By Tim Kowols
A body of water will not be an obstacle for students at Washington Island School wanting to have more science in the classroom. The district is collaborating with UW-Stevens Point professor Steve Schmidt on building robot-operated vehicles to potentially explore neighboring Rock Island. A separate experience could bring dinosaur skeletons from Wausau-based Colossal Fossils aboard the Washington Island Ferry to go on display at the school. New principal Michelle Kanipes says its unique position as the state’s smallest district should not be a deterrent when it comes to learning opportunities.
Kanipes’ first school year at the helm got off to a positive start with news of a school safety grant from the Wisconsin Department of Justice and a $4,000 donation from a local group to place “friendship benches” around the school.