Chilton, WI 53014
Chilton School District
530 W Main St  (920) 849-8109
Mrs. Susan Kaphingst
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Aug022018

2015-05 Act 32 Project Breakdown

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First published on 30 April 2015 Posted in District News

By Dan Kopf

In the article two weeks ago, Mrs. Lau told you that the Board of Education has approved a large number of repairs and upgrades to our facilities. This week, I will be giving you more details on the scope of the work. Most of the projects will produce energy reduction of some sort. Nothing works in a vacuum and all of the projects will have multiple components to them. These components are: energy savings, replacement due to age and condition and creating a better physical learning environment.

We all want to save energy as it is good for the environment, but even better, it is good for our District if we can reduce operating expense while maintaining building comfort. First, energy savings is a large focus of Act 32. Second, everything ages and wears out. Eventually things will need to be replaced. Many of the projects have this component in them. These items will also have an energy component and learning environment component in the project. Through preventative maintenance and regular upkeep, the items being replaced are seven to twelve years beyond their 'normal' life-cycle – they are ready for replacement. Third, the primary goal of a school district is to educate our children. Multiple studies have shown that a consistent and comfortable physical environment increases learning. Many of the projects will directly impact the physical environment, along with their other components.

With this general overview, I will go into more detail on a number of the projects.

Lighting:  We will be upgrading the lighting in all of the buildings. The major upgrades will be in our Middle and Elementary Schools. The last upgrades in these buildings was in 1993, twenty-two years ago. Lighting technology has changed considerably since then. The retrofit will bring all the rooms to the appropriate lighting levels, thus reducing student eye fatigue. The special education rooms in these buildings will get different lighting and controls to help accommodate the special needs students. The High School already has this special lighting in the special education room. The high school will also see lighting changes with upgraded lamping and some new fixtures. Most of the exterior lighting will be changed to LED fixtures. The lighting retro-fit will provide significant energy savings. These changes will also provide a better physical environment in the classrooms and added safety around the exterior of the buildings.

Pool:  The pool will have only minor upgrades, but they can have a large impact. We are going to install a 'VSD' (variable speed drive) on the main circulating pump. This will allow the pump to run at lower speeds when less volume is needed. The energy savings from this will be significant. The other project in the pool will be a "liquid pool cover". This will be a microscopic liquid that will be automatically injected in the pool. When no one is in the pool, this liquid will rise to the surface and form an invisible microscopic barrier. This barrier will slow down water evaporation from the surface. This will reduce the normal water loss from evaporation and the accompanying chemical loss. By reducing the humidity and chemicals in the air, we will also be able reduce our energy use in the HVAC system. Because we will not have as much moisture and chemical to remove from the pool deck area, we can run the HVAC unit motors at a lower level too. The product that will be injected is completely safe and you will not even know that it is in the pool. It was developed in the cosmetic industry and is approved by all the government agencies.

Environmental systems:  The items in this category combine energy savings and physical environment comfort. Most of the items being replaced are units that have gone far beyond their normal life cycle. By upgrading these, we will have more reliable and efficient units. The projects include:

  • Twelve small boilers serving the original sections of the Middle and Elementary Schools will be replaced with two energy efficient condensing boilers. The boilers being replaced are twenty-six years old and no longer very efficient, especially compared to modern boilers.
  • The two chillers serving the original sections of the Middle and Elementary Schools will be replaced with two energy efficient chillers. These also are twenty-six years old and have needed more and more work in recent years. The upgrade will be more economical and reliable.
  • The dust control in the High School woodshop will be replaced with a larger, more efficient unit. With the larger class sizes, the existing unit cannot keep up with the amount of dust generated. This creates an uncomfortable physical environment as well as a safety and health hazard. When the dust collection is upgraded, we will be able adjust the HVAC system in the woodshop to a lower level of operation, thus giving us more energy savings.
  • The HVAC units in the metal shop and wood shop will have VSD (variable speed drives) put on the units. This will be accompanied by de-stratification fans. Because of the high ceilings, these fans will help keep the temperature the same at the floor and the ceiling. The two projects together will provide energy savings and occupant comfort.
  • We will be replacing two BAS (building automation system) controllers in the Elementary School. These units are hubs for the computer data/controls for the heating and AC systems. The controllers are over twenty-five years old and have been discontinued for the past twelve years. We have been using reclaimed parts to this point, but most of the parts are no longer available. New controllers will give us more options in controlling our HVAC units and we should be able to squeeze a little more energy savings from the available programming.
  • All of our building HVAC systems will undergo retro-commissioning. This process involves verifying that all existing controls are working and operating as designed. This includes every sensor, thermostat, damper, vav box, command point, etc... There are thousands of these integrated into the HVAC system! Through this process, we will be assured that we are able to achieve the maximum efficiency as the system was designed. This will save energy and increase physical environment comfort.

