On a typical day at Flynn Elementary School, students spend an intensive half-hour practicing skills they’re struggling to learn. Whether it’s math, reading comprehension or writing, that slice of time in the school day aims to help counteract specific skill deficits in students. While it’s a daily regimen at all Eau Claire elementary schools, Flynn’s principal, Adam Keeton, pointed to its success at his school as one driving force behind the institution’s recent
A proposed policy establishing a framework for mental health care in Eau Claire schools would be the first of its kind at the state level if the school board adopts it at its next meeting, board President Joe Luginbill said. Board members read through the proposed policy at its Monday meeting and plan to pass it when they next meet on Sept. 24. It outlines a three-tier framework that aims to improve accessibiliy to school-based mental health care by building relationships with students,
Eau Claire school district officials who hired a new North High School principal hope he will be an advocate for that school’s students. The Eau Claire school district tapped Cale Bushman after faculty, support staff and parent representatives said they want a vocal leader to fill the high school principal vacancy, schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck said. “All three (categories) told us they wanted a strong leader who would be a very vocal advocate for North,”
Students returning to Eau Claire public schools on Tuesday for the start of the academic year may notice a few physical differences in their building, some subtle and others hard to ignore. The school district has completed 17 projects from its 2016 referendum, said schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck, and 30 more are currently underway. These projects include roofing repairs to a new, secure main entrance at Memorial High School to a complete overhaul of McKinley Charter School.
When strapped for cash, the Eau Claire school district’s go-to fix is usually a combination of three tactics. Those include cutting services or programs; raising local property taxes through referendum — which the district did successfully in November 2016 to the tune of $87.9 million — or asking state government for more resources. That’s according to schools Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck and Eau Claire school board President Joe Luginbill, who told
After talking over its financial priorities for the upcoming school year at its Monday meeting, the Eau Claire school board will then discuss potential revenue generators to help the district grapple with a tight budget. In May, the district projected an estimated $5.8 million deficit for the 2018-19 school year, a reality school officials say occurs most years. This year’s deficit comes less than two years after an $87.9 million referendum that provided money for teacher pay raises and
After parents voiced concern over equity between school-sponsored graduation parties at North and Memorial high schools, the Eau Claire school district is assembling a committee to comb over how the two bashes are funded. “Instead of having one large equity committee in the district, we’ve taken this approach of having specialized committees,” said Mary Ann Hardebeck, schools superintendent. “This is another opportunity to look more deeply at a situation.”
For the second year, Eau Claire school district families can enroll their kids in summer school programs for free. That, coupled with community partnerships that allow the district to offer summer programs such as a Hmong language course, is what school officials say earned them a District of Distinction award from District Administration Magazine. “We want these opportunities available to all of our students,” said Mary Ann Hardebeck, superintendent of schools. “Having