Wisconsin Education News

March 21, 2019

The Wisconsin Education News is a daily update of education news and events that are taking place around Wisconsin.


Baraboo school referendum open house, tour highlights building's issues

Four community members — including one child — toured the Baraboo middle school Tuesday as Principal Dave Schwarz explained its issues and why the district is seeking a referendum to renovate the 43-year-old building.

Stop the Bleed: KUSD teachers learn life-saving measures

Knowing that preparedness can be the key to saving lives, more than 100 teachers at both Tremper and Indian Trail high schools recently participated in a voluntary Stop the Bleed first responder bleeding control training with the help of certified instructors from the Froedtert South Trauma team.

Clintonville schools set priorities for possible referendum

A second community meeting in the Clintonville High School commons was held March 14 to gather information from the public that could guide a school district referendum in April 2020.

Board votes to lower premium contribution for administration, teachers

The Kenosha Unified School Board voted 6-0 to reduce the percentage of heath care premium contributions paid by its largest employee group, which includes union-represented teachers and nonrepresented administrators, at a special meeting Wednesday night.

School District of Janesville considering new athletic coordinator position

The School District of Janesville is looking at creating a new athletic coordinator position to oversee the overall athletic programs.

Racine Unified School Board holds self-assessment meeting

RACINE — The Racine Unified School Board held a meeting Wednesday afternoon with the purpose of assessing the job board members are doing.

DeLong students visit local businesses as part of career development curriculum

Organized through a collaboration between the Eau Claire school district, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Wisconsin District of Junior Achievement, an organization that teachers financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to youth, the event aimed to give students an idea of what kinds of careers are available in the Chippewa Valley.

× ‘How do we pay people?:’ School district vows to ‘dissolve’ if voters refuse $11.5M tax increase

EAGLE — It's an ultimatum for voters -- approve millions of dollars in new taxes, or your schools are going to close. In a pair of small Wisconsin villages, spring will decide the future.

$32.8 referendum proposed for Clinton Community School District

In less than two weeks, voters in Clinton will decide on a $32.8 million facilities referendum for the Clinton Community School District.

Milton School District holds community meeting about April referendum

MILTON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Milton Middle School hosted the second of two community meetings Wednesday evening to help voters learn more about a referendum to improve schools.

Green Bay extends school year to make up for weather days

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay School District will make up missed school days by extending the school year.

Jennifer Cheatham: Madison remains committed to black student achievement in 'trying' year

Madison School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said Wednesday next month’s School Board election “will demonstrate the extent to which our community wants to follow through on” a commitment to better serving black students after what she called a “trying” school year.

Shorewood hires crossing guards laid off by contractor

When Shorewood officials found out March 17 that their contracted crossing guard company had gone out of business, they arranged for three police officers and seven school district employees to help students cross village streets the next day.

One City Schools, Access Community Health Centers announce partnership

Children at One City Schools, along with their families and the school's employees, will soon be able to utilize Access Community Health Centers, according to a new partnership announced by the two entities on Wednesday. 

Ellsworth School District to add 15 minutes to school days

It's been an unpredictable school year for local school districts that have had to deal with weather-related school cancellations and delays throughout the winter.

Waukesha finalizing plans to solve crossing guard dilemma

WAUKESHA — Many schools are scrambling to keep kids safe in crosswalks today, but one local school district is finalizing plans to end its crossing guard crisis.

Koshkonong Trails moves into modular building

Koshkonong Trails charter school in Cambridge has officially moved into its new building.

Bus seat belts operational

Three school buses with seat belts are now in use in Cambridge, as part of a pilot program through the Cambridge School District.

Rhinelander School Board approves projects

The School District of Rhinelander Board of Education approved the hiring of a director of human resources. Michele Cornelius will begin her duties April 1.

EC school board to vote on Memorial athletic field proposal April 1

Because of differing locations, settings and circumstances, the Eau Claire school district’s two high schools can never be the same, school board President Joe Luginbill said Monday.

Neenah Referendum Part 3

On April 2nd, voters in the Neenah School District will be asked whether to approve or veto a proposed $129.5 million spending plan to build a new school and make improvements to existing schools.

District making last appeal to keep football program in HON

Billy O’Brien, athletic/activities director and assistant principal for Hayward High School, made an appeal to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) in a Feb. 28 letter opposing a proposed 2020 football conference realignment that would remove the Hayward-LCO Hurricanes from the Heart of the North (HON) Conference, where it has been since 1950, and place it in the new Great Northern Conference (GNC).

Tied vote means no new Unified teacher pay scale -- yet

RACINE — Following 14 months of planning and discussion, a tied vote on Racine Unified’s new pay scale means the process will drag on even longer.

Whitewater school district calendar date changes approved

WHITEWATER — The Whitewater Unified School District School Board on Monday approved some date alterations to the Whitewater High School calendar.

Investment in behavioral health pays dividends

Thanks to grants from the Fort HealthCare Foundation and Women Who Care, area school districts are investing in behavioral health, with dramatic results.

Community tackles growing vaping, drug use trend

DURAND, Wis. (WEAU) -- After U.S. health officials identified underage vaping as an "epidemic" - a local community is hoping to help parents and guardians become more aware of the growing trend.

Limited access to trainers in high schools leads to unreported, mismanaged sports concussions

Student athletes attending high schools with limited access to athletic trainers are far less likely to have a sport-related concussion identified, assessed and managed properly, compared to schools with athletic trainers available consistently during both practice and competition.

MPS educators say students thrive in unique program for refugees

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) - There's a unique educational program within Milwaukee Public Schools that you've probably never heard of before, and educators say it’s making a big difference in the lives on students.

Mental Health and Resilience (MHR) Academy - Begins September 2019

Meeting the rising mental health needs of school communities is an increasing challenge for education leaders.  The Mental Health and Resilience (MHR) Academy is designed to grow capacity in Wisconsin’s School Mental Health Framework and related efforts.  The overall goal is to equip leaders with easy-to-access resources, tools, and application examples so that relevant, local action can be thoughtfully implemented and monitored.