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Plum City schools recall five staff members

PLUM CITY--Recent announcements from Madison will affect the Plum City School District in many ways.

First is the elimination of the QEO (Qualified Economic Offer), which allowed districts to limit teacher salary increases to 3.8 percent without arbitration. Next, the state budget recently passed includes a provision state aid is being reduced by 3.1 percent, but a revenue cap increase of $200 per pupil was announced.

The school district fared a lot better when it came to grants. As announced by State Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau), Plum City, along with Pepin and Cochrane-Fountain City school districts, will be the recipients of a one-time grant for $60,000 for the 2009-10 school year, which will go toward education improvement efforts.

Plum City Elementary was one of 16 schools in the state to qualify for the Reading Best Practices Grant. Beginning in 2003, the Reading First program focused on closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged K-3 students and their peers by striving to help all children become proficient readers by third grade. Slightly more than $3 million of federal Reading First funds were available to the State of Wisconsin for the 2009-10 school year.

All of this news means staff members Jason Glampe, Wayne Radle, Tanya Bechel, Sara Enberg and Mike Bonn were all recalled. They were given final layoff notices in May. More budget news will be announced later.

For more please read the July 8 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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