Ensuring All Students Learn

Ensuring All Students Learn

As we hit the mid-point for the 2021-22 school year, I want to commend everyone on the successes we have experienced. It is great to see the support of our students at concerts and athletic events.

We have had a limited number of positive cases and close contacts due to the great job done by our families.  As a reminder, if anyone in your household is tested, please keep your child(ren) home until the test results come back. I cannot stress enough the importance for each family to follow this protocol as we can limit the number of close contacts in school.  Please continue to self-screen your child/children and keep your children home if they are sick.

The School District of Loyal of Loyal is eligible to receive funds through three stimulus bills that Congress has passed beginning of March 2020. These funds are provided through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Education Relief Fund (ESSER) to school districts.

We received 1.8 million dollars recently from the ESSER III fund – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  The money is to be used in specific areas with one being 20% allotted to address learning loss and closing the achievement gap.  This would include hiring staff, teacher training and any materials need to achieve this goal. The remaining funds can be used for certain facility upgrades.  We are working on getting estimates for air handlers and upgrades to the doors and windows.  We are also looking at the portions of the elementary exterior that are not brick as we are losing a lot of energy through these panels.

In December, Governor Evers gave each school district money through the COVID Relief Fund.  This was federal money given to each state with a portion to be used for education.  We will receive $135 per student which is $69,000 for our district. We are looking at the needs of the district to best utilize where this money is used.

We have been working on our facilities planning for more than a year.  The Loyal School Board unanimously approved a referendum question for the April 5, 2022, election.  Based on the responses received in the community survey, the question will be for:

$11.7 million for safety and security improvements, including a secure entry and office, cafeteria and commons; additions and renovations to tech ed and agriculture, improvements to the elementary school gym, and site improvements.

The estimated average tax impact is $1.62 per $1,000 of fair market property value, $162 a year, or $13.50 a month on a home valued at $100,000.

More information about the referendum plans and projects, the average estimated tax impact and upcoming referendum information meetings will be available for our school and community in January 2022. To learn more, go to the facilities planning page of the district website.

The leadership team, along with members of the Loyal School Board and some parents will start the process to work on updating the vision statement and district goals.  Discussion was centered around the districts mission statement, “Ensuring All Students Learn” and to start developing our vision and district goals.

We hired Melissa Grambsch as a part-time special education aide.   She has been subbing in that department for the past several weeks.  Please give Melissa a warm welcome!

There has been discussion regarding the use of district technology.  We are in contact with other districts, the teaching staff, and the Computer/Technology department on options of how to increase our district social media security.  We will keep you posted on progress made.

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!  Please enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday season.

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