JEFFERSON — If a picture is worth a thousand words, a personal visit must be worth many times that.
That's the idea starting this evening's Jefferson school board meeting at the football field/athletic complex.
Upgrades to the complex were not included among the list of capital projects for this year, but since the initial list was drawn up, some issues have cropped up that need to be addressed, said Mark Rollefson, superintendent of the School District of Jefferson.
Among the issues, the roof of the press box has started to decay, and it's not just a matter of putting on a new roof, as some of the supports may be weakening, as well.
With these structural concerns combining, it might be necessary to find a more long-term fix.
A couple of lightpoles are sinking, Rollefson said, but it is possible that the field could get by with fewer poles, thanks to new brighter, higher-efficiency LED lighting.
In addition, a few portions of the bleachers in the student section are showing some wear.
After touring the athletic complex starting at 6:30 tonight, the School District of Jefferson Board of Education is slated to return to its regular meeting place in the Jefferson High School library for deliberations.
Overall, it will be a light meeting, Rollefson said, as Laura Peachey, director of business services for the district, will not be present and all of the financial matters have been scheduled for the second August meeting, when the annual meeting and budget deliberations will take place.
As of Friday, the school board had no resignations on its agenda for tonight, but it did have one hiring the board is slated to act on, that of Kieth Kohls as technology education teacher at Jefferson High School.
Kohls received his bachelor's degree in technology education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his master's in education from Cardinal Stritch University. He has taught techology education in the Racine, Germantown and Hartford Union schools.
Also on the docket is the annual lease with KidSpace, which is essentially the same pact the district has had in prior years with the child care provider doing wrap-around 4-K care and after-school care in the schools.
This year's contract is proposed to work in a 2.5-percent increase in the daily rate the child-care provider will pay the district.
The board also is slated to consider the annual pact with Madison Area Technical College for dual-credit courses at the high school; the vendor meal pact and lease agreement with Jefferson County Head Start; and the second reading of the 2019-20 supplementary compensation program handbook.
Kathy Volk, pupil services and special education director, will give a presentation on the Bronze Level recognition that all three elementary schools in the district recently achieved for their multi-level system of supports for students.
The Response-to-Intervention bronze honor is a first-level recognition which districts must receive before they're eligible to receive higher levels of recognition.
Rollefson said the district is on track to receive these higher-level recognitions in the future.
The award recognizes the district's efforts to work with all populations of students.
In addition, the school board will hear a couple of other reports, including an update from Curriculum and Instruction director Barb Johnson detailing summer curriculum work; the at-risk report, which is required annually; and the complaint report, also required annually.
Rollefson said that in this past year, the district received no formal complaints, but this item still must be addressed as part of the school board agenda.
In other business, the board will be reviewing several policies, some of them first readings and some second readings. These include policies on certified staff evaluations, animals in schools, and short-term and extended-field trips, as well as tobacco possession and tobacco use by students.