Regular Meeting Minutes – September 19, 2011




SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

6:30 P.M.


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

Baseball Coaches Ryan Fladvid and Jake Frohling, along with the 2011 varsity baseball state tournament team, came to the open forum upon the request of the board.  The board congratulated the team for a great season and the team passed along memorabilia and awards from the season.


This scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, September 19, 2011, 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. Christopher Lacey, Treasurer

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mr. Peter Geise

Mrs. Linda Adams

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary

Absent:            Mrs. Sandy Seifert, Clerk Pro-Tem


Roll call was taken.


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


M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the minutes of August 15, 2011 Regular Board Meeting and the August 16, 2011 Special Board Meeting as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Bigler/Adams to approve the accounts for August, 2011, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for August, 2011, were $1,241,770.44.  Receipts for August, 2011, were $2,611,586.45.


Administrative Reports:


District/Jean Born: The city and school district are looking into a couple storm sewer drain problems on the high school property.


Luke Goral, High School Principal; Meloney Markofski, Middle School Principal; Kellie Manning, Elementary School Principal; Ann Roy, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services; and Mary Lofy, Director of Instruction gave their monthly reports to the Board.


Committee Reports:


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


Public Relations/Adams/Seifert/Geise: Will report later in the agenda.


Policy/Lacey/Mauer:  Items #13 and 14 later in the agenda.


Finance/Bigler/Geise:  Nothing to report.


Facilities/Bigler/Bramstedt/Mauer: Will report later in the agenda.


Rec Board/Lacey:  Nothing to report.


CESA #7/Bigler: Nothing to report.


WASB/Seifert/Adams:  Nothing to report.


Legislative/Born: All the legislators were in attendance and informed members on updates including Read to Lead, Senate Bill 2 on Open Enrollment, Expansion to the Choice Bill, Assembly Bill 110 and Special Education vouchers, CPI wage increase, and  Senate Bill 159 prohibiting alcohol on school premises for students under 21.  There was not much information on the teacher evaluation piece given out at this point from the state.


Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Geise: Nothing to report.


The board discussed the role of a construction manager in the facilities exploration process.  Bob Vajgrt, from EUA, was in attendance to address the importance and role, along with the process of hiring, a construction manager as a costing resource.  The position will be filled through interviewing and checking credentials with the help of EUA, Eppstein Uhen Architects.  The biggest benefit is that when it comes to costing out projects, the manager has a much more accurate costing and it is definitely more accurate in the end.  All pieces would still be bid out.  The process of hiring a construction manager would be approximately an 8 week process.  M/S/Geise/Lacey to move ahead with preparing a RFP in securing a construction manager for the district.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Geise/Lacey to approve Sunday practices for the traveling basketball teams.  Motion Carried 5/1, Geise/Yes, Lacey/Yes, Mauer/Yes, Bramstedt/Yes, Adams/Yes, Bigler/No.


M/S/Bigler/Adams to approve the change of the October board meeting from October 17th to October 24th to provide more time to finalize the budget Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Geise/Adams to approve the 9 week waiver for Addison Edwards as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Geise/Bramstedt to approve the resolution approving a line of credit for $2,500,000 for cash flow needs.  This is the third year in a row we have opted for a line of credit for short term borrowing needs.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Adams/Lacey to approve the first reading and waive the second reading of the NEOLA policy #3340: Grievance Procedure for Professional Staff as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Adams/Geise to approve the first reading and waive the second reading of the NEOLA policy #4340: Grievance Procedure for Support Staff as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mary Lofy, Director of Instruction and Luke Goral, High School Principal, discussed the increase in the number of students taking the ACT test.  They also discussed the composite scores being reported.  Our district exceeded state levels in every area of the testing except in the area of reading.


The Public Relations Committee discussed a format to follow regarding press releases in the future.

The Public Relations Committee discussed the creation of a District mission and vision.


M/S/Geise/Lacey to approve the revision of the district organizational chart.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, approached the board on joining the Lakeshore Consortium for the purpose of food purchasing.  The consortium is currently made up of over 20 districts.  M/S/Geise/Lacey to approve the joining of the Lakeshore Consortium for the 2012-2013 school year as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Item #19 was skipped as there were no personnel decisions, contracts to approve or resignations to accept, at this time.


New Business:


M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to adjourn.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Adjournment @ 8:49 P.M.


Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary


Approved by the Board of Education on October 24, 2011


Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk