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Jeff Davis, Superintendent

Onalaska Superintendent
Superintendent Message

Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year

     I want to welcome each and every one of you to the Onalaska School District as we begin another school year.  It is my privilege and honor to serve as the Superintendent of our school district.  This is an outstanding place to educate children, foster growth and achievement in all students, and a place where all students are cared for and nurtured by our staff of 121 employees.

     To begin our school year, I would like to welcome and introduce to you our new staff and returning staff who have taken on new responsibilities.  Please welcome into the Onalaska Family the following new staff:  Jenna Hasselwood- High School Business/CTE; Laura Gustafson- 5th Grade; Kayla Eylicio- 3rd Grade; Melissa Dunworth- Middle School English; Richard Erdman- Middle School Math; Robert Dailey- Middle School Special Education; Joseph Steketee- High School Art/CTE; Susan Webb- Food Service; Justin Fullmer- Maintenance; and Casey Peters- Mental Health Specialist for OEMS.  We also have returning staff who are in new roles this school year:  Bob Mohrmann- Maintenance/Custodial Supervisor; Romie Moulton- Custodian; Lyn Carpenter- Transportation Supervisor; Terri Dalsted- High School Counselor; and Sandy Bowen- Elementary Principal.  Take some time to introduce yourself to them and welcome them to Onalaska.

     2018-2019 will prove to be a very interesting year as we are dealing with and implementing new rules around school funding, as passed by the legislature during the past two sessions.  How schools are funded as well as reforms in the use of levy dollars have proved to be a challenge for us in the district office.  We have a levy election coming up in February of 2019 that will reflect some of those changes.  More information will be forth-coming.

     This year, we are focusing on school safety and looking for ways to shore up our facilities in case we have an emergency.  We have installed more security cameras and will continue to do so.  We are working with the Sheriff’s Department on how best to “lockdown” our buildings to keep intruders out and our students and staff safe.  I will keep you posted on the progress of this initiative.  We also will place a more focused emphasis on educating the whole child.  What this means is that we continue to provide academic support to our students, but will also look at how best we can support students after they leave school.  We want to make sure that all students come to school ready to learn.  However, we know that each and every student comes to us with issues that may get in the way of their academic success.  We want to assist students in dealing with those issues and give them the tools to overcome any obstacles that may hinder their success in school. We will be working with staff this year to really focus on developing relationships with students so they feel like they have an advocate for them while they are in school.  Our staff is a caring group of professionals who put the welfare of our students first.  We will continue to do so as the year progresses.

     Lastly, I would encourage you to visit our schools and participate in the education of your child.  If you don’t have children in our schools, feel free to volunteer your time to assist in classrooms, activities, or other programs in our school and community that welcome volunteer assistance.  It takes all of us to educate children.

     Have a great school year and I look forward to seeing you at our many events throughout the year.  If you have questions or comments, feel free to call me or stop by the District Office.  I look forward to the opportunity to share all of the great things happening in Onalaska and welcome suggestions that will make us even better.

Onalaska Schools Google Admin,
Sep 21, 2017, 6:46 AM