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Wisconsin Education News
March 6, 2014
Food service program $8,000 in red (Westby Times © 03/06/2014)
In August 2013, Jennifer Buros, the Westby Area School District business manager put to rest concerns that the Westby Area School District Food service program was dangerously in the red, after final numbers revealed the program recorded a mere $32 loss for the 2012-13 school year.
Frac sand facility proposed near C-FC school dealt setback (La Crosse Tribune © 03/06/2014)
FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. -- A sand mining company that wants to build a railway loading facility on prairie land near Cochrane-Fountain City School yanked its rezoning request at the last minute late Tuesday — but it’s not giving up.
New Cedar Grove-Belgium administrator to be paid $120k (Sheboygan Press © 03/06/2014)
The Cedar Grove-Belgium Area School District will pay its new district administrator, Jeanne Courneene, an annual salary of $120,000, according to district reports released this week.
Residents seek answers at Falls referendum info night (Sheboygan Press © 03/06/2014)
With less than a month left until voters can weigh in on two referendum building questions totaling $30.2 million, Sheboygan Falls Board of Education members and school district employees hosted the first of two referendum information nights to communicate building plans and give residents a chance to ask questions and voice their opinions.
Common Core 101: A primer to separate education fact from fiction (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel © 03/05/2014)
If Common Core leaves you confused, you're not alone.The academic standards were adopted by most states with little fanfare, but have generated much controversy of late.
Kettle Moraine referendum upgrades take aim at safety (Kettle Moraine Index © 03/06/2014)
Superintendent Pat Deklotz and Director of Facility Services Dale Zabel have both seen it happen: A visitor to one of the schools in the Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) enters a building without being buzzed in by office staff — either following someone who was authorized to enter or sliding in before the door closes on someone who exited.
Kettle Moraine students take bigger role in chemistry labs (Kettle Moraine Index © 03/06/2014)
That traditional model has been redesigned for Kettle Moraine chemistry students.
Lena School To Offer German, College Courses (Peshtigo Times © 03/06/2014)
Lena High School students can sign up to learn German during the 2014-15 school year, as well as choose from an expanded range of classes that offer credit at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical School (NWTC).
Maple Grove students learn effects of too much sugar (Wausau Daily Herald © 03/06/2014)
Members of the Lincoln County Oral Health Coalition spent Friday at the rural elementary charter school teaching students about the negative health effects of sweets for Sugar Out Day.
Middle schoolers take Compassion Project to new level (La Crosse Tribune © 03/06/2014)
Foundation Director Tim Riley adapted the Compassion Project from a similar effort in Appleton, Wis. School assemblies this week and the leadership program at Hogan Administrative Center could provide a solution to one of the quandaries faced by educators — how to keep students focused on compassion after this year’s project ends, Riley said.
Redesigned SAT to focus more on analytical skills (Sheboygan Press © 03/06/2014)
Creators of the SAT exam announced plans Wednesday to toughen the test in the face of stagnant national scores, planning to challenge students to provide more analysis, cite evidence and even turn in their calculators before answering some math questions.
$20M Referendum Targets Maintenance Issues at 6 GB Schools (WBAY Green Bay © 03/06/2014)
Green Bay - Principals at elementary and middle schools in the Green Bay Area Public School District say their buildings need some serious upgrades and they are asking taxpayers to help by passing a $20 million referendum.
Committee to hear Common Core bill (WKOW TV © 03/06/2014)
MADISON (WKOW) -- Testimony is underway on a Senate bill that would allow the legislature to establish a 15 member board to set academic standards for Wisconsin public schools.
Parkview Schools prepare referendum (WCLO Janesville © 03/06/2014)
Parkview School District officials kick off a series of referendum information meetings Tuesday night. fficials laid out their case for a $17 million facility referendum and a three-year $350,000 operational referendum.
Referendums to Watch in April's Spring Election (WBAY Green Bay © 03/06/2014)
In the Spring elections on April 2nd, voters in Northeast Wisconsin will be asked to approve millions of dollars that would benefit their school districts.
Staffing, enrollment are discussed at White Lake (Antigo Daily Journal © 03/06/2014)
Questions about enrollment and staffing sparked an informational meeting at the White Lake School Tuesday, held to discuss the upcoming April 1 spending referendum.
TIF closures won't help with school district deficits (Oshkosh Northwestern © 03/06/2014)
Oshkosh Area School District officials say the upcoming termination of three special development districts within the city will result in a slight decrease to property taxes in the coming years, but will do nothing to help with ongoing budget deficits.
Retired Sevastopol principal Majeski to run for 1st Assembly District seat (Door County Advocate © 03/06/2014)
A retired school principal will seek the Democratic nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st Assembly District seat now held by Rep. Garey Bies, R-Sister Bay.
New SAT: The essay will be optional, students will be able to use computers beginning in 2016 (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel © 03/05/2014)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The perfect score will again be 1,600. What's more, the essay will be optional, students will no longer be penalized for wrong answers and the vocabulary is shifting to do away with some high-sounding words such as "prevaricator" and "sagacious."