Dr. Zydowsky's Blog

Spirited School Board Election
04/06/2018
The 2018 school board election in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA) has easily been the most unique school-related election that I have observed in my 12 years as a superintendent in Wisconsin. The passionate campaigns of very talented and experienced candidates, coupled with a significant number of important issues facing K-12 public education, led to a high level of interest and participation from our community. Despite some differences of opinion that were identified by the candidates and their supporters throughout the campaign, it has been very encouraging to see so much passion and support for public education in the Menomonie Area.
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Should Teachers be Armed?
02/27/2018
Nearly two weeks ago flags across the country were lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the school shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida. In one of the world’s most deadly school shooting incidents, seventeen people were killed and fourteen more were taken to hospitals. Since that time discussions have been spurred across the country about what can be done to make schools safer. Last weekend I was even asked by a local media outlet to respond to a question about the possibility of arming teachers in the School District of the Menomonie Area (SDMA).
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Youth Suicide Prevention in the SDMA
02/06/2018
Youth Suicide Prevention is an important issue that we take very seriously in the School District of the Menomonie Area. In conjunction with state law, each year the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) distributes literature to schools about preventing youth suicide. The information that is shared with school staff members focuses on the complexity of youth suicide, warning signs for staff members to be aware of, and instructions for what staff members can do when concerned about a student.
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Global Education in the SDMA
02/01/2018
Would you like to have your passport stamped twenty times in one day? Please come to the Menomonie High School Commons on Sunday, February 11 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to receive your own special "passport" and explore the world.
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Filling a Vacancy on the School Board
01/18/2018
After serving for the past eleven years, President Jay Fahl has resigned from his position on the School District of the Menomonie Area Board of Education. While Mr. Fahl’s years of dedicated service and leadership are appreciated, the district’s forward-thinking policies have the Board well-positioned for transferring leadership and filling the vacancy on the school district’s nine-member governing body.
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School Finances in Check
01/05/2018
With the start of the new year, it is time for a mid-year review of school district finances in the School District of the Menomonie Area. Although the administrative team and school board continuously monitor the books throughout the year, the SDMA will once again host a mid-year budget meeting to review the factors that most significantly impact the finances of our schools. This year’s meeting is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 8, in the boardroom of the SDMA Administrative Service Center.
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Planning for Continued Success in the SDMA
12/21/2017
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year to everyone in the School District of the Menomonie Area. As families prepare for the holiday season, it is likely that in many cases, plans are being set based on a variety of important factors. With a limited amount of time, energy, and resources available, decisions about travel, meals, gifts, and other holiday activities are often prioritized to best meet the needs of family members, maximize the holiday experience, and carry on traditions passed down from generations that help define the family.
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Religion in Our School Revisited
12/07/2017
Several school and community stakeholders attended a recent meeting of the School District of the Menomonie Area Board of Education in support of diversity and teaching about religion in our schools. Somehow a misunderstanding fueled by information circulated through the community and social media spurred concerns that students at Menomonie Middle School would no longer be allowed to learn about the Islamic religion during the school day. Since that time, school officials have been receiving a number of inquiries and letters of support from various sides of this issue, and several questions related to last year’s discussions about diversity in the school district have resurfaced.
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