Fee Free Summer School announced at April School Board meeting

The Cumberland School Board met on Wednesday, April 12th for open session at 7:00 p.m.
The Board heard a report from the Island City Academy. The students and teachers were proud to announce that the High School ICA Envirothon Team competed on April 7th and won three individual categories and placed first overall to be the State Champions and move on to the National competition to be held in July in Maryland.  The also announced that the day before, the ICA participated in the Wisconsin Environmental Youth Summit where nine of the students received awards.
Next, the board heard from Brent Knutson and Chuck Patrin on last year’s Clay Target team.  The program has 31 students in sixth - 12th grade.  Each student must have taken a gun safety course and provide their own gun.  The team is bound by the school’s code of conduct and sports participation grade requirements. Donations have made it possible for the Club to cover range fees and help with ammunition costs.
Brent and Chuck also spoke to the Board about forming an Ice Fishing team for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association, structured along the same lines as the Trap Club. If approved by the Board, the group has already received promises of donation and equipment from individuals as well as Ardisam and Freiss’ Minnow Farm, among others.  This would make it possible for the team to compete for only transportation costs.  The Board wanted a little more information on insurance and liability for the programs and asked the gentlemen to come back again next month for a decision.
The Board approved a contract with UNESCO as their Guaranteed Energy Savings Account Provider.  This was needed before they could begin Phase I of their Facility Improvement Measures as outlined in last month’s meeting.
The Board also approved the creation of a High School Baseball activity bank account.  These monies were previously handled by the Baseball Association, but with the purchase of Islander Park, the district wanted to have a place for concession monies , etc. to be deposited.
Elementary School Principal Jim Richie announced the school district’s Summer School schedule.  This year, for the first time, the district will be offering all classes fee free.  There are 50 teachers offering classes.   Many options are available for all grade levels.  He cited as an example that there are 25 different offerings for fifth graders alone.  
The Board considered the requests of four students for Youth Option classes for Fall of 2017.  All the requests were approved.
High School Principal Richie Narges announced that the Senior Awards Banquet will be held on May 10th at Das Lach Haus.
Middle School Principal Colin Green announced the creation of new awards for the next Beaver Bash on Thursday, April 13th.  Using the data collected in the bi-annual STAR testing, students whose scores place them at or above the 95 percentile in English and Math will receive recognition.  Also receiving awards will be those who have shown the greatest improvement between the two tests.
The next regular meeting of the School Board is scheduled for May 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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