January 17

Black River Falls
January 17, 2005

Meeting # 8

MINUTES OF MEETING # 8 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON JANUARY 17, 2005 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews,
Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Board Members Absent: Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie

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 January 13, 2005.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the consent agenda items as presented. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the following policies:

722.1 Accident Reports
723.2 Bomb Threats
723.3 Emergency School Closings
751.3 Extra-Curricular Transportation
751.4 Alternative Student Transportation
762 Milk Program

Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2005-06 summer maintenance projects.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the summer maintenance projects as presented.
Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school calendars as presented. Paul Bohac seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Kris Wrobel, Kelly Mauck, and Gretchen Sierk representing the BRFEA addressed the board seeking support for a resolution to end the QEO, lift the revenue cap, and transform the school aid formula.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the following resolution with the clarification that all three (3) issues be addressed simultaneously:

School Funding Resolution

Whereas, Wisconsin schools are ranked top in the nation on almost all significant measures including graduation rates, test scores, teacher quality and students going on to post-secondary education; and

Whereas, the Wisconsin Legislature enacted revenue controls in 1993 with the intention of controlling costs and reducing property taxes; and

Whereas, these revenue caps were made permanent in 1995 when the state assumed two-thirds funding for public education; and

Whereas, the Wisconsin Legislature in 1993 also imposed a salary cap on Wisconsin educators with the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO); and

Whereas, the Wisconsin Legislature has failed to fund its commitment to two-thirds school funding; and

Whereas, the Wisconsin Legislature has failed in its commitment to property tax relief; and

Whereas, the declining economic status of Wisconsin teachers threatens the long-term quality; and

Whereas, the majority of Wisconsin school districts maintain that the quality of education has declined since revenue controls were imposed in 1993; and

Whereas, the student population in Wisconsin schools contains a greater percentage of "high cost" students than a decade ago; and

Whereas, the per pupil increase allowed under the funding formula does not reflect the actual costs for education in Wisconsin.


Board of Education Meeting Minutes # 8
January 17, 2005
Page 3

Therefore, be it resolved that the Black River Falls School Board hereby requests that the Wisconsin Association of School Boards support the return of local control to local school districts by the repeal of the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) and the revenue caps and support a change in state funding to public education that ensures every child in the local school district has access to an adequately funded public education.

Additionally, be it resolved that the Black River Falls School Board requests that the Wisconsin Association of School Boards support the changes with all three (3) issues being addressed simultaneously.

Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The resolution was adopted.

Dr. Richards reported that several neighboring districts have agreed to join BRF in joint training for strategic planning, reported on Governor Doyle's State of the State address and informed the board of Vincent Reichenbach's selection as the winner of the WASB's Student Art Exhibit and Awards contest. He also stated that Paul Bohac is seeking re-election and that Mike Johnson and Barb Mackenzie are not seeking re-election. Ramie Bakken is a candidate for the seat being vacated by Barb Mackenzie. No one has filed for the seat being vacated by Mike Johnson.

Sherri Torkelson, director of curriculum & instruction, presented a demonstration of the Family Access program that will be available to all parents in February.

Dr. Richards presented a mid-term update on the board goals. Bob Lecheler and Jon Warmke reported on the activities at the building level aimed at supporting the board's achievement goal.

Jeff Pugh reported that the WASB State Convention is this week. There are several bargaining seminars and a No Child Left Behind seminar coming up in the next couple of months.

Board Policy Committee report: The following policies are presented for the 1st reading by the full board:

820 Public Information Program
821 News Media Relations
832 Public Conduct While on School Premises and at School Programs

These policies will be brought before the board for final approval at the February meeting.

Board of Education Meeting Minutes # 8
January 17, 2005
Page 4

Jim Hornby, athletic director, and architect Brad Simonson presented a report on the work of the ad hoc committee investigating improvements to the athletic facilities.
The track and tennis courts were noted to be in the greatest need of repair/replacement at this time.

The board asked Jill Collins, director of business services, to firm up cost estimates and check on funding sources for the Track and Football Field Development and Tennis Courts and report back to the board at the next meeting.

Don Mathews moved to adjourn to executive session under Wisconsin Statues 19.85 (1)(c) & (e) to review administrator performance evaluation data, act on contract matters, and to discuss a service that may involve competitive bids at 7:49 p.m. Lois Corey seconded the motion.

Ayes: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer
Nays: None
Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

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