Regular Meeting Minutes – January 21, 2013




Monday, JANUARY 21, 2013

6:30 P.M.


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

Nicole Kuplic, 1136 Partridge Run, Carla Behling, 122 Menominee Drive, and Jay and Stacy Schreurs, 130 Crestwood Drive, all of Sheboygan Falls, addressed the board on the topics of spring break, the retention of and district ability to attract quality teachers, and the consistent interpretation of excused/unexcused absences in the district.  The board will follow-up with each concern individually.  The board then asked opinions of how to communicate topics better in our district.

This regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of Sheboygan Falls was held on Monday evening, January 21, 2013, 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. Peter Geise, Treasurer

Mrs. Victoria Bramstedt, Clerk

Mrs. Linda Adams, Clerk Pro-Tem

Mr. Steve Aykens

Mr. John Johnson

Mrs. Julie Hahn, Board Secretary
Roll call was taken with 7 board members present.


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


M/S/Bigler/Adams to approve the minutes of the December 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting and the minutes of the January 10th, January 14th, and January 17th, 2013, Special Board Meetings, as printed.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Bigler/Bramstedt to approve the accounts for December, 2012, as prepared.  Motion Carried Unanimously.  Expenditures for December, 2012, were $1,793,847.43.  Receipts for December, 2012, were $2,761,211.08.

Administrative Reports:


District/Jean Born: Topic discussions included:  School Vouchers, waiver to No Child Left Behind-math/science standards, school funding; education is one of the five state priorities, and the additional topics of medicare and small business committees.

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/Bramstedt.. Compensation/performance based strategy model is being addressed to maintain and attract the best teachers.


Public Relations…Adams/Geise/Aykens.. Met and are working, with the teachers/staff, on the vision and mission branding statement.


Policy…Mauer/Bigler.. Met and discussed NEOLA policies, will address later in the meeting.

Finance…Mauer/Johnson.. Will report later in the meeting.

Facilities…Bigler/Bramstedt… Will discuss later in the meeting.


Recreation Board…Nothing to report.  Meeting on Feb. 13th.

CESA #7…Bigler.. Nothing to report.

Legislative/WASB…Adams.. Nothing to report.


School Foundation/Geise.. Nothing new to report.

M/S/Geise/Bigler to approve the Final reading of NEOLA Policy 5113: Open Enrollment.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Johnson/Bigler to approve the First Reading of NEOLA Policies…Bylaw 0167.2 Closed Session (Revised), Policy 1422 Non Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity (New), Policy 2414 Human Growth and Development (Revised), Policy 3122/4122 Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity (Revised), Policy 3131/4131 Reduction in Staff (Revised), 3140 Termination, Non-Renewal and Resignation (Revised), Policy 3220 Staff Evaluation (Revised), Policy 3340/4340 Grievance Procedure (Revised), Policy 5630.01 Use of Restraint and Seclusion with Students (New), Policy 6320 Purchasing (Revised), Policy 8141 Required Reporting of Staff Conduct (New), Policy 8210 School Calendar, Policy 8330 Student Records (Revised), Policy 8405 Environmental Health and Safety Program (Revised), Policy 8462 Student Abuse and Neglect (Revised), Policy 8500 Food Service (Revised), Policy 8540 Vending Machines (Revised), Policy 9160 Public Attendance at School Events (Revised).  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Aykens to approve the resignation of Gwen Pribek, High School Mathematics Teacher, as presented with regrets and gratitude, upon payment of the contractual liquidated damage fee of $805.00.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

Jean Born informed the board that a long-term substitute has been secured for the high school mathematics opening that will occur.
M/S/Geise/Adams to accept to accept the retirement letters from Anne Bilgo, Speech and Language Pathologist, Judith Hittman, Grade 5 Teacher and Kristine Williams, Grade 1/2 Teacher, as presented.   Motion Carried Unanimously.


Personnel Committee showed interest in conducting exit interviews with the retiring teachers seeking feedback on how the board is doing in regard to their role in the district.


Under Act 114 and BOE Policy 5113, school boards must determine the number of available spaces for regular and special education open enrollment students at their January board meeting.  M/S/Adams/Geise to approve 12 spaces for 4K, 5 for 5K, 10 for Grade 1, 9 for Grade 2, 8 for Grade 3, 5 for Grade 4, 14 for Grade 5, 3 for Grade 6, 0 for Grade 7, 0 for Grade 8, 10 for Grade 9, 10 for Grade 10, 10 for Grade 11, 10 for Grade 12, 0 special education spaces for Grades 4K – 12, and 2 special education spaces for EC (early Childhood/4 year old), for the 2013-2014 school year.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

The Personnel Committee has been working on compensation for the professional staff employees and at this time are not ready for board approval.


M/S/Adams/Aykens to accept the donation of $1000 to the Finance Park Program from F.K. Bemis Family Foundation, with thanks.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Geise/Johnson to accept the donation of $3,493.05 toward maintenance of the weight room in the High School from The Athletic Booster/Falcon Fit Clubs, with thanks.  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 26 – August 3, 2013.  M/S/Geise/Adams to approve the fishing club trip to Canada next July, 2013 as presented.  Motion Carried Unanimously.

M/S/Geise/Bramstedt to approve the proposed changes to the 2012-2013 budgets as presented by Mary Blaha, Director of Business Services.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


Mary Blaha also provided information for discussions regarding the upcoming 2013-2014 budget.

M/S/Geise/Adams to approve the contract between the School District of Sheboygan Falls and C G Schmidt, Inc.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


The Board of Education will need to officially approve the resolution that will appear on the ballot for the spring election on April 2, 2013.  The deadline for this wording, which has to be to the county clerk’s office, is Tuesday, January 22, 2013.  M/S/Bramstedt/Bigler to approve the Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in An Amount Not to Exceed $33,800,000.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


M/S/Bramstedt/Bigler to approve the Resolution providing for a Referendum Election on the question of the approval of an Initial Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $33,800,000.  Motion Carried Unanimously.


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


The meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.


Minutes taken by Julie M. Hahn, Board Secretary


Approved by the Board of Education on February 18, 2013.


Victoria Bramstedt, Board Clerk