RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board: Nelson, Pitts, Taylor, Peach, Caraway, Limmex, Anderson, Pronold, Roske
Absent: N/A
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Briehl, Kaukl, Hoffman
Others:  Todd Miller, Ron Troxel, Alan Green, Nick Ehlinger, Deb Miller, David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Secretary)

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.   Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson encouraged the Board to check the WASB website for upcoming training opportunities.

Legislative Update
Taylor noted that a bill was vetoed regarding restrictions on when referendums could be held. 

Student Council Report
No discussion.

Set Policy Committee Meeting Date
A Policy Committee meeting was set for Monday, February 13, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in the Central Office.

Recognition of River Valley Teacher for National Board Certification
Nick Ehlinger, Elementary Music Teacher, was recognized for completing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards process and for earning National Board Certification.  

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – December 2005; Open Session Meeting Minutes – October 25, November 28, December 5, and December 19, 2005
Limmex moved to accept the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $1,200 from Cardinal Glass to the Phy. Ed. Department as a thank you for teaching CPR classes.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $300 from the River Valley Soccer Association toward the cost of transplanting trees around the soccer field.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Request for Leave of Absence
There was discussion with Melissa Maas, High School Choral Teacher, regarding her request for a one-year leave of absence to live and teach abroad during the 2006-07 school year.  Roske moved to table this item until the April Board meeting.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
The Budget Committee recommended two options for an April 4, 2006, referendum question—1) $1.2 million for each of 5 years, non-recurring; or 2) $1.2 million for each of 3 years, non-recurring.  Both options have a $1.74 tax impact per $1,000 of property value in the first year, with the tax impact decreasing slightly each year thereafter.  Nelson noted that we will still have budget deficits in years 3, 4, and 5, even if the referendum passes, and that fund balance would be spent down to offset the shortfall. 

The Budget Committee also recommended a contingency plan in the event the referendum fails to include seating a community task force to determine:  the closure of an outlying elementary school or one class at each grade level at the Spring Green Elementary;  layoffs of elementary staff; elimination of all extracurricular activities; layoffs of extracurricular coaches/advisors; and a subsequent referendum as soon as possible offering the reinstatement of any of these cuts.

Limmex moved to proceed with preparing a resolution for $1.2 million for each of 5 years (2006-07 to 2010-11), non-recurring, for operations and maintenance for an April 4, 2006, referendum question.  Peach seconded.  There was discussion about the need to use some fund balance dollars in years 4 and 5, even if the referendum passes.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adopt the Committee’s recommended contingency plan.  Taylor seconded.  There was discussion about the perceived willingness of the Board to makes cuts by adopting  this contingency plan.  Roske moved to table this item.  Caraway seconded.  Roll call vote:

For the motion:  Peach, Pitts, Roske, Taylor, Anderson, Caraway, Limmex
Against the motion:  Pronold, Nelson
Abstain: N/A
Absent: N/A
 

The polled vote was 7-2 in the affirmative to table this item.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Ratification of 2006-07 School Calendar
Limmex moved to ratify the 2006-07 School Calendar.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Benson noted that a second semester parent/teacher conference was added to the 2005-06 School Calendar.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2005-07 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, and Annual Superintendent Performance Evaluation
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:32 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2005-07 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, and Annual Superintendent Performance Evaluation.  Pronold 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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