HSSD to Host Student Safety and School Security Summit August 22


The Howard-Suamico School District will host a Student Safety and School Security Summit Wednesday, August 22 at 6 p.m. at Lineville Intermediate School. A panel of students, staff, and administrators will share perspectives and updates on district safety and security measures and planning. Board of Education members will also be in attendance. The one-hour event is open to HSSD families and the general public and will include a question and answer session.

For more information contact Katie Morris at (920) 662-7701 or kathmorr@hssd.k12.wi.us.

Lara Appointed to HSSD Board of Education


Suamico resident Maria M. Lara was appointed to the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education by unanimous vote at the Board’s June 11 meeting.

Lara received the third-highest vote total in the April 3 election, following current Board members Vanessa Moran and Jeff Eilers. She served on the Community Task Force for the successful 2018 referendum and is the mother of an eighth-grade student in the District. For more on Lara, see the campaign candidate coverage in The Press from the April election.

“I am grateful for the appointment to the Board of Education and I look forward to serving our community,” said Lara.

Lara fills the seat vacated by Laura Barnard who resigned due to a family move outside of District geographic boundaries. She will complete the remainder of Barnard’s term, which expires April 2019.


From the Board of Education: Student Representative

Copy of From the Boardof Education

Bay Port senior Rachel Ceaglske shares her reflections on a year of service as the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education student representative:

Communication is an integral part of the functioning of any group. The Howard-Suamico School Board is no exception. Dialogue within the Board must be professional and smooth, thus Policy Governance was implemented. The staff and administration needed to be on the same page as the Board, so staff is welcome and encouraged to attend Board meetings. Communication with the community, who are the stakeholders of HSSD, is also a key part of the Board, so Community Conversations were hosted at public locations. Finally, two-way communication between the student body and the Board is important because the purpose of the Board and the District is to prepare students for a changing world. Thus, in 2006, the nonvoting position of Student Representative to the Board was created.

I, Rachel Ceaglske, served in this position for the duration of the 2017-2018 school year. In this role, I gave the students’ perspective about decisions the Board was making. I brought the concerns of the student body to the Board and worked to find solutions to issues that students had. I also brought messages from the Board back to the students. During my time on the Board, I realized what an integral part I was playing in the successful communication of the Board. I was a valued member, and my thoughts on behalf of the student body were considered seriously.

This experience has been very eye opening for me. I hadn’t realized that the inner workings of the District were so complex. It is comforting that there is a team of administrators and Board members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to shape HSSD into the progressive district that it is. The role of the Board, which is to be accessible to the community and accountable for the performance of the schools, is a delicate one because it requires balancing the needs of the community with the needs of the school while focusing on the development of students within the schools. The HSSD Board has taken on this challenge and has succeeded. The Board has been flexible and ever changing to meet the needs of those it serves.

The HSSD Board of Education sets the standard high for the district, and the administration, teachers, and students have risen to the challenge. I am grateful to be a part of a district with a dedicated Board, forward thinking administration, passionate teachers, and strong students. The Howard-Suamico School District has great things in store for the future, and I look forward to seeing where the Board of Education leads the community.

For more information about our governance policies or our school district, please visit our website at www.hssd.k12.wi.us For additional information regarding this article, contact Student Representative to the Board, Rachel Ceaglske, at ceagrach@student.hssd.k12.wi.us or School Board member, Rachelle Paulsen, at rachpaul@hssd.k12.wi.us

Ford Selected HSSD Board of Education President

Theresa Ford

Teresa Ford was elected to serve as president of the Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education by a unanimous vote of its members Monday, April 23, 2018 during the Board’s reorganization meeting.

Ford has served on the HSSD Board of Education for 13 years.

The Board also unanimously elected Mark Ashley as vice president, Rachelle Paulsen as clerk, and Garry Sievert as treasurer/deputy clerk.

Prior to the election of officers, the Board also seated new member, Vanessa Moran, who won her seat on April 3. Incumbent Board member Jeff Eilers was also sworn in for his third term in office.


Board of Education Announces Six Referendum Community Information Sessions


The Howard-Suamico School District Board of Education will host six referendum community information sessions leading up to election day April 3, 2018. The hourlong meetings are open to the public and will include question-and-answer opportunities with Board members and district leaders. For more information on the HSSD referendum, visit www.hssd.k12.wi.us/referendum.

Referendum Community Information Sessions

Thursday, February 15 – 6 p.m.
Howard-Suamico School District Office
2706 Lineville Road 
Thursday, March 1 – 6 p.m.
Howard-Suamico School District Office
2706 Lineville Road
Friday, March 9 – 7 a.m.
Coffee at Townline Pub & Grill
2544 Lineville Road
Tuesday, March 13 – 6 p.m.
Howard-Suamico School District Office
2706 Lineville Road
Tuesday, March 27 – 6 p.m.
Howard-Suamico School District Office
2706 Lineville Road
Thursday, March 29 – 8 a.m.
Coffee at Townline Pub & Grill
2544 Lineville Road