Long-term Facility Maintenance and Operational Budget Remain a Challenge

Capital Maintenance and Declining Student Enrollment

Long-term Facility Maintenance and Operational Budget Remain A Challenge

On November 1, 2022, the Board of Education hosted a community meeting to seek input on Elementary Facilities Planning. Approximately three hundred (300) community members came to learn about potential options and financial considerations. The community was presented with ten (10) long-term facility maintenance options. These options included variations of maintaining all six elementary schools, closing two elementary schools, and reconfiguring grade levels that moved 5th grade to the Middle School and 8th grade to the High School. 

Based on community feedback, the Board of Education decided they would not close any elementary schools at this time. Many in the community believed additional time was needed to see if the enrollment projections presented by UW-Madison Applied Population Laboratory would continue to trend downward. For many years, it has been the experience of the Hudson School District to have growing student enrollment. It is a significant shift in thinking to see the enrollment numbers trending down or, at best, holding steady. The combination of declining student enrollment, capital maintenance needs, and state aid that has not kept up with inflation has forced the Board of Education to discuss a potential capital and recurring operational levy increase referendum.  

The School District has worked with Baird financial services to review budget projections based on enrollment and general assumptions related to various state aid scenarios. Depending on these general assumptions, the School District would likely see a budget deficit ranging from $2.6 million – $3.6 million in 2023-2024. Extending these assumptions to 2026-2027, the School District could face a budget shortage as high as $9.4 million. 

The challenge of long-term maintenance needs, operational budget shortfalls, and declining student enrollment are not unique to Hudson. That said, Hudson is uniquely positioned to address this challenge with its strong financial footing. Unlike some school districts that need to rely on short-term borrowing or who have no room left other than to cut staff and programs, Hudson is financially secure. We will continue to engage the community in planning the next steps. The Board of Education will need to decide before the end of January 2023 if they plan to bring an operational levy increase and or capital maintenance referendum vote to the community on April 4, 2023. You can follow the Board’s discussions on long-term maintenance by clicking on the ELEMENTARY FACILITIES tab on our School District website, hudsonraiders.org. 

As we close out the calendar year and head into Winter Break, I wish you peace, wonder, and joy. Take time to slow down and create memories with family and friends.


Nick Ouellette, PhD

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Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Sidewalk chalk congratulations.

The entire staff, administration, and Board of Education wish all the best to the Class of 2022!

Portrait image of Elizabeth Yray

HHS Valedictorian

My name is Elizabeth Yray and I will be attending UW-Madison next year for pre-med! Even though I’m super excited for the next step, it’s bittersweet leaving the kids I’ve been going to school with since kindergarten. Some of my favorite memories of high school are from school dances and pep fests. These are my favorite because they are the times where you spend time with people you don’t usually spend time with. They are the times that no one has to worry about friend groups and cliques and we are all just having fun. My advice to incoming freshmen is to not to let expectations dictate your high school experience. There is so much to experience but you will never get to experience it if you stay in your comfort zone. If you go into everything with an open mind, you may surprise yourself and have fun with things you didn’t expect to. You never would have known if you didn’t have an open mind. That advice will be further explained in my speech as well as talking about the memories that tie us all together.

Portrait of Blake Buchholz

Senior Class President

My name is Blake Buchholz, I will forever be grateful for my time here at Hudson High School. Some of my fondest memories come from everyday things that happen in classrooms, especially hearing teachers’ stories. My favorite is the story of Mr. Gamache’s shop teacher being picked up from school by a helicopter and never returning. Hudson has been a place where I have got to see my passion come alive and feel inspired. This has been done through developing authentic connections with both students and staff that all have so much to offer. Next year, I’m attending the University of Southern California for Public Relations where I will hopefully be continuing to feel this passion. My advice to incoming freshmen would be to get yourself involved within the school. There is so much that can be learned and lasting friendships that can be formed if you are willing to try something new and be okay with the potential failure. Some themes in my speech to look out for are a reflection of the past that has shaped us to who we are and looking towards the future with decisions led by passion.

Seniors spent their last day visiting the elementary schools they attended.

EP Rock Stand-By-Me Mentoring Partnership

Table of juice and muffins.

The EP Rock Elementary School Stand-By-Me mentoring was a great success this year. There were 27 children paired with adult mentors. Adult mentors meet with students weekly throughout the school year. The school celebrated the end of the school year with a “Mentors and Muffins” event. Mentors enjoyed breakfast with their mentees and their families.

