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SV sixth graders now will be part of the middle school

SPRING VALLEY--The Spring Valley School Board last month approved switching sixth graders to the middle school, effective this fall.

Superintendent David Wellington said the switch started as an idea of the two sixth grade teachers. Discussion was held throughout the district (i.e., with parents and staff) before the board approved it.

“Having the sixth through eighth grade in one building will allow us to strengthen the middle school and make it less like a junior high,” he said. In the district’s elementary summer newsletter, another factor in the move was for “middle level students” to meet the expectations adopted by the state and nationwide.

Football field

The board heard during last week’s special meeting that, due to the wet spring, the planned reseeding of the football field was only completed last week, meaning in all likelihood, there will be no games on that field for the fall. Wellington said Thursday the district is exploring options such as using the practice field and rescheduling all games to the daytime, or moving the games to another high school field, or playing games at UW-Stout in Menomonie. He emphasized no final decision has been made.

Coaching hires

The board finalized several staffing extracurricular hires in recent meetings for the 2013-14 year. They are:

--Football -- Ryan Kapping (Head), Patrick Houlton, Cory Ducklow, Jeff Thompson and Todd Sauve (Assistants).

--Volleyball -- Kelli Schlegel (Head), Sharla Bauer (Middle School).

--Cross Country -- Greg Dieckman (Head).

--Boys Basketball -- Houlton, Dan Stasiek (Middle School).

--Girls Basketball -- Brady Hoolihan (Head).

--Wrestling -- Frank Thompson (Assistant), Bill Hofacker and Bill Fesenmaier (Middle School).

--Baseball -- Brad Baker (Head), Brian Rudesill (Assistant).

--Golf -- Ben Rudesill (Head).

--Softball -- Amy Shafer (Head), Samantha Rudesill (Assistant).

--Cheerleading -- Darcie Larrieu (Advisor).

--School Play -- Beth Deutsch (Director).

--Junior Class -- Jenny Boche (Advisor), Donna Dawson (Assistant).

Staffing changes

Retirements were accepted for Judy Youngblood-Bourn and Rick Gould. Gould was the school’s athletic director and was succeeded by Matt Ducklow. Ducklow was previously the football coach and a middle school/high school physical education teacher. Kapping was named as his replacement for football. Because the athletic director position is part-time, Ducklow will continue to be a physical education teacher.    

The board also accepted the resignations of Michelle Evers and Kari Crownhart, who was a middle school teacher.  

The following hires were approved: Kelsey Stahlbusch as a middle school teacher, Bonnie Tully as elementary secretary, Becky Konsela as cook, Kelly Haskamp as counselor, Amanda Webb as middle school teacher/part-time aide, Shawna O’Meara as 4-K teacher and Doug Faber as custodian.  


--The board approved expansion of the school’s video camera system. Wellington said cameras will be installed at the elementary for the first time, mostly at entrances. The middle school/high school will see an increase of cameras as well. “As we are all aware today, modern technology is one tool that schools increasingly are using to help us keep students safe,” Wellington said.  

--By a vote of 5-1 with Board Member Allan Faber casting the only no vote, finding options for repair/replacement of the elementary school retaining wall was approved.

--Board members heard presentations from teachers Marge Bednarek, Ruth Baumgartner and Joan Ford about the collaborative projects they have done, along with Tiffany Schultz and Patrick Houlton. The board also heard from students Thad Kemski and Dylen Bune on what they learned.

--The board approved membership to the WIAA for the 2013-14 school year.

The board next meets on Monday, July 29.

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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