December 15

Black River Falls Board of Education: December 15, 2003

Meeting # 8

MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 8 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON DECEMBER 15, 2003 AT 4:30 P.M. IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LMC.

Board Members Present: Mike Johnson, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Board Members Absent: Lois Corey, Barb Mackenzie, Wayne Torkelson

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 4:32 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 December 11, 2003.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tasha Mathews expressed concern about not being allowed to get the senior mugs this year. She stated the cost of the mugs was included in the price of the package purchased by the seniors but that the district would not allow the mugs.

Jeff Pugh stated that this matter would be looked into and someone would get back to Tasha with an answer.

Don Mathews moved to approve the consent agenda items with the gift of the air conditioning unit for the Lunda Center as a separate item. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Mike Johnson expressed concern with the maintenance/utilities wording of the air conditioning gift. Mike Johnson moved to accept the gift of the air conditioning unit for the Lunda Center from the Lunda Charitable Trust given the city would pay for all maintenance and utility costs. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to continue the senior release program as it is for the remainder of the 2003-04 school year and allowing students to be excused for only one (1) period per day and review the program before the 2004-05 school year. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-1. Mike Johnson voted no.

Mike Johnson moved to accept the bid from Mid-State Truck Service at a purchase price of $55,750 each for the two (2) school buses with funds from the 2004-05 budget and the bid from Osseo Ford for the food van at a purchase price of $17,982 from the 2003-04 food service budget. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the addition of the course titled "Tiger Choir" at the middle school effective with the 2004-05 school year. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2004-2005 school calendar.

Don Mathews moved to approve the 2004-2005 calendar as presented. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the following policies:

#345.4 Honor Rolls

#443.4 Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards distributed and explained his performance review materials.

He reported that Julie Tiedens, high school English teacher, has accepted the responsibility of upgrading the district web page. She will be making changes to the web site that will make it more user friendly.

Dr. Richards, Sherri Torkelson, and Jill Collins attended the WASDA Winter Seminar last week. The sessions they attended fit well with two (2) of the board goals regarding budgeting in difficult times and models used to reduce budgets.

School will end on December 19 for the Christmas break and students will return to school on Monday, January 5.

David Roou, middle school principal, presented an overview of the STAAR program that the middle school would like to use to help reduce the number of failures received by middle school students. The program is a required after school activity that focuses on assisting students with the completion of homework assignments. The program will be funded using federal grant dollars and district at-risk funds for the second semester of this year and during the 2004-2005 school year.

Don Mathews moved to suspend the rules to allow the board to take action on the STAAR program. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the implementation of the STAAR program at the middle school beginning with the 3rd quarter. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was again held on the police liaison officer position. The consensus of the board was to wait to see if there are funds available through the COPS program. Dr. Richards was asked to check with the sheriff's office to see what the cost to the district would be for the 180 student days.

Discussion was held on the Board "self-evaluation instrument". The consensus of the board was to table this topic until the January meeting.

A change in the start time of the meetings will be made after the policy is checked to see if the time of the meetings is stated in the policy. If the time is stated, the policy will need to be changed to coordinate with the meeting time.

Discussion on the 2004 WASB Delegate Assembly resolutions was tabled until the January meeting. Jeff Pugh will be the district's delegate to the convention assembly.

WASB report - The WASB State Convention will be held January 22-24, 2004. Barb Mackenzie, Lois Corey, and Jeff Pugh plan to attend.

Board Policy Committee - The following policy revisions were submitted to the board for the 1st reading:

#345.31 Grade Advancement

#351.1 Summer Camps

#453.1 Emergency Nursing

#453.2 Student Immunizations

#453.5 Student Physical Examinations

#455.1 Supervision of Students

These policies will be presented at the January meeting for final approval

Policy # 423 Non-resident Alien Students is being dropped from the manual upon the advice of the DPI. The DPI takes the position that the district is obligated to educate students regardless of citizenship status.

Barb Sedelbauer reported on the other topics that were discussed at the policy committee meeting including discussion on the use of cell phones and the status of the Volunteer policy.

Mike Johnson reported on the topics discussed at the business services committee meeting including staff recognition - how to recognize long-term coaches when they retire. Facility use charges were discussed and it was determined that adherence to the policy and rules as they are written should be followed.

Future agenda items:

Liaison Officer position

Board self-assessment instrument

WASB resolutions

Supporting Players presentation

Mike Johnson moved to adjourn at 6:05 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Mike Johnson, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.

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Barb Sedelbauer, Clerk Barb Prochaska, Recording Secretary

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