Monday, June 8, 2015

Dan Nicholson Unveils New Branding for Warren School District/Board Approves Contracts, Accepts Transfers and Resignations

The Warren School Board met Monday night at 7:00 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting.  After adopting the minutes of the May 18 regular session, the board approved out of state trip requests.

Dan Nicholson unveiled to the board and administration, the Warren School District Branding Package put together by his firm.  He gave a presentation of the variety of graphics and logos that are available in the package for everything from extra-curricular activities to academics to administration.  He brought attention to the new W designed for the district which is not the same as the Wisconsin copyrighted Flying W.  He also noted that brands were also created that are age specific.  Eastside Lil' Jack through the Senior High Lumberjacks are age progressed.  Mr. Nicholson told the board that this project was special to him since he was a Warren Alumnus.

Administrators from each building gave "Minute Messages" to the board.

The board moved into executive session for personnel matters and returned with resignations, transfers, and contract offers as follows:

The following resignations were accepted:
Stven Rauls, Bus Driver and Eastside Custodian
Sherrie Carroll, KG Teacher
Kim McGaha, Assistant Bookkeeper/HR
Tonya Domineck, Eastside Cafeteria Position

The following transfers were approved:
Chenetta Durden from 4 hour to 6 hour cafeteria position Eastside
Matt Young from Kindergarten to 2nd grade
Daniel Williams from Band Director to Assistant WHS Principal
Renell Ivy from WMS SpEd Para to LifeSkills SpEd Para
Bruce Harris-Maintennce/Food Service Delivery increasing food service stipend to $2500

The following contracts were approved:
Blake Marsh, WMS Math replacing Trixie Lathan
Gary Haygood, WSD Maintenance Director replacing Mr. Tate
Jessica Herrington, SEABEC Criminal Justice Instructor
Maribeth Hicks-Federal Programs-Stte Categorical Secretary/Booker
Reagan Adair, Assistant Bookkeeper/HR

In other business, the board approved the electronic transfer of funds for the 15-16 school year and the electronic transfer of funds from Operating to Building Fund on an annual basis to keep the ending balance comparable year to year.  They approved Model Policy Updates, the Multipurpose Facility Project, and approved vehicle insurance and property insurance the Warren Middle School campus.

The board agreed to allow the CapStone Program to use district space for a classroom space for the purpose of teaching those age 16-29 with developmental/cognitive disabilities.  This was done after a letter of agreement between the parties involved was agreed upon.

In the Superintendent's report, Mrs. Marilyn Johnson reported on the End of Year District-wide Celebration.  She noted that Jennifer Rogers, WHS Math instructor, was named the Gray/Weiss/Union Bank Educator of the Year, Freddie Coleman was named Classified Employee of the Year, an Leslie Young was awarded the Warren Bank Teacher Excellence Grant.  Denise Lambert was presented Volunteer of the Year Award.

She noted that work has begun on a number of projects:  repair of the electrical system at the stadium which was damaged by lightning (an insurance project), facilities division partnership project at Eastside including plumbing replacement all the way to the street and reworking bathrooms, replacement of wooden treads with aluminum treads on visitors side of the stadium, final portion of th JUA Grant project at the tennis courts, final portion of th JUA Grant at Multipurpose Facility with the wall repair/finishing and purchase of additional equipment, and soccer field project at Axley Field in partnership with the city and Parks and Tourism.  Mrs Johnson reminded the board that each of these facilities (multipurpose facility, soccer field, tennis court, etc. are open for public use. The hours for Multipurpose Facility are posted.

She told the board that the district has received another fresh fruit and vegetable grant for Eastside only.  There will be no increase in meal prices for the 15/16 school year.  Mrs. Amanda West, Food Services Director, has applied for breakfast in the classroom program for K-12 which would provide free breakfast to all students.

She noted to the board the Warren Fire Chief Howard Edwards submitted a letter to the district with commendation for meeting all end-of-year requirements and providing a safe environment.

Transportation Director, Matt Valentin, is looking for couple of good, used buses to add to the fleet.

She reported that the Lumberjacks won UAM's "Slinging it in the South" 7-on-7 competition last weekend.

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