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Riverdale votes against virtual options next year
Greater gains from in-person attendance
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MUSCODA - On Monday June 7 the board voted not to have a virtual option for students next year.  

This came after Kelly Schaefer and Lynn Tarrell’s AGR progress update on K-3 students in which great gains were made by students who have been in attendance this school year.

  While the fall scores were fairly low after missing an entire quarter of school in the spring of 2020, students who were at school the entire year were able to recover and get back on track by the end of the 2021 school year. “We feel that students need to get back in school and the data supports that. Having teachers teach both in-person and face to face is not sustainable or efficient” Superintendent Schmidt. The district is prepared to teach virtual if we need to close for a period of time and we will continue to use Seesaw and Schoology as our learning platforms.    

Another item that was voted on was that the district will move from mandatory face coverings inside school districts building to optional masking for the summer. Face coverings on public transportation (school bus) are still required.  This will be monitored monthly by watching community spread numbers from the state and Grant County. The administration team felt that with the low numbers in the school for the summer, the number of vaccinations increasing, and the low numbers of positive cases in the area that it would be a good time to reduce restrictions.  Social distancing, practicing good hygiene, and cleaning routines will still be in place to control the spread of viruses. We will still be quarantining unvaccinated close contacts and not letting symptomatic people participate in activities. This will be revisited at the August board meeting for the fall.

The board voted to approve the resolution awarding the sale of $4,880,000 general obligation school building and facility improvement bonds and the resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $5,320,000 taxable general obligation promissory notes that were used to refinance the 2013 and 2014 bonds and secure financing for the $350,000 for the girls softball field.  The refinancing of these two bonds saved the district $298,751.00 over the life of the bonds.  

Carol Wirth (Wisconsin Public Finance Professionals) presented the information of the sales that happened earlier in the day.  

The board accepted the resignations of Sarah Martinsen, Teacher, Stacey Troxel, National Junior Honor Society Advisor, Lucas Phelps, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, and Virgil Bomkamp, Bus Driver. The board approved the hire of Catrina Duffy-Bauer as Library Media Aide for the JH/HS.  

In other board actions a UW-Platteville computer class was approved for a high school student, a contract agreement was approved for Kristen’s Helping Hands, occupational therapy assistant, for the 21-22 school year, a 10 passenger van purchase from Fillback Ford for $20,427.50, and pavement refurbishing project for the 5th and 6th grade playground. The board approved to upgrade the district communication equipment by accepting Baycom’s proposal for the repeater system of $17,682.42 and the analog to digital conversion of $12,807.00.