Building envelope:  The upgrades to the exterior of our Middle and Elementary Schools are needed because of the wear due to age. Once these upgrades are complete, these exteriors should only require routine maintenance for the next twenty-plus years. There will be minimal energy savings from most of these projects, but there will be some. The main necessity is to do these replacements before there is "catastrophic" breakdown/failure that requires immediate replacement as well as damage cost due to the breakdown.

  • The Middle School roof is twenty-four years old and was designed to last 15-17 years. The number of leaks that need to be repaired has increased greatly over the past five years. The roof that we are replacing the current one with will be designed to last forty years, with a thirty year warranty.
  • The Elementary roof was also designed as a 15 -17 year roof and now is twenty years old. It too has seen increased breakdown over the past several years. It too will be designed to last forty years, with a thirty year warranty
  • The elementary exterior stucco is forty years old and has worn down thin enough that woodpeckers can poke through the remaining stucco. This will be replaced.
  • The Middle School stucco is twenty-four years old and will also have some work done on it.
  • Any surface cracks and joint deterioration on the pool pre-cast panels will be repaired at this time too.
  • There will be minor exterior repairs at the High School. This would be normal work done every five to ten years including tuck pointing, EIFS repair and joint controls.
  • The 1975 windows in the Elementary School will be replaced with more energy efficient units.

Safety and Miscellaneous:

  • There will some minor ADA upgrades to meet current codes and to increase the safety of our buildings.
  • Some 1975 electrical panels in the Elementary School will be replaced. Parts are no longer available for these panels and they will present a safety hazard when they fail.
  • The generator at the High School will be upgraded to include some boilers and a circulating pump so that we can have at least minimum heat in the event of a prolonged power outage. The generator already provides emergency lighting and backup power to the computer head end room.
  • A generator will be added to the Middle and Elementary Schools to provide the same coverage as the High School.
  • The track will be re-coated and re-striped. Tracks are recommended to be re-coated every five or six years and re-striped every three years. Ours was last coated and striped eight years ago.
  • The tennis courts will be re-coated and lined. The original surface is still on the courts from twelve years ago. The recommendation for re-surfacing these tennis courts is five to seven years.

I think that I covered just about everything... and it was probably more than you wanted to know! As you can see, the scope of the projects is quite varied and extensive. We will be realizing substantial energy savings while creating a more comfortable and consistent physical learning environment. We also will be upgrading and replacing items that have gone well beyond their normal life expectancy. These replacements will all be designed to last twenty-plus years with only regular maintenance. There will always be more items as the "new" High School and additions age, but we are in a good position that any major items for those buildings are a long way off.

A very busy summer awaits!

 

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Jul162018

2018-19 Registration Packets and Information

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First published on 06 July 2018 Posted in District News

On behalf of the entire school district we want to welcome you back to another school year!

Families will receive their registration packet for the 2018-2019 school year shortly. As most of you are aware, as a district, we are moving to an “on-line” registration process. We have sent notifications earlier, that parents will need to have a Powerschool Parent Portal created to register your child for school in the fall. This is a reminder, that if you have not created that account, we ask that you do so now.

The (Cash and Check only) fee collection dates/times/locations are:

  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the High School Commons
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria

On these days, we will have computers available to assist with the on line registrations if needed, and collect fees if you need to pay by cash or checks. If you need to pay via credit/debit card, you may do so through e-funds.  Please see the e-Funds information sheet attached.  Remember that you can make out one check for all of your students fees, no need for multiple checks.

The information below can also be found under the DISTRICT tab NEW TO CHILTON or the various FORMS & MORE (CES, CMS, CHS, District) menu options.

District Information

Parent-Student Handbooks

Supply Lists

Health Forms

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications  (all updated 2018-07-06)

Technology / Internet Appropriate Use and Online Safety Policies (AUP)

  • AUP Signatures are now done online using InfoSnap
  • AUP Information:   English,   Español   (updated 2016-07-08)

High School Specific

CHS Athletics

Athletics - General

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Aug022018

2015-04 Energy Exemption Projects Tax Impact

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First published on 16 April 2015 Posted in District News

In 2009, the Wisconsin legislature passed Act 28 which provided school districts the ability to exceed the State imposed Revenue Limits without going to referendum for energy efficiencies that result in the reduction of energy costs.  The Revenue Limit is a vehicle which limits the amount of tax dollars, both state and local, that a district can levy.  The interpretation of Act 28 was that the projects and their costs would have to be expended and levied within the same year.  Some districts had multi-million dollar projects that caused a very large increase in the local tax levy.

In 2011, Act 32 modified Act 28 requiring districts to hire a third party performance contractor to ensure the energy savings of the project.  In exchange, the legislature allowed districts to issue bonds for up to 20 years; the repayment of the bonds would be an allowed Revenue Limit exemption.

A performance contractor must be certified by the State.  At this time, there are only 14 certified vendors for Wisconsin.  Chilton Public Schools performed a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) during the summer of 2014 and selected Nexus Solutions from Milwaukee.  Over the past six months, Nexus has worked with the Buildings & Grounds Director, Dan Kopf, and administration assessing the district’s facility needs and potential energy efficiencies.

At the February 23, 2015 board meeting, the Board of Education approved the administration’s recommendation for $5,580,000 in projects that qualify for the State’s Energy Efficiency Exemption.  Dan Kopf, Buildings & Grounds Director, will be providing additional information on these projects in the District’s next newsletter article submission in two weeks.  Today, I want to provide you with an understanding of the impact of this project on you, the taxpayer.

In 2009, the district initiated a plan to levy funds, within the State Revenue Limits, to ensure that money would be available to pay for future capital expenditures needed to maintain the facilities of the district.  The funds set aside in the Capital Fund reduces the amount of money available for the instruction and day-to-day expenses of educating the students and running the schools.  This has required the administration and board to make financial adjustments over the past six years to the General Operating Fund.  As of June 30, 2014 we have set aside over $400,000 to ensure future capital maintenance projects can be completed.  The Capital Fund is not used for the payment of wages, supplies or utilities, but rather for large maintenance expenses such as boiler replacement, heating and air control system upgrades, safety and security, etc…
Over the past twelve (12) years, the board has refinanced debt six times effectively saving the taxpayers over $2.6 million dollars in interest payments.  The last debt refinance was done in January 2015 that achieved over $500,000 in savings. 

It is the savings for the recent refinance, as well as the estimated utility savings that exceed $600,000 over the next ten years, that will be used to keep the debt service levy to the same level as was levied for the 2015 year.  The district will issue bonds and schedule the repayment of those bonds around our current debt so that in 2020 and 2022, when the debt for the high school is paid in full, the new debt for energy projects will maintain the same debt level for three additional years.

In short, the almost $5.6 million in projects will not increase the current levy.  Instead, we have structured to pay the debt with achieved interest savings, certified utility savings and extending debt for three additional years.

If you have any questions regarding Chilton Public Schools debt or how Acts 28 and 32 are being utilized by the district, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa M. Lau, Business Manager, at 920-849-7199 or at laul@chilton.k12.wi.us.

I encourage you to look for Mr. Dan Kopf’s newsletter article that will appear in this publication in two weeks.  Mr. Kopf’s article will explain, in detail, the specific energy efficiency projects that will be completed in the School District of Chilton this summer.  Stay tuned….more to come!

