Ripon Area School District Achieves Impressive Results on ACT Exam
Each year high school students across the nation take the ACT exam to begin the process of furthering their education. This exam is considered a college readiness assessment, or a standardized test used for high school achievement and college admissions. Students are tested in English, Math, Reading, and Science. Several test dates are available throughout the year, and the test is typically taken by students in their junior year. This exam reports success for students in terms of personal results; however, ACT also gathers results for the nation, each state, and individual school districts. (read more)
Board Approved Referendum Resolutions
The Ripon Board of Education unanimously approved three referendum resolutions calling for the election of proposed borrowing for the purpose of paying the cost of construction additions and updating curriculum and technology. Two referendum questions will appear on the ballot:
- Question 1 requests permission to borrow funds not to exceed $29.1 million for renovating and remodeling the high school to create a combined middle school and high school on one campus; demolishing the current middle school to convert the space into a parking lot and tennis courts; undertaking safety, security and other improvements at the elementary schools; and acquiring the necessary furnishing fixtures;
- Question 2 requests the continuation of the existing $500,000 operational referendum for the 2015-2016 school year through 2020-2021 for non-recurring purposes consisting of updating curriculum, updating technology, performing maintenance and replacing vehicles.
The School Board further specified the referendum be held on the next regularly scheduled primary or election day, which is Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.
Members of the RHS Outdoors Club assisted the Otter Street Fishing Club with their annual kids fisheree. About 300 young anglers ages 3 to 12 along with their families fished in Memorial Park in Oshkosh recently. Many prizes were given out to anglers. This event is free to all children that registered. RHS students manned the concession stand, worked the weigh in/bait table, and walked the grounds helping children with various fishing tasks. Organizers of the event praised the high school students as being extremely helpful and patient. (More photos on Facebook)
The Ripon School Board approved Seth Meinel as the next Ripon High School and Lumen Charter High School principal at a special meeting on Monday, July 28, 2014. Mr. Meinel was one of two finalists invited back on July 23, 2014 to participate in additional interviews, a community tour, lunch with Board members, and a meet and greet with community members.
The selection committee and administrative team processed feedback from the students, staff, and Board members that interacted with the candidates throughout the day. The selection committee and administrative team unanimously recommended Mr. Meinel noting the differences in style between the two candidates and their belief they could work with either candidate.
Seth Meinel, a native of Green Bay and former high school social studies teacher, is the assistant principal of Portage High School and principal of the Portage Academy of Achievement where he has been an administrator for three years. A graduate of Lawrence University, Mr. Meinel played two years of college football before becoming a high school football coach. Subsequently, he received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from UW-Madison. As the Portage High School assistant principal, Mr. Meinel’s responsibilities included developing curriculum, co-directing Career and Technical Education, evaluating staff using the CESA 6 model, and providing discipline and attendance support. He worked with teachers to create learning labs and modify courses to personalize instruction for students needing academic assistance.
References noted Mr. Meinel is highly regarded as a great communicator, a quick learner, and a person with integrity. His current supervisor described him as “intuitive and very professional,” then noted his strong curriculum knowledge and willingness to make tough decisions and stand behind them. A former supervisor stated, “Seth knows education, kids love him, and he is a hard worker.”
Mr. Meinel was present at the School Board meeting when the Board approved his contract. He said he was "honored and humbled to be chosen as the next high school principal." Mr. Meinel's first day in Ripon will be August 4.