Schools

Tue
21
Jul

Committee talk still divisive

After a year in which some Oregon School Board members felt their committee structure caused some problems, they remain divided about how to fix the perceived issues. 

Board members reopened discussion on committees Monday night and ended up deadlocked 3-3 in a vote to decrease the responsibility of the Human Assets Committee (HAC). That failed vote was likely the first move in a series of possible changes to the committees’ roles. 

Board president Dan Krause initially brought the subject up in March on behalf of district administrators, citing two main problems with the committee system. He said administrators have “too many bosses” because they have recently had to deal with committee chairs and committee members, and he cited the danger of a committee “going rogue” and doing something that could possibly be illegal. 

Fri
10
Jul

State aid drops to OSD

With state funding to the district continuing to drop, the word “referendum” may soon be resonating in the offices of Oregon School District administrators and in the school board meeting room. 

OSD is expected to get around $18.2 million in state funding next school year, nearly a half-million fewer dollars from the state than last year. According to numbers released last week by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Oregon will receive $491,083 less in state aid for the 2015-16 school year, a decrease of more than 2.5 percent from last year.  

Mon
06
Jul

New principals put cap on staff changes

As the Oregon School District’s calendar turned to a new year July 1, the main pieces are in place after a few months of shuffling some top building administrators. 

The selection of two new building principals and the shift of an assistant from the high school to the middle school complete “phase three” of the district’s staffing plan, OSD superintendent Brian Busler said in a news release last week.

Chris Kluck was hired as new Netherwood Knoll Elementary School principal, succeeding Dan Rikli, who is moving to OHS to serve as a building administrator. 

According to the release, Kluck’s background includes 19 years as a math teacher and school administrator. He was a lead principal at three schools in the Waukesha School District, including the Waukesha STEM Academy, where he was principal for the past four years. 

Sat
04
Jul

Charter school expansion a concern

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is proposing to expand the state’s authority to open independent charter schools across the state, a plan that has Wisconsin’s top educator and Oregon’s schools superintendent concerned. 

In a news release earlier this month, state superintendent Tony Evers said the change – made without any public hearings – could affect 177 public school districts, including Oregon, by taking away local control over establishing charter schools. 

The new rule would allow from some colleges and universities to establish independent charter schools.

Tue
30
Jun

Final touches on 2015-16 staff

As the Oregon School District’s calendar turns to a new year July 1, the main pieces are in place after a few months of shuffling some top building administrators. 

OSD superintendent Brian Busler said in a news release last week that “phase three” of the district’s staffing plan is complete after selecting two new building principals and shifting an assistant from the high school to the middle school.

Chris Kluck was hired as new Netherwood Knoll Elementary School principal, succeeding Dan Rikli, who is moving to OHS to serve as a building administrator. According to the release, Kluck’s background includes 19 years as a math teacher and school administrator. He was a lead principal at three schools in the Waukesha School District, including the Waukesha STEM Academy, where he was principal for the past four years. 

Fri
26
Jun

OHS students to attend ‘Business World’

A group of nine Oregon High School students are among more than 250 Wisconsin high school students who will participate in “Business World” programs this month. 

Alanna Phillips and Autumn Rogers of Brooklyn will be joined by Morgan Hanson, Zach Hanson, Serenity Johnson, Cheyenne Marks, Ellen Martin, Calvin Schneider and Alex Verhagen of Oregon at one of two events – held at St. Norbert College in De Pere June earlier this week and Edgewood College from June 28 through July 1. 

According to a press release from Wisconsin Business World, the sessions provide hands-on business experience for students and teach them about the challenges facing business. The program has educated nearly 14,000 high school students from across the state.

Thu
18
Jun

OHS Graduation 2015

The Oregon High School Class of 2015 graduated on Sunday, June 14, at an outdoor ceremony at the athletic field.

Mon
15
Jun

State to freeze special education funding

State aid to students with disabilities in public schools remains frozen in the 2015-17 biennial budget proposed by Gov. Walker and the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), according to a press release last week from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

If the plan is not changed, by the end of the biennial budget, it will be eight straight years that special education aid support has been held flat. At the same time, according to DPI, costs associated with educating students with disabilities have increased, resulting in a decrease in the average reimbursement rate the state provides to school districts. 

In the 1999-2000 school year, reimbursement rates were 34.3 percent. For the 2014-15 school year, the rate is 26.8 percent of costs. 

Fri
12
Jun

OHS seniors to graduate on Sunday

Oregon High School will sadly but proudly say farewell to 255 seniors on Sunday, as the students move on in their lives to the “real world.” Here, two of those students (selected by OHS administrators) answer some questions about their high school careers and futures. One is looking forward to going to Japan for three weeks this summer in preparation for college, and the other is looking forward to spending some time with friends this summer before her basketball season starts in the fall. 

The OHS commencement ceremonies are set for 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14 at the high school. Students speakers will be Kendall Smedley, Claire Massey, Kyle Barron, Cassandre Krier and William Sanford.

 

What activities did you participate in at OHS?

Wed
10
Jun

OSD retirements: coda for the maestro


Photos submitted. Retiring OHS orchestra teacher Leyla Sanyer works with student James Debilzen in this 1994 photo.

When Leyla Sanyer came to Oregon High School, there were about a dozen students enrolled in orchestra in all four grades. 

For next fall, registration in the strings programs alone at OHS is 125, part of a district program of nearly 600 students, supported by more than five full-time teachers. 

That says it all about Sanyer, who is retiring this year after teaching at OHS for 28 of her 38 years in education. She built a program from the bottom up to one that is renowned for both its quantity and quality

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