Regular Meeting Minutes – January 18, 2010

JANUARY 18, 2010
6:30 P.M.

Community Open Forum: 6:30 – 6:45 P.M.

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, January 18, 2010, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School. Board President, John Mauer, called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.

Present: Mr. John Mauer, President
Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President
Mr. Steve Thimmig, Treasurer
Mr. Greg Pribek, Clerk
Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk Pro-Tem
Mrs. Sandy Seifert
Mr. Peter Geise
Mrs. Audrey Sager, Board Secretary

M/S/Bramstedt/Bigler to approve the agenda as printed. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Thimmig/Geise to approve the minutes of the December 21, 2009 Board Meeting as printed. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the accounts for December, 2009 as prepared. Motion Carried Unanimously. Expenditures for December were $2,908,197.72. Receipts for December were $2,801,786.29.

Administrative Reports:

District/Dave Wessel: Friday, January 15th was the deadline for receiving applications for H.S. Principal. We received 42 applications for the position. 6-7 candidates will be invited to interview. The Board will meet on February 1st to discuss the applications.

Dr. Bud Pulaski, High School Principal; Meloney Markofski, Middle School Principal; Kellie Manning, Elementary School Principal; Ann Roy, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services; and Jean Born, Director of Instruction gave their monthly reports to the Board.

Dirk Willis, representative from the PGA Tournament Corporation, Inc., was in attendance to request the use of our elementary school for day care during the PGA tournament being held at Whistling Straits this summer. M/S/Thimmig/Seifert to approve the rental agreement with the PGA as presented. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Committee Reports:

Personnel/Mauer/Thimmig/Bramstedt: The committee has made additional progress in their negotiations with the Sheboygan Falls Faculty Association.

Public Relations/Thimmig/Seifert/Geise: School Perceptions is a company that handles surveys for schools. They will be here on February 15th at 9:00 A.M. in the Board Room to talk to administration. All Board members are invited to attend.

Policy/Pribek/Bramstedt: Our NEOLA policy updates will go on line January 27th.

Rec Board/Seifert: Continuing the maintenance of an ice skating rink in Sheboygan Falls was discussed.

WASB/Seifert/Thimmig: The WASB State Convention starts tomorrow in Milwaukee.

Legislative/Wessel: Mr. Wessel gave a short synopsis of the discussion from today’s Legislative Breakfast. Health insurance, budget items, & proposed education bills were on the agenda. We have received a clarification on the funding for “Race to the Top”.

Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Pribek/Geise: They met with Mike Schade, H.S. SLD Teacher, who is involved with the Foundation for the Cedarburg School District. Ideas were shared. Friday, January 29th is the next meeting of the Sheboygan Falls Foundation.

H.S. Site Council/Bramstedt/Pulaski: Did not meet in December.

M.S. Site Council/Seifert/Markofski: Building the home-school relationship is being worked on. Expansion of the Homework Club was discussed.

Elem. Site Council/Bigler/Manning: The members discussed a building-wide newsletter and the need for a breakfast program.

M/S/Seifert/Bigler to extend the administrative contracts of Jean Born, Director of Instruction; Mary A. Blaha, Director of Business Services; Ann Roy, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services; Meloney Markofski, M.S. Principal; Kellie Manning, Elementary School Principal; and Luke Goral, Associate High School Principal/Athletic Director until June 30, 2012. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Mary A. Blaha, Director of Business Services, gave a short report on the 2009-2010 General Operating Budget. The Board asked if this information could be placed on the web page for our community members to view.

The possibility of starting a breakfast program in the district was discussed by Dave Wessel, Mary A. Blaha, and Kellie Manning. Start-up grant dollars are available to us this year if we decide to move ahead with the program. We would start the program at the elementary school. Shelly Juedes, District Food Service Supervisor and Darlene Bigler, Head Food Service Employee from the elementary school, were in attendance to speak to the issue. Many of our students go hungry throughout the morning, not able for whatever reason to eat a good breakfast before they come to school. A “Grab and Go” format during milk break time would be used to start the program. M/S/Bramstedt/Seifert to have the administrative team pursue the grant to start a “Grab-and-Go” program at the elementary school.
Roll Call Vote Taken: Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Pribek/Yes, Mauer/Yes, Bigler/Abstain, Bramstedt/Yes, Thimmig/Yes. Motion Carried 6/Yes & 1/abstention

M/S/Thimmig/Geise to Adjourn Into Executive Session per Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c)(f) to Consider Performance Evaluation Data and Giving Preliminary Consideration to a Specific Personnel Problem Involving an Employee of the School District and 19.85(1)(e) to Hear a Grievance from the Sheboygan Falls Faculty Association. Roll Call Vote taken. Thimmig/yes, Bramstedt/yes, Bigler/yes, Mauer/yes, Pribek/yes, Seifert/yes, Geise/yes Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Thimmig to return to open session. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Bramstedt to extend to Dave Wessel the health and dental benefits per his contract, contingent upon Dave’s retirement on June 30, 2011. A roll call vote was taken. Thimmig/yes, Bigler/yes, Geise/yes, Bramstedt/yes, Seifert/no, Pribek/yes, Mauer/yes. Motion Carried 6/Yes & 1/No.

M/S/Geise/Thimmig to adjourn. Motion carried Unanimously.

Adjournment @ 10:15 P.M.

Minutes taken by Audrey L. Sager, Board Secretary.

Approved by the Board of Education on February 15, 2010.

Greg Pribek, Board Clerk