SCC School Board OKs before- and after-school programs
Roughly one-third of elementary school parents, 185 families, responded positively to a questionnaire developed to determine whether the elementary school should offer before- and after-school programming for students.
Elementary school principal Peter Nusbaum created the questionnaire in response to inquiries from parents, teachers and staff. Eighty-four percent of those who answered the questionnaire said they would use both before- and after-school care.
After conferring with Superintendent Tim Widiker, who supported the idea, Nusbaum requested bids to operate such a program from area providers. Three proposals were received, and after careful consideration by Nusbaum’s office, Special Education Director Patricia Basche, and Widiker, Ahead of the Curve Child Care’s proposal was selected to recommend to the school board.
“Ahead of the Curve was very specific in regards to programming. In addition to scheduled programming like homework help and arts and crafts, on days off (Professional Development Days), they would try to incorporate theme days, like pajama day and other theme-type activities,” Nusbaum said. “They will also offer more involved afternoon programs, like an adventure club or bring in the reptile guy. They would make these programs available to all SCC students, not just those enrolled in the program. They also offered a drop-in care option, which I think is important.”
Ahead of the Curve charges $6 per day for before-school care; $9 per day for after-school care; $13 per day for a before- and after-school option; and $31 per day for non-school days. Drop-in care rates would be the same. The elementary school would be responsible for providing space for the program including computer lab and library access and storage that could be locked to secure program materials. Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Greg Green estimated the physical plant impact of the program would be negligible other than adjusting heating and cooling hours. The agency would be responsible for attaining proper licensing and insurance and providing teachers. The program could potentially employ several high school students as aides to teachers. Ahead of the Curve will also be responsible for handling all financial transactions pertaining to the program.
Pending a contract to be developed by Wisconsin Association of School Boards attorney Barry Forbes, the board unanimously approved the new program to begin with the start of school next month.
Positive Behavioral Intervention
Nusbaum reported that the committee responsible for instituting the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) process at the elementary school held its first meeting and produced a Cares Packet incorporating its core values entitled The Panther Way SCC Cares. Up next, the committee will create a flowchart designed to identify specific student behaviors and how to address them. The chart will be provided to all teachers to ensure consistency in how they evaluate and educate students with regard to appropriate behavior.
The committee also selected second-grade teacher Shelly Clay to be the new elementary school Positive Behavior Coach. Clay will be paid $1,400 annually for her additional responsibilities. Nusbaum anticipates it will take two to three years for the PBIS process to be fully implemented at the elementary school. Both the middle school and the high school already have character development programs in practice. The board unanimously approved Clay as the elementary school Positive Behavior Coach.
Communications consultant Carrie Fisher explained to board members the referendum communication plan is well underway.
“The purpose of this communication plan is to make sure that everybody in the district that we can possibly reach, receives information about what went into the needs assessment, what the proposal is, and what the cost of the proposal will be so that when they go to the polls to vote, they can make an informed decision on the referendum,” Fisher said.
The steering committee, which includes board members John Hueg and Jeff Redmon, several members of the Facilities Task Force (FTF), and several experienced communications people, will do double duty as the communications committee responsible for overseeing that the message created is clear and consistent.
An outreach committee has identified 30 local civic groups to be approached by the end of October. The committee has also scheduled three public information sessions; Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the middle school; Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the high school; and Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the elementary school. Board members will be present and Redmon will serve as moderator at the meetings. Representatives from the FTF will present the proposal and representatives from Wold Architects, Miron Construction and Baird Financial will be available to answer questions. Additional plans include the creation of a promotional video, educational campaigns using postcards and social media, and sets of large presentation boards Illustrating the proposed additions and improvements available at all three school properties. All of the promotional materials generated by the communication committee will be available on the district website along with video and minutes of meetings. Information on the website will be kept as current and complete as possible up to and through the vote in November. A referendum fact sheet will be available by the open house scheduled for Aug. 27.
- Summer School Director Nicholas Haug reported that numbers were slightly down from last summer but attributed the decline to the shorter day and lack of a midday bus transport option.
“In the past we’ve ended at 3:30 p.m This year we ended at 2 p.m. Recesses in the morning and afternoon were cut down from a half hour to 15 minutes each, and the lunch time recess was cut from one hour to a half hour to fit with the DPI’s required minutes. A positive came out of it. We had significantly less discipline issues this year,” said Haug.
- The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will take place Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. at the middle school library.