October 17

Black River Falls

October 17, 2005

Meeting # 5


Board Members Present: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Board Members Absent: None

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 6:00 p.m.

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 October 13, 2005.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Don Mathews moved to approve the consent agenda items with the addition of Dan McKevitt as 9th Grade Girls’ Basketball Coach as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jill Collins, Director of Business Services, explained the 2005-06 budget modifications. She also explained that since the district is experiencing a significant decrease of over $200,000 in the total levy this year it would be an opportune time to use a defeasance to pay down on the highest interest bearing bond in the district’s debt service schedule. This prepayment would result in a savings of over $80,000 in interest expense over the remaining life of the debt issue and the levy would not increase and remain the same amount as 2004-05.

Ramie Bakken moved to approve the 2005-06 tax levy of $4,811,726 with the defeasance for a tax rate of $7.45 per $1,000 and the budget modifications are approved as presented, plus any revisions necessary to reflect the total levy. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve policies #130 School Board Legal Status and # 131 School District Elections as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Kindergarten Programming for Four Year Old Students.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to adopt option # 4; endorse the concept and pursue implementation at a future date, to be determined based on the district fiscal picture. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: Don Mathews, Bill Waughtal

Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Strategic Plan. The board would like to further review the findings of the community and staff sessions.

Don Mathews moved to table action on the Strategic Plan until further review takes place. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Tim Young appeared to report on the recently completed math department program review. The math educators remain committee to the reform math curriculum used in the district. The programs are: Investigations Math at the elementary level, Connected Math at the middle school and CORE math at the high school.

WRS Unfunded Liability – Jill Collins explained that the low variable interest rate the district has been using for the last two (2) years on the unfunded pension liability has been trending upward. Therefore, Dr. Richards and Jill believe that now is the time to refinance the UFPL debt from a variable rate to a fixed rate. The consensus of the Board was to proceed with the refinancing. There will need to be a special meeting to approve the resolution for the refinancing once investors have had time to submit estimates of the rates. The special meeting is tentatively scheduled for November 7.

Dr. Richards reported that the 1st elementary realignment meeting was held last Monday. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 24. Congratulations to the volleyball and football teams for the Coulee Conference Championships. The volleyball team will play in the 1st regional playoffs on Tuesday.

Dr. Lecheler, high school principal, appeared to present a program they would like to begin at the high school that would allow students that are academically and behaviorally sound to be dismissed at 2:40 instead of attending the focus period until 3:05. The sophomore, junior and senior students may go to the cafeteria, gym or weight room. Senior students, with parent approval, would be allowed to leave the school. Students that have homework to be completed would be required to stay in their focus period or go to see the teacher of the class they need assistance with. Freshman students would not be allowed to participate in early release.

Jeff Pugh reported that there are several WASB seminars coming up; the School Law Seminar, Legislative Issues Conference and the Regional meetings. If anyone is interested in attending they should contact Dr. Richards or Barb Prochaska.

The Board Policy Committee forwarded a revised version of policy 810 Community Engagement to the full board for consideration. The revised version reflects elements recommended by the WASB and was drafted by Paul Bohac. The existing 810 policy is provided for comparison purposes. This is the first reading of the revised policy and it will be added to the November agenda for final action.

Future agenda items:

Core agenda items

Strategic Planning

Ramie Bakken moved to adjourn to closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(e) to discuss the terms of a contract with the city of Black River Falls at 7:57 p.m. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Roll call vote:

Ayes: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh,

Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None

Motion carried. The board adjourned to closed session.

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