April 19

Black River Falls Board of Education: April 19, 2004

Meeting # 13


Board Members Present: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh

Board Members Absent: Barb Sedelbauer

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 5:00 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 April 15, 2004.

Mike Johnson moved to adjourn to executive session under section 19.85 (1)(c) & (e) Wis. Statutes to consider employee data and compensation and to negotiate a contract renewal for the operation of the Lunda Center. Barb Mackenzie seconded the motion. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

The Board returned to open session and was called to order by Jeff Pugh at 6:22 p.m.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public comment:

Roger Kaufman requested the policy on Volunteers and information on problems with volunteers and sexual abuse.

Claudia Bucholz stated her son played hockey on the varsity team this year. She felt there were no inappropriate actions by the coach and that he was fair to the players. She feels there are more people in support of the coach than against.

Mike Johnson requested to have the CESA contract removed from the consent agenda.

Lois Corey moved to approve the consent agenda items without the CESA contract as presented. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the CESA contract as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried with a 5-1 vote.

Mike Johnson cast the dissenting vote.

Lois Corey will be the CESA representative at the Annual Meeting on August 4, 2004.

Mike Johnson moved to approve the following board policies:

510 Personnel Policies Goals

522 Staff Involvement in Decision-Making

526 Personnel Records

527 Staff Complaints and Grievances

532.31 Worker's Compensation

534 Substitute Teachers

537.2 Professional Staff Attendance a Conferences/Seminars

538 Professional Staff Evaluation/Supervision.

Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the 2004-05 budget development/staffing levels including the following:

Reduce two elementary positions. One would be a classroom teacher and the other a Title I teacher. The classroom position is due to decreased enrollment and is not needed to comply with SAGE; the Title position is eliminated because the anticipated funding for the program is not sufficient to support the existing staff. These two (2) position reductions will not result in a layoff due to two (2) elementary retirements.

Maintain the elementary position that was discussed at the March meeting. You will recall that several options were presented, including the reduction of one additional position at Third Street. This would require a teacher layoff. However, we now believe that the position should be retained to aid compliance with the SAGE regulations.

Add one teacher to the special education staff. Gail reports that case loads are high and that staff needs more time to work with students to develop transition plans required by the IDEA legislation. The position would be funded by "soft money", which comes to the district from the federal government.

Reduce physical education by .5 FTE. Although not final, we believe the recent decision concerning Drivers Education will free enough time in the physical education department to allow the reduction of a half-time position. Again, no lay-off will be required due to the resignation of Mary Mack. In fact, the person presently filling the part-time position will move to full-time.

Mike Johnson moved to approve the staffing levels as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried with a 4-2 vote. Don Mathews and Barb Mackenzie cast the dissenting votes.

Dr. Richards reported that Gene Hagen would be retiring from the bus mechanic position after 43 years. The Athletic Banquet will be held on Monday, April 26. The Volunteer Tea will be held on April 28 at 3:30 in the middle school commons. The Presidential Academic Excellence awards will be held on May 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lunda Theatre. Native American Awareness Week will be held April 26-30 and School Child Nutrition Employee Week will be May 3-7.

Discussion was held on the WIAA Annual Meeting Resolutions. Jim Hornby will be the district's representative at the WIAA Annual Meeting and will cast the district's vote on the resolutions. The Board agreed to allow Jim Hornby to listen to the debate and cast his vote accordingly.

Discussion was held on the Native American Parent Involvement Policy, # 811.1. The following recommendations were made:

Coordinate with the area meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month as the county sheriff's department meets at this time too.

Discussion items from Board:

Don Mathews, Treasurer, administered the Oath of Office to Jeff Pugh and Lois Corey.

WASB report: Spring Academy for new School Board Members is coming up. Boards are encouraged to get involved with the TABOR proposals.

Board policy committee report - The following policies were presented for their 1st reading by the board:

112 Nondiscrimination

411 Equal Educational Opportunities

511 Equal Employment Opportunities

533 Professional Staff Recruiting/Hiring

543 Classified Staff Recruiting/Hiring

343.2 Youth Options Program

523.5 HIPAA Privacy Policy

840 Grants and Gifts from Outside Sources

Business Services committee reported on the discussion that was held at the most recent meeting. Items discussed were FLSA and BRFESPA negotiations.

Other reports - There will be an expulsion hearing scheduled on April 29th.

Future Agenda Item Identification -

Title I teacher loss - projected effects

LMC director position at Gebhardt

Mike Johnson moved to adjourn to 7:35 p.m. Mike Johnson seconded the motion.

Ayes: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews,

Jeff Pugh

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.

Barb Sedelbauer, Clerk
Jill Collins, Director of Business Services

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