RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, January 22, 2004
Special Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Nelson, Taylor, Pitts, Roske, Pronold, Caraway, Limmex (arrived 7:12 p.m.), Megan Sipes (Student Representative)
Board Members absent: Anderson, Peach
Administrators present: Benson, Palm-Leis, Briehl, (arrived 7:25 p.m.), Kaukl (arrived 7:27 p.m.)
Others: Michael Langer, Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant), David Giffey (Home News)

Caraway was Acting President in Anderson’s absence.  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.  Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Referendum Update and Public Information Sharing
The final referendum information meeting was held in Plain last week.  Over the last seven months, the district has been distributing information and answering questions at several meetings.

The Board decided to change the regular February meeting to be held on Thursday, February 19 to accommodate needs resulting from the February 17 referendum outcome.

Consideration & Action on Resolution to Establish Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA)
The retirement language in the RVEA 2003-05 Negotiated Agreement (to be ratified later during this meeting) calls for the creation of a HCRA, which allows retirees to purchase insurance from the carrier of their choice without costing the district any more money.  In order for this HCRA to be functional, the Board approved the establishment of a Trust to fund the HCRA.  Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution to Establish Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA).  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Ratification of 2003-05 RVEA Negotiated Agreement
Benson noted that there have been tentative agreements with the RVEA for a few months already.  Debate over retirement language and the process of learning about and setting up the HCRA for the retirees delayed ratification.  Benson stated that the overall collective bargaining agreement settlement process was not contentious.  The settlement includes the minimum salary and benefit package allowed by law (3.8%) for each year of the agreement and a change in insurance plans to a higher deductible and higher prescription drug cost.  A summary of all language revisions was provided to the Board.

Limmex moved to ratify the 2003-05 RVEA Negotiated Agreement.  Taylor seconded.  Langer asked questions pertaining to the health insurance provider and the dollar amount for the 3.8% salary and benefit settlement.  Langer thanked the Board for the work they have done.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action of Second Reading of New and Revised Policies
Roske moved to approve the second reading of Policy #871 – Handling Complaints About Instructional Materials with minor changes to reference a new rule and exhibit.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried. 

Taylor moved to approve the second reading of Policy #871-Rule – Procedures for the Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the second reading of Policy #871-Exhibit – Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #345.5 -Graduation Requirements to remove any reference to a requirement that students must pass a state exam in order to graduate.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to delete the entire Policy #345.5-Exhibit - Graduation Requirements Flowchart during the second reading since state law no longer requires passing a graduation exam.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to approve the annual review of Policy #423 and Policy #423-Rule - Public School Open Enrollment during the second reading with no changes.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Retirements
Limmex moved to approve the retirement of Karen Stittleburg, Elementary Librarian, at the end of the 2003-04 school year, as per Article 28 of the collective bargaining agreement.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the retirement of Bud Benusa, Middle School English Teacher, at the end of the 2003-04 school year, as per Article 28 of the collective bargaining agreement.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to approve the retirement of Karen Coyle, High School English Teacher, at the end of the 2003-04 school year, as per Article 28 of the collective bargaining agreement.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Benson thanked all three teachers for their years of service and wished them well.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Virginia Jordan, High School Special Education Teacher, at the end of the 2003-04 school year.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1)(f) for Discussion of Teacher Leave Requests and 19.85 (1)(c) for 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and for the purpose of discussing Administrator Evaluations and Contracts
Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 7:30 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1)(f) for Discussion of Teacher Leave Requests and 19.85 (1)(c) for 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and for the purpose of discussing Administrator Evaluations and Contracts.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Benson announced that the meeting would likely reconvene in open session in approximately ten minutes.

The Board reconvened in open session at 7:37 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Leave Requests
Limmex moved to approve a leave of absence for Cheryl Ross from May 24, 2004, through the end of the 2003-04 school year.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to approve a leave of absence for Nikki Henkel from April 28, 2004, through the end of the 2003-04 school year.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve a leave of absence for Erin Schultz from April 26, 2004, through the end of the 2003-04 school year.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to adjourn at 7:40 p.m.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

03/10/08 pw