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Aug152017

2017-08-25 Salvation Army Back-to-School Program

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First published on 06 August 2017 Posted in District News

The Salvation Army of Calumet County will be hosting our annual Back to School program on Friday, August 25th 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Any NEW families to The Salvation Army, will need to bring in proof of income and a photo ID.  This program is ONLY for low income families who are in need of school supplies this year. Each child grades Kindergarten-12th grade will receive a school bag filled with all the required school supplies needed for the upcoming school year.  If your family could benefit from this program, please call The Salvation Army at (920) 849-7856.


El Ejército de Salvación del Condado de Calumet será el anfitrión de nuestro programa anual Back to School ( De Regreo a la Escuela) el viernes 25 de agosto de 2017 de 10:00 am a 2:00 pm. Cualquier familia que venga por primera ves al Ejército de Salvación (Salvation Army), tendrá que traer una prueba de ingresos y una identificación con foto. Este programa es SOLO para familias de bajos ingresos que necesitan suministros escolares para este año. Y abarca desde kinder hasta el grado 12, cada estudiante recibirá una bolsa llena de todos los materiales escolares necesarios para el próximo año escolar.  Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de este programa, por favor llámenos al Ejército de Salvación al teléfono(920) 849-7856.

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Aug022018

2015-03 School District of Chilton Summer School Programming 2015

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First published on 02 April 2015 Posted in District News

by Rich Appel

The School District of Chilton once again will be providing summer school opportunities. We will be following a similar approach to last year by offering activities in three areas to better serve the needs of our students: Enrichment instruction, Remedial instruction, and Tiger Sports Drills and Skills.

Several aspects of the program will be familiar while others are new. Please be aware that Transportation (bussing) is not provided for summer school sessions. The summer school registration and class information catalog will be available online at http://www.chilton.k12.wi.us/ in April, 2015.

Enrichment Opportunities:

The School District of Chilton summer school enrichment program will take place for three weeks on Mondays through Thursdays from June 8-25. Classes will be two hours each beginning at 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. Interested students are required to register for two enrichment classes during this time period. A wide variety of options will be available ranging from Classroom Fun, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-(STEM), Music & Theater, Fitness & Health, Cooking, and Arts and Crafts.

Remedial Opportunities:

Remedial classes will be offered on Monday through Thursday from August 4-13 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. Remedial classes will be offered based on staff or parent request in either MATH or LITERACY. There will be no cost to the student.

Tiger Sports Drills and Skills:

The Chilton varsity athletic programs will be offering drills and skills sessions free of charge in the afternoons of June 8-25. These sessions will run Monday through Thursday from 12:30-1:45 pm for incoming 1st-4th grade students and from 2:00-4:00 pm for incoming 5th-9th grade students. Students can sign up for week-long programs in the areas of football, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, dance, wrestling, and cross country. Students do not have to be on a city recreational sports team to participate and can sign up for a different sport each week.

School District of Chilton Swim Lessons

The School District of Chilton Progressive Swim Lessons Program is designed for children to learn at their own pace. Advancing to the next level is dependent on the child’s completion of required skills. Are you unsure what level swim lessons your child needs? To arrange a FREE swim assessment given by a qualified swim instructor, contact Ann Bartel at 920.849.9388 ext. 2262 or email bartela@chilton.k12.wi.us for more information.

Private Swim Lessons: (Classes are 30 minutes) Private lessons are with one-on-one instruction, scheduled by you and the instructor. Contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Ann Bartel, at 920.849.9388 ext. 2262 or email bartela@chilton.k12.wi.us for pricing on private lessons.

Learn to Dive: sessions teach the safe and proper way to use a springboard. Springboard fundamentals, approach, hurdle and forward and back dives. Any individual who has an interest in diving and can swim unassisted in the deep water, can join.

Advanced Learn to Dive: sessions are designed to introduce more skills and dives to those students who want to get better and eventually join a competitive team

Lifeguard Certification: must be at least 15 yr. old and be able to swim 300 yards.

Lifeguard Re-certification:- must have current lifeguard certification.

