October 20

Black River Falls School Board Minutes: October 20, 2003

Meeting # 6


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

Board Members Absent: Wayne Torkelson

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 7:00 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 October 16, 2003.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment:

Diane Andraska addressed the board with a concern about the time of the Focus period for seniors at the high school. She stated they are required to stay for Focus period before being excused for the day. Mrs. Weber, high school principal, stated that this is required class time for students and seniors are only allowed to have one (1) hour of release time per day. Jeff Pugh, board president, stated this will be looked into and discussion on the issue will take place at the November board meeting.

Roger Kaufman addressed the board with comments about the DARE program and a concern about the early intervention program at the elementary schools. He also stated he would like to visit the schools when this programming is taking place. Jeff Pugh advised Mr. Kaufman to call the principals at the schools to make the appropriate arrangements to visit the schools.

Lois Corey moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jill Collins, Director of Business Services, explained the budget modifications that reflect changes to earlier estimates of grant receipts and reflect the final aid and revenue cap variables provided by the DPI.

Barb Mackenzie moved to approve the budget modifications as presented and the

2003-04 tax levy of $4,234,501 with a tax rate of $7.39 per thousand dollars of equalized value for the 2003-04 fiscal year. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the following policies:

# 210 Administration Goals

# 251.1 Organizational Chart

# 352 Field Trips

Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that Lois Corey and Jeff Pugh were recognized for their attendance at various WASB functions at the WASB Regional meeting. Barb Mackenzie was recognized for her involvement with the WASB Resolutions committee. Sherri Torkelson and Shelly Severson were recognized for the article they co-authored that was published in the WASCD newsletter The Highlighter. Al Barczak, At-Risk Coordinator, presented an overview of the district's At-Risk program at the fall conference of the WASCD.

Tina Gilbertson, Sarah Halverson, and Carol Nortman presented the Family and Consumer Education Department program review.

LMC Staffing: The board agreed to continue seeking a certified LMC director at 60% time to serve Gebhardt and the Middle School.

Board Assessment: Discussion was held on assessing school board performance. Lois Corey volunteered to draft a revised self-assessment document for the board to review.

Sandy Stein presented a report on research she had completed on the DARE Program and the police liaison officer position.

WASB report: Jeff Pugh stated the Legislative Issues conference will be held on November 8 and the Employment Seminar will be held on December 5. If any board members are interested in attending they should contact Barb at the District Office to register.

Board Policy Committee report: The following policies are presented for the 1st reading by the full board:

#330 Curriculum Development and Adoption

#333 Parent Rights

#341.1 Kindergarten Instruction

#341.2 Education for Employment

#341.21 Career and Technical Education

#342.4 Programs for Children at Risk

These policies will be brought before the board for final approval at the November meeting.

Barb Sedelbauer reported on the other activities that the policy committee is working on at this time, including the administrator performance review documents, the volunteer policy and other 300 series policies.

Business Services Committee report: Don Mathews stated the committee is continuing their discussion on the District Office accessibility issue. They are also discussing plans to make the school more secure to avoid intrusions or unwanted people from entering the buildings.

Future agenda items:

Focus time at the high school.

School Liaison Officer position.

Starting time of the Board Meetings.

Bidding procedures was forwarded to the Business Services Committee for discussion.

Barb Mackenzie moved to adjourn to executive session under section 19.85(1) & (e) to discuss the terms of the contract with the City of Black River Falls for the operation of the Lunda Community Center at 8:55 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh,

Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

Barb Sedelbauer, Clerk
Barb Prochaska, Recording Secretary

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