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Green Bay school board, district principals plan second meeting

By Heather Graves

GREEN BAY – Trustees have scheduled a second meeting between themselves and district principals, a follow-up to the Jan. 30 meeting, as both groups continue to work at foster stronger collaboration.

This time, it’s likely the discussion will focus on the district’s dress code, which the board will discuss again in March.

“Our principals began a conversation with the board of education and we would like to engage in another date to talk about not only the concern and the opportunities that are available in partnership that came out of the last meeting,” said Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld. “The dress code is something that we have talked about that would be a very important conversation between the board and principals.”

The follow-up meeting with district principals is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the district office.

Herb Kohl Foundation award recipients

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation announced its 2020 award recipients – which includes three students and three teachers from the Green Bay Area Public School District.

“This is probably the largest group being recognized I’ve experienced since I’ve been here,” Langenfeld said. “They are all extraordinary examples of the great teachers we have here, as well as the awesome students.”

Student recipients include Lauren Bonetti from Preble High School and Benjamin Freden and Colin McCabe, both from Southwest High School.

The teachers recognized include Shane McDonough, a special education teacher at East High School, Brandon Rockstroh, a choir teacher at Southwest High School and Sara Schiller, a fourth grade teacher at MacArthur Elementary School.

Each student will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and each teacher will receive a $6,000 award, with a matching $6,000 awarded to their school.

There were 193 students chosen for scholarships and 100 teachers awarded.

The school board is planning to honor all six recipients at a March board meeting.

Public School Week

The district is celebrating Public School Week from Feb. 24-28.

“This is a week-long national celebration of our public schools intended to not only shine a light on the great work that is going on in our public schools,” Langenfeld said, “but also to recognize teachers, staff members, principals, volunteers, parents, administrators, school board members – everyone who play such a critical role in helping our students succeed. It’s really important that we advocate for our schools.”

Communication Director Lori Blakeslee is launching a social media campaign, which will include a handful of interactive activities.

“The first day out of our celebration is – tell us what you love about your public school, so we encourage everyone to participant in our social media campaign,” Langenfeld said. “It will shine a light on many things going on in our schools.”

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