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The Tomah School Board will decide tonight (Monday) whether to pursue a waiver to the school start date.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at Robert Kupper Learning Center.

The Tomah School Board is considering applying for a waiver to start classes earlier in the year. State law prohibits public schools from starting before Sept. 1, but school district superintendent Cindy Zahrte believes Lemonweir Elmentary School’s 45/15 calendar qualifies as a “school of innovation” and allows the district relief from the mandate.

Zahrte has also said starting the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 22 would align more days at Lemonweir with the rest of the school calendar and save on transportation costs.

Other agenda items include:

  • Update on school district’s United Way drive.
  • Annual update on Tomah Area Montessori School.
  • Consideration of advance marketing and Photography II courses at Tomah High School.
  • Presentation of school improvement plans.
  • Review of exit surveys from employees who left the school district in 2016-17.
  • Review of audit report.
  • Determination of open enrollment spaces for 2018-19.
  • Review of 2018-19 budget calendar.
  • Review of update enrollment projections.
  • Acceptance of gifts to the school district.

Prior to the regular meeting, the Finance Committee will meet at 6 p.m., and the Personnel Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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