RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
August 14, 2008
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

            

Board: Taylor, Pronold, Peach, Nelson, Cummings, Ferguson, Cates
Absent:  Crowley 
Admin:   Benson, Hoffman, Hayek, Palm-Leis, Kaukl, Radtke, Hegland, Briehl
Others:  Paula Caraway, Sue Sadler, Jacqueline Kalscheuer, Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant), Gary Ilminen (Home News)

Vice President Taylor opened the meeting.  She 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.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

The Board paid respect to deceased Board President Tor Caraway and held a moment of silence in his memory.

Legislative Update
Taylor noted that Senator Schultz is now sounding the call to fix Wisconsin’s school funding system.  Representative Hilgenberg has also stated that the repeated cycle of referenda continues to shatter communities and the educational environment.  Taylor also provided additional federal legislative updates.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that there is a WASB Employment and Labor Law Seminar on September 19 in Madison and on October 3 in Wausau.

CESA #3 Annual Meeting Report
Taylor attended the CESA #3 Annual Meeting and interested persons can contact the Central Office for the annual report.

Foreign Language Department Update on Preliminary Plans for Travel Abroad
High School Foreign Language Teacher Jackie Kalscheuer outlined two trips being planned for foreign language students—one to Costa Rica and one to France.

Public Comments/Open Forum
No discussion.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – July 2008; Open Session Meeting Minutes – July 10 and July 28, 2008
Pronold moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Elect School Board President Replacement and Subsequent Officer Replacements, If Necessary
Ferguson nominated Taylor to fill the Board President vacancy.  Cates seconded.  Roll call vote:

For the motion:  Cates, Cummings, Ferguson, Nelson, Peach, Pronold
Against the motion:  N/A
Abstain:  Taylor
Absent:  Crowley

Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 1 abstention and 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold nominated Cates to fill the Vice President vacancy left by Taylor.  Peach seconded.  Roll call vote:

For the motion:  Taylor, Cummings, Ferguson, Nelson, Peach, Pronold
Against the motion:  N/A
Abstain:  Cates
Absent:  Crowley

Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 1 abstention and 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Ferguson moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation of Jennifer Rogstad, Middle School Spanish Teacher.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Ferguson moved to hire Joan Moely as the Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to hire Rachel Wepner as the 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to hire Shannon Shelton as the Lone Rock Title I Teacher.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to hire Lea Hansen George as the High School LD Teacher, contingent on Lea obtaining appropriate DPI emergency licensure.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to hire Alison (Horne) Quinn as the half time AODA Coordinator for 2008-09, contingent on the district receiving grant funds for this position.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #345.52 - Graduation Exercises to add a cross reference to Policy #345.5 – Graduation Requirements.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to approve the first reading of Policy #722.3-Rule – Procedure to be Followed for Emergency Conditions to delete the section regarding “late bus cancellation” since our district no longer offers this service.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.                                                                                          

Pronold moved to approve the first reading of Policy # 725 – Privacy in Locker Rooms which is a new policy.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to approve the first reading of Policy # 751.2 – Extracurricular Transportation to add language that the Business Manager will create “procedures” for special transportation to be available.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Policy #751.1 – Bus Routing and Scheduling will go back to the Policy Committee for further review.

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of New and Revised Policies
Peach moved to approve the second reading of Policy #751.3 - Bus Rules and Regulations to reflect the name and contact information of our new transportation contractor, Lamers Bus Lines, and to add a statement regarding video cameras on buses and viewing of video by administration, bus management, and/or police authorities.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Cates moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of school supplies valued at $552 from Reese Financial Management for needy students.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $20 from Jerry and Margaret Dorscheid to the Alternative Education Department in memory of Tor Caraway.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on River Valley School District/St. Luke’s Hold Harmless Agreements
Pronold moved to approve the hold harmless agreement to allow Plain Elementary to use St. Luke’s playground.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to approve the hold harmless agreement to allow St. Luke’s to use Plain Elementary’s playground and gym.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Appointment of Medical Advisor
Peach moved to appoint Dr. Kay Balink as the district’s medical advisor for the 2008-09 school year.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Student At-Risk Plan
Ferguson moved to approve minor revisions to the Student At-Risk Plan as explained by Middle School Principal Roger Hoffman.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Retirement Benefits; and 19.85(1)(e) and (g) for Discussion of Legal and Financial Matters Related to Previous Transportation Contracts
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:15 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Retirement Benefits; and 19.85(1)(e) and (g) for Discussion of Legal and Financial Matters Related to Previous Transportation Contracts.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

 

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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