RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, July 8, 2004
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Anderson, Limmex, Peach, Taylor, Nelson, Pronold, Pitts
Absent: Roske, Caraway
Admin:  Hoffman, Kaukl, Benson, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Mahoney
Others:  Karen Steindorf, Bev Smigielski, Herman Kaldenberg, Deb Miller, Tom Wermuth,
Bob Weinswig, 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.  Roske moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted there is a Leadership Academy on July 16-17 in Madison.  Registration deadline is July 13.

Public Hearing for the Establishment of a Charter School
Benson, along with Tom Wermuth and Bob Weinswig, outlined an executive summary narrative that will be submitted with a planning grant application for the possible establishment of a new charter school in the district.  It was noted that the district is not being petitioned by a parent group but rather the proposal comes from administration.  Benson outlined some “quick facts” related to the charter school proposal including a planning stage in 2004-05 and implementation for 2005-06.  The charter school would be fully funded by grant dollars except for teacher salary, which cannot come from grant dollars.  There will be a referral process for students to attend the charter school.

Wisconsin Virtual School/CESA #9
The Policy Committee is continuing to discuss the possibility of offering enrollment in a virtual school, through CESA #9, but River Valley would count these students in its enrollment.  Deb Miller, parent, spoke in favor of this idea since her children are currently attending a virtual school through Northern Ozaukee School District.  She would rather have them attend through River Valley and then they could participate in extra-curricular activities at River Valley as well.

School Fair Update
We are making great progress in obtaining donations for funding for the school fair on September 24, 2004.  The School Fair Committee will meet again on July 13.

Future Budget Forecast – Three Year Outlook
Projections remain the same as reported at the May 17, 2004, annual meeting.  There will be a Budget Committee meeting on August 12.

Consent Agenda
Limmex moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resignation of Director of Business and Support Services   
Limmex moved to approve the resignation of Jeff Mahoney as Director of Business and Support Services effective August 13, 2004.  Taylor seconded.  Benson thanked Jeff for his service and support during his tenure and wished him the best.  Motion carried with Peach opposed.

Consideration & Action on Charter School Grant Application
Taylor moved to adopt the executive summary for grant application for the new River Valley Arts Charter School.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Pitts moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation of Brenda Strozinsky as 80% Elementary Guidance Counselor.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on AODA Coordinator Hiring
It was noted that grant monies for the AODA Coordinator position are now at $50,000 which will allow a 100% full time position.  Pitts moved to hire Brenda Strozinsky as the 100% AODA Coordinator.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on School Nurse Hiring
Anderson moved to hire Marcia Creasey as the 100% School Nurse.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Pronold moved to hire Marquita Gilman as a High School Spanish Teacher pending her release from contract at Prairie du Chien School District.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to hire Colleen Riefke as the 80% Elementary Guidance Counselor.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Increase in SAGE Teacher from 75% to 100%
Peach moved to approve an increase in Lisa Bowen’s SAGE Teacher contract from 75% to 100%.  Taylor seconded.  This increase will be funded by an increase in SAGE grant monies.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution to Lay Off Educational Assistants for the Ensuing Year
Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution to Lay Off Educational Assistants for the Ensuring Year.  Limmex seconded.  Staff members affected by the lay off are Mary Kraemer (position eliminated), Janell Studnicka (position eliminated), and Stacy Burkhalter (2 hour reduction).  Roll call vote:

For the motion:  Nelson, Limmex, Pronold, Taylor, Anderson, Peach
Against the motion:  Pitts
Abstain:  N/A
Absent:  Caraway, Roske

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Employee Request for Leave of Absence
Limmex moved to approve a leave of absence for Lori Roberts, Plain Elementary Secretary, to work 4 days per week for the 2004-05 school year.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.  Elaine Drachenberg will fill in 1 day per week for 2004-05.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Policies
Taylor moved to approve the first reading of Policy #185 – Board Committees and #185-Rule - Roles of Board Committee Chairpersons and Delegates.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(f) and 120.13(1)(c) for the purpose of holding a student retention hearing and 19.85(1)(a) and 19.85(1)(f) for the purpose of deliberating and acting thereon
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:35 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(f) and 120.13(1)(c) for the purpose of holding a student retention hearing and 19.85(1)(a) and 19.85(1)(f) for the purpose of deliberating and acting thereon.  Pitts seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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