Parent Child Class: 3 month-1 yr: Parent and child are in the water together learning basic movements and water safety. Parents and children develop swimming readiness by practicing water entry, blowing bubbles, front and back kicking, as well as tips for parents to practice at home.   Basic skills and water safety using instructional toys and floatation devices. (Swim diapers are required.) Minimum of 3-max of 10

Parent Child Class: 1yr- 3yr: Parent and child are in the water together learning basic movements and water safety. Parents and children develop swimming readiness by practicing water entry, blowing bubbles, front and back kicking, as well as tips for parents to practice at home.   Basic skills and water safety using instructional toys and floatation devices. (Swim diapers are required if child is not potty trained.) Minimum of 3-max of 10

Pre-Level 1: Must be at least age 4 by start of class:Designed to help swimmers feel comfortable in the water. Children learn independence in the water without parents. Children develop confidence and joy towards water through games and stroke development. Children must pass each level before moving on. Minimum of 3- max of 6

Level 1:  Designed to help swimmers feel comfortable in the water. Learn to submerge head, flutter kick, reach and pull, float front and back with assistance. Learn forward movement and coordinating arms and legs with assistance. Minimum of 3-max of 8

Level 2 Introduces the freestyle, backstroke, underwater swimming and side breathing. Swimmers must know how to back float to enter this level. Minimum of 3-max of 8

Level 3:  Swimmers will build on the skills learned in Level 2. Skills practiced in this level are endurance, freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and dive in from the side of the pool and treading water. Minimum of 3-max of 8

Level 4:  Swimmers will refine the skills they learned in Level 3. Skills refined in this lesson are freestyle, backstroke, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, dive in from the side of the pool and treading water. Minimum of 3-max of 8

Level 5:  Swimmers will be introduced to the Butterfly, Circle Swimming, Streamline Push- Offs, Flip Turns, Racing Dives and much more! Minimum of 3-max of 8

 

BY LEVEL

LIFE-GUARD

PRE-LEVEL 1

LEVEL 1

LEVEL 2

LEVEL 3

LEVEL 4

LEVEL 5

PARENT CHILD

DIVING

June 8-18, MTWR 6:00-8:00 pm BOTH CLASSES

June 9-July 2

TR         

4:00-4:45

June 9-July 2

TR         

4:00-4:45

June 9-July 2

TR         

4:00-4:45

June 9-July 2

TR

5:00-5:45

June 9-July 2

TR

5:00-5:45

June 9-July 2 TR

5:00-5:45

June 8-18, MTWR 11:00-11:20

3 month-1 year

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

12:00-1:00

 

June 29-July 9 MTWR

10:00-10:45

June 29-July 9 MTWR

10:00-10:45

June 29-July 9 MTWR

10:00-10:45

June 29-July 9 MTWR 11:00-11:45

June 29-July 9 MTWR 11:00-11:45

June 29-July 9 MTWR 11:00-11:45

June 8-18, MTWR 11:30-11:50

1 yr-3 yr

 
 

July 7-30

TR

5:00-5:45

July 7-30

TR

5:00-5:45

July 7-30

TR

5:00-5:45

July 7-30

TR

4:00-4:45

July 7-30

TR

4:00-4:45

July 7-30

TR

4:00-4:45

June 9-July 12 TR

6:00-6:20

3 month-1 year

 
 

July 13-July 23 MTWR 11:00-11:45

July 13-July 23 MTWR 11:00-11:45

July 13-July 23 MTWR 11:00-11:45

July 13-July 23 MTWR

10:00-10:45

July 13-July 23 MTWR 10:00-10:45

July 13-July 23 MTWR 10:00-10:45

June 9-July 12 TR

6:30-6:50

1 yr- 3 yr

 
 

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

10:00-10:45

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

10:00-10:45

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

10:00-10:45

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

11:00-11:45

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

11:00-11:45

July 27-Aug 6 MTWR

11:00-11:45

   

 

Online Registration:

Registration will be completed online. The online scheduler will become available to the public at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9th. Parents will need to log in to register for classes, swimming lessons and Sports Drills and Skills. Many of the courses offered are free, but others do have a fee to offset the cost of materials. Credit card payments will be made available during the registration process.

For more information or assistance with registration, contact Rich Appel Chilton Middle School Principal & Summer School Coordinator at 849-9152.

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