RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Taylor, Pitts, Roske, Pronold, Caraway, Limmex
Board Members absent: Peach
Administrators present: Benson, Hoffman, Mahoney, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Richardson
Others: Tony Cavagnetto, Nick Ehlinger, Deb Miller, Todd Miller, Bridget Roberts, Joan Killian Ikeler, Rebecca Miller, Phil Manske, Matia Manske, Cindi Manske, Jean Alt, Sue Sadler, Laura Waldsmith, Shari Graffunder, Jamie Haas, Karen Steindorf, Susan Tatar, Tom Wermuth, Julie Kuhse (Secretary), David Giffey (Home News), Stacy Kleist (WRCO)

Anderson opened the meeting.  He noted that the meeting agenda was amended and that the agenda 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.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson provided information on an upcoming seminar on May 8 in Wisconsin Rapids and on May 15 in Madison.

Student Council Report
Kaukl noted that the student council group is visiting with Lancaster students today and that they are also planning a fundraiser for the Schwichtenberg family after the Post House fire.

Senior Scholarship Night
Senior Scholarship Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at 7:00 p.m.

Discussion of Budget Deficit Strategies for 2004-05 and Beyond
Benson suggested an informal draft of a proposed budget timeline, including a target date of January 2005 for final budget cuts for the 2005-06 school year.  He highlighted cuts made to date by using the Board-approved November 2003 document, which listed potential budget cuts.  He also referenced transferring Fund 49 funds and seeking public support for the sale of school forest land at the May 17 annual meeting.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – March 2004; Open Session Meeting Minutes – February 19, 2004; March 1, 2004; March 11, 2004
Pitts moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of paper and a paper rack valued at $175 donated to the middle school art department by the Flower Shop.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a donation of $47.45 from Herman Kaldenberg to Fund 21.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a donation of $810 from the family of Vera Larson to the Business Education Department.  Pitts seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Benson suggested to the Board that the $60 donated by the Richland County Highway Department Employees be used specifically for Lone Rock Elementary as the donation came from Richland County.  Pitts moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a donation of $60 for a non-academic need from the Richland County Highway Department employees to be used at Lone Rock Elementary.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $100 to Fund 21 from Nick Ehlinger and Lisa Scofield.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $100 donation to the auto mechanics department from Community Bank.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $20 donation to the auto mechanics department from Jeff and Tammy Shaffer.  Pitts seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a pickup truck valued at $500 to the auto mechanics department from Peter Pitts.  Taylor seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 abstention and 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $515 to Fund 21 from Tor and Paula Caraway.  Roske seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 abstention and 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
The Budget Committee recommended the decrease of expenditures and the increase of revenues for the athletic budget as follows:

1.   Starting in 2005-2006, non-conference travel will be no longer than 120 miles round trip.  If this limit is exceeded, the activities budget must cover the difference (savings is unknown at this time).

2.   Starting in 2004-2005, the Southwestern Invitational for gymnastics will be eliminated (estimated savings is $265); the district will pay only half of travel expenses for the SPRAWL (volleyball), Bi-State (wrestling) , and Cheesehead (wrestling) Invitationals (estimated savings is $1,000); and cross country and track shuttles will be eliminated (estimated savings is $378).

3.   Starting in 2004-2005, a club usage fee will be implemented based on current board policy (estimated revenue is $12,000 based on $10 per hour charge for facility).

4.   Starting in 2004-2005, we will charge for the use of the gym for Wednesday community basketball ($3 per person per night).  The person with the key will collect the money and will have a liability sign-off sheet (estimated revenue is $2,100).

5.   Starting in 2004-05, we will charge for the use of the weight room ($1 per person per time).  We will have a volunteer open up and collect the money (estimated revenue is $2,160 based on 15 people x 4 times per week x 36 weeks).

6.   Starting in 2004-05, coaches wages will be frozen at the 2003-2004 level (estimated savings is $2,100).

7.   Starting in 2004-2005, we will charge gate fees for softball, baseball, track, girls soccer, and boys soccer (estimated revenue is $3,245).

The Committee also recommended that the district charge SWAL level gate receipts at high school concerts.

Limmex moved to decrease the athletic budget by approximately $21,000 and charge gate receipts at high school concerts as recommended by the Budget Committee.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried. 

Taylor moved to increase the elementary guidance position from 50% to 80%.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.  It was noted that funding is from IDEA grant monies and if cuts continue in administration, this position may need to be increased to 100%.

The Budget Committee also discussed the possibility of eliminating some transportation routes but will discuss this item further in Budget Committee before bringing a recommendation to the Board.

Mahoney explained that the sale of school forest land is not practical to accomplish for the 2004-05 school year but could be discussed and reviewed further for the 2005-06 school year.  A resolution will be presented at the annual meeting to allow voters to decide the future of school forest land.

Roske moved to approve the CESA #5 services contract at $9,340 for distance learning services for 2004-05.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration and Action on 2004-05 Budget Cuts and Revenue Increases
The Budget Committee concurred with the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation to implement athletic and co-curricular fees as follows:  Starting in 2004-05, athletic fees will be per athlete per sport:  $40 at the middle school, $60 for freshmen (regardless of placement on JV or Varsity teams); and $80 for JV and Varsity.  Co-curricular fees will be $15 per activity.  Estimated revenue is $27,000.  Taylor moved to approve the fee structure for athletics and co-curricular activities as recommended by the Ad Hoc Committee.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried

The Board confirmed that cheerleading would be classified under the athletic fee structure.  Roske noted that even with no specific sports cuts this year, the district will realize a 20-25% savings in the athletic budget with reductions and fee increases. 

The Board reviewed a memo from the administrative team listing budget cuts and revenue increases made prior to this meeting totaling $355,800 and an administrative recommendation on how the Board might proceed with remaining budget cuts and revenue increases for 2004-2005 to reach a total deficit reduction of $627,000.

Roske moved to reduce the LEU staff development program by $20,000 for the 2004-05 school year.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration and Action on Transfer of Elementary LD Teacher to High School LD Teacher Position
Pitts moved to approve the transfer of elementary LD teacher Paul Cummings to the high school LD teacher position vacancy for 2004-05.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration and Action on Resolutions for Reduction of Programs
Limmex moved to adopt a resolution ordering reduction of the foreign language program by 50% of a full-time position.  Pronold seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

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

Consideration and Action on Resolutions for Preliminary Notice of Teacher Layoffs
Limmex moved to adopt a resolution issuing a preliminary notice of layoff (50%) to high school foreign language teacher, Jill Prechel.  Caraway seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

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

Consideration and Action on Special Meeting Date – Thursday, April 29, 2004
Limmex moved to set a special meeting on April 29, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration and Action of Establishing Annual Meeting Date – Monday, May 17, 2004
Taylor moved to establish the Annual Meeting date of May 17, 2004, at 8:00 p.m.
in the High School Little Theatre.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1)(c) for Discussing Administrator Evaluations and Contracts, Discussion of RVEA Collective Bargaining, and RVEST Collective Bargaining
Limmex moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:23 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(c) for discussing administrator evaluations and contracts, discussion of RVEA collective bargaining, and RVEST collective bargaining.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Julie Kuhse For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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