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Eau Claire School Board approves referendum question for November ballots
Monday night, the Eau Claire School Board was faced with a decision on whether to approve a referendum question for November ballots.

BDPD, BDFD Hold Joint Training At Lincoln Elementary
The Beaver Dam Police and Fire Department’s held a joint training Monday to better prepare themselves for an emergency situation at a school district facility. The exercise was at Lincoln Elementary and utilized numerous fire and police department vehicles.

Green Bay Area Public Schools facing projected $36 million budget deficit
School districts across the state and the country are facing tight budgets. But Green Bay Area Public School District's projected deficit stands out — at about $36 million.

Stop the Bleed: La Crosse school nurses learn life-saving measures as school shootings rise
Stop the Bleed places life saving kits in schools and teaches nurses how to use them. The kits can handle any serious bleeding injury, but the La Crosse nurses say they are focused on how to handle injuries from a school shooting.

New KTEC High School in Kenosha announces staff
KTEC High School, a tuition-free public charter school opening this fall in Kenosha, has announced a series of staff additions to round out its support staff and technical educators.

D.C. Everest School district breaks ground on new administration building
By this time next year, the D.C. Everest School district could have a new administration building.

Beaver Dam teachers to vote on district staff offer this Thursday
Beaver Dam Unified School District professional staff members will meet to discuss and vote on whether to accept the Beaver Dam Unified School District board of education offer for this year’s salary on Thursday afternoon.

As MPS resumes, excitement is tempered by COVID, monkeypox worries and teacher vacancies
More than 20,000 MPS students were expected to start school Monday, with the rest starting Sept. 6. Staffing was immediately an issue, from bus cancellations to over 270 unfilled teacher positions, while parents also shared familiar concerns about COVID-19 and new worries about monkeypox. 

DeForest schools want to develop more student engagement in 2022-23, beyond
With a new school year upcoming, it brings about new opportunities for area districts. One of the opportunities for the DeForest Area School District that was briefly discussed at an Aug. 8 School Board meeting was how to improve equity within all the school buildings, as well as how to better engage all students in every grade level.

School board approves increase for busing, hires new business manager, middle school AD
At its Aug. 8 meeting, the Rice Lake Board of Education approved a request by the Rice Lake Bus Service for a 5.5% increase for all routes, mileage and extra hours for the 2022-23 school year. The increase is necessitated by the current job market and increased costs due to inflation.

Milwaukee Public Schools require face masks until Aug. 18
Milwaukee Public Schools determined that all staff and students on the early start calendar are required to use a face mask until Aug. 18.

School districts relax COVID protocols ahead of new year
The school year is right around the corner, and some schools plan to keep light COVID-19 protocols in place.

Wisconsin districts face backlash over plans to teach gender identity to elementary students
Some Wisconsin school districts are facing pushback over their plans to teach elementary school kids about gender identity.

Manitowoc Schools Offering $5,000 Sign-On Bonus to Address Teacher Shortage
The Manitowoc Public School District is offering sign-on bonuses in its attempts to fill open positions for the upcoming school year.

Cadott School Board; Long-range ideas revised for meeting
The long-range facility planning process is continuing to move forward, as heard during a regular Cadott School Board meeting Aug. 8.

Sparta School District gears up for back to school
As September 1st crawls closer, Sparta students, faculty and staff are preparing for the start of the school year.

Area school district may go to referendum this fall
Between April and August, the Merrill Area Public Schools (MAPS) had to make budget cuts after a referendum failed.

MMSD superintendent talks teacher shortages in national media
Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent Carlton Jenkins has been on a national media tour over the past week.

106-year-old schoolhouse makes move in Suamico
Tremble School has sat in the same spot for the last 106 years in Suamico. That is all changing on Thursday evening, when it will be moved to a new home just south of where it’s been all these years.

Waterloo high schoolers will no longer have access to cell phones during class
The Waterloo School District will now require its high school students to lock away or turn over their cell phones during the 2022-23 school year, in an effort to limit classroom distractions.

Wisconsin school bus driver shortage eases for some districts
In January, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation noted "a strain on school districts amid a shortage of school bus drivers." As families prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, the vice president of one bus company said that shortage has eased for some districts.

Students 'Paint the City', bring new life to Appleton
Students from Appleton East, West and North High Schools are enrolled in a colorful summer school class that is helping bring new life to Appleton.

Board Aiming for Voter Support for Southern Door Schools
A survey this summer encouraged the Southern Door School Board and superintendent to continue pursuing a $14.9 million capital-improvement project as well as an operational-funding referendum.

Granton School Board Hears Report on School Trip
The Granton School Board began their meeting with a report on a school trip.

