Pierz School Board

By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent Pioneer Elementary School in Pierz is bursting at the seams. Built in 1991 for 400 students, today it is well over capacity with several portable classrooms in place. Pierz school officials spent time at the July 30 board meeting reviewing preliminary plans for a multiphase construction project involving both elementary and high [...]

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By LORAE VARDAS Correspondent   Pat Tax, ag teacher at Pierz Healy High School, and a delegation of FFA members updated the school board Wednesday evening regarding the gardening project they have undertaken this spring at Pierz Community Gardens. Located on the southeast edge of town on property owned by Horizon Health, the horticulture class [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent It appears the Pierz School District will be scrapping the block schedule currently in use at the high school in favor of an eight-hour day next fall.  “We had a teacher vote last week regarding the change to an eight-period day and the result was 30 in favor and seven against,” Supt. [...]

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By LORAE VARDAS  Correspondent   Teachers in the Pierz School District settled on a new two-year contract. The Pierz School Board put its stamp of approval on the contract without much discussion at the March 26 meeting. The salary schedule alone gives certified staff a 1.5 percent increase in 2013-2014 and an additional 2 percent [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent Administration and staff at Pierz Healy High School are contemplating a class schedule reconfiguration for 2014-2015. In a way, it’s a return to the past when classes were all the same length. “I am recommending that we consider changing our current block- and six-period-day model to an eight-period day model,” Supt. [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent After conducting the state mandated Truth In Taxation public hearing Dec. 18, Pierz school officials adopted the final 2013 levy resolution for property taxes payable in 2014 at $1.191 million. That’s a $22,000 or 1.8 percent decrease over the previous year that local property taxpayers are being assessed, Earl Athman, district business [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent After conducting the state mandated Truth In Taxation public hearing Dec. 18, Pierz school officials adopted the final 2013 levy resolution for property taxes payable in 2014 at $1.191 million. That’s a $22,000 or 1.8 percent decrease over the previous year that local property taxpayers are being assessed, Earl Athman, district [...]

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By Lorae Vardas, Correspondent Pierz School District Superintendent George Weber is concerned about health care reform and its possible impact on teacher negotiations. “We received rather startling news last week from our flex administrator,” he told the Board at the Nov. 20 meeting. “She notified us that according to recent IRS interpretations of one of the [...]

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