A Message from Mr. Olson

  • Winter 2019

    I hope everyone is enjoying the winter season, as it certainly has been an extraordinary one. With winter extra-curricular events wrapping up soon, spring is right around the corner. The following includes a variety of updates associated with the School District of New Richmond. 

    • On January 30, 2019, the School District of New Richmond received the 2018   Large Business of the Year Award. On behalf of the School District of New   Richmond Staff and Board of Education, we would like to sincerely thank the   New Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors for this award. It is our privilege to serve the students and families of this tremendous community. We are truly humbled to be the recipient of this award. This award embodies our team of staff members who consistently display passion, innovation, and unfaltering dedication to our students. Education continues to change on many different levels. Our staff unremittingly puts the needs of others in front of their own and their unwavering selflessness is evident each day. We could not do what we do without each one of them!

    With six school closures and a one late start due to inclement weather, we had to adjust our 2018-19 District Calendar. These days include:

    • Monday, January 28, 2019 due to snow storm
    • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 due to extreme cold temperatures
    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019 due to extreme cold temperatures
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to extreme cold temperatures
    • Monday, February 4, 2019 due to an ice storm
    • Friday, February 8, 2019 two hour late start due to unplowed roads
    • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 due to a snow storm


    • The Department of Public Instruction adheres to Chapter PI 8.01(2)(f) Wisconsin Administrative Code for hours of instruction. Due to the aforementioned inclement weather days, the School District of New Richmond hours of instruction for middle and high school students fall below the minimum number of hours required.  At the time of this notification, elementary students have enough hours of instruction to meet the minimum 1,050 hour requirement. High school students are required to make up approximately 27 hours of instruction and middle school students approximately 24 hours of instruction. To make up for the lost instructional hours the District will be making the following modifications.


    • All Students:
    • June 6, 2019 will be a full student day
    • June 7, 2019 will be a full student day (Last Day of School)
    • MS/HS Only (Dismissal Time):
    • Starting on Monday, February 11, 2019 classes will dismiss for the day at the Middle School and High School at 2:55pm instead of 2:52 until the end of the year.
    • March 18, 2019 and April 22, 2019 are scheduled as Teacher Professional Learning Days (PLD). However, as a proactive measure, families should be prepared for these days becoming an early out or full day for students if future additional instructional hours are needed due to inclement weather.


    • On Monday, January 21, 2019, the School District of New Richmond Board of Education approved the Elementary Attendance Area revision recommendation. These discussions have been taking place since September of 2018. All students entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2019 and siblings entering 2nd grade or lower will be affected by being required to attend their new boundary school. Families that have a student entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2019 with siblings entering 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, have the choice for their older children to attend their existing school or the new boundary school. In either case, the Kindergarten student will be required to attend the new boundary school. This process has typically taken place in our District every 4-5 years. The District last addressed boundary changes back in February of 2013. The reasons that the School District of New Richmond needs to revise the attendance areas is to balance out enrollment at each elementary building and due to the growth of the City of New Richmond and the Town of Richmond.


    • On Monday, February 21, 2019, the School District of New Richmond Board of Education approved phase two of the New Richmond High School Stadium Project. With this approval, synthetic turf will be installed at the New Richmond High School starting in June of this year. Completion of this phase is slated for the middle of August, which will be in time for the fall sports season.


    In closing, as stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The School District of New Richmond continues to leave a trail and we thank you for your support in this journey! Please feel free to contact me anytime with concerns, questions, or comments.  

    All these updates have additional information available on our website at www.newrichmond.k12.wi.us. Also, feel free visit our social media outlets of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to receive daily updates on all the great experiences we are having here at the School District of New Richmond.



    Patrick Olson
    District Administrator
    School District of New Richmond

    Office: 715.243.7413



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