RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 14, 2005
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Nelson, Pitts, Pronold, Taylor, Roske, Limmex, Peach, Anderson, Caraway
Absent: N/A
Admin:  Benson, Hayek, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Hoffman
Others:  Karen Steindorf, Julie Kuhse, Warren Hoyer, David Giffey (Home News), Aaron Joyce (WRCO), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

Anderson opened the meeting.  He noted that the meeting had been properly noticed and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member.  Peach moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson stated there is a WASB conference on May 6 regarding retiree benefits as well as the 2005 Spring Academies on May 7 and 14.  On May 16 there is a distance learning presentation regarding employee relations.

Legislative Update
Taylor gave an update on legislative matters.  A new version of TABOR will be introduced by Representative Frank Lasee on April 15.  An executive session of the Assembly Education Committee will be held on April 19.

Student Council Report
Kaukl noted that the student council will sponsor a play in early May.  There is a plan to hold more dances after home athletic events.  An AODA grant-funded assembly was held earlier this evening which addressed sex and drugs and positive student choices.

Discuss Possibility of Community Survey
There was a follow-up conversation to the April 4 discussion of a possible electronic/Internet-based community survey to be conducted by “School Perceptions,” an independent consultant.  The survey would be an initial step in determining the community’s support for specific programs and services.  A tentative timeline is to conduct the survey in September or October 2005, followed by public hearings to discuss the findings.  Dollar savings from docked pay of some employees might be used to fund the survey which would cost between $5,000 and $6,000.  Some concerns were expressed over cost.  At the next meeting, the Board will be considering whether or not to conduct the survey.

Board Members to Hand Out Diplomas at Graduation – June 3, 2005
Kaukl extended an invitation for all Board members to be present at graduation.  Several Board members volunteered to hand out diplomas.  Kaukl will confirm with the Board members.

Ad Hoc School Forest Committee Update
The Committee met prior to the Board meeting and recommends that the Board sell the 64-acre school forest property north of Arena to the DNR.  The district will post a Class 2 notice prior to taking action on the sale of this or other school forest property, which gives a two-week advance notice to the public of the Board’s consideration of a sale.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Authorizing the Borrowing of $5,435,000; Providing for the Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Refunding Bonds Therefor; and Levying a Tax in Connection Therewith
Carol Wirth, RBC Dain Rauscher, made a presentation to the Board regarding the refinancing of the district’s 1998 bond for a savings of $150,756.  The purpose of the refinancing is to save debt service tax levy dollars and to neutralize the tax impact of opening a district Fund 80 account.  Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Authorizing the Borrowing of $5,435,000; Providing for the Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Refunding Bonds Therefor; and Levying a Tax in Connection Therewith.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

There was a short break from 8:50 to 9:00 p.m.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – March 2005; Open Session Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2005
Peach moved to accept the consent agenda items as submitted.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Conference for Preliminary Notice of English Teacher (50% Position) Layoff
No conference requested.  No discussion.

Consideration & Action on English Teacher (50% Position) Layoff
Limmex moved to approve the layoff of Dede Holverson, 50% High School English Teacher.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Addition of High School CD Teacher Position
Limmex moved to approve the addition of a full time High School CD Teacher position.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of five small engines from MATC-Madison valued at $875 total to be used by the technology education department.  Pitts seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for
2005-07 RVEA and RVEST Collective Bargaining Updates and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts
Taylor moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:12 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA and RVEST Collective Bargaining Updates and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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