RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.                                                                                                     

Board: Nelson, Taylor, Peach, Pitts, Cates, Ferguson, Caraway, Roske, Pronold, Rebecca Eberle (Student Council Rep), and Rachel Bindl (Student Council Rep)
Absent:  N/A
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Palm-Leis, Briehl, Hegland, Hoffman
Others:  Aaron Joyce (WRCO), David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Secretary)

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

Legislative Update
Taylor reported that school funding reform may get more attention with newly elected state and federal officials.  One issue being discussed at the state level is to cancel state exemptions on non-essential taxing services such as computer, advertising, accounting services and those services performed by hair salons, nail salons, and pet groomers.  This would direct new revenue toward school financing and shift funding away from property tax.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson reminded the Board of the WASB Convention in Milwaukee from January 17 to 19.

Student Council Report
The student council will hold a student “Snowball Dance” in February.  They are currently holding 50/50 raffles at all home girls basketball games.  They are talking about the establishment of a community service club.

Public Comments/Open Forum
Taylor, representing C4C, noted that more than $12,500 has been donated to fund the creativity coordinator to serve as a liaison between the schools and the community.  The goal is $25,000.

Benson distributed a letter from Herman Kaldenberg outlining his comments on the newly reinstated School Resource Officer (SRO) position (formerly referred to as PSLO).  Benson noted that a letter had been sent to the four villages seeking financial support for the position.  To  date, Arena and Plain have denied the request.

Benson, Hayek, Roske, and Shawn Duren, Network Administrator, visited the Monroe Virtual School Program.  In a joint venture with Monroe, curriculum that is written by several different colleges is offered to students who then take courses on-line and are considered students of Monroe School District.  The program currently has 350 students enrolled.  They will hold a follow-up meeting to discuss the visit and report to the Board any recommendations.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – November 2006; October 30 and November 9, 2006, Minutes
Roske moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of New and Revised Policies
Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #151.2 – Policy Dissemination to keep only one hard copy of the Policy Manual in the central office and maintain the policies on our district website with notification of changes sent to Board members, administrators, school staff, RVEST and RVEA Presidents, School District Legal Counsel, WASB Office, and the Spring Green Police Department and to delete Policy #151.2-Exhibit – Official Board Policy Manual Locations.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to approve the second reading of Policy #722 –Emergency Plans with minor changes and the addition of several policies to the cross reference section.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to approve the second reading of Policy #722.6 – Emergency Code Signals for Use in River Valley School District with a few revisions to the Code Red portion to include improvements in the lock down protocol of each classroom.  Benson noted that after the initial implementation of a Code Red, information will be shared with staff and students regarding the impending danger.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Page 16 – School Safety Plan (Code Red) to reflect the same changes as Policy #722.6 above.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the second reading of Page 58 – School Safety Plan (Weapons on School Grounds) to include a statement about the need for people to react/respond to circumstances using sound judgment.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to approve the second reading of Policy #722.67 – Public Access Defibrillation Program to note that all six of our schools now have defibrillation units on site.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the second reading of Policy #751.3 – Bus Rules and Regulations to add language to ensure that no child of kindergarten age (or younger) is dropped off at home without a parent to greet and meet them upon arrival.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #347 – Student Records to include a reference to safety.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the second reading of Policy #443.4 – Dangerous Weapons in the Schools to totally rewrite this policy at the advice of general counsel.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Policies
The Committee tabled Policy #347-Exhibit 2 - Request for Non-Disclosure of “Student Directory Data” for further review and revision.

Cates moved to approve the first reading of Policy #423 – Public School Open Enrollment and Policy #423-Rule - Public School Open Enrollment with no changes.  Peach seconded.  This policy must be reviewed annually.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the first reading of Policy #443.6 – Student Use of Two-Way Communication Devices with a minor revision to state the electronic device will be returned to the parent unless it is confiscated by police.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #443.7-Rule – Procedure for Dealing with Gang-Related Activities to include the possibility for Board action.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #445 – Student Searches to allow for the search of students and their belongings.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #446.2 – Student Suspensions/Expulsions to add a cross reference to Policy #443.4 – Dangerous Weapons in the Schools.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #724 - Harassment to allow the district to pursue court action to prevent harassment on school grounds.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #831 – Public Conduct on School Property to include a minor revision and cross reference to Policy #860-Visitors to the School.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #860 – Visitors to the School to reflect the current sign-in practice in place for visitors to our schools.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
Hayek reported that the annual audit showed the district’s books are in sound financial order.  In addition, an actuarial study of post employment benefits will be conducted during the current school year.  The Committee discussed the food service program which has been subsidized by the general fund for several years.  In the near future, a deficit reduction/elimination plan will be proposed.  This plan will likely include an increase in breakfast and lunch prices.  There was no action taken by the Committee.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of occupational therapy equipment valued at $429 from Jeff Flint.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a $40.00 anonymous donation to Fund 21.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of an animal scale to the River Valley School Fair valued at $900.00 from Lorie and Albert Grell Jr.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $400.00 to the basketball cheerleading program from Collman and Company, LLC.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of soccer field supplies valued at $499.00 from Scott and Tami Mueller.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $370.00 from Culver’s to the gymnastics team towards the purchase of a spring floor.  Peach seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $250.00 from H&N Transport to the gymnastics team towards the purchase of a spring floor.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $20.00 to the Junior Class from Lynn Foster.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for:   2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Preparation; 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; Preparation for the Superintendent Evaluation in January
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:35 p.m.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

 

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