OASD developing random drug testing program at intermediate and high schools

OASD developing random drug testing program at intermediate and high schools

Implementation, if approved by school board, impacts more than student-athletes Directors of the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club, during the group’s monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the high school, were given an overview of the random drug testing program being developed by the district’s administrative staff. Lisa Dawes, OASD Director of Student Services and Scott Raduka, the OHS athletic director, made the presentation. Dawes said that work on a policy and practice statement is underway, but implementation, if approved by the OASD Board of Education, is not expected until the 2015-2016 school year, beginning perhaps late next summer. The School Board will probably get a chance to discuss and vote on the policy/practice at its January meeting. Dawes and Raduka also said that the program was not designed to be punitive, but rather as a means for further reaching out to students who may need help with substance abuse. The policy/practice, if approved, will not be directed solely at student athletes, but to any student involved in co-curricular activities. This means students who participate in clubs at Nature Hill and Silver Lake, plus those at the high school, will be part of the random testing program. Students in grades seven through 12 will be included. Also included are students requesting parking privileges at the high school, which, Dawes pointed out, means that approximately 70% of all students will be covered by the policy. Parents of students who participate in sports and the other activities and programs must provide their consent to the testing. Absent parental consent, a student will not be eligible to participate in those activities or programs. Recognizing...

OPINION: 12 people $56 million; 60 people $6,000

Tuesday night, in the Little Theater at OHS, about a dozen residents of the Oconomowoc Area School District heard a presentation on its finances. They then approved the district’s proposed $56 million budget for the 2014-205 school year. At about the same time, across town, about 60 residents of the city attended a Fowler Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District meeting at City Hall They discussed goose poop, weeds, and approved a $6,000 budget....

Kay’s motion calls for salary increases for OASD board members and president

Lake Country Municipal Court Judge Tim Kay, in his role as a private citizen and resident of the Oconomowoc Area School District, plans to introduction a motion at Tuesday’s Sept. 19 annual meeting of the OASD Board of Education that would raise the salaries of the board’s members and president. While Kay has not served on the board, he has an intimate knowledge of what it takes to serve on the elected body; his wife, Susan, served on the board until her resignation in April, 2012. Tim Kay is also a former Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club President and in that role worked closely with the board. Kay’s motion contends that the salaries of the board members and its president are below the average for communities and school districts of similar size in Wisconsin. And he’s right. Analysis of salaries for boards in area communities shows that the average salary for board members is $3,734. Board presidents are paid, on average, $3,993. Currently, the salary for an elected OASD board member is $2,330, $1,414 below the average for school boards in 10 comparable area communities. Here are those annual salaries: District (alpha order)Board SalaryPresident Salary Arrowhead$3,050$3,050 Elmbrook$3,600$3,600 Hamilton$4,000$4,000 Kettle Moraine$3,000$3,000 Menomonee Falls$5,000$5,500 Mukwonago$2,000$2,500 Muskego$4,195$4,545 New Berlin$3,500$5,000 Oconomowoc$2,330$2,330 Pewaukee$4,000$4,000 Waukesha$5,196$5,196 Oconomowoc ranks second from the bottom on the list with only Mukwonago paying less ($2,000). Two districts, Sussex-Hamilton and Muskego, pay $4,000 and $4,195 yearly. Waukesha, a bigger community, pays its board members $5,196 yearly. Kay’s motion, which is voted on by the electors at the meeting, not the Board members, calls for a $4,000 annual salary and $4,500 for the...
PHOTOS–AFF donors preview new athletic facilities

PHOTOS–AFF donors preview new athletic facilities

Donors to the successful Athletic Fields Forever campaign that raised funds to help renovate and improvement the outdoor athletic facilities at the Oconomowoc High School were given an advance preview of the facilities on Thursday evening. After several presentations, including one from OASD Superintendent of Schools Roger Rindo, the group split into small groups for mini-tours of the new soccer stadium, baseball diamond, track, and synthetic turf field at Ed Rux stadium. The group also saw a short video on the Rux stadium scoreboard and were entertained by the OHS dance team. Click on any of the thumbnail images below to launch a self-directed slide show featuring larger versions of each photo. Photos by Malcolm McIntyre....