Community gets first look at floorplan for La Crosse's possible consolidated high school
Several dozen community members attended the School District of La Crosse’s first referendum information session on Wednesday, where they learned new details about the district’s plan to consolidate its two high schools.

Daycare pilot at school is moving forward North Crawford
The North Crawford School District continues to innovate to better serve their community.

Eau Claire Area School District finalizing referendum plan for November ballot
In Tuesday night’s partisan primary, voters finalized which candidates will be on the ballot in November. Some cities and area school districts are also in the last steps of approving referendum questions for that election.

Spooner school district facing fiscal challenges
The School District of Spooner is facing some fiscal challenges previously unseen for the 2022-23 and future academic years.

MPD Chief’s proposed officers around high schools reignites debate around SROs
Police Chief Shon Barnes’ recent budget proposal for neighborhood police officers, whether or not he intends it, has reignited the debate around having officers near Madison schools and dealing with students. But the group behind getting them out of schools in the first place says that’s a step in the wrong direction.

Advocates thirsty for water access specifics in MMSD wellness policy
Water access advocates are pushing the Madison Metropolitan School District to include more specific metrics about water in its wellness policy.

School District of Rhinelander looks to boost bus driver pay amid shortage
In a few weeks, students will be preparing to go back to school, but with the nationwide bus driver shortage, it may cause a problem for some school districts.

$45 million November referendum would build intermediate school in Lake Mills Area School District
The Lake Mills Area School District board is putting $45 million worth of referendum questions on the November election ballot for a new intermediate school.

What parents, teachers and students should know about the CDC's new COVID guidelines
The new school year is underway and so are new federal guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19.

School board amends Findorff contract for Sun Prairie East renovations
The Sun Prairie School Board at its Aug. 8 meeting voted unanimously to amend the guaranteed maximum price contract with J.H. Findorff and Son Inc. for the Sun Prairie East High School Renovation Project.

DeForest goes to online ticketing for sports events
DeForest High School will be moving to online ticketing for athletic events, no cash accepted at the gate.

Sun Prairie School Board votes 6-1 to approve teacher pay increase proposal
The Sun Prairie Area School District (SPASD) Board voted 6-1 to enact the district’s proposal of a 4.7% professional educator wage increase of teacher’s base salary at the Aug. 8 meeting.

Gender policy puts Green Bay Diocese schools at risk of losing federal funding for hot lunch program
The Green Bay Diocese made news earlier this summer when it announced a gender identity clause would be added to its education policy manual.

Superior School District files suit against construction company
The Superior School District filed a civil suit in Douglas County Court Monday, Aug. 8 against the contractor that oversaw construction of the new Cooper Elementary School.

Groundbreaking held for Jeff Hicken Horticultural Learning Center at Sauk Prairie High School
Work will soon be underway on a new agriculture education facility at Sauk Prairie High School.

MPS says teacher shortage felt harder this year, pool of applicants smaller
With the first day of school just around the corner, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is working hard to fill teacher vacancies in certain districts.

Report: Wisconsin kids of color face higher rates of mental health issues
Native American children in Wisconsin were diagnosed with or were reported to have anxiety or depression by a wide margin over children of any other group, according to a 2022 report released this week by Kids Forward, in conjunction with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Kage retires, Britz joins WIAA staff
Julie Kage, administrative coordinator for the executive director at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) for the past 34 years, retired July 31, and Kristin Britz began her position alongside executive director Stephanie Hauser on Aug. 9.

Waupun football is shifting to Saturday home games and trying to create a unique environment
It's not every day a high school football program schedules Saturday afternoon games. Normally that's for college football.

Thousands of Milwaukee Public Schools students return to class for early start
Monday morning it's back to school for thousands of kids in the Milwaukee Public School district.

As school supply prices increase, Central Wisconsin programs see spike in requests for help
As summer winds down and school supplies fly off store shelves, parents across Central Wisconsin are finding higher prices on everything from backpacks and notebooks to shoes and clothing as they get their children ready for the first day of school.

As Fox Valley schools scramble to fill open teaching positions, fears of the substitute shortage still loom
While the label "teacher shortage" is being more readily used by some school districts than others, it's indisputable that school districts in the Fox Valley are struggling to fully staff schools for the upcoming school year.

Osseo-Fairchild School District holds open house for new technical education center
A new technical education center at the Osseo-Fairchild School District will soon be welcoming its first classes.

Keeping central Wisconsin students safe
While central Wisconsin students feel relatively safe inside area schools, many say that they’re aware of the potential for violence.

Northeast Wisconsin teachers hoping to "Clear the List" of school supplies in classrooms
As the new school year approaches, many teachers are busy getting their classrooms ready.

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