July 19

School District of Black River Falls
School Board Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2004

Meeting # 2

MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 2 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON JULY 19 2004 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LMC.

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

Board Members Absent: Mike Johnson

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 6:02 p.m.

Notices of the meeting were delivered to the Banner Journal, WWIS Radio Station and Melrose Chronicle and posted in three (3) public places on July 15, 2004.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lois Corey moved to approve the consent agenda items with the fund-raising activities removed. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Lois Corey had many questions regarding the fund raising activities. Barb Mackenzie moved to have the questions forwarded to the policy committee for review and to approve the fund-raisers as presented. Paul Bohac seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards stated that the Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing would be held on August 23, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lunda Theatre.

Jill Collins, director of business services, presented an overview of the 2004-2005 proposed school district budget. She explained the difference between Scenario I and Scenario II. She stated that Scenario I would allow the district to utilize the full revenue limit increase allowed under the law this year for low-spending districts.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the 2004-2005 preliminary budget and tax levy using scenario I, which would allow the district to utilize the full revenue limit increase. The total Fund 10 budget will be $16,477,076 with a total Levy of $4,764,416. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried with a 5-1 vote. Jeff Pugh cast the dissenting vote.

Don Mathews moved to approve the following board policies:

# 221 District Administrator Job Description

# 543 Support Staff Recruiting/Hiring

Barb Mackenzie seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2004-05 Goals. The Board goals are as follows:

1. The Board will determine what the district expects from a Black River Falls High School graduate.

2. The Board will actively participate in the Functional Analysis process.

The District goal is:

Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will achieve proficiency levels equal to or greater than the state-wide averages in language, science, and social studies and will meet or exceed the state-designated proficiency levels in reading (67.5%) and math (47.5%) on the fall 2005 state tests. Students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 will equal or exceed the statewide average proficiency scores as measured by the tests first administered in the fall of 2006.

Don Mathews moved to approve the board goals and the district goal for the 2004-05 school year. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps would be at the Lunda Park on Tuesday beginning with a performance by our high school jazz band at 7:15.

The second week of summer school was held last week and the classes were very well attended with approximately 280 students. The last week of summer school will be held August 2-6.

Sherri Torkelson presented a review of the Wisconsin Reading Comprehension Test (WRCT) that was administered to third grade students during the 2003-04 school year. The results show that the BRF third grade students scored well above the state average as measured by the percentage of students scoring in the advanced and proficient categories.

The annual nursing report from Alice Larkin, school nurse, for the 2003-04 school year was reviewed. Dr. Richards commended Alice for the work she performs for the district.

NSBA Attendance: Discussion on this topic was tabled as Mike Johnson was not at the meeting.

WASB report:

Lois Corey attended a WASB Leadership Academy. She asked for direction on the process that should be used to report to the board on the meetings board members attend outside the regular board meetings. The general consensus was that a summary, either oral or written, should be presented to the full board.

Barb Mackenzie moved to adjourn to executive session under section 19.85 (1)(e)to discuss terms of a contract with the city for the operation of the Lunda Center at 6:55 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.


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