February 18, 2008

February 18, 2008

Meeting # 12

MINUTES OF MEETING # 12 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON FEBRUARY 18, 2008 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

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

Board Members Absent: Barb Sedelbauer 

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 6:00 p.m.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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 February 14, 2008.

Bob Lecheler, high school principal, presented the “Student Senate Report” as Rachel Colloton was unable to attend the meeting. He stated that the Student Senate was instrumental with recycling at the high school, sent letters to 70 seniors that were eligible to vote, sponsoring a 14 year old student from Tibet that will allow her to attend a boarding school in India. 

Ron Wirtz moved to approve the consent agenda with a correction to the minutes to delete Paul Bohac’s name and add Ron Wirtz’s name. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the January regular meeting minutes and monthly expenditures. 

Discussion was held on Four Year Old Kindergarten Programming. Marion Hagen, former teacher, addressed the board concerning four year old kindergarten. She is opposed to the program. Community members that were at a meeting held last week regarding 4K programming were very supportive of the program. The consensus of the Board was to pursue the grant funding necessary to support the program.

Jill Collins presented an overview of the 2008-2009 budget development process.

Ron Wirtz moved to fund the budget centers as presented. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the facilities needs for the district. The district is in need of four (4) temporary classrooms at Forrest Street and some remodeling at Third Street for the next school year. Jill Collins, director of business services, will check with vendors regarding the various solutions and get quotes on several different possibilities such as lease versus purchase and, if purchased, new or preowned classrooms. Action on the temporary classrooms/remodeling was tabled pending receipt of additional information.

Discussion was held on the renewal of the Lunda Center Contract. The Board would like to see an actual schedule of events held at the Lunda Center before approval of the contract. They would also like to see the language clarified before giving approval. Action on this item was tabled pending more information.

Ron Wirtz moved to approve policies 345.52 Graduation Exercises, and 453.12 Do Not Resuscitate as presented. Ken Artis seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The Special Education policies will be reviewed by the Policy Committee before final approval.

Dr. Richards reported that the FCCLA regional competition had 42 students from BRF going to state competition. The Elementary Carnival will be held on March 13 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the high school. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Bob Lecheler presented data reflecting the progress being made to address the goals to reduce D and F grades. Both the high school and middle school are making progress in regard to these goals.

Tom Chambers, Assistant High School Principal, presented a report on the plans for a “green” charter school to eventually replace the Phoenix program at the high school.

Sherri Torkelson presented a report on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting held last week. The committee met with representatives of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the DPI to discuss the formation of a Ho-Chunk sponsored charter school.

Future agenda items:

Update on Facilities – short term/long term

Lunda Center Contract

Special Education Policies

Core Agenda

Lois Corey moved to adjourn to closed session under section 19.85 (1)(c) to discuss and act upon the renewal of individual teacher contracts for 2008-2009 and to conduct and act upon employee grievances at 7:50 p.m.. Ken Artis seconded the motion.

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

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to closed session.

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