The Stand-By-Me Mentoring Partnership is a school-based volunteer mentorship program where community members, parents, and staff volunteer their time to support students. This privately funded program was established in 1998 at EP Rock Elementary School by a group of teachers, including first grade teacher Bridget Schuett, and fifth grade teacher Amy Davis.

Mentored students, and their parents and teachers, often say they benefit in many ways from their mentoring friendship.

Interested in making a difference in the life of a child? Consider becoming a mentor one hour per week! Contact School Counselor, Kelly Curtis for more information at curtiskj@hudsonraiders.org.

Students, parents, and staff gathered in the media center.  Students, parents, and staff gathered in the media center.


2022 PLTW Engineering Design & Development Senior Capstone

PLTW Capstone Group Photo

The Hudson High School Project Lead the Way (PLTW) senior capstone class, Engineering Design and Development (EDD), held its yearly presentation day on May 17th.

It was a chance for students, parents, mentors, teachers, administration, and others to come together and celebrate the hard work the senior students have completed over the course of the school year in EDD.

Each student group chose and researched a problem. From their research, they design a solution to the problem and created a prototype that was then tested it to see if it would solve the problem.

The presentations showcased the process that each group went through and their analysis. A jury of local engineers assessed each group and provided feedback for them.

After the presentations, the groups were available to everyone who attended to ask questions and see the prototypes first hand.

Celebrating Our Retirees and Honoring Years of Service

Staff recognition banquet program.

On May 11, 2022, Hudson School District Board of Education, Administrative Leadership Team, and Education Foundation of Hudson members held a banquet to celebrate School District retirees and recognize staff years of service.

2021-2022 Retirees

The group of retirees stand together.

Jodi Magee, 35 years Hudson Prairie; Becky Bevers, 23 years HMS; Marie Roe, 17 years HHS; Laurie Harmon, 21 years HHS;  Lisa Kein, 18 years HHS; JoAnn Augustin, 19 years Houlton; LeAnn Stein, 21 years HMS; Sheila Mullally, 26 years HHS; Jane Branson, 18 years HHS; Celeste Nelson, 26 years HMS; Tim Erickson, 16 years Administrative Office; Chloe Brine, 30 years Hudson Prairie/River Crest; Tim Scharfenberg, 28 years HMS; Mary Glasbrenner River Crest. (Not pictured: Becky Brooks, 21 years Hudson Prairie; Jill Germain, 21 years HHS; Thomas Hellmers, 19 years HHS; Shari Pearson, 14 years EP Rock; Bridget Schuett, 24 years, EP Rock; Julie Weinberg, 24 years North Hudson)

2021-2022 Honorees

(Not all staff were present for photos below. Those being honored are listed in alphabetical order.)

10 Years of Service

Staff who have served for 10 years.

Debra Amundson, Garret Belisle, Brandon Bock, Colleen Boissonneault, Beth Buckmaster-Dulon, Jodi Campbell, Tammy Cochrane, Suzanne Dettmann, Susan Erickson, Sarah Grossenbacher, Colleen Gullickson, Aaron Harker, Jennifer Johnson, Susan Judge, Anne Kalsow, Erin McNish, Alissa Miller, Laura Mlynarczyk, Laura Murphy, Edward Schiltgen, Erin Schiltgen, Heather Solie, Amanda Sumser, Amy Weikel

15 Years of Service

Staff with 15 years of service.  Clinton St John portrait

Michelle Beer, Toni Bendlin, Brian Burbach, Guadalupe Castrejon, Mandy Cummings, Teresa Hagar, Joshua Halvorson, Stephen Kennedy, Daniel Rock, Charmaine Lindberg, Tamara McKenzie, Pamela Rohde, Patrick Sahli, Heidi Shimon, Clinton St. John, Kristen Weaver

20 Years of Service

Staff with 20 years of service

Steve Gaffer, Corey Rogers, Kristen Clemmens, Amy Gallick, Lynn Elsenpeter, Paula Willi, Neil Hatfield, Traci Wolfe, Cheryl Klanderman (not pictured)

25 Years of Service

Staff with 25 years of service

Stephen Uhls, Lisa Wasson, Krista Anderson, Stephanie Chukel, James Peterson (not pictured), Amy Davis (not pictured)

30 Years of Service

staff with 30 years of service

Chloe Brine, Jonel McGee, Mary Jo Graetz, Michelle Hagan, Paula Feyereisen (not pictured)

35 Years of Service

Two staff with 35 years of service.

Jodi Magee and Veronica Guzman

Arial view of the banquet.

