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Regular Meeting Minutes – April 18, 2011




APRIL 18, 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, March 28, 2011, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School.  Board Vice-President, Tom Bigler, called the meeting to order at 6:30 P.M.


Present:           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


Absent:            Mr. John Mauer, President


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


M/S/Geise/Lacey to approve the minutes of March 28, 2011 Board Meeting as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Lacey/Seifert to approve the accounts for March, 2011, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for March, 2011, were $1,514,726.83.  Receipts for March, 2011, were $2,755,838.46.


Administrative Reports:


John Phelps, High School Principal; Meloney Markofski, Middle School Principal; and Jean Born, Director of Instruction gave their monthly reports to the Board.  Kellie Manning, Elementary School Principal; and Ann Roy, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services’ reports were included in the board packets.


Committee Reports:


Personnel/Mauer/Bramstedt/Seifert: Nothing to report.


Public Relations/Seifert/Geise/Adams:  Will set up a meeting for next week.


Policy/Bramstedt/Mauer:  Nothing to report.


Finance/Bigler/Lacey/Geise:  Met and discussed purchasing cards, new phone system of which three options have been explored, and had an overview of the current and upcoming budgets.  Tom Bigler received a call from the city of Sheboygan Falls and they advised that they had monies available if we had energy projects we could implement and use the monies for.  Through work with Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, and Len Burzynski, Facilities Manager, they got quotes on new light fixtures in the aquatic center, changing the pump motors in the pool, and replacing the lights in the elementary gym. These three main projects will be what the monies will be used towards.  We would like to thank Joel Tauschek from the City of Sheboygan Falls for making us aware of these available monies.


Facilities/Bigler/Lacey/Adams: Met with Tony Klockow, Community Task Force Facilitator, who reported on the recent meeting and he will address the board later in the meeting.  Facility charges were also discussed.


Rec Board/Seifert:  Met last week and Fred Brown will report later in the meeting.


CESA #7/Bigler: Meeting on May 11th.


WASB/Seifert/Adams:  Tomorrow is the new board member regional meeting in New Holstein.  Sandy Seifert and Linda Adams will be attending and other members are invited to join them.


Legislative/Wessel: Met with the legislators this morning.  The governor’s budget bill is being thoroughly reviewed.  Expansion of the school choice and the Milwaukee voucher programs were also discussed.  The legislators expressed concern over the low numbers of attendees at the recent public meetings held throughout the state regarding finance.


Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Geise: Meeting on April 26th.  Possible discussion will include: revalidate or redo the mission or objective of the foundation.


H.S. Site Council/Bramstedt/Phelps: Meeting with Bemis next week regarding the recycling project we will be joining in on.  Report on the no shoe to school day.  Talked about school safety and trying to implement the one door entrance open into the school starting next school year.  Also that door will be monitored by staff.  School beautification was also addressed.


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


Elem. Site Council/Bigler/Manning: Kellie was absent and unable to report.


Tony Klockow, Community Task Force Facilitator, and Members of the Community Task Force presented a project report which details the findings from the recent Community Task Force which was formed to study the current facilities and our needs for the future.  The task force met a total of 10 times over a period of 3 months. The committee also toured all three schools as part of the study. The committee came up with suggestions and options needing the move forward.  Overall, the findings of the task force support the findings of the recent EUA study that was done.  Board members had time to ask committee members and Tony questions that they had as a follow-up.


M/S/Seifert/Geise to approve the gift of $2000 to the Sheboygan Falls Aquatic Center from the Jaycees as presented with thanks.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Fred Brown, Recreation and Aquatic Director, gave his Recreation Department Annual Report.  Rate increases for the programs was the biggest change this year.  Fred shared participation numbers within the programs that are currently offered this year and how they compare to last year’s numbers.


The Administrative Team presented to the Board the district Organizational Chart. The organizational chart was tabled until the May meeting for approval as they will be looking into a couple areas of question.


M/S/Adams/Seifert to accept the resignations of Laurel Joa, Part-time Elementary Art Teacher, and Aaron Bray, Middle School Chinese Teacher, with thanks for their service to the district.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, presented to the board the proposed changes to the breakfast/lunch/milk prices for the 2011-2012 school year.  M/S/Seifert/Bramstedt to approve the increases in the 2011-2012 breakfast/lunch/milk prices as presented.  A roll call vote was taken. Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Lacey/Yes, Bigler/Abstain, Bramstedt/Yes, Adams/Yes.  Motion Carried 5/Yes, 1/Abstain.


Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, presented the 2011-2012 budget.


M/S/Bramstedt/Adams to Adjourn into Executive Session per Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c)(f) to discuss possible 2011-2012 staffing levels and to further develop a negotiating strategy with respect to the impact of the Budget Repair Bill on School District Collective Bargaining Contracts.  A roll call vote was taken. Geise/Yes, Seifert/Yes, Lacey/Yes, Bigler/Yes, Bramstedt/Yes, Adams/Yes.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


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


Return to open session. No Action Taken.


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


Adjournment @ 9:46 P.M.


Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary


Approved by the Board of Education on May 16, 2011


Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk