RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Special Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present:  Anderson, Peach, Pronold, Pitts, Nelson, Caraway, Roske, Limmex, Taylor
Board Members absent:  N/A
Administrators present:  Benson, Mahoney, Briehl, Palm-Leis, Kaukl, Richardson, Hoffman
Others present:  Don Greenwood, Deb Miller, Michael Langer, Bridget Roberts, David Giffey (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.  Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Members to Hand Out Diplomas at Graduation – June 4, 2004
All Board members were invited to attend the 8:00 ceremony on June 4.

Board Organizational Meeting
Limmex nominated Anderson for President.  Peach moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Anderson.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

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

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

Caraway nominated Limmex for Treasurer.  Roske moved to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Limmex.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to continue holding regular School Board meetings on the second Thursday of each month, in the Middle School Library, at 7:30 p.m.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Teacher Resignations
Pitts moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Jennifer Snow.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Robert Kleinschmidt.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Pitts moved to hire Christina Schoenwetter as the 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to hire Melissa Maas as the High School Vocal Music Teacher.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $220 for Fund 21 from Jack and Kay Taylor.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with Taylor abstaining.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Policy Committee Recommendations
Caraway moved to approve the first reading of Policy #453-Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect to clarify the laws and procedures for staff to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Caraway moved to approve the first reading of Policy #743 – Acceptable Use of Networked Computers AND Policy #743-Rule – Student Agreement/Consent Form – Acceptable Use of Networked Computers to make it clear to students and staff that the district reserves the right to monitor use of computers and that we attempt to filter things coming into our system that could be viewed or used by students or staff in a non-educational and/or inappropriate manner.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
Taylor moved to eliminate two regular bus routes and 40% of the afternoon St. Luke’s route for 2004-05.  Roske seconded.  The total savings is $41,200.  Motion carried with Nelson abstaining.

Roske moved to approve the creation of an ad hoc committee to study use and potential sale of school forest land.  Taylor seconded.  The committee will be comprised of Pronold, Anderson, Roske, and Pitts.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (1)(c) for Conference for Preliminary Notice of Teacher Layoff; 19.85 (1)(f) to Discuss Teacher Leave Request; and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:15 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (1)(c) for Conference for Preliminary Notice of Teacher Layoff; 19.85 (1)(f) to Discuss Teacher Leave Request; and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts.  Limmex seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Anderson estimated that the Board would reconvene in open session in 35 minutes.  Motion carried. 

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:20 p.m.  Kaukl, Mahoney, Benson, and David Giffey returned to the meeting.

Consideration & Action on Resolution for Teacher Layoff
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution for Teacher Layoff of Jill Prechel from a 100% foreign language position to a 50% position.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Transfer of Middle School Foreign Language Teacher to High School Foreign Language Teacher Position and Transfer of 50% High School Foreign Language Teacher to Middle School
Limmex moved to approve the transfer of Jill Prechel to the 50% middle school foreign language teacher position and the transfer of Susan Tatar to the full time high school foreign language teacher position.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Leave Request 
Limmex moved to approve a leave of absence for Gayle Doyle starting October 9 under the Family Medical Leave Act.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Administrator Contracts
Caraway moved to extend contracts for Benson, Mahoney, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Hoffman, and Briehl through the 2005-06 school year; to extend Richardson’s contract only until September 6, 2005, to accommodate Richardson’s request to retire; and to implement a salary freeze for all administrators for 2004-05.  Limmex seconded.  It was noted that we will not fill Richardson’s vacancy when he retires.  Motion carried with Pronold opposing.

It was stated that the Policy Committee will meet on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Central Office.

Nelson moved to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried. 

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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