Widiker, SCC school board get acclimated


The St. Croix Central School District Board of Education met for the first time this school year during a special meeting Monday, Sept. 9, which gave new Superintendent Tim Widiker the chance to acclimate himself with the board as a whole.

The board discussed many topics during the special meeting, including the uses and merits of the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) system during a presentation given by Director of Teaching and Learning Shirley Arneson and Middle School Principal Scott Woodington.

The presentation outlined the many uses of the MAP system and what the data collected during the three-time a year test gives the staff and administration. Given the large amount of data made available by through the MAP tests, Arenson and Woodington felt it was important to build data teams who would sift through the information to find the most meaningful statistics to give to teachers and the administration.

"We want to set benchmarks, but we don't want to just meet them, we want to exceed them," Widiker said. "I've had a lot of conversations with people and a lot of them have said the reason they moved to the St. Croix Central School District is because of the reputation of our school district. They wanted their kids to go to school here."

The board also discussed the distribution of duties between the school board and the superintendent, including who should negotiate for the school system at contract talks and who should decide which courses to cut to meet budget demands.

Other agenda topics:

The board approved two resignations and seven new contracts for staff, athletic coaches and teachers.

The board gave its approval to allow the Baldwin-Woodville School District to transport an open enrolled student within the St. Croix Central district boundaries.

The first regular school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Middle School library.