RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, September 9, 2004
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board:  Anderson, Limmex, Nelson, Pitts, Caraway
Absent: Pronold,
Taylor, Roske, Peach
Admin:  Hoffman, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Richardson, Hayek
Others:  Michael Langer, James Radtke, Chris Schoenwetter, David Reichenberger,
Marcia Creasey, Susan Turner Thering, Joe Thering, Pam Brander, Ed Schiltgen, Vickie Bedard (WRCO), David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

Anderson opened the meeting.  He noted that there was an amended agenda and that the meeting had been properly noticed and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member.  Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson outlined the WASB Board Development Program and highlighted upcoming training opportunities on September 24 (contract administration), October 13 (WASB regional meeting), and October 22 (school law).

Legislative Update
Taylor provided a written document regarding legislative issues and the e-mail addresses of state legislators.

Student Council Report
It was noted that Adam Crook and Beth Brander, student council representatives, will serve as non-voting student members on the Board for the 2004-05 school year.

Addition of Canoeing Unit in High School Phy. Ed. Curriculum
James Radtke, High School Phy. Ed. Teacher and Dean of Students, outlined a proposal that would teach students canoeing and water safety skills during phy. ed.  It was noted that this was taught several years ago at River Valley.  In addition to using the pond behind the high school and the public swimming pool, Radtke’s proposal includes a trip on the Wisconsin River.  There would be no costs associated with this added curriculum since we would not be charged for use of the pool and canoes and equipment would be provided at no charge by Bob’s Riverside.  The Board gave Radtke permission to begin teaching basic skills but wants to give the public a chance to react before taking action regarding the trip on the Wisconsin River.  The Board will take action on this part of the proposal at a future Board meeting.

Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts – August 2004; Open Session Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2004
Caraway moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on High School Graduation Date – Friday, June 3, 2005
Pitts moved to approve Friday, June 3, 2005, as the high school graduation date.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Erica Walter.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 5-0 in the affirmative with 4 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Transfer of 50% High School English Teacher to 100% High School English Teacher Position
Anderson moved to transfer Becky Miller from a 50% High School English Teacher position to a 100% High School English Teacher position.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
None.

Consideration & Action on Increase in SAGE Teacher from 75% to 100%
It was noted that we received an increase in SAGE funding.  Limmex moved to increase the 75% SAGE teacher position in Arena for Sharon Jeardeau to 100%.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Policies
Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #830-Rule – Facilities Use Regulations to include a new fee schedule and the addition of language regarding reimbursement by groups for any damage to facilities and their responsibility for clean-up.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Addition of 75% High School Special Ed. Teacher Assistant
Palm-Leis outlined the need for a new 75% Special Ed. Teacher Assistant at the high school because of the addition of five new cognitively disabled students at the high school.  The district would receive some state reimbursement so the cost to the district would be about $12,000.  Limmex moved to approve the addition of a 75% Special Ed. Teacher Assistant position at the high school.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(f)
Limmex moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:00 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(f).  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 5-0 in the affirmative with 4 absent.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 8:26 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Two Teacher Leave Requests
Limmex moved to approve a six-week leave of absence for Jennifer Rogstad, Middle School Foreign Language Teacher.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve a leave of absence from September 8 to November 4, 2004, for Cheryl Crook, High School English Teacher.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to adjourn at 8:27 p.m.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

03/10/08 pw