Wisconsin Education News

April 12, 2024

The Wisconsin Education News is a daily update of education news and events that are taking place around Wisconsin.

MAPS superintendent on the district's response to referendum failure

Earlier this month, voters decided on 103 school referendums around the state, an unusually large number. Voters in the Merrill area voted against a capital improvements referendum for the public school district.

Port Washington-Saukville names Michael McMahon as its next superintendent

The Port Washington-Saukville School District will have a new superintendent next school year. The district announced April 11 that its board unanimously selected Michael McMahon to be the district's next superintendent. McMahon will start July 1.

Northeast Wisconsin Schools step up Safety with Participation in Statewide Tornado Drill

(WTAQ-WLUK) — An alarm sounds at school. It’s not the sound of a traditional fire alarm, but rather, the alarm for a possible tornado. “In our back area is a siren that is put up by the county,” said Kathy Held, principal at Hemlock Creek Elementary, which is part of the School District of West De Pere.

Theresa Taylor named director of elementary education

Theresa Taylor, current principal of Glacier Edge Elementary School, has been promoted to Verona Area School District (VASD) Director of Elementary Education.

Wausau pastor hoping to raise $20,000 in a week to pay off local student lunch debt

WAUSAU, Wis. - Wausau pastor Yauo Yang is hoping to raise enough money to pay off student lunch debt in the Wausau School District in seven days.

Packers, Bellin donating CPR Instruction, AEDs to local schools

The Green Bay Packers and Bellin Health are partnering once again to donate updated CPR instruction and AED equipment to local schools, thanks to an NFL Foundation grant designated for promoting CPR education, AED access and training nationwide.

Future high school will have different name

The Keshena community has endured for decades with having a high school with Indian as part of its name. No more. When it opens later this year, the new high school will be known as Menominee Nation High School, ending an era of having a name that many tribal members feel diminishes and denigrates its people. It was all made possible because of a mission that the high school’s human rights club went on in the last couple of years.

Gibraltar Board Opts for Longer Class Periods

Before the Gibraltar Area School Board took a 5-2 vote April 8 to have two less but longer class periods during the school day, secondary-school principal Jim DeBroux surveyed teachers for their opinions. DeBroux said more than 85% of teachers responded, and 31 out of 33 (94%) expressed support for the change.

Oconto Falls schools poised to increase no-bus zone

With two more school bus drivers submitting their retirement papers, the Oconto Falls School Board took steps April 8 to reduce transportation service to students living within a two-mile radius of school buildings. For the past two school years, the district has stopped busing students within a mile of school, but unless there’s an influx of new drivers, it will have to expand that radius to the maximum allowed by law.

Wauwatosa School District: Director of special education selected as WCASS District Administrator of the Year

Wauwatosa, WI — The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services, Ltd. (WCASS) has named Stacy Klemm, Director of Special Education in the Wauwatosa School District, as its District Administrator of the Year for Region 1.

New Madison schools head Joe Gothard says 'students deserve better'

The new superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District stressed the importance of engaging with the community and reacquainting himself with the district during his introductory press conference at Thoreau Elementary School on Thursday morning.

Board learns of survey, tours

District Administrator Dr. Brad Ebert announced at the April 3 Kiel Area School District board meeting that the community-wide survey regarding the condition of the Kiel Middle School will be in community mailboxes around April 15.

Superior School Board approves move to narrow network health insurance

SUPERIOR — The Superior School Board approved changes to employee health insurance for the 2024-25 year, but stopped short of stripping the option to stay on the district’s health and dental insurance from retirees.

DPI report shows Wisconsin’s education workforce is in crisis

A new report released Thursday by the Department of Public Instruction found about four out of every 10 first-year teachers either leave Wisconsin or the profession after just six years. 

Wisconsin education leaders plead for more funding amid teacher shortage crisis

(WLUK) -- State education leaders are sounding the alarm on teacher shortages. "Our schools are in crisis,” said State Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly during a press conference Thursday morning.

Association of Wisconsin School Administrators: Names Milwaukee’s Santiago Navarro Wisconsin Secondary School Principal of the Year

MADISON — The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators has named Santiago Navarro as its 2024 Secondary School Principal of the Year.

CESA 6 Named 2024 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award Winner

Oshkosh, WI — April 9, 2024 — CESA 6, a non-profit, member-driven cooperative providing innovative, high-quality, affordable solutions that help school systems achieve strategic goals and maximize student success, has received the 2024 Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). This award recognizes the most engaged workplace cultures in the world. This is the third year CESA 6 has been named a GEWA winner.

More Wisconsin school districts went to referendum this spring, but only about two-thirds were successful

In many communities across Wisconsin, voters saw more crowded ballots than usual this spring. During February and April elections, there were more Wisconsin school referendums than there have been in over two decades.

2,400 students, 35 languages, 17 schools: MPS World Fair is a place to show, learn, celebrate

The 2,400 students arriving at the Milwaukee Public Schools World Fair, held Thursday at the Baird Center, spoke 35 languages and came from 17 schools with the highest concentrations of immigrants and refugees in MPS. In its ninth year, the event allows students a glimpse at other cultures, and a chance to display their own.

‘Moola Mania' Event in Fond du Lac Teaches Students Financial Literacy in a Fun Way

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) — A partnership between a local children’s museum and credit union is helping kids learn how to responsibly spend, save and share money.