MAPS Board: Mask policy effective until Oct. 30
The Merrill Area Public Schools Board of Education during its Wednesday, Aug. 26 meeting took multiple actions ranging from the implementation of a quarter-long mask requirement to hiring new staff.
The board adopted the statewide mask mandate as part of its reopening plan. The district’s policy will remain in place until the first quarter ends on Oct. 30, whether or not further legislative actions are taken in Madison regarding the mandate.
The face covering mandate implemented by Governor Tony Evers in July will expire on Sept. 30, unless a superseding order is issued.
Among other actions taken by the board was the approval of the 2020-2021 budget for presentation at the annual meeting slated for later this month. .
The Board also approved the hiring of over a dozen new staff members. They included Jacob Berreth, Jefferson Custodian; Carla Halfmann, MHS Custodian; Dawn White, MHS Custodian; Joseph Brown, Washington Custodian; Lynn Essert, from PRMS Aide to MHS/Washington Custodian; Renee Moonen, Part-time District Custodian; Inga Fredricks, Part-time District Custodian; Luke Pfingsten, Part-time PRMS Floater Custodian; Luke Koehler, PRMS Technology Education Teacher; Ryan Heath, MHS Physical Education Teacher; Cassandra Schulz, Washington Long-term Aide Sub; Troy Pieper, MHS Special Education Aide; Amy Guthrie, Jefferson 2nd Grade Teacher; Heather Klimek, Kate Goodrich Special Education Teacher; Jessica Klempke, Kate Goodrich Special Education Aide; and Dan Hinterleitner, PRMS Art Teacher.
Transfers green-lighted by the board included Joy Erath from BVA Health (0.2 FTE) to BVA Health (0.7375 FTE); Shannon Pichler from BVA English (0.75 FTE) to BVA English (1.0 FTE); Coramarie Marinan from BVA Elementary (0.75 FTE) to BVA Elementary (1.0 FTE); Steven Kirsch from Kate Goodrich Special Education Teacher to BVA Special Elementary Teacher; and Christine Rasmussen from PRMS Art Teacher to BVA Elementary Art Teacher.
The resignations of Gina Krause, Merrill High School Special Education Aide, and Laurie Woller, Kate Goodrich Special Education Aide, were also approved by the board.