Two letters received from district residents prior to the Sun Prairie School Board’s Oct. 11 meeting were not read aloud due to the board’s return to face-to-face meetings in the Sun Prairie East High School library, 888 Grove St.
Instead, the letters were placed in a folder and left in BoardDocs (you can read them online with this story at sunprairiestar.com).
The first was a letter from Amy Kohl expressing her disappointment at the board’s decision of September 27 regarding exceptionally dangerous traffic areas: âI am disappointed to hear of the decision from [Prairie View Middle School] for students on the north side of Highway 19. The intersection of Highway 19 and Thompson Road is absolutely dangerous!
âIt’s a concern for me (as an adult) to approach this intersection (on foot or by bike) with the volume of traffic and the speed at which the traffic moves. The TADI assessment takes into account the information provided on paper but does not necessarily know what is going on in everyday life, âKohl wrote.
âThe Education Council should absolutely reconsider this decision. It would be horrible if even a student were injured (or worse) crossing this intersection on their way to school! I understand the savings in transportation costs, but student safety should never be compromised in order to save a few dollars on bus costs. If the parents knew this change was being considered, they would have submitted comments before the decision. Rangers are a MUST if you implement this change! “
Ed Witkiewicz said he appreciates the opportunities in SPASD, but suggested that teachers and staff should not come to terms with being beaten or sexually assaulted. âThey must be empowered to impose discipline-inducing respect on children so that this nonsense stops and children know that if they participate in these ‘challenges’, they will have to endure real consequences. I fear for teachers the next even more shocking “challenge” if the latter two do not meet a united front of fierce opposition from the school board, the school district central office, principals and teachers, school officials. school resources and district attorney. Office.”
Witkiewicz said he supported “suspension, expulsion, criminal charges” instead of heavily worded emails to parents to get children to behave in schools.
Applications for the college program OK
On the recommendation of the Director of Secondary Education, Learning and Equity, Sarah Chaja-Clardy, the board approved applications for the Early College Credit program and the Start College Now program.
In a report to the board, Chaja-Clardy wrote that Wisconsin Law 59 of 2017 removed course option and youth options programs. The Youth Options Act, 118.55, was renamed the Early College Credit Program. A separate law, 38.12 (14), created the Start College Now program.
State law specifies that a student who intends to enroll in a higher education institution must notify the board of this intention no later than October 1 if he intends to enroll. register for the spring semester and no later than March 1 if he intends to register for the fall semester.
The council / representative will then notify the pupil in writing of his / her decision (s) before the start of the semester in which the pupil will be enrolled. Requests for either program are handled by the student’s high school counselor.
A course may be refused if it has been determined that the Sun Prairie Area School District offers a comparable course, as outlined in IGCE, IGCF, and Wisconsin Bylaws 38.12 (14) and 118.55. The district is billed for tuition fees once the student registers and begins the course. Tuition fees and textbooks are budgeted in the budget of the Secondary Education, Learning and Equity Department 2021-2022. According to Chaja-Clardy, the district will continue to monitor student interest and costs.
The majority of students participate in courses that range from 3 to 4 credit hours.
The current cost to the district per credit hour for courses taken at UW-Madison is $ 128.78. Madison College courses are currently valued at $ 187.85 per credit hour. The district is responsible for 75% of the University of Wisconsin courses, hence the gap in credit hour costs.
For example, in the 2019-2020 school year, Early College Credit / Start College Now cost the district $ 4,044.13. In the 2020-21 school year, Early College Credit / Start College Now cost the district $ 29,238.03.
Parents or the student must pay incidental costs associated with the course, equipment or tools, and if the student obtains a failing grade, must reimburse the district for the cost of the course.
Get an owl? It’s a hoot!
During the board meeting minutes, board governance chief Tom Weber praised the short meeting, but told the board it was difficult to hear the board while listening. the meeting virtually.
Weber and board treasurer Dave Hoekstra both attended the meeting virtually.
Weber suggested that the district investigate the purchase of an owl – not the animal, but a piece of equipment that provides a 360-degree camera and microphone. The equipment records audio and video evenly when meeting participants sit in a semicircle as they were on Monday evening.
“OK,” said Council Clerk Carol Albright, “that’s a hoot.”
Some board members moaned while others laughed.