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Six-period school day approved for next year

Somerset School District students will have a six-period daily schedule next year instead of the current eight-period day, said district administrator Randy Rosburg.

The Somerset Board of Education voted to make the change at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

“Students wanted more consistency in their day,” Rosburg said. “It should work really well. The focus will remain on providing quality education with quality instructors.”

Students will have three classes in the morning, each lasting between 55 and 56 minutes. Their day will be broken up with lunch and a homeroom, then three more classes in the afternoon. With the current eight-period schedule, classes last 42 minutes.

Physical education exemption

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will offer a physical education exemption next year too, Rosburg said. Any student in a varsity sport will earn one-half of a credit. That half-credit can count toward a half-credit of physical education. This will free up time for students to take another elective or have more time for math, English, social studies or science, Rosburg said.

Traffic congestion

The facilities committee has been looking for ways to alleviate the congestion of traffic between the middle school and high school in the mornings and afternoons.

“With buses and parents coming and going and dropping kids off, it gets a little tight back there,” Rosburg said.

The committee is researching where a future school building may be located, where roads will be built to accommodate potential buildings and if it would be cost effective to build roads sooner rather than later to alleviate the traffic issue.

Other business:

--Jane Driscoll, a middle school math teacher, was honored with the Silver Ring Award for 25 years of teaching service.

“Jane is a dedicated, passionate, student-centered math teacher,” Rosburg said. “She brings in practical mathematical applications to use in real-life problem solving.”

--The board voted to forgive the remaining amount due of $9,269.94 out of the original $33,000 price tag for putting in new playground equipment at the middle school a few years ago.

“We want to thank all the volunteer groups for all their work and fundraising for this project,” Rosburg said. “The board unanimously voted to zero out this account.”

The school’s adult crossing guards were honored by board members. They include Lora Greener, Heather Hornbostel, Garrison Jepsen, Robin Knudtson, Julie Schultz, Denise Siggens and Angie Sporleder. This week is School Crossing Guard Week.

Items approved under the consent agenda include the following:

-- Final notice of nonrenewal of Zac Eichten as the 9-12 EBD teacher for 2013-14

-- Hiring of Ann Jauquet as short term special education instructor

-- Early graduation for Jacob Germain, Brielle Knefelkamp and Trevor Wolff at the end of Term 2

-- Post-prom facility sponsorship and $1,500 facility fee

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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