Eric Russell, Superintendent of Schools, Baldwin-Woodville Area School District. Photo by Kaye Bird
Eric Russell, Superintendent of Schools, Baldwin-Woodville Area School District. Photo by Kaye Bird

By Eric Russell, Superintendent of Schools, Baldwin-Woodville Area School District

BALDWIN, WI – Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone had a great 2018 and I am wishing you an even better 2019.

I believe the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District had a great 2017-2018 school year and the 2018-2019 school year is also off to a great start as well.  As you may have heard, the state of Wisconsin released school report cards again.  The 2017-2018 Baldwin-Woodville Area School District’s report cards reflects that we had a great year.  The district report card, high school report card, and middle school report card all showed improvement.

The school report cards started about 7 years ago.  School districts and school buildings are each placed in one of five categories, Significantly Exceeds Expectations, Exceeds Expectations, Meets Expectations, Meets Few Expectations, and Fails to Meet Expectations.  Meets expectations is the normal or average.  Here are the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District’s Report Cards.  The report cards are posted on our school website under Board of Education and School Board Notices.

District (as a whole) Report Card: Exceeds Expectations

Greenfield Elementary School Report Card: Significantly Exceeds Expectations

Viking Middle School Report Card: Exceeds Expectations

High School Report Card: Meets Expectations

As you can see we have a lot to be proud of with the District and Viking exceeding expectations and Greenfield Elementary School significantly exceeding expectations.  The high school meets expectations and showed improvement last year in closing the achievement gap.  We need to continue to improve by preparing all of our students to take advantage of everything we have to offer in the Baldwin-Woodville Area School District.  I would be happy to discuss our report cards and data in more detail with anyone that may be interested.

As many of you know, the pool was recently taken down.  Since the pool closing, we have had some questions about building another pool.  Another area that we have been asked about is putting artificial turf in at the stadium.  Therefore, the school board decided to do a survey to see if there is any real interest in either of these.  This survey will come out the week of December 10 and be available until December 28.  There will be a link on our website (bwsd.k12.wi.us) to the survey, there will be a computer available at both the Baldwin Library and the Woodville Library, and we will have paper copies available at the district office.  Of course both a pool and artificial turf would be a great benefit to our community but they come with a cost.  If the survey shows that there is support for either of these, then the school board will explore that facility.  If there is no interest then we will not continue to explore.  No matter the results of this survey, it does not mean there will be a referendum.  We are just trying to get a feel for what the community thinks.  Therefore, please watch for the survey and take a moment to complete.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Enjoy the Season!