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Survey says Crivitz voters favor remodeling elementary school
Crivitz School Board was informed at its meeting on Wednesday, May 15, that results of a recently completed public opinion survey by School Perceptions show that 56.4% of respondents favor renovating the existing elementary building at the estimated price of $23 million, and 54.6% would also favor spending another $6 million to update the 20-year-old high school/middle school building and add capacity for tech ed, including shop and other trades classes.

Construction, design work approved for RUSD schools
The Racine Unified School District Board during a business meeting Monday approved items related to referendum-funded work on schools and teacher pay.

GCDC, MHS LAUNCH celebrate Home Construction Cooperative
The program, which began with the 2023-24 school year brought Monroe High School, Skilled Building Trades LAUNCH students together to gain in-demand, home renovation and construction skills. With only one hour per day, several days per week, students, teachers, and specialty contractors updated and transformed a home donated by SSM Health Monroe.

A new law requires more diverse curriculum. Here's how teachers can make that happen
Wisconsin teachers are working to incorporate Asian American and Hmong American history into their curriculums under a new law passed earlier this year.

Beloit School District begins to identify possible budget cuts
The Beloit School Board got an early look at the type of budget cuts that might need to be made in the district after a failed April referendum.

Raymond referendum: Superintendent recommends $3M over four years
The Raymond School Board will vote next month on whether to include on the November ballot one of two operational referendum options over the next four years: The first totals $3 million, and the second totals $2.4 million.

Elementary roof bid gets school board approval
The Wittenberg-Birnamwood School Board hired Maurer Roofing on May 20 to replace the roof at Wittenberg Elementary-Middle School this summer, but the actual cost is still up for debate.

Special education costs rising, funding not keeping pace
The School District of Rhinelander, like many schools in Wisconsin, is finding it more and more challenging to cover costs of programs and services for students with Individualized Education Programs. These programs are mandated by the federal government through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Wisconsin School districts, however, are only reimbursed for 32% of those costs by the state.

High school students kickstart car washing business in collaboration with CEOs of Tomorrow
For the past two semesters, Prairie Phoenix Academy junior Damien Gallegos has spent his free time after school washing cars.

Wisconsin adds meningitis to vaccine list ahead of 2024-25 school year
Wisconsin is updating its vaccine rules for children ahead of the next school year.

Whooping Cough On Rise in Wisconsin
Cases of whooping cough are on the rise in Wisconsin, especially in the northeastern region. Since the start of April, Brown County Public Health Department has investigated more than 65 cases and confirmed 11 cases of the bacterial disease. The City of DePere’s Health Department has investigated 20 additional cases this year and confirmed two people with pertussis.

Dept. of Public Instruction: Program aimed at retaining special educators celebrates successful first year
A program launched last year by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction aimed at tackling special education educator staffing challenges is celebrating the completion of its first year.

M-T School’s community survey results revealed
Its financial struggles certainly loom large, but a majority of Mequon and Thiensville residents say they are pleased with their school district and would recommend it to a friend, colleague or family member, according to the results of a recent community survey.

Should period products be freely available in school bathrooms? MPS considers pilot program
The students of one Milwaukee public school could have free period products in their bathrooms next school year, under a resolution Milwaukee School Board members are expected to consider Thursday.

La Crosse school board members host referendum listening session
La Crosse school board members are getting public feedback on this fall's proposed referendum. The board hosted an in-person listening session with district voters Wednesday night at Central High School.

MPS seeks public feedback as it 'rightsizes' buildings
Wednesday was the last chance for Milwaukee residents to share their thoughts in-person about what Milwaukee Public Schools' long-term plan should include for its buildings amid declining enrollment.

'We need to make concessions'; Audit finds Manitowoc School District facing expenses up to $160 million
Manitowoc is a city beloved for its historic schools, but at what cost? Here’s a look at the numbers after an audit revealed a need for major renovation.

Athens sees more turnover
The Athens Board of Education on Monday voted on several personnel changes, including multiple resignations.

Irish leaving as Birnamwood school principal
Two years as principal has provided Cole Irish with plenty of experience as an administrator, but now he’s stepping down at the end of June to pursue a principal position closer to home.

Edgar OK’s 8.4% health insurance hike
Before renewing the school district’s health insurance plan with an 8.4 percent rate hike last week, the Edgar School Board was told to expect premiums to continue increasing in future years due to a lack of competition in the area’s medical market.

Oshkosh students of all abilities celebrate inclusivity with annual track meet, carnival
More than 350 students of all abilities celebrated the end of the school year Wednesday by taking part in an inclusive track meet and carnival. It was part of the 8th annual Oshkosh Area School District's CARE Days, which stands for Celebrating Abilities, Rallying Everyone. The event is operated entirely by students from Oshkosh North and West.

New crime reporting rules threaten MPS resources, school officials warn
Beginning in the fall, the Milwaukee Public Schools, or MPS, will be required to collect and report crime and incident data under a new law.  However, some members of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors have expressed concern about the potentially high costs associated with this requirement.

Board Proposal Would Take Away Two Carmen Charter School Facilities
An overflow crowd packed the Milwaukee Public Schools Central Services auditorium last night with many objecting to a proposal that calls for removing two Carmen charter schools from the buildings they now occupy. Carmen South would be removed from the building it shares with another MPS charter, Academia de Lenguaje y Bellas Artes (ALBA) and Carmen Southeast would be removed from the Pulaski building it shares with a MPS traditional International Baccalaureate program. Both Carmen programs would have to find a new home after 2025-26.

SIA donates flight simulator to Waunakee High School Aviation Club
Students In Aviation (SIA) Founder Joe Canepa joined the Waunakee High School Aviation Club on Tuesday, May 14 to demonstrate a $6,000 Cessna 172 Generation 2 Flight Simulator that he donated to the club.

Waunakee art teacher receives art educators association award
In Renee Gavigan’s art classroom at Prairie Elementary School, student projects fill the walls. The room has a sense of controlled chaos and an almost palpable creative energy with a variety of images, including some of her own. Clearly, the room is an ever evolving work in progress.

STEM Shuttle inspires middle school students at BDP School
The Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School welcomed an  extraordinary visitor as the STEM Shuttle rolled into town, bringing with it a wave of enthusiasm and  wonder. Middle schooler students eagerly boarded the Shuttle, embarking on an unforgettable journey into the realms of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

THS tech-ed students celebrate ‘Shop Rat Appreciation Day’
On Friday, May 17, Tomahawk High School (THS) technology education students celebrated the celestial few, the shop aficionados, the tool connoisseurs and grease gun gurus; the makers, the builders, the thinkers and the mischief-makers.

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