RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, August 14, 2003
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Caraway, Pronold, Taylor, Peach, Roske, Limmex
Board Members absent: Pitts
Administrators present: Benson, Hoffman, Mahoney, Richardson, Briehl
Others: Cora Griffin, Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant), David Giffey (Home News)

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. Peach moved to proceed with the legal meeting. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that there is a contract administration workshop in September and the WASB annual meeting is in Baraboo on October 2.

Referendum Timeline (District Deficit Reduction Plan)
Benson referred the Board to a tentative list of budget cuts and impact statements that was reviewed at the Referendum Fact Committee meeting on August 11. He noted that the referendum timeline calls for a vote in October regarding budget cuts in the event a referendum fails in February 2004. Mahoney stated that the district does not have an expenditure problem but instead has a revenue funding formula problem.

CESA #3 Annual Meeting Report
No discussion.

High School Graduation Date – June 4, 2004
Kaukl proposed Friday, June 4, 2004, as the date for high school graduation. The Board will take action at its next meeting.

River Valley Community Arts Center Feasibility Committee Update
Taylor, Arts Coalition Secretary, and Benson provided the Board with a March 2003 report of the River Valley Arts Coalition Task Force entitled "Building Bridges: Arts and Community in the River Valley."

2002-03 3rd Grade WRCT and 4th, 8th, and 10th WKCE Test Results
Benson shared the outstanding results of recent student testing and noted that River Valley students scored at or above the state level on 16 of 17 WKCE tests. Also noted was 3rd grade WRCT test results show River Valley well above the state average.

Directory Data Policy as Related to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Kaukl stated that a letter was sent to the homes of 9th-12th grade students outlining the option of nondisclosure of directory data.

Junior/Senior Privilege Policy Update
Kaukl noted that the first year of the new junior/senior privilege, which allows students to leave campus at lunch if they earn the privilege, has been successful. The Policy Committee will be reviewing a request in the near future to increase the number of days a student can leave campus during the lunch hour throughout the year.

Set Policy Committee Meeting
A Policy Committee meeting was set for Thursday, September 11, 2003, at 6:30 p.m.

Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts - July 2003; Open Session Meeting Minutes - June 26, 2003
Limmex moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Tony Sweere, High School Dean of Students and Phy. Ed. Teacher. Pronold seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Roske moved to approve the hiring of Kay Schulz as Speech and Language Therapist. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Limmex moved to approve the hiring of James Radtke as High School Dean of Students and Phy. Ed. Teacher. Taylor seconded. Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the hiring of Brenda Strozinsky as the half time AODA Coordinator. Taylor seconded. It was noted that this position is funded with grant dollars. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Recall of SAGE Teachers
Benson noted that state funding is again available to fund SAGE teacher positions. Roske moved to send a notice of recall to Jan Anderson, SAGE Teacher. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Limmex moved to send a notice of recall to Alissha Strathman, SAGE Teacher. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Benson noted that with the additional funding, we are able to employ one full time SAGE teacher and two three-quarter time SAGE teachers.

Consideration & Action on Annual Meeting Date
Peach moved to set the annual meeting for Monday, October 27, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. Roske seconded. Peach moved to amend the motion to set the place of the meeting as the High School Little Theater. Roske seconded the amended motion. Motion carried as amended.

Consideration & Action on Adoption of Student, Staff, Athletic/Activities, and Coaches Handbooks
Limmex moved to adopt the high school student and staff handbook. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Peach moved to adopt the following handbooks: high school activities; athletic coaches; elementary student and parent; elementary staff; middle school staff; and middle school student. Limmex seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on River Valley School District/St. Luke’s Hold Harmless Agreements
Limmex moved to approve a hold harmless agreement indemnifying St. Luke’s for River Valley’s use of their facilities. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.

Caraway moved to approve a hold harmless agreement indemnifying River Valley for St. Luke’s use of Plain Elementary facilities. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Appointment of Medical Advisor
Peach moved to appoint Kay Balink as medical advisor for the district. Taylor seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 and 111.70 for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and 9.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Employee Severance Plan and Request for Leave of Absence
Caraway moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:55 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 and 111.70 for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and 9.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Employee Severance Plan and Request for Leave of Absence. Limmex seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:50 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Point of Service Health Insurance Change for RVEA Members
Roske moved to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the RVEA related to the change to the WEA Insurance Point of Service Plan for RVEA members and the assurance of a 3.8% minimum salary and benefit package. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Point of Service Health Insurance Change for RVEST Members
No discussion.

Consideration & Action on Non-Union Employee Severance Plan
No discussion.

Consideration & Action on Request for Leave of Absence
No discussion.

Limmex moved to adjourn at 9:55 p.m. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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