November 19, 2007

Meeting # 8

MINUTES OF MEETING # 8 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF BLACK RIVER FALLS ON NOVEMBER 19, 2007 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE BOARD ROOM.

Board Members Present: Ken Artis, Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer

Board Members Absent: Bill Waughtal

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 November 15, 2007.

Carrie Boehm, high school teacher, presented a gift to the board in recognition of American Education Week.

Jack Vig, auditor, from Vig & Associates presented a review of the district audit report.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the October regular and special meeting minutes, monthly expenditures and the employment of Kaye Henrickson as the faculty member on the Board Policy Committee replacing Dave Mack.

Sherri Torkelson, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, presented an overview of the course proposals for the 2008-09 school year.

Ramie Bakken moved to approve the 2008-09 course proposals as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Ramie Bakken moved to approve the Spring Semester Youth Options applications as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Ken Artis moved to accept the bid from Nelson Bus Service, Whitewater, Wisconsin, in the amount of $156,856 for the two (2) transit buses for the 2008-09 school year. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that the district had a very successful Native American Week with many activities taking place. Last week was also American Education Week and staff members were recognized in various ways throughout the week. In honor of Veterans Day, programs were held at the middle school and high school and a Veterans Day lunch was served at the elementary schools.

Dr. Richards also reported on the incident that happened at the high school this morning. A custodian poured bleach in a drain and finding the drain plugged; he poured a liquid drain cleaner into the drain. A chemical reaction took place creating a strong chlorine gas odor. The custodian was transported to the hospital and also one student was transported to the hospital after appearing to have an asthma attack. The students and staff were evacuated to the middle school and were allowed to return about 11:00 a.m.

The middle school was recognized by AWSA as an Exemplary Middle School for its high growth in reading and math scores in the past school year.

Strategic plan update – David Roou, middle school principal and Bob Lecheler, high school principal, reported on the progress each school has made in the reduction of D’s and F’s received by students for the first quarter of the 2007-08 school year compared to previous year. Both schools reported that significant progress has been made.

Another part of the strategic plan deals with facilities for the future – there are still needs to be looked at with larger class sizes arriving at Gebhardt Elementary and the accessibility issue at Third Street Elementary.

Forrest Funmaker appeared to discuss plans for a charter school developed by the Ho-Chunk Nation. The school would focus on language and culture issues. The school would house students in grades K-3 and 6-8. 

The Board requested additional information regarding the charter school. Mr. Funmaker has been invited to appear at a future board meeting with a written proposal/contract regarding the proposed charter school that the Board could consider.

Forrest Funmaker also presented a report on the topic of Impact Aid. Impact Aid is a federal program that provides funds to school districts “impacted” by the presence of students attending schools but living on federal lands. Federal lands are exempt from property taxation and, as a result, school districts lose the capacity to generate revenue to educate the kids. Impact aid is essentially monies in lieu of property taxes and is used to support the overall educational program of the school districts affected. 

Mr. Funmaker stated that the LIEC members meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and the Board members are welcome to attend the meetings.

Future agenda items:

Charter School Proposal

Core Agenda

Lois Corey moved to adjourn to closed session under section 19.85 (1)(c) to review employee compensation and to discuss the superintendent search process at 8:40 p.m. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ken Artis, Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to closed session.

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