January 21, 2008

Black River Falls

January 21, 2008

Meeting # 10

MINUTES OF MEETING # 10 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON JANUARY 21, 2008 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Ramie Bakken, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal, Ron Wirtz

Board Members Absent: Ken Artis, Lois Corey

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 6:05 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 January 17, 2008.

Computer Filtering Policies and Procedures – Rachel Colloton, Chairperson of the Student Senate and Max Hart addressed the board regarding the computer filtering in the district. The students are concerned that they are unable to reach some of the sites they need for their classes. Jill Collins reported that the technology committee is looking into the filtering system at this time.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the December regular meeting minutes and monthly expenditures. 

Jill Collins, director of business services, explained the process of how Procurement Cards would be used in the district.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the resolution Authorizing Issuance of Individual Procurement Cards. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2008-2009 Budget Center Allocations. Jill Collins explained the per student building budget center allocations. The actual dollar amounts the buildings receive each year vary according to the number of students in the building. Ramie Bakken moved to approve the 2008-2009 budget center allocations as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2008-2009 Capital Maintenance Projects that included the reconstruction and paving of the tennis courts. A question was raised regarding the addition of an additional tennis court. There are six courts at this time and seven (7) matches go on at once, if possible. If the district had seven (7) courts, all matches would go on at the same time. Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the 2008-2009 capital maintenance projects with an alternate bid of an additional tennis court. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards met with Mayor Joe Hunter to discuss renewal of the Lunda Center contract on Friday. The Board decided to table action on the contract in order to give Dr. Richards time to work out the details of the agreement with Dan Diehn, city attorney. 

Dr. Richards reported that the high school students did a book drive for Bolton Refuge House collecting almost 1,000 children’s book to donate. The winners of the Spelling Bee at grades 4 & 5 were Lucas Stacy in1st place and Shawn Jordan in 2nd place. At the middle school the winners were Abby Johnson in 1st place and Dominic Goviera in 2nd place. Five (5) DECA students received recognition for their projects and two (2) students qualified for state competition.

A special meeting will be held on Monday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss facilities in the district. The district is seeking a $75,000 grant to support the BLAST program and an Alternative Education grant for middle school students in the amount of $100,000 over five (5) years is also being sought..

Strategic Plan and Mid-term review of Board Goals – All activities are proceeding well and an update on the student grades will be available next month as the end of the semester is this week.

Dr. Richards presented information regarding a 4-K program. There are now grants available from the Department of Public Instruction and the district would like to seek a grant to start a 4-K program in the district. The grants seem to favor community based 4-K programs and the district feels they may be able to secure a grant if the board is interested.

Ron Wirtz moved to allow the administration to seek the grant available from the Department of Public Instruction to start a 4-K program in the district. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Ho-chunk Charter School Proposal – Sherri Torkelson, director of curriculum & instruction, will contact Forest Funmaker in regard to setting up a meeting with the C & I Committee to get some additional background information regarding the Ho-Chunk Charter School proposal. The committee will then report their findings to the full board.

WASB - Ramie Bakken, Dennis Richards, Jill Collins, and Mark Clark will be attending the Annual WASB Convention in Milwaukee later this week.

Policy Committee – The policy committee reviewed policies 345.52, Graduation Exercises and 453.12, District Do Not Resuscitate policies. Both policies are presented for their 1st reading at this meeting. If there are not changes to the policies, they will be brought to the next meeting for final approval. The Senior Exit interview process was also discussed at the policy committee meeting. Further discussion on the process will be held before a recommendation is provided to the full board.

Business Services Committee – The business services committee meeting consisted of the proposed capital maintenance projects for 2008-09, the purchasing procurement cards, and the renewal of the Lunda Center contract. Discussion and action regarding these topics were held earlier in the meeting.

Future agenda items:

Lunda Center Contract

CORE Agenda

Update on Facilities

Update on 4-K Programming

Ron Wirtz moved to adjourn to closed session under section 19.85 (1)(c) to discuss administrative performance reviews, contract language, and contract renewals at 7:48 p.m.. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ramie Bakken, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal, Ron Wirtz

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to closed session.

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