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Little Chute School Board approves student advocate, literacy coach positions

Judy Dixon Hebbe

A student advocate and literacy coach position were both approved for full time at the elementary school at last week's Little Chute School Board meeting.

The student advocate will work collaboratively to ensure a comprehensive approach to student interventions, both academically and behaviorally. While the position is new, it was created by combining the 4K through fourth-grade student advocate and grades 5/6 interventionist job descriptions. It will not increase current full-time employees.

The literacy coach position is not new, but has been upgraded from a half-time position to a full-time position and will not increase current full-time employees. The 4K-6 literacy coach and instructional support teacher will work with professional staff to meet the needs of individual students in their class, build teacher capacity and ensure student achievement.

Board members approved accepting 114 open enrollment applications and approving 61 Little Chute students leaving for other school districts for the 2020-21 school year. The total number of open enrollment students include 19 who already attend the district, 88 in 4K to grade 12, 35 in the Flex Academy and five in the Little Chute Career Pathways Academy.

Of the 88 applicants in 4K through grade 12, 38 will enroll in elementary school, seven in intermediate school, six in middle school, 18 in high school and LCCPA and 19 in the flex academy. Seven students, including three in kindergarten and one each in first, third, fourth and 10th grades, were denied admission because of lack of space and/or special education availability. Those denied will be placed on a wait list. There are over 500 open-enrolled students in the Little Chute School District.

Board members approved acceptance of the Outagamie County Sales Tax allowance for school districts and policies covering the annual operating budget, state and federal funding sources, and revenues from investments. They also approved deleting policies 621, 623 and 662, which the new policies replace.

Holly Lemm was approved to replace Jennifer McDermot as Flex Academy grade 4 and 5 teacher.  Lemm has served as a learner coach in the Flex Academy for six years and has teaching experiences spanning all ages while substituting in Appleton, Kaukauna and most recently in a long term position during a recent leave.

The board also accepted the resignation of Tara Strasburg, who has served for nine years as the special education teacher at the Flex Academy.