District’s 350 employees head outside to kick off school year

With auditorium under construction, PW-S staff members to gather in park
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

The first day of the school year for Port Washington-Saukville School District employees next week promises to be a breath of fresh air — literally.

The district’s employees — all 350-or-so of them — are scheduled to gather at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in Port Washington’s Veterans Park and, after an al fresco breakfast, participate in a number of outdoor activities around the lakefront.

Traditionally, the school year kicks off for employees in the Port Washington High School auditorium with a presentation by a keynote speaker. But with the auditorium undergoing renovation, this year’s change was borne of necessity.

“We do not have an auditorium, so when asked to think outside the box, we thought outside the building,” Jim Froemming, the district’s director of business services, told the School Board last week.

After breakfast, Port Washington Mayor Marty Becker will welcome staff members to the lakefront park, then lead them in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then employees will have about an hour to participate in a number of wellness and social activities, which include beginning and advanced yoga, tai chi, marina and Upper Lake Park walks, meditation, a low-impact fitness boot camp and a mindfulness-to-control-frustration program, to prepare them for the beginning of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Supt. Michael Weber, School Board President Brenda Fritsch and Port High social studies teacher Brian Borley will address the staff ahead of lunch that, like breakfast, will be serviced al fresco.

During the afternoon, staff members will participate in training at their respective schools.

School Board members endorsed the plan, although there was a question about whether there was enough parking near the park to accommodate all staff members. They also weighed in on the dress code for the event. 

    “No ties,” School Board member Brian McCutcheon said. “Ties are not an option.”

    Rain would dampen the district’s plans, at least figuratively, because the event will then be held in the high school gym.

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