April 21, 2008

Black River Falls

April 21, 2008

Meeting # 14

MINUTES OF MEETING # 14 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON APRIL 21, 2008 AT 4:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Ken Artis, Ramie Bakken, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Ron Wirtz

Board Members Absent: Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 4:00 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 April 17, 2008.

moved to adjourn to closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.82, 19.85 1 (c), (f) & (g) for consideration and action, if appropriate, of a teacher grievance pursuant to the 2007-2009 BRFEA Master Agreement and a support staff grievance pursuant to the 2006-2008 BRFESPA Master Agreement.

The Board reconvened in open session at 6:35p.m.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ron Wirtz moved to approve the consent agenda. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the March regular meeting minutes, monthly expenditures, the acceptance of the resignation/retirement of Charlene Stevens, Barbara Richards, Gail Anderson Bohac and Rhonda Holmquist effective at the end of the 2007-08 school year. 

Discussion was held on the 4K program being considered to begin with the 2008-2009 school year. The program will be 2.5 hour sessions Monday through Thursday during the school year. The DPI received many requests for the funds to start up a 4K program so the amount each district receives will be based on the number of district’s that actually implement the 4K program

Ken Artis moved to approve the community-based 4K program beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried with a vote of 4-1...

Ron Wirtz moved to allow Tom Leadholm, athletic director, to cast his vote based on his best instincts regarding the WIAA Annual Meeting Resolutions. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Ron Wirtz moved to approve the Lunda Center Contract as presented. Ken Artis seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Lois Corey moved to approve the position of Pupil Services Director replacing the Special Education Designee position. Ken Artis seconded the motion. Motion Carried.

At this time the district has one (1) foreign exchange student for next fall. There will be an Open House on April 23 for families interested in hosting foreign exchange students next fall.

Ron Wirtz moved to approve the two-year agreement with Black River Youth Hockey. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Ramie Bakken moved to accept the bid of $103,500 for the Gebhardt roofing project submitted by WHV of Winona, Minnesota. Ken Artis seconded the motion. Motion carried.

District news – Dr. Richards reported that the High School Yearbook was rated as one the Best Yearbooks for the 2007-08 school year. Sherry Torkelson has been names Title 1 Administrator of the Year. 

Shelly Severson reported on the elementary summer school program. The district is going to try a remedial approach this year.

Strategic Plan update – Bob Lecheler and Dave Roou reported on the progress that has been made with student grades for the 3rd quarter of this year.

Discussion was held on the “Native American Parent Involvement” policy. No changes were suggested at this time.

The Oath of Office was administered to Ramie Bakken and Laurel Sackett-Meek. Laurel will begin her three-year term on the Board of Education April 28, 2008.

Lois Corey was appointed as the delegate to the CESA # 4 Annual Meeting to be held on June 4.

Selection Process for Board Vacancy – The district will use the same format that was used to replace Paul Bohac last fall. The vacancy notice will be posted on the district web-site and also in the Banner Journal and Chronicle. Deadline for applications will be Thursday, May 15, 2008. The board will interview interested applicants at the next regular meeting scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2008.

The Policy Committee has forwarded the 4K policy and rules for the first reading along with a revised job description for the buildings and grounds supervisor position. No changes were requested to the policies so they will be brought to the May meeting for final approval.

Future agenda items:

Core Agenda items

Board Appointment

Lois Corey moved to adjourn to closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(c) to consider applicants for the high school principal position at 8:30 p.m. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ken Artis, Ramie Bakken, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Ron Wirtz

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.

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