RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Anderson, Nelson, Pitts, Pronold, Taylor, Caraway, Roske, Limmex (arrived at 7:50 p.m.)
Absent: Peach
Admin:  Benson, Hoffman, Hayek, Kaukl, Briehl, Palm-Leis
Others:  Todd Miller, Misty Fredrick, Mike Fredrick, Barb Ferguson, Jillene Haas, Jeanene King, Cyndie Mark, Linda Kettner, Dan Kettner, Jamie Licht, Joyce Portz, Joannie Harrington, Debbie Stafford, Bridget Roberts, Shari Graffunder, Joanne Finn, Amy Peterson, Dee Swenson, Sue Sadler, Deb Miller, Jacky Graves, Cindy Haag, Sister Paulynn Instenes, Jason Hollenberger, Jan Anderson, Mike Miller, Tony Cavagnetto, Cindi Manske, Phil Manske, Julie Kuhse, Susan Kilmer, Dawn Goers, Jamie Haas, David Giffey (Home News), 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.  Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that the WASB Convention is being held in Milwaukee next week.  Taylor and Pitts will be attending.

Legislative Update
Taylor noted that the WASB is encouraging school board members and community members in Wisconsin to contact Governor Doyle’s Education Policy Advisor to ask for the Governor’s support of four education funding priorities:  1) Support a 2.5 percent increase in general equalization aids; 2) Support an increase in special education categorical aid to reimburse districts for 30 percent of their costs and provide an additional $5 million for high-cost special education services; 3) Support a $21.1 million increase in transportation aids to double the reimbursement rate for all districts and to provide a higher rate for districts transporting the farthest; and 4) Support increasing the current bilingual-bicultural aid program to reimburse districts for 30 percent of their costs.  Todd Miller noted there are postcards available that can be sent to the Governor for the same purpose.  Miller also distributed a report from the “Institute for Wisconsin’s Future” entitled “Exposing the Wisconsin “Tax Hell” Hoax:  Why Spending Caps on State and Local Government are Wrong for Wisconsin.

Student Council Report
No student council representatives were present at the meeting.

Analysis of “Snowman” Bus Route
It was noted that the “snowman” bus route was reviewed by bus company management and school administration because of long ride times.  However, the decision was made by administration to not change the route at this time.

Review Administrative Recommendation for 2005-06 and 2006-07 Budget Cuts
The Board discussed an administrative budget deficit proposal for 2005-06 and 2006-07.  Benson noted that budget deficit projections are based on the status quo state funding and that TABOR or other legislative tax freeze measures could cause additional future deficits.  For 2005-06, administration reluctantly recommends $261,000 in program and staffing cuts and the use of $247,960 from fund balance.  The proposal for 2006-07 is to close an elementary school.  Benson pointed out that it is recommended that because of the reduction of one administrator in 2005-06, the remaining elementary principal position be an elementary director overseeing all four elementaries.  In addition, new student enrollment and high special education needs may require the hiring of an additional CD teacher at the high school for 2005-06.

There were specific comments and questions on some items listed as proposed budget cuts.  When asked about athletics, Benson noted that fees tripled for this year, the athletic budget was decreased by 10%, the majority of open enrollment applicants for this year stated that the threat of athletics was the reason for application, and the slight majority of respondents to a community survey said “don’t cut athletics.”

Administration is requesting that the Board take action at its February 10 meeting for 2005-06 budget deficit solutions and that future discussion will evolve around 2006-07 budget cuts, including debate over whether or not to close one elementary building.

Review of Policy #423 – Public School Open Enrollment
This policy is reviewed annually prior to the open enrollment application period.  It was noted that there were no recommended changes when reviewed by administration.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – December 2004; Open Session Meeting Minutes – December 6, 2004
Roske moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Ad Hoc School Forest Committee Recommendation
The Committee recommends the sale of parcel #16, split into four lots, of the Lone Rock School Forest #4 at $10,000 per lot.  Administration requests the use of a local real estate agency for the sale of these lots.  Limmex moved to give administration the authority to work with a local real estate agency to sell parcel #16, split into four lots, of the Lone Rock School Forest #4 at $10,000 per lot.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Taylor moved to adopt five separate Resolutions Accepting Gifts for a total of $1,100 to be deposited in Fund 21 to be used by needy students and their families as follows:  1) $100 from James and Kelly Phelps; 2) $100 from Derrick and Janet Gee; $500 from Keith and Mary Louise Symon; $300 from Big Hollow Bears 4-H Club; and $100 from Vi Finet.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on WASB Convention Resolutions
Pitts moved to direct Taylor to vote as she sees fit while attending the convention as the Board’s delegate.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and Superintendent Performance Evaluation
Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:00 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and Superintendent Performance Evaluation.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

03/10/08 pw