RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.        

Board: Crowley, Taylor, Pronold, Cates, Caraway, Nelson, Cummings, Ferguson
Absent:  Peach
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Kaukl, Radtke, Hegland
Others:  Linda Kettner, Jamie Haas, David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

President Caraway 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.  Crowley moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor provided an update noting that Senator Dale Schultz is now on the bandwagon to do something with school funding.  Governor Doyle used his line item veto to eliminate the proposed $125 million increase in delayed general school aid payments.  He also eliminated the provision that would have protected general and categorical aids from any cuts as the state seeks to close its $652 million budget deficit for the 2007-09 biennium.  The final budget adjustment bill also includes a policy item that will allow districts currently phasing in four-year-old kindergarten programs to have until the 2013-14 school year to make them universal as opposed to the September 1, 2008, cut off date required by the state superintendent.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted a July 18 and 19 conference for Presidents and Vice Presidents.  The WASB Convention will be held in Milwaukee in January.

2008-09 Event Dates
The following event dates have been set for 2008-09:  Homecoming/School Fair, Friday, October 3, 2008; Scholarship Awards Night, Wednesday, May 20, 2009; and High School Graduation, Friday, May 29, 2009.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Two student surveys will be conducted in the fall to gain information on healthy and unhealthy choices being made by students.  One survey will be for 6th-8th grade students and one for 9th-12th grade students.  The surveys will be created by pulling questions from a list of potential questions provided by the DPI.  Some sensitive questions will be included in the survey (regarding alcohol and drug use, sexual activity, suicide ideation, etc.) and a parent letter will be sent home in advance of the survey.

Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing to Replace Two Vacated Positions
A new position of Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing will be created using funds from two vacated positions—Teacher Assistant with Signing Skills and Signing Interpreter—that will not be replaced due to changes in student needs, enrollment, and overall program changes.

Public Comments/Open Forum
There were several comments regarding the district’s role in the recent relief efforts for flood victims in our area and the cancellation of the last days of school.  Board members commended administration and staff on their response to the flooding. 

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – May 2008; Open Session Meeting Minutes – May 12, 2008
Taylor moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Crowley seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Multiage Classroom Model at Elementary Schools to Include SAGE Compliance and Possibly Hiring Additional Staff
Pronold moved to approve the administrative recommendation to utilize one teacher from grade 2 and one from grade 3 at Spring Green Elementary to have two multiage classrooms for grades 2 and 3 for 2008-09 and to move forward with a special needs assistant layoff and hire an instructional assistant to work in these two multiage classrooms.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Board Committee Assignments
Ferguson moved to approve the Board committee assignments as proposed by President Caraway with no changes from last year.  Crowley seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Jacob Gehrke, 8th Grade Math Teacher.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
The Budget Committee recommended a 25 cent per meal lunch price increase.  Cates moved to approve lunch prices for 2008-09 as follows:  K-5, $2.50; 6-12, $2.75; and adult, $3.50.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

The Budget Committee recommended a pavement project which includes the Spring Green Elementary circle drive pavement removal and replacement.  Crowley moved to approve the pavement removal and replacement at Spring Green Elementary circle drive at a cost of $33,212.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of 5 Gateway Laptops from the United States Department of Agriculture to the district technology department valued at $1,520 each for a total value of $7,600.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $75.00 to Fund 21 from Sue Quale for the Creative Kids Lighthouse Summer Workshop.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of electrodes valued at $400 from Ed Jedlicka to the high school tech. ed. department.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Adoption of Student Handbooks
Changes to the middle school student handbook were outlined to include detailed language additions under the dress code section.  Crowley moved to adopt changes to the middle school student handbook.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Changes to the elementary student handbook were outlined to include the addition of AODA policies.  Pronold moved to adopt changes to the elementary student handbook.  Crowley seconded.  Motion carried.

Changes to the high school student handbook were outlined to include reference to Wisconsin Comprehensive Counseling Guidelines.  Pronold moved to adopt changes to the high school student handbook.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts
Taylor moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:45 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts.  Crowley seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

 

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

07/10/08 pw