We Are Off And Running
By District Administrator Gary Hansen
The 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start in the Rosendale-Brandon School District, providing us new staff, new students, new challenges, new opportunities, and new celebrations. There’s nothing like starting the year with some good ol’ Spartan Pride! The state of Wisconsin recently published the State Report Cards for districts and schools throughout the state, and I couldn’t be happier to share with you that:
• Rosendale-Brandon students scored the highest among other area schools in District Student Achievement score!
• Rosendale-Brandon students scored the highest among other area schools in District Mathematics Achievement score!
• Rosendale-Brandon students placed second in District Reading Achievement score!
• The Rosendale-Brandon School District was identified as a district that exceeds expectations!
• All four Rosendale-Brandon schools are identified as schools that exceed expectations!
Obviously we are very pleased with our students’ performance; it is certainly a testament to the hard work invested by our students and staff. That being said, we are never satisfied with where we are at. We will take a moment to acknowledge our success and then it’s time to get back to work.
And hard at work we are! We’ve added 12 new staff members this school year; our highest new staff increase since Act 10. There are several reasons for the large turnover this year; we lost two to retirement, two to temporary positions that were no longer available this 2014-2015 school year, one teacher accepted an associate principal position in another district, three teachers were offered positions closer to home, one part-time teacher accepted a full-time position elsewhere, one teacher left as a result of a mutual understanding, and four teachers sought different positions after being assigned multi-level positions here. It’s not uncommon for teachers to be resistant to a multi-level teaching position, but as a smaller school district with limited funding, we are forced to be more creative with our resources, which results in having some teachers teach at both the middle school and high school levels. None the less, we are very excited to welcome our new staff members, who are highlighted in this edition of the Spartan Sentinel. We have a few locals that you may recognize as well as some who have traveled in order to become part of our team. Please take a moment to read their biographies and join us in welcoming these new staff members. Together we continue our mission for excellence and providing the best opportunities for education to the students of the Rosendale-Brandon School District this 2014-2015 school year.