By Jacob Mathias
Summer school administrators and food service employees were recognized on Monday by the Stevens Point School Board.
Over 2,900 students participated in summer school offerings, with 1,056 students at Madison, Jefferson and McKinley Elementary Schools. The junior high saw 491 students at Ben Franklin Junior High School, and over 100 students attended in-person classes as SPASH. Another 103 students attended online summer school.
SPASH’s Panther Fitness program had 282 students, the music lessons and camps had 232, swimming lesson had 855 and Youth in College had 253 students.
Altogether the students took a combined 4,754 courses with a combined staff of 249.
“By all indications, this year’s summer session for the school district was a huge success,” said Interim Superintendent Lee Bush.
Mike Shefchik-SPASH Summer School Prinicpal
Trena Loomans-Ben Franklin Summer School Principal
Cynthia Solinsky-McKinley Summer School Principal
Steve Strassman-Jefferson Summer School Principal
Steve Prokop-Secondary Principal, Secondary Summer School Coordinator
Julie Kolarik- Madison Summer School Principal, Elementary Summer School Coordinator
The district also offers free breakfast and lunch to all students during the summer through the Summer Food Service Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“This program fills a void created when school lunches are not available,” said Lori Epstein, food service manager for the district, when the program was announced in May. “Helping parents meet the nutritional needs of their children is the strength of this program.”
Meals were provided at Madison, McKinley and Jefferson Elementary Schools, Ben Franklin Junior High School and SPASH.
The program has seen tremendous growth. According to data provided by Bush, when the program began in 2012, 9,452 meals were served. This past summer, 44,161 meals were served.
“That’s a 367 percent increase in the past four years,” said Bush.
Summer Food Service Employees
Lori Epstein-Food Services Director
Paula West- Summer Food Service Supervisor
Laura Force-Server (SPASH)
Brenda Varga-Cashier (SPASH)
Stephanie Danielski-Summer School Deposit Cashier
Kelly Austreng-McKinley Food Service
Sandy Rozek –Server (McKinley)
Lynn Ligman- Head Server (Madison)
Jeannine Pavelski- Server (Madison)
Mary Lutz- Head Server (Jefferson)
Lori Fahrner- Server (Jefferson)
Nicole Szymanski-Head Server (Ben Franklin)
Jennifer Pilman –Server (Ben Franklin)