RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Special Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Pitts, Limmex, Caraway, Pronold, Roske, Peach
Board Members absent: Smith
Administrators present: Benson, Kaukl, Briehl
Others: Pat Mahoney, Bob Holding (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. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Referendum Timeline (District Deficit Reduction Plan)
Benson handed out a revised referendum timeline, which differs slightly from the version discussed at the

April 3 Board meeting. This revised timeline, which outlines activities leading up to a spring 2004 referendum vote, clarifies the groups to be represented on a "Referendum Fact Committee." Benson suggested that the Budget Committee and administration identify people for this advisory committee. Benson also stated that this timeline could be modified even after approval if circumstances warranted Board modification.

A memo from Mahoney to the Board showed how the present $327,978 deficit for 2003-04 could escalate to $946,127 with the Governor’s proposal to reduce state aid and if the option to increase the tax levy is diminished. The district plan continues to use fund balance to cover the remaining deficit next year (after any cuts); however, this new estimated amount of $946,127 would decrease fund balance to a margin that would require the need for short term borrowing for general cash flow purposes throughout the year.

Limmex moved to approve the revised referendum timeline. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
Pitts moved to approve the second reading of Policy #345.3 - Promotion and Retention to add a statute reference. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the second reading of Policy #347 - Student Records making building principals responsible for student records management in their respective buildings. Pronold seconded. Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the second reading of Policy #347-Rule - Guidelines for Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records, which includes the addition of a paragraph to inform parents of a new exhibit that they can use to deny the release of directory data. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the second reading of Policy #347-Exhibit 1 - Release Form for Student Records Not Considered to be Student Directory Data, which now lists the categories of records that are not directory data. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #347-Exhibit 2 - Request for Nondisclosure of Student Directory Data. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the second reading of Policy #443 - Code of Classroom Conduct to add a statute reference. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Non-Renewal of Police Liaison Contract with the Village of Spring Green
Limmex moved to non-renew the Police Liaison Contract with the Village of Spring Green. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Peach moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $400 from Land’s End for cabinets for housing two new defibrillator units. Roske seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Conferences for Preliminary Notice of Teacher Layoffs
There were no requests for conferences.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions for Teacher Layoffs
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution to Layoff a Foreign Language Teacher (Rachel Johnson) for the Ensuing Year since a more senior teacher is returning from sabbatical leave. Pitts seconded. Polled vote was

8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution to Layoff SAGE Department Teachers (Jan Anderson and Alissha Strathman) for the Ensuing Year due to uncertainty of funding for the SAGE program. Pronold seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution to Layoff a Special Education Teacher (Brenda Strozinsky) for the Ensuing Year due to budget deficit and student decline in this area. Caraway seconded. Roll call vote:

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

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

Consideration & Action on Resignation of Special Education Director
Tom Wermuth has resigned as Special Education Director effective June 27, 2003. Benson highlighted Wermuth’s ability to connect with kids and to be a team player and wished him the best in the future. Pronold moved to approve the resignation of Tom Wermuth as Special Education Direction. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts, Evaluations, and Job Descriptions; 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2003-2005 RVEST Collective Bargaining and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining; and 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Teacher Leave Requests
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:20 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts, Evaluations, and Job Descriptions; 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2003-2005 RVEST Collective Bargaining and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining; and 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Teacher Leave Requests. Roske seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:25 p.m.

Consideration & Action on 2003-04 School Calendar
Peach moved to adopt a school calendar for 2003-04 with the first day of school being September 2, 2003, and the last day being June 10, 2004. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Leave Requests
Roske moved to approve a leave of absence for Erica Walter for the first semester of the 2003-04 school year. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Roske moved to adjourn at 9:26 p.m. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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