RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Nelson, Pronold, Taylor, Roske, Limmex, Peach, Anderson, Caraway, Adam Crook (Student Representative)
Absent: Pitts
Admin:  Benson, Hayek, Kaukl, Briehl, Hoffman, Palm-Leis
Others:  Larry Severtson, Michael Langer, Julie Kuhse, David Giffey (Home News), Aaron Joyce (WRCO), 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.  Peach moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
The last 2005 Spring
Academy will be held on May 14.  On May 16 there is a distance learning presentation regarding employee relations.

Legislative Update
Taylor gave an update on legislative matters.  The State Senate has passed a bill which limits school board referenda to regularly scheduled elections.  A two-year study of what it costs to adequately fund K-12 education in Wisconsin will be done by a school finance expert at UW-Madison.

Student Council Report
Adam Crook reported that the student council will be performing the play “Moonstone” at the Gard Theater this weekend.  The student council is also selling blue bracelets in remembrance of the 4 students who died in January.  Kaukl reminded Board members to contact him if they will be present at graduation.

Discuss Possibility of Community Survey
Benson reviewed the proposed timeline which proposes that a survey be conducted in early fall 2005.  He stated that funding has not been secured at this time and that the district is looking at options such as an on-line/Internet survey or a paper survey.

Recommendation of the School Forest Ad Hoc Committee to Accept an Option for the Purchase of Arena School Forest #2
The School Forest Ad Hoc Committee met and recommends the sale of the Arena School Forest #2 to the DNR for $177,000.  Larry Severtson, a property owner to the south of the school forest, voiced a few concerns with the sale such as whether the DNR would clear-cut the property, whether it’s in the best interest of the district to sell the land, and whether a memorial designating a donation of some of the property by the Sawle family would remain intact.

Benson noted that a DNR representative served on the Committee and he believes the DNR’s intent is to preserve the land in its natural state and that the district could continue to utilize the land for educational purposes.  Benson will request from the DNR a long range plan, maintenance of the Sawle memorial, and district access for educational purposes.

Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts – April 2005; Open Session Meeting Minutes – March 10, April 4, and April 14, 2005
Limmex moved to accept the consent agenda items as submitted.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Organizational Meeting
President:  Limmex nominated Anderson as President.  Roske moved to close nominations.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.  Caraway moved to cast a unanimous ballot for Anderson.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Vice President:  Nelson nominated Caraway as Vice President.  Limmex moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Caraway.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Clerk:  Taylor nominated Nelson as Clerk.  Caraway moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Nelson.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Treasurer:  Caraway nominated Limmex as Treasurer.  Pronold moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Limmex.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Meeting Date, Time, and Place:  Pronold moved to set the regular Board meeting date, time, and place as 7:30 p.m. in the middle school library on the second Thursday of each month.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Policies
No action taken.  The Policy Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle School Library.

Consideration & Action on Recommendation of the School Forest Ad Hoc Committee to Accept an Option for the Purchase of Arena School Forest #2
Pronold moved to accept the School Forest Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to accept an “Option to Purchase” for Arena School Forest #2 from the DNR.  Limmex seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

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

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
The Budget Committee recommends the approval of budget transfers and to proceed with replacement of the middle school parking lot pavement.  Roske moved to approve budget transfers in the amount of $47,545.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.  Limmex moved to approve the expenditure of $34,019 to Scott Construction to repave the middle school parking lot.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hiring
Taylor moved to hire Joel Block, pending release from his current teaching contract, as a high school science teacher to replace Mark Strozinsky.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Support Staff Layoffs
Limmex moved to adopt a Resolution to Layoff Cleaners for the Ensuing Year and to lay off Michelle Roessler for 12.5 hours per week (full layoff-voluntary), Rose Hosler for 5 hours per week (partial layoff), and Cindy Edge-Millard for 20 hours per week (full layoff).  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt a Resolution to Layoff Custodial/Delivery Staff for the Ensuing Year and to lay off Jim Ryan for 4 hours per day (partial layoff).  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt a Resolution to Layoff Food Service Staff for the Ensuing Year and to lay off Donna Weeden for 3 hours per day (full layoff) and Jackie Carter for 3.5 hours per day (partial layoff).  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Taylor moved to adopt a Resolution Accepting Gifts of art smocks valued at $706.46 from Lands’ End to the middle school art department.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to adopt a Resolution Accepting Gifts of 5 laptops valued at $1,250 and 5 workstations valued at $625 from USDA Office in Richland Center to the district technology department.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for
2005-07 RVEA and RVEST Collective Bargaining Updates and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts
Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:07 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA and RVEST Collective Bargaining Updates and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts.  Limmex 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