March 20

March 20, 2006

Meeting # 12

MINUTES OF MEETING # 12 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON MARCH 20, 2006 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Board Members Absent: None

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 6:03 p.m.

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 March 15, 2006.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda items with the addition of the acceptance of Dave Johnson’s resignation as Head Girls’ Basketball coach. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Lois Corey moved to approve Policy 531.5 School Nurse (job description) and Rule 751 Student Transportation as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dennis Richards, Superintendent and Jill Collins, Director of Business Services, presented an overview of the status of the 2006-07 budget as it stands at this time. The functional analysis is being used to determine ways that further budget reductions can be made. Additional information will be forthcoming as the budget development process continues.

Dr. Richards reported that plans are being finalized for the track project. He and Jill Collins met with Brad Simonson, architect, and they will receive bids on April 15 and plan to start the project in mid May. At this time it doesn’t appear that the football field will have to be moved. It is expected that the project will be completed by August 19.

Dr. Richards reported that this is Youth Art Month. The art department has exhibits in the board room and in the public library. The Business Challenge team, through the Junior Achievement program, competed in a business development venture in Eau Claire. Tim Torkelson was the team leader and he was recognized for his leadership in developing the team. Although the team did not win, it was a great learning experience for the students. The SAGE program will have an increase in funding for the 2007-08 school year of approximately $60,000.

Dr. Richards commented on the Board Semi-Annual Self-Assessment document. The board members should complete the self-assessment document and return it to President Jeff Pugh.

Discussion was held on the “School Board Annual Assessment” document that is distributed to community members using the April edition of the district’s newsletter, Insights. Due to the small number of responses received from the public over the last few years, the board decided to put an article in the Insights stating that the assessment document will be available on-line at the district web-site (www.brf.org). Paper copies will also be available at the district office.

Discussion was held on the possibility of paperless board meetings. The Holmen and La Crosse School Districts are currently using various methods of paperless board meetings. Dr. Richards will contact these districts for additional information about the process.

Dr. Richards stated that there will be a Legislative Night at CESA on May 1st. More information will follow.

Barb Sedelbauer reported that the policy committee is forwarding the following policies/rules for 1st reading by the board:

Policy 425 Non-Resident District Full Time Enrollment

Rule 431 Student Attendance Administrative Procedures

Policy 535.1 Volunteer Coaches/Advisors and its accompanying rule

These policies/rules will be presented for approval by the board at the April meeting. Although rules do not need formal approval by the board they were presented so the full board is aware of the significant changes that are taking place.

Future agenda items:

Update on paperless board meetings

Core agenda items

Ramie Bakken moved to adjourn to executive session under Sec. 19.85 (1(c) Wis. Stats. to discuss contract negotiations and administrative compensation at 6:50 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh,

Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to closed session.


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