Regular Meeting Minutes – February 15, 2010

FEBRUARY 15, 2010
6:30 P.M.

The Sheboygan Falls High School Flute Choir performed for the Board.

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, February 15, 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. Steve Thimmig, Treasurer
Mr. Greg Pribek, Clerk
Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk Pro-Tem
Mrs. Sandy Seifert
Mr. Peter Geise
Mrs. Audrey Sager, Board Secretary

Excused: Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President

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

M/S/Bramstedt/Thimmig to approve the minutes of the January 18, 2010 Board Meeting as printed. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Bramstedt/Geise to approve the accounts for January, 2010 as prepared. Motion Carried Unanimously. Expenditures for January were $1,512,765.11. Receipts for January were $2,542,271.12.

Administrative Reports:

District/Dave Wessel: We will be interviewing High School Principal candidates over the next two nights. Finalists will be recommended to the Board for their final selection on March 3rd.

The founder of School Perceptions met today with administration and several Board members. They met to review the process that will be taken to engage the community for their input in our future plans for the District. A community survey would cost us approximately $10,000. Vicky Bramstedt will be the Board representative on this project.

Dr. Bud Pulaski, High School Principal; Luke Goral, Associate High School Principal/Athletic Director; 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.

Vicky Bramstedt temporarily left the meeting to attend a portion of the High School Band Concert.

Committee Reports:

Personnel/Mauer/Thimmig/Bramstedt: We now have a voluntary settlement with the Sheboygan Falls Faculty Association. Preliminary discussion with administrators regarding salary for next year has taken place. Soon we will be exchanging proposals with the Support Staff Association. Vicky Bramstedt, Peter Geise and Sandy Seifert will be the Board Representatives on the Bargaining Committee.

Policy/Pribek/Bramstedt: The committee met last Wednesday. Dave Wessel gave a brief review of several policies that will receive a first reading at our March meeting.

Facilities/Bigler/Pribek: Requests for bids to complete a Feasibility Study for the District were sent to 6 architectural firms.

Rec Board/Seifert: They will meet on Wednesday evening. One item that will be discussed is Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” program.

Legislative/Wessel: Dave Wessel gave a short synopsis of discussion from today’s Legislative Breakfast. We still are not sure if Wisconsin will receive funding for “Race to the Top”.

H.S. Site Council/Bramstedt/Pulaski: The Tech Fair took place.

M.S. Site Council/Seifert/Markofski: The Breakfast Survey results were reviewed. Questions for the parents’ survey were revised. Details for “Sneak-a-Peek”, music fundraisers and recycling were discussed.

John Mehan, representative from R.W. Baird, was in attendance to review the final pricing for the Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds. M/S/Geise/Seifert to approve the Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of $740,000 Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds. Motion Carried Unanimously. (Copy attached)

M/S/Seifert/Thimmig to approve the FBLA Fundraiser to be held on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Thimmig/Seifert to approve the Fishing Club trip to Canada. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Jen Cathey, Middle School Teacher and Shania Mayer, M.S. FBLA student, were in attendance to request permission for several middle school students to attend the FBLA state conference. M/S/Seifert/Thimmig to approve Middle School FBLA to attend and participate in the state conference. Motion Carried Unanimously.

The Board reviewed the summary of the 2009-2011 agreement with the Faculty Association. M/S/Geise/Thimmig to approve the 2009 – 2011 Master Agreement with the Sheboygan Falls Faculty Association. A roll call vote was taken: Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Pribek/Abstain, Mauer/Yes, and Thimmig/Yes. Motion Carried 4/Yes and 1/Abstention.

M/S/Thimmig/Geise to accept the letters of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Audrey Sager, Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator/Board Secretary and Dave Wessel, District Administrator, with gratitude and thanks.

Vicky Bramstedt rejoined the meeting.

Discussion took place regarding the posting and replacement of Ms. Sager’s position and Mr. Wessel’s position. Roll Call Vote Taken. Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Pribek/Yes, Mauer/Yes, Bramstedt/Yes, Thimmig/Yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.

The bleachers in the high school gymnasium will be renovated to make them handicapped accessible. M/S/Seifert/Pribek to approve the bleacher bid from Gym Boys as presented. Gratitude to the Booster Club for committing to pay for ½ of the cost of this project. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Bramstedt/Geise to approve NEOLA Policies #7550/Joint Use of Facilities/Inter-Library Loans and #9130/Public Requests, Suggestions or Complaints as recommended by the Policy Committee. This is the first reading of these policies. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Mary A. Blaha, Director of Business Services, reviewed proposed changes to the 2009-2010 budget. M/S/Geise/Seifert to approve the changes to the 2009-2010 budget as presented. (Copy attached) Motion Carried Unanimously.

The 2009-2010 Board Goals were reviewed. We need to come up with a process for creating measurable goals. Creation of Board Goals should take place in August before the start of school, as these are what administration uses to create their individual building goals. This will be the agenda item for a first Monday meeting in either March or April.

We received a petition from Mr. Kip Ertel who lives at N6406 Woodland Road to detach his property from the Sheboygan School District and attach to the School District of Sheboygan Falls. Mr. Ertel has since rescinded his request but it is required by law that once received, the petition must come before the Boards of both Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls for their review and decision. M/S/Pribek/Seifert to deny the request from Mr. Kip Ertel to attach his property to the School District of Sheboygan Falls. Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Seifert/Pribek to adjourn. Motion Carried Unanimously.

Adjournment @ 8:38 p.m.

Minutes taken by Audrey L. Sager, Board Secretary.

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

Greg Pribek, Board Clerk