School board elects officials at meeting

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During the May 13 Prairie du Chien Board of Education meeting, most of the attention focused on the girls wrestling program, which the board chose to financially support by hiring an assistant coach exclusively for the girls team. However, there were other items on the agenda that garnered less attention but were still notable.

In attendance were school board members Lonnie Achenbach, Nick Gilberts, Jim Hackett, Dustin Brewer, Michael Higgins, Jr., Lacie Anthony and Noah White. Also in attendance were District Administrator Andy Banasik, Vicki Waller, Laura Stuckey, Tomi Gebhard and Doug Morris.

 

School achievement

The U.S. News and World Report ranked Prairie du Chien High School in the top nine percent of Wisconsin high schools and in the top 7.8 percent of U.S. high schools.

“Last year, we were ranked as a high school — really, as a school district. It culminates in the high school, but it’s really the result of work that has been done at BA Kennedy and Bluffview schools before they get to the high school,” said Morris. He credited the staff and the students for the achievement.

“The staff is amazing. We work with amazing kids, and every year, those results continue to grow and show what our kids are capable of.”

In Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien High School ranked 55 out of approximately 560 high schools.

 

Elections

After discussions about girls wrestling, staffing and reports from school administrators, the board elected new officials for the next year, starting with the board of education president.

Higgins, Jr., and Gilberts, the board’s vice president, were nominated to succeed Lonnie Achenbach. Each board member cast one vote, with Higgins, Jr., winning the election 4-3. Once the elections were over, Higgins, Jr., assumed the role of board president.

Gilberts and Brewer retained their roles as vice president and clerk, respectively, with unanimous votes from the board. Brewer also retained his position as CESA 3 delegate.

Hackett and White assumed new positions within the board; Hackett became the treasurer, succeeding Higgins, Jr., and White became the WASB ambassador for the district, succeeding Anthony.

 

Other business

• Gebhard announced Crawford County will host this year’s Alice in Dairyland.

• White attended his first regular board meeting after being elected to the board in April and attended a meeting of the whole on April 23.

• Banasik said the district had conducted interviews for the middle school principal and assistant high school principal positions, though no decision had been made.

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