Regular Meeting Minutes – January 24, 2011




JANUARY 24, 2011

6:30 P.M.

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

This scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, January 24, 2011, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School after the regularly scheduled board meeting was postponed on Monday, January 17th due to weather.  Board President, John Mauer, called the meeting to order at 6:31 P.M.

Present:           Mr. John Mauer, President

Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President

Mr. Christopher Lacey, Treasurer

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mrs. Sandy Seifert, Clerk Pro-Tem

Mr. Peter Geise

Mrs. Linda Adams

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary

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

M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the minutes of December 20, 2010 Board Meeting as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Bigler/Geise to approve the accounts for December, 2010, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for December, 2010, were $2,641,993.55.  Receipts for December, 2010, were $2,728,837.88.

Administrative Reports:

District/Dave Wessel:  Dave attended the legislative breakfast last Monday and reported that the Regional Planning Initiative participants have put together specific recommendations that they assembled which address funding issues.  Dave handed out a copy of the recommendations and Sandy Seifert added that the last page incorporated a resolution. Board and administrators were asked to read the publication.  Sandy Seifert also requested that Dave Wessel supply the Full Board with a copy of the Legislative Breakfast subcommittee reports.  The health insurance study committee will be meeting next week.

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.

Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, was recently awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations certification by the Association for School Business Officials International.

Committee Reports:

Personnel/Mauer/Bramstedt/Seifert: Met today and items will be discussed later in executive session.

Public Relations/Seifert/Geise/Adams:  Meeting January 27th.

Policy/Bramstedt/Mauer:  Will be addressed later in the agenda.

Finance/Bigler/Lacey/Geise:  Met and it was reported that Mary Blaha is getting started with the budget for next year.

Facilities/Bigler/Lacey/Adams: The newly formed task force committee had its “kick-off” meeting last Tuesday and will be meeting again tomorrow, Tuesday, January 25th, in the cafeteria with the selected facilitator.  The committee hopes to report back to the board around the end of March.

Rec Board/Seifert:  Dave attended the meeting and the discussion focused on the rescinded weight room fee and the increased recreation department fees.  The next Rec Board meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2011.

CESA #7/Bigler: Nothing to report.

WASB/Seifert/Adams: Sandy contacted the WASB expressing interest in an advisory group they are forming which would be a good opportunity for input at the state level, all board members were encouraged to participate.

Legislative/Wessel: Covered in Dave’s District Report above.

Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Geise: Nothing new to report.

H.S. Site Council/Bramstedt/Phelps:  Met and brought in three new parents and two students, each representing different grade levels.  Discussion included research in playing music during passing periods in the halls.

M.S. Site Council/Seifert/Markofski:  Did not meet in January.

Elem. Site Council/Bigler/Manning: Talked about character posters- Above the line/Below the line and themes.  A composite of all school pictures is in the hall right outside the office.

Bernard McKichan, High School German teacher, is requesting to escort nine of our high school German students to Germany next summer, on or about June 10-30, 2011.  M/S/Seifert/Bigler to approve the trip to Germany next June, 2011 as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

Ken Liebenstein, High School Fishing Club Advisor, is requesting the board’s approval of the annual summer fishing club trip to Ontario, Canada, July 15-23, 2011.  M/S/Bigler/Seifert to approve the fishing club trip to Canada next July, 2011 as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Lacey to approve the final reading of Open Enrollment Policy Updates as presented.  Motion carried Unanimously.

M/S/Lacey/Seifert to approve the first reading of the NEOLA Policy Updates, with the exception of 1213, 3213, 4213, 5330, 5500, 7540, 7540.03, 7540.04, and 7540.05, as presented.  Motion carried Unanimously.

Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, reported on the 2011-2012 preliminary budget.

M/S/Bramstedt/Adams to Adjourn Into Executive Session Per Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(c),(e),(f), to Discuss/Review status of Superintendent Search Process. Preliminary consideration of a specific personnel issue involving an employee of the School District. Preliminary discussion of 2011-12 staffing levels and individual teaching assignments. A roll call vote was taken. Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Lacey/Yes, Mauer/Yes, Bigler/Yes, Bramstedt/Yes, Adams/Yes.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

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

Return to open session.  No action taken.

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

Adjournment @ 9:59 P.M.

Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary

Approved by the Board of Education on February 21, 2011

Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk