WASD Board of Education discusses hiring transportation supervisor
During the May 13 Wautoma Area School District Board of Education meeting at Parkside Middle School, Wautoma, the Board discussed hiring David Reilly as the new transportation supervisor.
Board member Tom Dahlke didn’t agree that the new transportation supervisor should be hired at full time and that the Board should consider hiring someone with previous experience that also knows a bit about bus maintenance. District Administrator Tom Rheinheimer commented that while David Reilly had no prior experience, he seemed well qualified and child-oriented when he interviewed him. As well, the Board was looking to approve Wenninger Auto Repair for their maintenance. After much debate, Reilly was approved as the transportation supervisor and Wenninger was approved to be the 2019-20 contracted maintenance and repair for the WASD transportation fleet.
Rheinheimer shared that he will be attending the Tuesday, May 21 Village of Redgranite Board meeting to discuss receiving eight pieces of granite for Redgranite Elementary School. This granite would be used in front of classroom windows to add an extra barrier for protection from reckless drivers. He will also be asking the Village Board to paint the crosswalk outside of Redgranite Elementary.
Rheinheimer also gave an update on the air-conditioning project at Redgranite. The classrooms are on track, but a permit is needed for the gym. The contractor went to the state for the permit, but because the permit will not be looked at or approved until July 8, the project will be completed later than originally expected.
Parkside Middle School Principal Deb Premo announced that she received a thank you note from a museum tour guide in Appleton. Students from Parkside went to Appleton to tour Fox Valley Technical College and a museum, and the tour guide at the museum said that she was impressed with the behavior of the students from Parkside. Deb also commented that when Janelle Erickson came to Parkside to discuss human trafficking with the seventh graders, the students were respectful and handled the content well.
Parkside Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Klieforth shared that 10 students qualified for the Middle School Track & Field State competition. Camp Parkside already has over 300 kids registered, and the goal is to have 400 or more. Michael, who will be leaving the Wautoma Area School District at the end of this school year, thanked everyone for the last 13.5 years.
There were several retirements and resignations that the Board needed to approve. Those retiring/resigning are: Michael Klieforth, Gilbert Sabel Jr., Amanda Prodell, Kenneth Wahlstrom, Patricia McAfee, Eric Pilsl, Thomas Butt, Brianna Ceithamer, Joshua Kasuboski, and Benjamin Thompson.
New staff members approved were: James Rauchle as Parkside Assistant Principal/Athletic Director/Camp Parkside Director, David Reilly as Transportation Supervisor, Gilbert Sabel Jr as Substitute Bus Driver, Courtney Vaughan as School Counselor, Katherine Schaefer as Yearbook Advisor, Sarah Kniffen as Junior Prom Coordinator and Junior Class Advisor, Rachelle Towne as Night School Instructor, Jacob Fuehrer as mathematics teacher, Jacob Mathias as English teacher, Jessica Weir as summer food service, Karl Ascher as summer school teacher, Jessie Gibson as mathematics teacher, Bridget Freimark as mathematics teacher, Brittani Majeskie as elementary teacher, Eric Pilsl as Track and Field and girls middle school head coach, Thomas Butt as basketball and girls grade 8 head coach, Carmen Butt as summer school English teacher, and April Stiles as summer school English teacher.