Board of Education

Waupun Area School District - June 2016

WASD - Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) - Click below to view video

PCL 2015 2016

June 20, 2016 Board Meeting

FAC Referendum Recommendation

After analyzing the results of the facility survey, the Facilities Advisory Committee recommended to the Board of Education Monday night to reduce the base plan by $1 million, dropping the total cost to $35.8 million. This amount will be no increase above the current debt service due to the high school debt retirement. Currently, the base plan remains intact with two minor changes—reducing the MVP gymnasium to a non-competitive size ($700,000) and not renovating the LGI seats at the HS ($300,000.) Additionally, the FAC recommended not adding an additional referendum question for the construction of a new auditorium.

The Board of Education will be discussing the FAC recommendation soon and will approve the final base plan at the July Board meeting. The resolution for referendum will be approved at the August Board meeting.

Good news and Bad News: Budget and Raises

Carrie Hintze, business manager, presented the 2016-2017 preliminary budget, and we are currently projecting a $824,000 deficit. Approximately $200,000 is due to increased staffing as we have tried to add interventionists and reduce class sizes. Other increases are due to post-employment benefit costs, special education funding due to new legislation, and a continued uncertainty about open-enrollment numbers. Luckily, we do continue to forecast our budget and have put money into our fund balance the last two years in anticipation of this. We will be conservative in spending this year.

Even though we are facing a major shortfall, the Board approved raises Monday night. As a reminder, CPI was .12% this year. Support staff (clerical and custodial) were approved for a .75% increase. The professional staff package was 1.54% or $121,847 that will be distributed in accordance with the new compensation package that we are working on.

Teachers in their first five years of teaching (Tiers 1 and 2) will receive $500 stepped increases based on their PDP goal being approved:

Year 1: $40,000 Year 2: $40,500 Year 3: $41,000 Year 4: $41,500 Year 5: $42,000

Tier 3 salaries will begin at $45,000. Teachers at the top of the old salary schedule (MA+30 with 14 years or more experience or $71,099) will receive an approximate CPI increase. This year with CPI being low ($86), salaries at this level will be increased by $101. The choice was made to cap the top of Tier 3 to allow for compensation in Tier 4. Our conference districts have been capping this at an average of $65,000. The compensation committee will still be meeting into the fall to complete the compensation plan.

New salary notices will be sent out by the end of July.

Thank You!

  • Thank you to Jen Umentum (and Jessica Geisthardt who couldn’t be there) for presenting the Health Services report for 2015-16. Our excellent nursing services are very much appreciated! Their report is available below and on BoardDocs.

  • Thank you to Darcy Schobert-Bethke and Dr. Judy Hoeppner for providing an end-of-year synopsis of the work done in our model classrooms for the Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL.) Thank you, also, to Amanda Pound for creating the video! It warms your heart to watch the great literacy instruction taking place.

On-line Learning

The district will be expanding its use of Odysseyware and discontinuing its membership to the Wisconsin eSchool Network due to overlap in services. On-line learning allows us to offer courses to students to further personalize their learning. The Board briefly discussed adding a graduation requirement that would require students to take one on-line course to better prepare them for post-secondary education.

Math Adoption

The high school math department reviewed curricular materials to support the instruction of Geometry and Algebra 2. After examining the materials and hearing presentations from four publishers, Big Ideas was selected because it was most closely aligned with the district's criteria. The cost of these math tools and training totals $30,881.16 and will be funded by the 2016-17 curriculum budget. Teacher training will take place on August 11, 2016.

Facilities Information


The Board hired Erin Siedschlag as the new Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal. Erin is joining us with 10 years of Social Studies teaching experience in the Clinton Community School District. She also served as the Dean of Students for the past 3 years. She has a strong knowledge of PBIS, curriculum, and literacy.

She will begin her responsibilities here in Waupun on July 1st. If you are in over the summer, please stop by to introduce yourself and give her a big Waupun welcome.

Strategic Planning

Studer Education Group met with two focus groups this month--Parents and the Board of Ed. They will now take the information from the four focus groups they have met with and will meet with the administrators to start creating the strategic plan. We will send out more information as it develops.

Personalized Learning

Twelve staff members attended the Future Ready Conference on June 14-15. We learned about cultivating innovation in our schools, developing a vision that exemplifies student success, and preparing for the implementation of digital learning. We heard a lot about student apathy at our strategic planning discussions—well, personalized learning combats this by encouraging student voice/choice, student engagement, and learning beyond the school day.

The decision to try an EdCamp at our beginning of the year in-service was discussed! Don’t know what an EdCamp is? Click the link below or view on YouTube at:

EdCamp 101

What is BoardDocs?

AS OF MAY 10, 2016 :

The Waupun Area School District is leveraging the power of the Internet to radically improve the governance process while saving time, taxpayer dollars and the environment. This new eGovernance initiative will replace the old and costly method of compiling, printing, binding and distributing paper agenda packets by hand. The remarkably powerful, easy-to-use solution will enable the District to maximize the effectiveness of our board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically increasing productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

The paperless meeting solution, called BoardDocs® LT, is a 100% Web-based service. By making meeting agendas and supporting documents available on the Internet, WASD is able to distribute documents associated with board meetings more quickly and efficiently, at a dramatically reduced cost to the District.

Electronic distribution not only saves time and resources, but it also provides unprecedented public access via the Waupun Area School District's web site to agenda items and other governing body-related information. This process allows interested parties to review information prior to board meetings. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by meeting date or by using the system’s comprehensive search feature.

Additionally, BoardDocs LT will increase the amount of time members of the governing body have to review agenda information, enabling them to better prepare for meetings. Under the old paper system, the meeting packet could not be distributed until every document had been prepared, submitted and approved. Once all the documents were submitted, staff members would typically spend two days assembling the documents into packets before distributing them to the governing body. Through the MetaSearch feature, members of the governing body also have access to practices from other governing bodies that are using the system, allowing them to gain important knowledge about initiatives other governing bodies have considered and implemented.

The new eGovernance features can be accessed via the web site at For questions regarding the new eGovernance initiatives, contact Christine Tschumperlin, Executive Assistant at

Upcoming Board Meetings:

Regular Business Meeting: July 25, 6 p.m.

Watch the website for updates!

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Bill Bruins, President

Member: Personnel/Finance Committee

Kathy Schlieve, Vice-President

Chairman: Communication Committee

Ron Paul, Treasurer

Chairman: Personnel/Finance Committee

Dylan Weber, Clerk

Member: Long Range Planning Committee

Glen Wilson, Member

Member: Personnel/Finance Committee

Jennie Patrykus, Member

Member: Communications Committee

Milan Vande Zande, Member

Member: Long Range Planning Committee