The Mauston School Board heard about how Mauston is improving students’ math proficiency at different levels at its meeting on Monday night. Director of Instruction Lynda Oleinik, High School Principal Jim Dillin, Olson Middle School Principal Brian Bauer, and Grayside/Westside Principal Lindsay Jacobs gave a presentation on mathematics. Oleinik said the data showed that math scores in Mauston need improvement, and efforts over the past three years to improve those scores included professional development to better implement math practices across the district. At the elementary level, Jacobs said teachers are giving common assessments in math, and are meeting once every six days to review results to instruction in order to adjust teaching for students, and personalizing math to accelerate students. Bauer said at the middle school level they are moving towards a modified block schedule for math to increase instructional time for 2017-2018, and have started a workshop model of teaching to meet students individual needs. Bauer said they are looking at increased intervention time during Eagle time for those who need it. Dillin said they’ve increase support in math classes, included more students in year-round math classes, and are currently investigating an integrated math system with Lodi. Dillin said he also needed to get better but there was very little to help administrators support their teachers across Wisconsin, so he approached the Wisconsin Statewide Mathematics Initiative and now they have administrative workshops for ways that administrators can learn how to better support math teachers and instruction. Dillin said a change that has happened at the high school. Every single student will have algebra and geometry but then, those students can start to move to the math sequence they want depending on their choice of study after high school. In order to help those students with that program of study, the high school is using the Distance Learning Network, to offer classes from schools from across the state where students can also earn college credit. Coming next year for the high school, Dillin said they are going to implement College Algebra as the third math course for those not ready for Algebra II or those who want to better prepare for the ACT or college placement exams.

In other reports, the board got to meet the new principals for Westside and Grayside Elementary Schools.  Jolene Routson is the new Westside Elementary Principal, comes from Portage and had graduated from Mauston High School. Bobbi Steele already works in the Mauston School District, but will serve as the Grayside Elementary Principal next school year.

Superintendent Christine Weymouth gave an update on the track/field/bleacher referendum project. She said they hope to get the irrigation system in by May 19 and hope to have grass seeded, but it all depended on the weather. They are also finishing up the handicap ramp that us part of the bleacher system.

Other agenda items the board took action on:

  • Approved the resignations of Melissa VanEnkenvort, Grade 4 teacher at Grayside Elementary School and Kendal Sass, Olson Middle School Science Teacher.
  • Approved the hirings of Hannah Pecard to teach mathematics at Mauston High School; Falen Narel to teach Grade 4 at Lyndon Station Elementary School; Ashley Lynch to teach mathematics at Olson Middle School; and Jasmine Sparby to teach mathematics and science at Olson Middle School.
  • Approved the donations of
  • Approved the administrative recommendation to have an increase of 4.3% with a $25 deductible for a single person and $75 deductible for family in the Delta Dental Insurance Premiums.
  • Approved a 10 cents increase in the school lunch prices per federal mandate. Next year school lunches will be: 4K-2 grade – $2.60, 3-5 grades – $2.70, and 6-12 grade – $3.00
  • Approved the school handbooks
  • Approved open enrollment applications for the 2017-2018 school year. 18.4 students are applying to leave the district, 23.2 non residents are applying to come to Mauston, and 8 applicants are going from 8th grade to high school.