Nikki Benson hugs retiree Laurie Harmon.  Diane Schofield recognizes Becky Bevers  Nick Ouellette and Tim Erickson

Jim Dalluhn, LeAnn Stein, Celeste Nelson and Tim Scharfenberg

Thank you to the Education Foundation of Hudson for their support and collaboration in hosting this year’s Staff Recognition Banquet. 

Members of the education foundation

Board of Trustee members Lynn Krueger, Scott Snyder, and Ron Bernth.

Click here to learn more about the Education Foundation of Hudson.

HMS 7th Grade Team Wins National STEM Competition

Three students seated at the table.

The Covid 19 Pandemic has taught us that something happening on the other side of the world has the potential to affect us here in Hudson. A team of Hudson Middle School 7th-grade students, Arden Fenstermacher, Isabel Burant, Maren Mielke, and Addison Riendeau, chose to explore the dangers girls in developing countries face while doing laundry in rivers. 

First, the Middle School team researched the many health and wellness issues endured while doing laundry in a river. The team decided to develop a way to reduce the time girls were spending at the river by creating a mobile rolling washing machine for the eCybermission STEM competition. The team felt very passionate about their project and felt a real connection to the plight of the girls. The team noted, “Had we been born in a less fortunate place, that could have been us having to wash our clothes in a river.”   

As a result of their hard work, research, and clever prototype, the team was awarded top honors by state judges. They were one of the top three (3) teams in 11 states in the north-central region in the eCybermission STEM Competition earning the team $8000.00 in savings bonds.   eCYBERMISSION is an online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition for students in grades six through nine that promotes teamwork, self-discovery, and the real-life applications of STEM. Students work in teams, with the help of a Team Advisor, to choose a problem in their community to explore with science or solve with engineering. Students experience STEM firsthand and learn how they can use it to change the world while interacting with STEM professionals and competing for the state, regional, and national awards. eCYBERMISSION students have applied for and received patents, expanded their projects into businesses, and achieved national recognition, including the first-ever TIME’s “Kid of the Year .” eCYBERMISSION is part of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA).

In addition to the team award, Advisor Chris Deleon was recognized at the eCYBERMISSION team advisor of the year!

Congratulations to the Arden, Isabel, Maren, Addison and Mr. Deleon!


Thank You to the Amazing Hudson School District Staff!

Thank you in a heart.
As Staff Appreciation Week draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to give a public shout-out to the amazing individuals who serve our students, families, and community in the Hudson School District each day.
Our custodial team works around the clock to ensure our schools are clean, safe and comfortable. Each custodian is responsible for approximately 30,000 square feet of building space each day. More than the spaces they clean, they provide a welcoming smile to students and staff.
By 6:00 AM, the School Age Care team opens our elementary doors to children who need care before the school day starts. They greet the child who just wants another hour of sleep with compassion. They enthusiastically engage the child who is wide-eyed and ready to shoot hoops.
Before the schools come alive with student voices, our Nutrition Services staff are busy preparing breakfast and planning for lunch. They serve an average of 1,400 breakfasts and 2,600 lunches each day. When you are running on empty and need a brain break, the Nutrition team is ready to serve.
As the students arrive, support staff are busy answering student and parent questions. They assist with finding and delivering classroom resources, logging absences and connecting students with the items they forgot at home that were delivered by parents. Payroll, accounts receivable, employee benefits, bussing, interviews, background checks, distribution of classroom materials, registration of students – an endless list of job duties that support over 800 staff and 5,400 students. It’s a whirlwind of responsibilities that are calmly managed.
The day’s main event is the learning and connections developed in the classroom. Dedicated teachers, paraprofessionals, Instructional Technology staff, and administrators serve students in concert with each other. Their goal is to empower all students to cultivate their talents, embrace their passions, and leverage their learning to impact the world around them.
The learning and activities do not end when the last bell rings for the day. Some elementary students return to School Age Care, and students across the District participate in club and athletic activities. There are Community Education classes, community youth sports fill our gyms and fields, and those who want to get in a workout enjoy the Raider Fitness Center. These activities could not occur without the coaches, advisors, and support staff who work evenings and weekends.
And when 10:00 PM finally arrives, there is a small but mighty crew of custodians once again preparing schools for the next day.

Exciting achievements for our Hudson DI teams!

DI Seniors

Exciting achievements for our Hudson DI teams!

This year seven teams have qualified for DI Globals. Hudson had 15 teams complete at the state tournament earlier this month.  A special red tie is given to recognize senior teams who compete at the state level.