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Granton School Board Hears Spotlight on Education: Granton's Equestrian Team

Friday, November 17th, 2023 -- 9:01 AM


The Granton School Board heard the Spotlight on Education at their meeting on Monday.

This month’s Spotlight on Education focused on Granton’s Equestrian Team. The team earned 1st place at their State competition and the district is very proud of them and their coaches. Their accomplishment did bring up the idea of displaying a banner for them in the fieldhouse.

Principal Amanda Kraus proposed the idea of having a banner created for all the past teams who have earned an honor like this and displaying all of them in the fieldhouse. The board agreed and Principal Kraus will be checking on prices before they move forward.

Each month the District has a Students of the Month and Staff Member of the Month winners. These people are nominated based on how they exhibit the monthly character trait, this month’s trait was responsibility.

This month’s winners are Eliana Earl – Elementary, Maite Tonche – Middle School, and Beth Arndt – High School. The staff person of the month is Lindsey Halverson. Kennedy Young, Student Council Representative, gave the board a report about school activities that have taken place over the last month.

Girls basketball and wrestling teams have begun practice. The Equestrian team won first place at State. Student Council presented the annual Veteran’s Day Program. The FFA competed at National Convention and received a bronze rating.

They also had their fall banquet and will be doing their traditional Thanksgiving skit and dinner for the 4th graders. Members of the school board will be attending the Annual Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) Convention in January. Cheryl Young will be the Granton representative who attends the voting session during that convention.

It is time for people interested in running for open positions on the school board to consider their candidacy. There are two current members who will either need to run for reelection or decline their candidacy.

The election will be in April of next year. In her Principal’s Report, Amanda Kraus talked about the Veteran’s Day Program that focused on the people from the community who have served. The program consisted of student speeches, skits, and musical renditions.

All students can earn monthly incentives related to behaviors. The elementary students earned two extra days of swimming and the older students earned cappuccino/donuts. Nancy Popp, District Administrator also gave her monthly report.

Last month the board approved moving to a new technology support system. SC Networks has proven to be a valuable change already working on many of the necessary updates that the district needed. Updates were also needed to the Employee Handbook.

The updates were completed by a representative from WASB and the board and the administrator will set up a future meeting to discuss these changes. Granton will be getting five electric buses through an EPA grant. The buses are complete and most of the site work is done.

Once the buses arrive, there will be training for the drivers as well as the area emergency service departments. The corporate office of OEM has reached out to the district to discuss the possibility of a clinic system in Neillsville.

At this time, OEM is gathering information to see if there is enough interest in the area.

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