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Jeff Davis, Superintendent

Onalaska Superintendent
Superintendent Message

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you all to the 2019-20 school year.  I continue to be amazed at how fast time goes. It seems like just yesterday we were graduating our seniors and saying goodbye to some of our staff members who have left us.  Now, we begin a new year with new students, new staff, and a renewed commitment to provide the best education we can for the students of Onalaska.

I am excited to introduce our new staff to you. Angel Ball will be teaching 4th grade, Emily Waag is our new 3rd grade teacher, Jesse Perkinson will teach 1st grade, Renee Kabat-Nelson is our new Kindergarten teacher, Rachel Leavitt is our new K-5 special education teacher, Sara Sanders is our new 4th grade teacher, Kendall Campana is our new middle school science teacher, Benjamin Gosnell is our new high school English teacher as well as offering one period of Japanese.  Emily Marshall will teach English at the high school as well as serve students in our ELL program. Shelley Grant is our new high school business teacher. Scott Keating is our new CTE/Vocational para educator at the high school. Jasmine King will be our elementary music para educator this year. We will have some additional para educators to introduce to you later as we get them hired for open positions.  You will get a chance to meet our new staff at our back to school events or our parent/teacher conferences in the Fall.

We have a lot of projects that have been completed or will be completed when school begins.  We have replaced some concrete walkways, created a new classroom by remodeling the OEMS library, installed energy efficient lights in the high school gymnasium as well as new security lighting on both campuses.  Our ticket booth and coffee shack at the high school have both been refurbished and our bus compound has a new roof over our buses as well as new flooring in the bus mechanics shop. A big “thank you” goes out to Bob Mohrmann and our maintenance staff for all of their work this summer, not only with these projects, but getting classrooms and other areas of the schools ready for staff and students.  We love our maintenance staff!

Our district is continuing to slowly grow, with an expected enrollment of over 800 students to begin the school year.  Our goal is to continue to do our best to keep class sizes manageable in all grades and classrooms. As we grow, some of our elementary classrooms may see small increases from previous years.  Our district will continue to offer a variety of career and technical education courses as well as courses that will prepare our students for life after high school.

I encourage you to visit our buildings and stay in contact with your child’s teachers and administrators.  We all need to work together to ensure our children are receiving the best education possible so they can pursue their dreams and aspirations as they leave our school district.

Please feel free to call or visit with me if you have questions about our district, our schools or our programs.  Our goal is to make all students, stakeholders, and community members feel welcomed in our schools. I look forward to seeing you at the many events our schools present during the school year.

Have a great 2019-20 school year! 

Jeff Davis