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Highlights from the Board of Education Meeting - 2/24/14

Link to Meeting Packet        Link to LifeSize Video of Meeting

Students were recognized for their recent accomplishments. New Berlin Eisenhower student Nitish Katta traveled to Guatemala with Engineers without Borders' UWM Chapter for a water distribution construction project. The New Berlin West Poms & Dance team finished 4th in its first State Tournament appearance in seven years. The New Berlin Marlins Co-Op Boys Swim & Dive team had five athletes compete in the State Tournament Feb. 22. The New Berlin West Cheer & Stunt team won the State Championship Title last weekend, its 3rd Division 2 Small State Cheer Title (2003 and 2011).

Superintendent Joe Garza presented Suzanne Carlson of Junior Achievement, with the first Friend of Education Award for her help organizing Career Days at New Berlin Eisenhower and West and for Junior Achievement's collaboration with Elmwood Elementary School and JA BizTown.

Administrative Team Reports:
Moving New Berlin Forward Update – Superintendent Joe Garza gave an update on Moving New Berlin Forward – specifically the Discover New Berlin Expo on March 21-22 at Ronald Reagan Elementary School. Garza said he plans to discuss evolving state curricular standards with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and other area legislators at an upcoming New Berlin Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Strategic Goals: College & Career Readiness: Director of Personalized Learning Larry Lueck, Director of Curriculum Kelli Kwiatkowski, Eisenhower Principal Michael Fesenmaier, West Principal John Budish and Interim Director of College & Career Readiness Laura Schmidt provided updates on college and career readiness activities in January and February. These include Schools2Skills tours, Academic & Career Planning Night on January 22, Career Days on January 29 and February 18, and course registration during the month of February. The Board watched a video about the district's Career Days.

Strategic Goals: Long-range facilities maintenance plan and approved capital projects: Chief Finance & Operations Officer Roger Dickson provided an update on energy efficiency projects, capital budget projects, Eisenhower facilities work and salt supply/snow removal.

Student Representative Report: Nitish Katta, New Berlin Eisenhower Student Representative, shared successes of the new Robotics Team, a joint West-Eisenhower team with more than 40 students, 12 mentors and $20,000 in sponsorships. Eisenhower's Academic Decathlon team placed 6th at regionals and will compete at State March 13 in Wisconsin Dells. Eisenhower's Varsity Cheer & Stunt Team won the Division 2 State ChampionshipTitle for the second consecutive year.

Donations Report: Vice President Tom David thanked individuals, companies and organizations for their donations to the district and its schools and clubs.

Regular Agenda Items:
Revisions to Policy 5113- Attendance and Excuses: The Board approved a revised Attendance and Excuses Policy which clarifies the definition of truancy. The policy revisions will not go into effect until March 17, in order to allow schools to communicate the changes to staff, students and parents.

Revisions to Policy 5131.10 - Classroom Code of Conduct: The Board approved a revised Classroom Code of Conduct which adjusts academic and behaviorial interventions. The policy revisions will not go into effect until March 17, in order to allow schools to communicate the changes to staff, students and parents.

Next Meetings: March 10 and 24, 7:00 p.m., New Berlin West Idea Center.

Please note: These highlights do not serve as Board of Education meeting minutes and do not include all agenda items. Some regular district reports, closed session agenda items, consent agenda items are not included.

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