Regular Meeting Minutes – September 17, 2012




Monday, September 17, 2012

6:30 P.M.


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

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, September 17, 2012, in the High School Library at Sheboygan Falls High School.  Board President, John Mauer, called the meeting to order at 6:33 P.M.


Present:           Mr. John Mauer, President
Mr. Tom Bigler, Vice President

Mr. Peter Geise, Treasurer

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mrs. Linda Adams, Clerk Pro-Tem

Mr. Steve Aykens

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary

Roll call was taken with 6 board members present.


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


M/S/Geise/Bigler to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2012 Regular Board Meeting and the August 21, 2012 and August 27, 2012, Special Board Meetings, as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Bramstedt/Geise to approve the accounts for August, 2012, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for August, 2012, were $1,109,550.32.  Receipts for August, 2012, were $293,525.71.


John Mauer announced the resignation of Kari Riddell from the Sheboygan Falls school board.

Administrative Reports:


District/Jean Born:  Legislative Breakfast this morning.  A judge recently issued an opinion on Act 10 collective bargaining that has caused some discussion on state and national levels.  Jean will be gone this week to state convention and more discussion will be held on this ruling at convention.  Some topics discussed were fair funding for schools, ACT Proposal by Tony Evers, state budget surplus, and the work force development group.

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.


Committee Reports:


Personnel…Geise/Adams.. Met and discussed the district administrator evaluation tool and 2012-2013 compensation plans.

Public Relations…Adams/Geise/Aykens.. Will discuss later in the meeting.

Policy…Mauer/Bigler.. Met and reviewed revised NEOLA policies.

Finance…Bramstedt/Mauer.. Met and discussed cash flow, procurement cards, and reviewed the status of the 2012-2013 budget.

Facilities…Bigler/Bramstedt.. Nothing to report, will address later in the meeting.


Recreation Board…Nothing to report.

CESA #7…Bigler.. Nothing to report.

Legislative/WASB…Adams.. Nothing to report.


School Foundation/Geise.. Met and discussed the umbrella structure for organizations which may expand to other groups to help with the coordination and prioritization for soliciting funds.


Doreen Dembski, CESA 6 Director of Communications and Public Relations for school districts, presented to the board a proposal she has put together for next steps as a result of the communication and school public relations needs of our district.  M/S/Adams/Geise to the complete the proposal, amending from Part 1 to ALL parts of the proposal, and put into action as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  The public relations committee will evaluate each step before moving to the next, as three separate payments will be made over time.


M/S/Geise/Bramstedt to approve the contract for Janet Brandt, High School Business Education Teacher, as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mary Lofy, Director of Instruction, presented to the board on the School District Safety Plan.


M/S/Geise/Bigler to accept the gifts of $192.00 to the Elementary School from St. Paul Lutheran Church for their Hunger Project for purchasing winter outerwear, school supplies and food, and a book, A Home of Their Own: The Story of Ohio’s Greatest Orphanage, donated to the High School Library from Ed Michael, on the orphanage he grew up in, with gratitude and thanks.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


The board continued their discussions as it relates to facilities planning.  Discussion centered around visiting two schools built within the last decade to see what those districts got for their dollars spent and see what they like and what they might do different given the chance.  The board decided that while they wait for the results of the survey to come in, the facilities committee will develop the criteria of what kind of schools they want to see and a potential list of possible schools to visit.


M/S/Adams/Bramstedt to approve the change of the October board meeting from October 15th to October 22nd to provide more time to finalize the budget.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Geise/Aykens to approve the resolution approving a line of credit for $1,400,000 for cash flow needs.  For the past several years, we have opted for a line of credit for short term borrowing needs.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


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


Adjournment @ 8:46 P.M.


Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary


Approved by the Board of Education on October 22, 2012.


Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk