School Board


School district gearing 

up for open enrollment

By Ted Pennekamp


During its regular meeting Monday night, the Prairie du Chien School Board approved of spending up to $5,000 on a marketing campaign for promoting the schools of the district for open enrollment. The open enrollment period is from Feb. 3 through April 30. 

The board may decide to promote the district through ads on social media, ads in the Courier Press, ads on the local radio station, six different You Tube videos, 3-foot by 6-foot vinyl banner signs placed in high traffic areas, yard signs, window clings, brochures, a revamp of the district’s website, and an open house for the virtual school. 

The dollars to the district if it gets just one new open enrolled child is estimated at $7,000 for 2014-2015. 

In other business, it was noted that the Prairie du Chien School District received 30 boxes of books and assorted pieces of furniture from the recently closed Wyalusing Academy. Superintendent Drew Johnson said that the books are being put to good use. The district got the books and furniture back because for many years the district was the provider of such items to Wyalusing Academy through the federal Title I program. 

In further business:

•The board heard a presentation by Joe Ruskey of Dependable Solutions regarding the state of the district’s computer system and technology. Ruskey said that the computer system is meeting or exceeding expectations. He noted that the Internet speed is good, the servers and backups are good, and the use of chromebooks has been a success, although there have been some chromebook breakage issues which have now been reduced. Ruskey said that the chromebooks had been planned as a three-year rotation, possibly four years, depending upon advances in the technology industry. 

•The board discussed the crossing guard situation at Wells and Marquette streets for the 45-day summer school session and also the situation at Michigan and Cass streets. The board decided to investigate these situations further and possibly vote on a solution at a later date. The city of Prairie du Chien has requested that the school district help pay for crossing guards. The district’s half of the bill would be $5,758.

•The board approved of a $2,500 donation from 3M of Prairie du Chien for the purchase of materials for Engineering is Elementary. The board also approved of a $200 donation from the Women of St. Peter’s Church to be used for winter clothing needs. 

•It was noted that the BA Kennedy Bedtime Stories held on Nov. 18 was a great success with many more attending than in past years. A good time was had by all with cookies and milk and many interesting readings.

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