Staff bonuses approved in Solon Springs

The one-time bonuses are the district's way of showing its appreciation to teachers and staff, officials said.

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SOLON SPRINGS — The Solon Springs School Board approved one-time payments of between $500 and $1,000 for teachers and staff at its Monday, April 25, meeting.

“This extra compensation is a demonstration of the board’s appreciation for all the extra efforts that have been made by staff this year, due to COVID’s impact,” said District Administrator Frank Helquist.

The board also approved a number of coaching contracts for 2022-2023 and received an update on both the Eagles’ Nest Child Care Center and the new Eagles Academy charter school for students in grades 6-12. The child care center is almost fully staffed, according to a report from child care director Alana Hill. The board in March approved an increase to the hourly wage for child care employees at Eagles’ Nest.

“The decision the board made to go to $15 and hour and $13 an hour? Huge,” Helquist told the board. “She was being contacted by people literally immediately on it.”

The center is expected to start the summer with 23 children and end with 26. The maximum number of children the center can care for is 33.


The application deadline for students interested in attending the district’s project-based learning charter school, Eagles' Academy, is Friday, April 29. Coordinator Brittany Hagar said the goal is to have 20 students enroll in the new program, which launches in the fall. As of Monday, five families had turned in applications.

Coaching positions that were approved included the following: middle school and high school girls basketball, Sarah Smith; high school girls basketball JV assistant, Alana Hill; middle school boys basketball, Nathan Ahlberg; high school cross-country, Dale Rajala.

Enrollment numbers have been increasing steadily, and the current facility is getting crowded, officials say.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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