June 18

June 18, 2007

Meeting # 16

MINUTES OF MEETING # 18 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON JUNE 18, 2007 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Ken Artis, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Board Members Absent: Ramie Bakken

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Notices of the meeting were delivered to the Banner Journal, WWIS Radio Station and Jackson County Chronicle and posted in three (3) public places on June 14, 2007 .

An appeal hearing regarding an athletic code matter was held. Traci Murphy, on behalf of her son John Murphy, appeared before the board to ask them to reverse the decision made by the administration regarding John’s violation of the district’s athletic code and the WIAA rules. John participated in a non-school scrimmage with another baseball team. The violation caused John the loss of his baseball awards. Dr. Richards, along with Bob Lecheler, high school principal and athletic director Jim Hornby presented the district’s findings.

After hearing both sides of the appeal the board stated they would take the matter under consideration and render a verdict to Ms. Murphy within seven (7) days.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the consent agenda. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the May meeting minutes, monthly expenditures, the hiring of Dawn Marecek-Peterson as high school Math teacher, Steve Nyman as high school Technology Education teacher, Kathryn Hammond as elementary Art teacher and Sue Leadholm and Gretchen Sierk as Link Crew advisors.

Lois Corey moved to adopt the Employee Benefit Trust Resolution to establish a post-employment benefits trust and to designate the School District of Black River Falls Board of Education as the trustee. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Roll call vote: Ayes: Ken Artis, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None. Motion carried.

Lois Corey moved to adopt the M&I Corporate Trust resolution designating M&I Investment Trust as the investment agent and to authorize Jill Collins, director of business services, to enter into an Institutional Agreement with M&I Investment Trust to invest the funds in a money market account. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Roll call vote: Ayes: Ken Artis, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None. Motion carried.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to support the Charter School Application request. Ken Artis seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jill Collins, director of business services, presented an overview of the 2006-07 budget revisions.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the 2006-07 budget revisions as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jill Collins, director of business services, presented an overview of the proposed 2007-08 budget.

Paul Bohac moved to give tentative approval to the fund 10 2007-08 expenditure budget in the amount of $17,329,439 with a total tax levy of $5,559,146. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The 2007-08 Student Handbooks were reviewed. Paul Bohac moved to approve the student handbooks as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

District news – Dr. Richards reported that summer school started today. The classes will be held for one week at the elementary level and two (2) weeks at the middle and high school levels. All teaching vacancies except for the part-time music teacher position have been filled. Tentative agreement with the BRFEA for the 2007-09 years has been reached. The settlement is for a 3.8% package increase (salary/benefits) for each year.

Strategic Plan Update:

Facilities for the Future – HSR continues to work on the ideas expressed at the last planning session.

High Academic Achievement – During the fourth quarter data from the middle school shows that the middle school slipped some since the last quarter as the number of D’s and failures increased slightly. The high school results were positive for all grades except for seniors. Both schools are in the 1st year of a three (3) year cycle.

Development of PK-12 Professional Learning Communities – A large percentage of staff understand the value of identifying essential skills and common assessment for courses or grade level studies according to a recent district-wide survey. This knowledge will help support the priority of high academic achievement.

Board Goal Setting Activity – Discussion was held on the goals for the 2007-08 school year. Ken Artis moved to maintain the same goals as the 2006-07 school year with a modification to the WKCE proficiency levels to coincide with the new state guidelines of Reading (74%) and Math (58%) on the fall 2007 tested grades. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion.

Conference/Workshop Attendance – Barb Sedelbauer attended the CESA # 4 annual meeting.

Future agenda items:

CORE Agenda

Paul Bohac moved to adjourn to executive session at 7:42 p.m. under section 19.85 (1)(a) & (c) to allow the board to deliberate concerning the case which was the subject of the hearing in open session and to discuss the search for a new district administrator. Ken Artis seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ken Artis, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

 

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