November 21

Black River Falls

November 21, 2005

Meeting # 7


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 6:00 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 November 17, 2005.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tim Barnum, representing the Gebhardt PTO, addressed the board with a survey regarding the grade alignment issue. The survey asked the parents opinion on the decision of the board to realign the district. The survey results stated that 66 people wanted the decision revisited, and 6 people agreed with the board’s decision.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda items including approval of the spring youth options requests and Policy #810 Community Engagement. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that there will be three (3) openings on the School Board next spring. Any interested citizen living in the Black River Falls School District may file for nomination beginning December 1st. The three (3) incumbents, Paul Bohac, Don Mathews, and Barb Sedelbauer are eligible for re-election. This is the first year that school board members will be elected “At-Large” instead of by area representation due to a resolution that was approved at the School District’s Annual Meeting in August. The deadline for filing nomination papers is January 3, 2006. The Holiday Programs in the district will begin on December 5. A complete schedule of the programs will be available shortly. The winter sports season has begun. American Education Week activities went very well. A retiree breakfast was included in the schedule and was attended by about thirty (30) retirees. The retiree breakfast was started several years ago and is enjoyed by the many retirees that attend.

Dave Meyer presented a comprehensive review of the Technology and Engineering Department Program. Dan Olson, Brian Stemper, and Ron Jacoby, members of the Technology & Engineering Department, were also in attendance.

Dr. Richards recognized Ron Jacoby for his many years of service with the District. Ron is a middle school technology education instructor who is retiring in January. Brian Stemper will be taking Ron’s place and a replacement for Brian Stemper in the Chemistry/Physics area is being sought at this time.

Dave Meyer presented Dan Scholze with a plaque as this year’s recipient of the “Friend of Technology Education” award. Dan was recognized for his participation on the Technology Advisory Board and all the expertise he has shared with the students and staff in the technology education department.

Dr. Richards reported that progress was made in the strategic planning process at the meeting that was held earlier today. An update on the strategic plan will be presented at the December School Board meeting.

He also reported that the Elementary Boundary Committee has completed its task and will have a report at the December School Board Meeting.

Jeff Pugh reported that there are several WASB seminars coming up in December and January. Also, the WASB Annual Convention will be held in January. If anyone is interested in attending the seminars or the annual convention they should contact Dennis Richards or Barb Prochaska.

Barb Sedelbauer reported that the policy committee met earlier this month and discussed various items including a Homework policy, the Family and Medical Act, and procedures for grants. One of the items that will be discussed at their next meeting will be the school bus pick up and drop off points for students. There are no new policies or policy revisions for review at this time.

Future agenda items:

Boundary Committee Report

Strategic Planning Update

School Forest Committee Update

Don Mathews moved to adjourn at 6:58 p.m. Lois Corey 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.

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