Raider homecoming spirit spread across the district today, as the Spirit Bus along with the football team, marching band and the Raidaires visited our elementary schools; promoting Raider Pride, sportsmanship and having some homecoming fun. Go Raiders!
Presentations were also provided by Board Treasurer Heather Logelin and Tim Erickson, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Together, they covered the 2019-2020 proposed budget and levy, budget challenges and assumptions, and the impact on property taxes.
Address reduced state funding levels.
Address instructional needs for all learners including: staff professional development, curriculum adoption, resource materials, and services to meet student needs.
Maintain student to teacher ratios within class size guidelines.
Sustainable funding for long-term maintenance and capital improvement plan for all facilities.
State equalization aid is projected to be $836,000 less or 3.8% lower than last year and per pupil categorical aid has been increased by $88 per student under the first year of the biennial state budget or a $496,000 increase over last year.
The estimated mill rate of $10.35 is down 1.54% from last year’s $10.51. Overall property valuation is estimated to increase 10.09% compared to 3.7% last year. The state average is 6.0%
Total under levy stands at approximately $3,300,000, which is direct tax relief for property owners in the Hudson School District.
Salaries and benefits are budgeted to increase $1,830,000 or 4.0% over last and include new staffing, staffing reductions, Teacher Salary Structure, Support Staff Compensation System, Hudson Lead Salary Structure, and Board approved increase of 2.5%
River Crest Elementary School held a Track and Field day for students in Grades K-3. The event was organized by Physical Education teacher Kristi Dado. Ms. Dado was supported by River Crest’s specialist staff, parent volunteers, and 5th grade students. What a great way to get kids moving!
River Crest students recently participated in “Bugs in the Classroom.” Volunteers from Trout Unlimited brought in various types of water insects for the students to observe how bugs look, move, their color, and more. The students took notes on their observations and used their notes to complete additional coursework. The students and staff all had the opportunity to hold each of the creepy and crawly bugs.
River Crest Elementary School students earned time to create chalk drawings with their buddy classes as a reward for positive behavior! Throughout the school year, students and staff focused on the importance of helping each other and kindness.
The School District held its Annual Staff Banquet to recognize retirees and years of service. It was an evening of fond stories and genuine thanks for the dedication and passion each honoree has brought to the Hudson learning community. We are Raider Proud! Thank you!
Retirees include: Diane Claycomb (30 years), Lucindy DePratter (6 years), Brenda Foust (25 years), Karen Halvorson (31 years), Amy Hamborg (15 years), David Hammond (19 years), Kathy Heth (26 years), Jonathan Hilding (28 years), Brian Huser (27 years), Deborah Larson (15 years), Wendy Langer (15 years), Sandra Long (7 years), Susan Randall (22 years), Rita Robey (22 years), Linda Schwertel (19 years), Patricia Steely (35 years), Michael Stoskopf (30 years), Therese Swinney (20 years), Mary Wicker (26 years)
Thirty-five Years of Service: Patricia Steely – Forty-five Years of Service: Art Forester
Thirty Years of Service: Diane Claycomb, Mary Glasbrenner, Elizabeth Hovland, Steven Sollom, Michael Stoskopf, Michael Yell
Twenty-five Years of Service: Brenda Foust, Stephanie Heerdt, Julie Johnson, Amy Petermeier, Brian Petermeier, Timothy Scharfenberg, William Schaub
Twenty Years of Service: Laurel Anfinson, Yvette Alesso, Heidi Aschenbrenner, Lisa Bartlein, Elizabeth Bevers, Cynthia Brinsko, Margaret Derrick, Jaime Fall, Kathleen Hanner, Jennifer Heier, Jamison Holum, Gail Jung, Mark Klanderman, Kevin Knoke, Terri Lammo, Linda Morning, Daniel Murray, Laurel Nelson-Lundell, Lisa Plackner, Mark Rivard, Maija Stubbendick, Therese Swinney, Sean Thompson, Kristen Ziebol
Fifteen Years of Service: Sonja Baumgartner, Kathleen Bartch, Nichole Benson, Barbara Cook, Jodi Dalluhn, Patrice Denning, Christina Dobberstein, Patricia Donahue, Kristie Faust, Michael Griffith, Joy Hage, Amy Hamborg, Kari Heisler, Ryan Jamieson, Brian Johnson, Laura Johnson, Lisa Kein, Alleyne Knudson, Wendy Langer, Deborah Larson, Kara Lindstrom, Timothy Olson
Ten Years of Service: Julie Andracek, Cory Eller, Lori Head, Melissa Hines, Annette Kelley, Paul Krasin, Maren Luedtke, Kristen Mathison, Kristin Runk, Deanne Swanson, Jennifer Toll, David Tostrud, Jodi Youngman.
Board of Education members handed out recognition awards to each of the honoree groups. Short speeches were given by the administrators who worked with each of the retirees.
Board members, Jamie Johnson and Bruce Hanson, took the oath of office at the April 22nd Board of Education work session. Both were recently re-elected and will serve for another three years. Thank you to both gentlemen for their service to our Hudson students, staff, and community.