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Regular Meeting Minutes – November 15, 2010




NOVEMBER 15, 2010

6:30 P.M.

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

Peggy Heili addressed the board on the search for the new district administrator.  She and her husband, Mike Heili, were pleased with the search process and the selection of the current high school principal, John Phelps, and want to make sure that the same process is followed with the search for the upcoming superintendent as they were part of the committee that selected the current high school principal.  Committees consisting of community, parents, teachers, etc. should be considered.  A response to her questions will be prepared and posted on the website.

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, November 15, 2010, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School.  Board President John Mauer called the meeting to order at 6:41 P.M.

Present:           Mr. John Mauer, President

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mr. Christopher Lacey, Treasurer

Mrs. Sandy Seifert, Clerk Pro-Tem

Mr. Peter Geise

Mrs. Linda Adams

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary

Absent:            Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President

A roll call vote was taken.

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

M/S/Bramstedt/Lacey to approve the minutes of the October 25th, 2010 Regular Board Meeting as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Seifert to approve the accounts for October, 2010 as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for October, 2010 were $1,593,511.38.  Receipts for October, 2010 were $98,255.76.

Administrative Reports:

District/Dave Wessel: Fair Funding for the Future was rolled out today.  This is a plan presented by the state superintendent regarding funding which has been made a public issue.

John Phelps, 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.

Committee Reports

Personnel/Mauer/Bramstedt/Seifert: Met tonight, one issue will be addressed in executive session later tonight and another issue will be reported on later in the meeting as it is an agenda item.

Public Relations/Seifert/Geise/Adams: Continuing to work on the Framework for the Sheboygan Falls School district communications plan.

Policy/Mauer/Bramstedt: Item to be discussed later.

Finance/Bigler/Lacey/Geise: Meeting for this week was cancelled.

Facilities/Bigler/Lacey/Adams: Met tonight with the administration and wanted their perspective on the buildings incorporating the results of the feasibility study.  The feasibility study gave the board a good look at the community perspective.  The committee will look at a long range plan which will incorporate community members.

Rec Board/Seifert: Nothing to report.

CESA #7/Bigler:  Nothing to report.

WASB/Seifert/Adams: Did not report.

Legislative/Wessel: Met at UW Sheboygan and listened to a presented on the Wisconsin Way. Legislators were in attendance of which 3 members of the joint finance committee are from Sheboygan County.

Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Geise:  Peter Geise reported that work continues on invigorating the committee and the school involvement.

Site Councils:

Elementary:  Topic: The green space in front of the elementary school and how to properly maintain it continues to be an issue, with summer being especially hard to maintain that area.  Summer School courses will be offered to revamp that area with the help of the Master Gardeners club who will give guidance.

Middle School:  Met and discussed MAP training.  Brainstorming on the breakfast program as participation has been sporadic and not consistent.  Possible solutions and problem solving with site council’s help has improved this.

High School:  Did not meet again this month.

Jake Frohling, Middle School teacher and co-coach of junior varsity baseball, addressed the board with proposals of renovating the current baseball diamond and wanted the board to be informed.   A powerpoint of the current field conditions along with safety concerns were addressed, along with the plan the baseball association hopes to implement to improve the current overall condition. Members of the association will meet with administration, the athletic director, the recreation director, and the director of buildings and grounds before they proceed with their plan.

Ann Roy, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services, along with Laura Garofalo, English Language Tutor and Doriann Meicher, English Language Learner Teacher, presented on ELL programming and equal access for these students.  All districts have legal requirements to provide equal access for these students across the district as in the last 5 years our numbers have grown from 13 to 64 ELL students.

M/S/Bramstedt/Seifert to approve the first reading of Board Policy: State Tournament Attendance as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.

M/S/Lacey/Seifert to table the resolution to the December meeting as several board were uncomfortable signing off on this resolution without further information.  Motion carried unanimously.

Review of Technology Update that was provided at the November 1, 2010 Special Board Meeting.  Adams inquired into progress with an administrative directive for online course management, stating she had been told that was the appropriate format for handling the management of online courses. The board asked that she work with Jean Born on this issue.

M/S/Seifert/Geise to table the Facilities Vision Statement and Update on Follow-up to the Feasibility Study until the December Meeting.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Bramstedt/Seifert to approve the 2010-2012 master contract agreement with the Sheboygan Falls Educational Support Staff Association as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

John Mauer addressed the complications of the board receiving mail that comes to them unsigned.  The board will put together a statement on how to properly follow the chain of command in addressing issues that involve the board needing to react or act on items.  It is hard to respond to a letter when you do not know who wrote it.  Follow up is impossible.  A letter to the editor will be published by the board on how to properly address issues of concern.

M/S/Geise/Lacey to Adjourn Into Executive Session Per Wis. Stats. 19.85(c)(d)(e) to discuss Administrative Contracts, Preliminary Performance Review, and Possible Rollover of these Contracts.  Also discuss status and strategy in support staff collective bargaining, superintendent search and certain individual contract issues. A roll call vote was taken.  Mauer/yes, Bramstedt/yes, Lacey/yes, Seifert/yes, Geise/yes, Adams/yes. Motion Carried Unanimously.

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

Return to open session.  No action taken.

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

Adjournment @ 11:41 P.M.

Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary

Approved by the Board of Education on December 20, 2010

Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk