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Regular Meeting Minutes – May 21, 2012

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF SHEBOYGAN FALLS

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

MAY 21, 2012

6:30 P.M.

 

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

 

Two high school students, Amy Zhang and Zoe Riebe, from Mr. Nikson’s Human Anatomy and Physiology Class, presented to the board a class project showing the correlation between education and learning a second language at an early age.

 

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, May 21, 2012, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School.  Board President, John Mauer, called the meeting to order at 6:31 P.M.

 

Present:           Mr. John Mauer, President

Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mrs. Linda Adams

Ms. Kari Riddell

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary
Absent:            Mr. Peter Geise

 

Roll call was taken with 5 board members present.

 

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

 

M/S/Adams/Bigler to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2012 Regular Board Meeting and the May 1, 2012, Special Board Meetings, as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the accounts for April, 2012, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for April, 2012, were $1,639,379.13.  Receipts for April, 2012, were $490,808.15.

 

Administrative Reports:

 

District/Jean Born:  Jean noted one retirement this year, Orben Mielke, Head Custodian at the high school.  He will retire officially on June 30, 2012.  We have hired a grant writer for the district and we are currently in the running for a $25,000 State Farm grant.  Discussed at legislative breakfast was investing in early childhood education and state poverty rates which continue to climb.  Representative Endsley visited the middle school on May 8th, where he toured several classrooms including special education areas.  End of Year banquet is June 4th, luncheon and awards program.

 

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

 

Item #14 moved to this portion of the board meeting with the board’s permission.

 

M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the gift of two additional basketball hoops for the high school gym from the Basketball Association and Athletic Booster Club, with gratitude and thanks.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to accept a gift from the Peter McNulty family to the Middle School Read 180 program, with gratitude and thanks.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

Committee Reports:

 

Personnel/Bramstedt/Adams: Met and discussed was the District Administrator’s evaluation and health insurance changes.

 

Public Relations/Adams/Geise: Next step will be to address the wording of “life coaches” in our vision/mission statement.
Policy/Mauer:  Will address later in the meeting.

 

Finance/Bigler/Geise:  Nothing to report.

 

Facilities/Bigler/Bramstedt/Mauer: Suggested that the full board meet to debrief on the recently held community workshops and discuss the next steps.

 

Rec Board/:  Nothing to report.

 

CESA #7/Bigler: Nothing to report.

 

WASB/Adams:  Addressed at legislative meeting was the No Child Left Behind waiver program, budget in the state, state graduation rates, and how property taxes are affected by schools who are under levying.

 

Legislative/Born:  Covered above.

 

Sheboygan Falls School Foundation/Geise:

 

Maureen Krueger, Roy Schwab and Kris Williams, elementary staff, presented to the board on their guided reading curriculum and how it develops readers. Maureen Krueger, Reading Specialist, recently received the Outstanding Service Award from the Wisconsin Title I Association for her outstanding efforts in the RLAP program.

Election of Officers took place.  Jean Born, District Administrator, temporarily chaired the meeting to ask for nominations for the office of School Board President.

 

Tom Bigler nominated John Mauer as School Board President.

No other nominations came forward.  Nominations closed.

There was a unanimous vote for John Mauer for School Board President.

 

President John Mauer took over the chair of the meeting.

 

Victoria Bramstedt nominated Tom Bigler as School Board Vice President.

No other nominations came forward.  Nominations closed.

There was a unanimous vote for Tom Bigler for School Board Vice President

 

Victoria Bramstedt nominated Peter Geise as School Board Treasurer.

Linda Adams nominated Kari Riddell as School Board Treasurer.

No other nominations came forward.  Nominations closed.

The board cast 3 votes for Peter Geise for School Board Treasurer.

 

Tom Bigler nominated Victoria Bramstedt as School Board Clerk.

No other nominations came forward.  Nominations closed.

There was a unanimous vote for Victoria Bramstedt for School Board Clerk.

 

Tom Bigler nominated Linda Adams as School Board Clerk Pro-Tem.

No other nominations came forward.  Nominations closed.

There was a unanimous vote for Linda Adams for School Board Clerk Pro-Tem.

 

M/S/Bramstedt/Adams that National Exchange Bank and Wisconsin Government Pool be appointed as the District Depository for the 2012-2013 school yearMotion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Bigler/Adams to continue with the Falls News as the official District newspaper for the 2012-2013 school years.  The board thanked Jeff Peterson and his staff for the great job that he continues to do for the district.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Adams/Bramstedt that we continue with Davis and Kuelthau as the official District legal firm for the 2012-2013 school year.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

Committee appointments were discussed and board members should contact John Mauer with their interest and he will finalize the appointments.
M/S/Bramstedt/Adams to approve the final reading of NEOLA Policies 3132,4132 Vacancies (Revised), 3425, 4425 Benefits (New), 3430, 4430 Leaves of Absences (Revised), 6510 Payroll Authorization (Revised), 3120.08 Employment of Personnel for Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular activities (Revised), 3131, 4131 Reductions in Staff (Revised), 3139, 4139 Staff Discipline (Revised), 3140, 4140 Termination, Non-Renewal and Resignation (Revised), 5410 Promotion, Placement, and Retention (Revised), 5112 Entrance Age (Revised).  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Adams/Bramstedt to approve the first reading of NEOLA Policies 3242 Professional Growth Requirements (Revised), Policy 3431/4431 Employees Leaves (New), Policy 3432/4432 Sick Leave (New), Policy 6520 Payroll Deductions (Revised), Policy 8320 Personnel Records (Revised), Policy 9700 Relations with Special Interest Groups (Revised).  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

Mary Blaha and Victoria Bramstedt, Personnel Committee Chair, presented to the board the health insurance changes for the 2012-2013 school year.  M/S/Adams/Riddell to approve the insurance changes for the 2012-2013 school year inclusive of the employees cost share of 11.44%.  After extensive discussion a vote was taken.  Bigler/No, Bramstedt/Yes, Riddell/No, Adams/Yes, Mauer/No. Motion Did Not Carry 3No/2Yes.  M/S/Bramstedt/Adams to approve the changes to the insurance plan that bring us to the 3% reduction.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Adams/Bigler to act on administrative recommendations concerning 78 open enrollment applications received from students who are requesting to attend school in Sheboygan Falls in the (NEXT) school year under Open Enrollment guidelines.  59 applications are approved pending receipt of requested special education records, special education cost estimates, and discipline records. 19 applications are denied, 6 denied special education, 6 denied no space-no waiting list, and 7 denied no space-but on a waiting list.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Adams/Bigler to approve administrative recommendations concerning the 125 applications received from students who are requesting to attend school in surrounding Districts in the (NEXT) school year under Open Enrollment guidelines.  All 125 applications are approved pending receipt of requested special education records, special education cost estimates, and discipline records.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

M/S/Bigler/Adams to approve the resignation of Graig Stone, Middle School Business Teacher, for the 2012-2013 school year, with regrets and gratitude.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

The board discussed the current vacancy left by the resignation of Chris Lacy in April.  The board discussed how to proceed in filling this position and the timeline involved.  It was decided that we will post the vacancy with a deadline of applications of June 11th in the district office and conduct a special board meeting on June 28th for the interviewing of candidates and selection of a candidate to fill the vacancy.

 

Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services, discussed the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 budgets.

 

M/S/Adams/Bramstedt to approve the Support Staff Handbook as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

 

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

 

Adjournment @ 10:03 P.M.

 

Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary

 

Approved by the Board of Education on June 18, 2012.

 

Linda Adams, Board Clerk Pro-Tem