RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m. 

Board: Nelson, Ferguson, Caraway, Roske, Pronold, Taylor, Cates, Elizabeth Litviak (Student Council Rep)
Absent:  Pitts, Peach
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Hoffman, Hegland, Radtke, Briehl, Palm-Leis, Kaukl
Others:  Sue Sadler, Herman Kaldenberg, Kathy Peetz, Mary Lampman, David Giffey (Home News), Aaron Joyce (WRCO), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

President Caraway 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.   Pronold moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor noted that there is a proposed repeal of the QEO law and legislators need to hear from schools.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that there are gatherings scheduled around the state for new Board members and encouraged newly elected Board members, Crowley and Cummings, to attend.  A leadership academy will be held on May 5.

Student Council Report
Elizabeth Litviak noted that the student council recently held a bake sale.  A clothing drive and toga party are upcoming events.

Board Members to Hand Out Diplomas at Graduation
Caraway encouraged all Board members to participate in handing out diplomas at graduation on June 1 and invited Roske to participate as well.

Virtual School Update
The low potential number of virtual school students, using open enrollment data, would pose a financial risk for the district but the administration is looking into grant opportunities.  The current distance learning program was discussed.

Discussion of District Policies and Handbook Provisions Related to Pupil Expulsions
The administration gave a brief overview of how they determine when student discipline concerns and related violations cause the need for administration to bring expulsion hearings to the Board.  It was noted that the law does not allow suspension for more than 5 days and that the only governing body that can expel a student is the Board.  Administration noted that a request for expulsion is normally “the last straw.”  Pre-expulsion meetings with administration, parents, and students have been utilized in an effort to lessen the need for Board expulsion hearings.  It was suggested that policies related to expulsion be reviewed in the near future.

Public Comments/Open Forum
Roske thanked the Board and administration for educating him and helping him with his role on the Board.  He noted he is confident that the Board will keep student needs in mind.  Cates thanked Roske for his congeniality, leadership, and integrity.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – March 2007
Pronold moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Retirement
Ferguson moved to approve the retirement of Sherry Banker, 5th grade teacher at Spring Green Elementary.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
The Budget Committee recommended approving budget transfers to allow for an increase in funds and expenditure for items such as computer lab replacements, student management software system replacement, new middle school textbooks, lighting needs, and the replacement of three high school roof sections.  Taylor moved to approve the budget transfers as recommended by the Budget Committee.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to accept the bid of $24,671 from Boldtronics for the high school security system.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried with Ferguson opposed.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, Discussion of Teacher Retirement/Severance Plan, and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts; and 19.85(1)(f) and 120.13(1)(c) for the purpose of holding an expulsion hearing and 19.85(1)(a) and 19.85(1)(f) for the purpose of deliberating and acting thereon; and 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Employee Complaint
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:37 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, Discussion of Teacher Retirement/Severance Plan, and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts; and 19.85(1)(f) and 120.13(1)(c) for the purpose of holding an expulsion hearing and 19.85(1)(a) and 19.85(1)(f) for the purpose of deliberating and acting thereon; and 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Employee Complaint.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 11:10 p.m.

Consideration & Action on 50% Activities/Athletic Director Vacancy
Pronold moved to hire Eric Briehl as the 50% Activities/Athletic Director starting in 2007-08.  Roske seconded.  Pronold moved to amend the motion and to hire Eric Briehl as the 50% Activities/Athletic Director at $12,500 annually and Kevin Digman as an assistant at $2,500 annually, starting in 2007-08.  Roske seconded the amended motion.  Motion carried on the amendment.

Consideration & Action on Increasing High School Phy. Ed. Teacher Position From 50% to 100%
Roske moved to increase Kevin Digman’s high school phy. ed. teacher position from 50% to 100%, starting in 2007-08.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Ferguson moved to adjourn at 11:15 p.m.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

06/18/07 pw