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Jeff Davis, Superintendent

Onalaska Superintendent
Superintendent Message

Our levy passed!  Thanks to all of you who supported our students and staff with your votes.  We can now plan ahead for the next three years, knowing what our levy funding will be and what programs it will fund.  The levy passed with 65% yes votes and 35% no votes.  We appreciate the support from you, our community members.


  Well, the snow has come and hopefully gone for now.  We missed two school days due to road conditions in and around our school district.  Based on ensuring students receive the 180 days of instruction required by the state, we will now extend our school year to make up those days.  June 14th, which was to be our last day, will now be a full day of school.  We will come back on June 17th with a full day of school and now, June 18th will be our last day.  It will be an early release day.  Graduation ceremonies will not change and will still be held on June 7th.  Thanks for all of your patience with school closures.  We communicate with a lot of folks in our district to see how the roads are each morning before we decide.  Safety for students and staff are our main priority when making the decision to cancel school.


     It is hard to believe that we are in our second half of the school year.  Teachers and para educators are working hard to ensure that each and every student is proficient in the academic standards.  We continue to see growth in our students, especially in reading and mathematics.  We instituted a new    K-5 reading curriculum this year and the teachers and students are seeing tremendous improvements.  Our middle school offered more enrichment activities for students this year, including coding, quilting, marketing, digital communications, robotics, and Odyssey of the Mind.  The high school instituted split lunches this year, which allows opportunities for students to receive additional instructional     support from teachers for 30 minutes each day.  Robotics and coding were added this year to the high school schedule to give students more opportunities for career/technical coursework.


     I want to thank all of you who support our schools and students by volunteering your time, donating clothing, food, and money, and attending after school activities that are so important to the climate and culture of a comprehensive school district.  It truly takes all of us, working together, to make Onalaska Schools a great place for students to learn and grow.


     As the Legislature is meeting this year for their 105-day session, we expect that there will be changes that will impact our schools.  To date, over 1400 bills have been introduced, with about 20% or so receiving a hearing to possibly move a bill forward. It will be interesting to see if the session actually ends on time or if there will be a need for special sessions after the 105 days are up.  As always, if you have questions about a bill, contact your local legislator or if it deals with school issues, please feel free to contact me.  I will do my best to answer your questions.


     Again, thanks to all of you who participated in our school levy election.  I am hoping in the next edition of our newsletter to share with you everything that the approved levy will fund for the 2019-20 school year. Once we hear the results, we can begin our budgeting process, which takes a few months to put together to present to our school board.


     Feel free to contact me or stop by if you have questions about the Onalaska School District, or   public education in general.  Have a great spring!

Jeff Davis


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