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Kaukauna School Board discusses reopening plans for 2021

Andrew Hanlon

The Kaukauna School District Board of Education was updated on the district’s plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, discussing the state’s Education Forward plan that was released, at its regular meeting last Monday evening.

The district has put together a reopening taskforce that meets regularly. The idea behind the task force is to research, develop and implement a safe and effective plan for the 2020-21 school year.

The board also discussed the state’s Education Forward plan. It will be a “really good recipe book” for moving forward, said District Superintendent Mark Duerwaechter.

The board also approved the 2021 salary adjustments for all staff. Employees’ salaries for next year will be based on a 1.9 percent increase, as decided on by the board. The adjustment is based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is 1.81. However, the board wanted to have the same funding variable for all groups, hence the 1.9 percent increase.

The board also reviewed the preliminary budget for the 2020-21 year. The budget will be based off the 2019-20 school year budget because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board and the district both wanted to be careful and conservative with the budget.

Duerwaechter said there would have to be a budget repair bill coming from the state in order to change next year’s budget.

The board also discussed future land purchases for the district, but those discussions are still in the exploratory stages. The district is listening and learning about a future land purchase and some of the technical steps that would need to happen for the land purchase to be made.

The board approved a number of action items as well, including: the staffing request for a 4K certified staff member at Tanner Elementary School; the salary adjustment proposal for the Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education; the salary adjustment and title position change from District Accountant to Business Services Specialist; the salary adjustment and title change from EL Educational Assistant and Interpreter to EL Parent Coordinator; the salary adjustment and title change for the current Network Analyst to Network Engineer; the salary adjustment and title change for the current Hardware Specialist to Systems Support Specialist; the list of authorized users for accounts held by the district to include Bob Schafer, Tammy Werbowsky, Mark Duerwaechter and the Board of Education President, Vice President, Secretary and Clerk; the budget modifications as presented in the budget summary; the resolution committing fund balances, in accordance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) regulations; and the 2020-2021 preliminary operating budget as presented with total revenues for 2020-2021 forecasted at $54,402,131 and total expenses set at $54,323,503.

Personnel report:

Retirements: David Hagglund, science teacher at KHS; Mary Ziegler, phy ed teacher at Haen/PCCS

Resignations: Korina Harris, grade 5 teacher at River View; Jordan McCarthy, grade 3 teacher at Quinney

Appointments (pending successful background checks): Evan Guell, phy ed teacher at PCCS/Tanner; Tara Strasburg, special education teacher at Haen; Carly Burris, grade 4 teacher at NDLC; Robert Hart, art teacher at River View; and Ben VanDynHoven, maintenance worker

Assignment changes: Danielle Munger, grade 4 teacher at Haen to grade 5 teacher at River View