Annual meeting tentatively set for Sept. 12 For the first time in more than 12 years there was a new face in the district administrator’s seat at Monday night’s board of education meeting in Somerset. Dr. Mark Bezek officially assumed his responsibilities as the district’s top administrator starting Aug. 1.Contrary to tradition, no individual or group achievements were recognized and no cake was served, instead the board got right to business. Speaking on behalf of teachers and principals, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Trisha Sheridan told board members teachers are busy preparing for the arrival of students in just a couple weeks.

“This is the month where we are busy getting ready for our students and staff to return to campus. So lots and lots of great activity going on as far as getting ready for that,” Sheridan said. Welcome back nights are planned at all three schools for Aug. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. Activities are designed to acquaint parents with teachers and provide opportunities to learn more about programs within each individual building. Sheridan also informed the board that the district has begun to receive spring assessment data.“The ACT scores have been rolling in from our junior class, our ASPIRE data has been rolling in as well as our FORWARD exam. All of it is embargoed until further notice, but we are indeed using the data locally to start examining how our students did,” said Sheridan.Just two weeks into his new position, District Administrator Bezek initiated a discussion regarding staffing and more specifically the hiring of two full-time equivalents (teachers), one for the high school and one for the elementary school approved at last month’s board meeting. “Taking a look at what’s coming down the road, I’m very set against hiring people and letting them go because of budget cuts next year if we can find another way to remedy the situation. I’ve got limited knowledge on it, but from the discussion I’ve had with the administrative team and what your numbers show, I would look more closely at a rearrangement of the sections in the elementary,” suggested Bezek.Elementary Principal Dr. Chris Kamrath acknowledged that staffing is tricky business this time of year with enrollment in a constant state of flux.“It became very apparent, and it has been throughout the summer, that we need to do something about JK. We added four more JKers today. So were at 103 in JK, that’s at 25 or 26 in a section. I certainly don’t feel good about that. So we know we needed to address that,” Kamrath said. “I wish we had more money, but we just don’t,” said Board Vice President Marie Colbeth.“We’ll get there, we’ll get there,” Bezek said.No action was taken by board members with regard to staffing. Other businessThe board tentatively scheduled a community meet and greet with Dr. Bezek for Friday, Oct. 7, to coincide with homecoming festivities.The start of the annual meeting has tentatively been moved up to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12. Check the district website for updates, somerset.k12.wi.us.Annual meeting tentatively set for Sept. 12For the first time in more than 12 years there was a new face in the district administrator’s seat at Monday night’s board of education meeting in Somerset. Dr. Mark Bezek officially assumed his responsibilities as the district’s top administrator starting Aug. 1.Contrary to tradition, no individual or group achievements were recognized and no cake was served, instead the board got right to business. Speaking on behalf of teachers and principals, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Trisha Sheridan told board members teachers are busy preparing for the arrival of students in just a couple weeks.

“This is the month where we are busy getting ready for our students and staff to return to campus. So lots and lots of great activity going on as far as getting ready for that,” Sheridan said. Welcome back nights are planned at all three schools for Aug. 30 beginning at 4 p.m. Activities are designed to acquaint parents with teachers and provide opportunities to learn more about programs within each individual building. Sheridan also informed the board that the district has begun to receive spring assessment data.“The ACT scores have been rolling in from our junior class, our ASPIRE data has been rolling in as well as our FORWARD exam. All of it is embargoed until further notice, but we are indeed using the data locally to start examining how our students did,” said Sheridan.Just two weeks into his new position, District Administrator Bezek initiated a discussion regarding staffing and more specifically the hiring of two full-time equivalents (teachers), one for the high school and one for the elementary school approved at last month’s board meeting. “Taking a look at what’s coming down the road, I’m very set against hiring people and letting them go because of budget cuts next year if we can find another way to remedy the situation. I’ve got limited knowledge on it, but from the discussion I’ve had with the administrative team and what your numbers show, I would look more closely at a rearrangement of the sections in the elementary,” suggested Bezek.Elementary Principal Dr. Chris Kamrath acknowledged that staffing is tricky business this time of year with enrollment in a constant state of flux.“It became very apparent, and it has been throughout the summer, that we need to do something about JK. We added four more JKers today. So were at 103 in JK, that’s at 25 or 26 in a section. I certainly don’t feel good about that. So we know we needed to address that,” Kamrath said. “I wish we had more money, but we just don’t,” said Board Vice President Marie Colbeth.“We’ll get there, we’ll get there,” Bezek said.No action was taken by board members with regard to staffing. Other businessThe board tentatively scheduled a community meet and greet with Dr. Bezek for Friday, Oct. 7, to coincide with homecoming festivities.The start of the annual meeting has tentatively been moved up to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12. Check the district website for updates, somerset.k12.wi.us.

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