Schommer: “Our partnership is amazing.”
Integrated Technology Systems plays an important role in the safety and security of all 10 of our schools, along with the other buildings, in the District. ITS provides design and installation services for our building access control and video surveillance systems. ITS also provides excellent value and is willing to take on very challenging problems to help the District meet its goal to make MCPASD as safe and secure as possible for students and staff, Director of Technology Services Jim Blodgett said.
Paragon Development Systems has been a terrific partner for the District, Blodgett said. In addition to providing standard IT equipment and services in a timely and conscientious manner, they have also stepped up when the District has needed significant expertise and advice, providing exceptional value, Blodgett said. They also engage with th eDistrict on a strategic level, providing valuable advice to position MCPASD to make the best use of limited funds, he added.
Sauk Plains Plumbing has worked with the District for the last 20 years. They perform many smaller plumbing projects including service and installation with current buildings and remodeling projects. "Steve Kuhn and his staff have done a great job and help us with many emergencies and difficult situations. We value their partnership and District support,'' said Bill Eberhardt, who formerly served as the Facilities Services coordinator and now is the project manager on MCPASD's building projects after the successful 2018 referendum.
The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute has partnered with Clark Street Community School for the past seven years to offer high school students in MCPASD's project-based charter school the opportunity to learn about dementia, aging and the brain. The hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, access to myriad content experts, exposure to related careers, and the chance to serve as a pilot for this type of educational partnership locally, nationally and globally have been incredibly beneficial for our students, staff and families, CSCS principal Jill Gurtner said.
It is the eighth year WASB has offered the program. This year a record 50 school districts nominated more than 160 businesses.
MCPASD is the only district in the state to have 40 organizations recognized over the eight years of the program, which recognizes school districts and local businesses that have partnered to provide additional learning opportunities or support students, staff and their local communities.
Here is a list of the organizations that have been nominated by MCPASD:
|Ice Age Trail Alliance||
All Channel Electronics
|Capitol Sand & Gravel||
Copp's Food Center
|Integrated Technology Solutions||Fleet Feet Sports||Robin Hill Landscaping||
|Paragon Development Systems||Integral Building Systems||SSE Concrete||
|Sauk Plains Plumbing||Singlewire Software||Trek Bicycle||
Middleton Optimist Club
|Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute||UW Credit Union||Vogel Brothers||
The UPS Store
|Cross Plains Chamber||Middleton Chamber||Bray Architects||BMO Harris|
|Crossroads Coffeehouse||The Business Source||News Publishing||J.H. Findorff & Son|
|Hilton Garden Inn||Boardman & Clark LLP||Nassco/Messner||Middleton Community Bank|
|North American Mechanical||Control Works||Schultz Electric||Standard Imaging|
|T.A. Miller Electric||Sauk Plains Plumbing||Willy Street Co-op||State Bank of Cross Plains|