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School District and Police Department Agree to Funding of School Resource Officers

The School Resource Officer Advisory Committee is a long-standing body that is comprised of City Council and School Board Members as well as City, Police and District staff.  There has been a collaborative, ongoing discussion between these two governmental agencies over the past two years regarding the funding model for School Resource Officers.  Currently, there are five School Resource Officers who are housed at Fond du Lac High School (two officers) and Sabish, Woodworth and Theisen Middle Schools (one officer each).  All officers have responsibilities at the District elementary schools as well.

 
At a March 18, 2019 meeting, the School Resource Officer Advisory Committee agreed to continue the existing model of funding: a 50/50 sharing of the costs associated with the employment of five School Resource Officers for twelve months.  Those costs are paid equally by the City of Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac School District.
 
The School Resource Officer Advisory Committee also agreed to the assemblance of a sub-committee that will identify summer opportunities whereby the School Resource Officers can further assist the District and the City as it pertains to engaging and connecting with the youth of the community.  This sub-committee will bring their recommendations to the full School Resource Officer Advisory Committee at the June 2019 meeting of the group, with agreed upon activities to begin in the summer of 2019.
 
The partnership between the City of Fond du Lac, the Police Department and the Fond du Lac School District is strong.  Safety in our schools and within the community is a paramount issue, and we will continue to work together in a collaborative fashion to ensure it.
 
UPDATE - District Inclement Weather Make Up Plan

This communication is a follow-up to the February 1, 2019 Weather Make-Up Plan information.  Since that time, we have had two additional inclement weather days on February 7 and February 12, which brings the total to six days.  

Although the District does have enough instructional minutes calendared to comply with state law, we are concerned about the loss of teaching and learning time for students and teachers as well as the potential for more inclement weather.  Accordingly, we have worked with the Board of Education and our dedicated staff to add additional instructional days into the calendar during times when teaching and learning can flourish. We will now be having school at all levels (Early Childhood/4K, Elementary, Middle and High School) of the District on the following days.  The days which are in bold are new dates that school will be in session since the February 1 communication.

Friday, March 22:  Full day of school for students

Friday, May 3:  Full day of school for students

Friday, May 24:  Full day of school for students

Wednesday, June 5:  Full day of school for students

Thursday, June 6:  Half day of school for students

Information regarding Hours of Instruction-Administrative Rule can be found at the following address:  https://dpi.wi.gov/cal/days-hours

Should you have any questions, please contact your school principal or Director of Human Resources, Sharon Simon.  Ms. Simon coordinates the District Calendar Committee and can be reached at 906-6501. Thanks for reading!


 
Fond du Lac School District Board of Education Votes to Go to Referendum

After a December 17 Special Meeting of Board of Education Vote, the Fond du Lac School District will be placing two referendum questions, totaling $98.5 million, on the April 2, 2019 ballot. The purpose of the questions will be to address various needs at the schools related to three main focal areas: improving safety and security; upgrading building exterior by replacing roofs, windows and doors; and updating building systems related to heating ventilation and air conditioning, electrical and plumbing.


In the fall, a community survey was conducted, indicating that a majority of Fond du Lac’s residents would support a referendum in the $90 million range. Using that figure, Board members reviewed information provided by the architects and contractors related to the scope of need within our buildings. Upon review, Board members and school district administrators prioritized areas with the greatest need to arrive at $91.5 million for question one. 


Question two will ask the community to consider air conditioning for the eight buildings that currently do not have it. This question will ask the public for $7 million dollars, which would allow every school to provide the same climate-controlled environment for students and staff. Hence, a total of $98.5 million will be requested from the community.


The District will be mailing additional information to all district residents in the coming months. Please watch your mailbox and the district website for further details. Should you have questions, please call 920-906-6502 or email referendum2019@fonddulac.k12.wi.us.


 
Community Supports School Board Pursuing a Referendum

The Fond du Lac School District has received a strong nod of support from the community to move forward on updating school district facilities according to the results of a community survey that was conducted last month. A presentation by School Perceptions, LLC, the firm that conducted the survey, shared the results at a Board of Education meeting on October 22nd.

The survey was completed by 2,259 people, including 850 parents of Fond du Lac School District students.   Respondents strongly support the District updating safety and security, addressing failing building systems, improving accessibility for people with disabilities and improving educational support spaces throughout the District.
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District Facility Study Survey Results
The preliminary results of the Community Survey that was recently conducted are available for review. Please click on this link and go to Facility Study Community Survey Results on this page to see the October 22 presentation to the Board of Education. 
My Stop App Helps Parents Track Buses

Fond du Lac School District parents can now use the free My Stop app to determine the location of their child's school bus. The My Stop app displays the school bus's location on a map, as well as provides the estimated time of arrival to a specific student's bus stop. The location of the bus is automatically updated every few seconds to accommodate any delays.

Approximately 1300 students ride the bus each day to and from Fond du Lac public and parochial schools, according to Marian Sheridan, Fond du Lac School District’s Coordinator of School Health and Safety Programs and Attendance and Transportation. GPS technology was installed in every school bus last summer.  This year, new computer software was added that links the GPS data with the school bus route database. 
 
"We know that parents want to have access to transportation information so they don't have to call to find out if buses are running late," Sheridan said. "The  primary intent of the app is for parents to have this transportation information at their fingertips."       
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What's going on for families in the Fond du Lac area?
Flyers with information about some of the activities for children or families happening in our community are available by going to the Families tab and selecting Things To Do from the drop-down menu. 
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