RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, January 10, 2002
Regular Meeting (#50)
Middle School Library
Board Members present: Anderson, Limmex, Pitts, Caraway, Nelson, Peach, Roske, Smith,
Board Members absent: None
Administrators present: Benson, Richardson, Wermuth, Hoffman, Mahoney, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Golden
Others present: Sue Quale, Jennifer Snow, Lucas Schmidt, Erin Esser, Tony Marinello, David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)
President Anderson opened the meeting. He noted that the meeting had been properly
noticed and provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member. Pitts moved to
proceed with the legal meeting. Roske seconded. Motion carried.
Music Department Field Trip
High School Choral Teacher Jennifer Snow provided a summary of a field trip to New York for chorus and band members from March 21 to 27.
School Forest Harvest Update
DNR employees Lucas Schmidt, Erin Esser, and Tony Marinello provided information on plans for thinning areas of the school forest and a subsequent sale of the wood.
Board Training Opportunities
Nelson reported that the WASB Convention is coming up on January 22-25 and that there is still time for Board members to register if interested.
Hawk Talk Article - Budget Outlook
Mahoney outlined the status of a district budget deficit in the coming three years. A detailed article will be included in the next Hawk Talk newsletter to all households.
Consent Agenda: Open Session Meeting Minutes: December 13, 2001; Checks, Invoices,
Receipts from December 2001
Smith moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Peach seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Policy Committee Recommendations
The Policy Committee recommended several changes to the Athletic Handbook to be implemented in conjunction with the spring sports season: 1) Maintain the present 2.0 GPA requirement with language revisions to better explain the definition of full-time student. Also, add language related to the process for implementing an at-risk contract to regain academic eligibility; 2) Add a "guilt by association" clause to read "For athletes who admit or are proven to be in a situation where drugs and/or alcohol are present, the following consequences will apply: First offense, warning; second offense, 1 game suspension; and third offense and thereafter, "category one offenses and related consequences" policy." 3) Add a clause that states "An athlete must finish a season during which a suspension is being served before becoming eligible for a subsequent sports season."; and 4) Revise Student Assistance Program language to allow flexibility in the number of required AODA sessions and add a parent participation requirement.
Smith moved to adopt the Committees recommendations as submitted. Pitts seconded. Pronold asked that the language pertaining to finishing a season during which a suspension is being served be changed to state "an athlete must start and successfully complete a season during which a suspension is being served before becoming eligible for a subsequent sports season." Smith moved to amend his motion to include this new language pertaining to suspension. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Smith moved to approve the first reading of Policy #672-Puchasing and Contract Services to add a bid waiver option for purchasing and contracting services if 2/3 of the Board members present vote to waive the bid process. Roske seconded. There was discussion that the bid process doesnt always generate the lowest cost. Pronold noted his preference to not have a bid waiver option. Smith called the question. Motion carried with Pronold opposing.
K-12 Planet Student Records System
Hoffman requested Board approval to implement a computer program that will allow parents to view their middle school students records via the Internet. An earlier pilot project was successful. Caraway moved to approve the extended use of the K-12 Planet student records system at the middle school. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Teacher Employment
Pronold moved to hire Rachel Bohlen to fill a one-year High School Spanish Teacher vacancy during the 2002-03 school year. Roske seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Smith moved to adopt a resolution accepting gifts of three motorcycles donated to the high school automotive department valued at $38,000 from Harley Davidson Motor Company, Inc. Caraway seconded. Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Establishing Special Meeting Date
Limmex moved to set a special meeting for Thursday, January 24, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes
19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; and 19.85(1)(c)
for the purpose of conducting the Superintendents Evaluation and discussing
administrator performance evaluations
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:26 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and 19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of conducting the Superintendents Evaluation and discussing administrator performance evaluations. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Submitted by Paula Wedige For: ________________________________ Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk