Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Use our interactive database to see which school administrators are the highest and lowest paid throughout the state of Wisconsin.
Editor's Note: This story has been modified to clarify information about Maple Dale-Indian Hills district administrator salaries. School adminstrator salaries in the Nicolet High School District are largely in line with nearby communities, according to data compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Superintendent Rick Monroe was paid $154,899, while Fox Point-Bayside Superintendent Rachel Boechler earned $135,000 and Maple Dale-Indian Hill Superintendent Mary Jordan Dean received $73,987 for her work as the district administrator. But because Jordan Dean also acts as principal at Maple Dale Middle School, her total salary includes an additional $73,987 for that position, bringing the total to $147,974. The numbers are …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A new state report card detailing how schools across Wisconsin are doing educating children is set to be released the week of Oct. 22.
Parents are used to receiving the quarterly report card, informing them how their child is performing in school. But, how about a report card on how the school is educating your child? The state Department of Public Instruction will roll out its new School Report Cards beginning next week. It’s a new accountability system that allowed Wisconsin to earn a waiver from meeting certain 2014 requirements of No Child Left Behind. All three district administrators in our area support the new initiative, but with cautious optimism. Rachel Boechler, district administrator for Fox Point-Bayside School District said she has no doubt her district will do well, but does not anticipate a perfect score necessarily. "I’m pretty confident were going to …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
After 15 years in education and coaching, Brad Kozaczuk said he has never been physically threatened like he was at Nicolet High School. However, administration says the evidence shows the situation never should have escalated as much as it did.
When Brad Kozaczuk was hired as head football coach last fall at Nicolet High School, he thought he had finally found a place to make a name for himself. He brought with him a winning record from numerous other schools - not only in Wisconsin, but across the country. However, after an altercation with a student and his subsequent resignation, Kozaczuk wonders if he'll ever be able to teach in Wisconsin again. "It was an ugly situation," Kozaczuk told Patch. "There was yelling; she was swearing at me. It was a really ugly situation." On March 30, Kozaczuk was supervising a study hall when a senior girl loudly and aggressively drew attention to a new student who was using a cell phone, which is not allowed at Nicolet. Kozaczuk asked the new …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Fox Point-Bayside District Administrator Rachel Boechler gets new two-year contract even though some parents call for her resignation after controversy in Wauwatosa.
After listening to passionate comments from residents for more than an hour and then deliberating another hour, the Fox Point-Bayside School Board decided Monday night to retain Rachel Boechler as district administrator. The vote to extend Boechler's contract for two more years came after parents called on her to resign following a newspaper article that said she failed to report an affair between a student and teacher when she was a counselor in Wauwatosa in the early 1990s. “In this age of Penn State, the Catholic church, I just cannot imagine in Fox Point-Bayside School we have a leader of the entire school that did not protect a minor when that individual needed to be protected,” Tad Walter, a father of two students in the district …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Sophomores tried to elude police and died after car ran into tree and utility pole, police say.
Two 15-year-old sophomore girls at Nicolet High School were killed early Saturday in a one-car accident in Glendale, authorities said. Halee Ludowise-Fischer of Glendale and Jennifer Geren of Fox Point died in the crash, which happened at about 1 a.m. at West Good Hope Road and North Seneca Avenue, Glendale police said. Ludowise-Fischer was driving her parents' car in River Hills when a police officer attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic violation, police said. The two took off at a "high rate of speed" in an attempt to elude police and the officer did not attempt to pursue them and turned off his lights and siren, Glendale police said. The car kept speeding east on Good Hope Road for several blocks before crashing into a utility …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Nicolet and Fox Point-Bayside have joined state consortium, however Maple Dale-Indian Hill is designing their own.
The Nicolet and Fox Point-Bayside School Districts aren't waiting for the state to tell them what to do regarding teacher evaluations. They are among 30 districts who have joined the Southeastern Wisconsin Teacher Evaluation Consortium, in response to Gov. Scott Walker’s initiative in school accountability. "That's the goal, to tie teacher compensation with the evaluations to make the evaluations more meaningful," Nicolet District Administrator Rick Monroe said at the October School Board meeting. He explained that part of the evaluation process will be things like student growth and progress. Fox Point-Bayside District Administrator Rachel Boechler said it's about support for both teachers and students. “In the advent of the changing …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Students were welcomed Thursday for their first day of school at Nicolet.
As the busses rolled in Thursday, dozens of students hopped down the stairs and strolled down the red carpet at Nicolet High School, welcomed with a professional quartet and a round of applause from teachers, administrators and staff. This is the fifth year that Nicolet has continued their red carpet welcome and while a few students made interesting faces as they were not expecting a red carpet and applause at 6:30 a.m., many were shaking hands with teachers and smiling the whole way in. So, while some parents may breathe a sigh of relief now that their kids are back in school - and others may be in mourning - either way, it’s time to hit the books.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Area school administrators say legislation another example of teachers becoming "targets" for political purposes.
Legislation that would allow Wisconsin school districts to use standardized test scores as part of a teacher's evaluation is being roundly criticized by area administrators who say the measure won't improve the quality of education. State Sens. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) are co-sponsoring a bill that would that would remove a number of conditions attached to using results of the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examinations (WKCE) as a way to evaluate teachers. The bill (SB 95) also allows, for the first time, test scores to be used as a tool in discipline or the nonrenewal of a teacher's contract. "WKCE, I hope that's not used because it's not valid or reliable," Nicolet District Administrator Rick Monroe said…
Friday, January 14, 2011
A spotlight for our person of the week.
Some people are born leaders. Luckily for everyone else, there are people like Rachel Boechler to help us along. Boechler, district administrator at Fox Point-Bayside School District, has made leadership development the focus of her career and the central point of her philosophy. The position, which Boechler started in July, marks her return to Wisconsin and the educational field after five years of working in business as chief operating officer at CPS Human Resource Services in Sacramento, CA. “It feels like I’m drinking from a fire hose,” she said. “I’m coming up to speed with how much and how little education has changed over the last 10 years.” She said the last six months have been a blur. “I feel really positive about the School …