RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Anderson, Caraway, Limmex, Peach, Taylor, Roske, Nelson, Pronold
Absent:  Pitts
Admin:  Hoffman, Richardson, Kaukl, Benson, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Mahoney (left at 8:00 p.m.)
Others:  Pat Mahoney, Kathy Peetz, Herman Kaldenberg, 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
No discussion.

 

Student Council Report
No discussion.

District Test Results - WKCE and WRCT
Benson provided an overview of 2003-04 WKCE 4th, 8th, and 10th grade test results and WRCT 3rd grade reading test results.  It was noted that River Valley performed at or above the state average for proficient and advanced (the two highest levels) in all test categories at all grade levels.  The Board was shown how to access the DPI “WINSS” website to compile reports using test data from the current year and prior years and to compare River Valley to other districts.

 Seat Committee and Set School Forest Ad Hoc Meeting Date
Anderson, Caraway, Roske, and Pronold expressed interest in serving on this ad hoc committee.  Mark Strozinsky and Mike Miller, high school science teachers, will also be on this committee.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School Library.  The public is welcome to attend.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) Update
January is the next legislative session regarding TABOR.  The Board was encouraged to talk individually with legislators to not support this bill.  Benson circulated information from the annual meeting document that shows the negative local impact of TABOR on the school district.

Public Charter School Program Sub-Grant (Initial Start-Up Grant)
There was discussion about the possibility of applying for a charter school grant which would be a funding source for alternative education instruction starting in 2005-06.  The initial charter school concept includes an emphasis in the area of the arts.

Set Policy Committee Meeting Date
A meeting was set for Thursday, July 8, at 6:45 p.m. in the Central Office.

Consent Agenda
Roske moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on GEDO #2 Application to Establish Program
MATC will no longer use River Valley as a GED/HSED site.  Therefore, we want to apply to DPI to offer instruction using our own staff under a GEDO #2 program.  Testing would be done at MATC and students would earn a regular River Valley diploma.  Limmex moved to approve a GEDO #2 program at River Valley for 2004-05.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration & Action on Teacher Resignations
Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Resignation of Jill Prechel.  Limmex seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Resignation of Susan Tatar.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Taylor moved to hire Danielle Herbrand as a high school math teacher.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Anderson moved to hire Rebecca Miller as a 50% high school English teacher.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of paint and primer valued at $350 from Four Way Auto Body to the manufacturing class for 31 plant stands and 25 tables.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a $400 donation from the Spring Green Lions Club to the VICA Club.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Caraway moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of 2 computers valued at $1,000 total from the Farm Service Agency to the Spring Green Elementary.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of New and Revised Policies
Taylor moved to approve the second reading of Policy #722.5 – Sudden Death or Suicide (Prevention and Response).  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
Limmex moved to approve a 2003-04 budget change to add $20,000 for monies received from a Tobacco Grant.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve a budget transfer of a portion of Fund 49 to Fund 10 for 2003-04 in the amount of $205,000 with the remaining $139,755 to be transferred in 2004-05.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried with Limmex opposed.

Caraway moved to approve a copier lease and maintenance agreement with Gordon Flesch in the amount of $51,626.40.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to approve closed session meeting minutes
Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:50 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) and (f) to approve closed session meeting minutes.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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