RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

                   

Board: Crowley, Taylor, Peach, Nelson, Cummings, Ferguson
Absent:  Pronold, Cates, Caraway
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Kaukl, Hegland, Hoffman, Palm-Leis, Kaukl
Others:  Sue Sadler, Marcia Creasey, David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)
 

Vice President Taylor opened the meeting in President Caraway’s absence.  She noted that the meeting had been properly noticed, and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member.  Crowley moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor asked that representatives be contacted to freeze sanctions imposed on schools that fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress until Congress authorizes No Child Left Behind and addresses the problems that are leading to failed Adequate Yearly Progress schools.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted a WASB conference for Board Presidents and Vice Presidents on July 18 and 19.  Taylor will be attending.

School Nurse Annual Report
Marcia Creasey summarized an annual report outlining school nurse services during 2007-08.

WKCE Student Standardized Test Score Results
Benson shared 2007-08 standardized test results and noted River Valley met Adequate Yearly Progress in all areas.  He noted a strong emphasis on literacy in the coming school year. 

Public Comments/Open Forum
Taylor noted the funeral services for retired teacher, Julie Bruhn, and asked for her to be remembered as an outstanding teacher and positive influence on kids and adults as a mentor and role model teacher.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – June 2008; Open Session Meeting Minutes – June 17, 2008
Ferguson moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Ferguson moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Dawn Folland, Lone Rock Title I Teacher.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Christina Schoenwetter, 8th Grade Language Arts Teachers.  Crowley seconded.  Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Ferguson moved to hire Jenna Kuenster as the 8th Grade Math Teacher.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution to Lay Off Special Needs Assistant for Ensuing Year
Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution to Lay Off Special Needs Assistant, Jennifer Brown, for the Ensuing Year.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Policy Committee Recommendations
The Policy Committee noted consensus with weighted grades for advanced placement (AP) classes pending consensus of the high school staff.

Ferguson moved to approve the first reading of Policy #751.3 - Bus Rules and Regulations to reflect the name and contact information of our new transportation contractor, Lamers Bus Lines, and to add a statement regarding video cameras on buses and viewing of video by administration, bus management, and/or police authorities.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Establishment of Annual Meeting Date – Thursday, September 11
Crowley moved to establish the annual meeting date of Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. in the High School Little Theater, with the regular September Board meeting to follow.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration & Action on Adoption of Handbooks:  Staff, Athletic/Activity, Coaches, At-Risk, Special Education
Crowley moved to adopt the Elementary, Middle, and High School Staff Handbooks; the Special Education Handbook; Middle and High School Activities/Athletic Handbooks; and Coaches Handbook as presented.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of
Administrator Contracts
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:07 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts.  Crowley seconded.  Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 8:32 p.m.

Consideration & Action on 2008-09 Administrator Contracts
Crowley moved to reimburse up to $100 for a one time purchase of a cell phone for each administrator and $50 per month per administrator for service.  Cummings seconded.  Roll call vote:        

For the motion:  Taylor, Crowley, Cummings, Nelson
Against the motion:  Ferguson, Peach
Abstain:  N/A
Absent:  Cates, Caraway, Pronold

Polled vote was 4-2 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to approve a 3.8% salary/benefits package increase for administrators for 2008-09.  Ferguson seconded.  Roll call vote:

For the motion:  Taylor, Crowley, Cummings, Nelson, Ferguson
Against the motion:  Peach
Abstain:  N/A
Absent:  Cates, Caraway, Pronold

Polled vote was 5-1 in the affirmative with 3 absent.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

08/27/08 pw