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First month back in session has gone well for district

Lake Holcombe School Board

It’s been a month since Lake Holcombe resumed classes in-person, and things are going well, according to superintendent Kurt Lindau. Lindau reported at a regular school board meeting Sept. 21, that busing and COVID procedures are running smoothly.

He also said the district is now continuing with boiler and roof replacement projects, after COVID-19 halted work in the building.

Lindau also was happy, as, in July or August, the district purchased some things from the old Ladysmith Elementary School. Included for repurposing, were computer desks and glass backboards, which fits what was needed at Lake Holcombe.

As for staff, there are two new faces on hand, in the form of the School Resource Officers (SRO), which are hired through the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department. The officers are on-site on a daily basis providing service.

“I think their presence has helped to curb some of the misbehavior in vehicles (speeding/careless driving),” said Lindau.

The officers also attend home volleyball and football games.

“We’re looking for places for to them to have more visibility,” said Lindau.

In the business portion of the meeting, the board accepted the resignation of guidance counselor Barb VanDoorn, effective Oct. 31. However, she will stay on as the schoolbased mental health coordinator (which is funded by a two or three-year grant through the DPI).

They also accepted the resignations of assistant junior high football coach Todd Senoraske; and part-time kitchen assistant Sally Steinke.

Members also approved the hire of assistant high school football coach Troy Story; and assistant junior high football coach Chris Clark. Also approved, were the spring adviser contracts for Kent Dorney, FFA; Kathleen Koehler and Jeff Milas, co-middle school Student Council; Shelley Lee, high school Student Council; Becky Omtvedt, elementary yearbook; and VanDoorn as the NHS adviser and communications director.

The board also accepted $142.10, from Eastbay Lodge to the music department; and $200 from Marshfield Clinic, for school supplies.

As a reminder, the annual meeting/budget hearing is set for Monday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m.