SENECA - The biggest news at the Seneca School Board meeting Monday was actually delivered during the closed session, when longtime boys basketball coach Dave Boland announced he was resigning from the position.
Boland has coached the team for 34 years and has amassed an impressive 539-240 record.
In addition to coaching the basketball team, Dave Boland serves as the Seneca School District Administrator, a position he will retain.
After a second reading of the new policy for public comments at board meetings, board member Mark Johnson move to approve the policy. The motion was seconded by Charles Clark and unanimously approved by the board.
The Seneca Area School District Monthly Recognition Award was given to Johnson’s One Stop for their effort in delivering bottled water to the school during the recent COVID pandemic. The monthly recognition award also honored speech and language instructor Becky Ruff for her 14 years of dedicated service. The board decided the monthly award should additionally recognize the efforts of First Responders for their training of the freshman class and other in CPR techniques–those trainers include Brian Reynolds, Scott Jahnke and Travis Zach.
In other business, the Seneca School Board:
• approved the school’s 2022-23 membership in the WIAA (Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association)
• approved use of school equipment and facilities by students in the summer as required by WIAA policy
• tabled determining the rate of pay for summer school teachers until rates of other districts for summer school pay could be compared
• approved seven or eight ‘Start College Now’ applications to take virtual courses from SWTC for college credit
• approved two inbound and nine outbound open enrollment requests
• tabled action on having student participation in board meetings until more information could be gathered• learned that consumer price index increase of 4.7 percent, which is the usual method of determining staff raises, had been approved by some area school districts for the coming year.