RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board: Nelson, Pitts, Taylor, Caraway, Roske, Pronold, Ferguson, Peach
Absent: Cates

Admin: Benson, Hayek, Palm-Leis, Kaukl (arrived 7:55 pm)
Others:  Jaime Hegland, James Radtke, Brenda Jennings, Marcia Creasey, Herman Kaldenberg, David Giffey (Home News, Vicki Bedard (WRCO), Julie Kuhse (Secretary)

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.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor provided information regarding NSBA's effort in trying to get funding cuts restored.  Also, a court ruling on responsibility of legal fees in a special education case may lead to fewer frivolous claims by parents who would have to pay all legal fees if they lose the court case.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson stated that the WASB Fall Regional Meeting for Region 10 is being held in September in Baraboo.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – June 2006
Roske moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.   Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on the Implementation of Arbitrator’s Decision Regarding the RVEST 2005-07 Collective Bargaining Agreement
Benson reported that the arbitrator has ruled in favor of the RVEST. Hayek provided comparisons of the Board’s final offer and the RVEST’s final offer.  Benson stated that while the Board is not in favor of the decision, they are asked to take action to implement the arbitrator's decision.  Although there is a court appeal process, on the advice of legal counsel, the Board will not pursue that option.  Peach moved to implement the arbitrator’s decision regarding the RVEST 2005-07 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
Deb Nelson was elected as Committee chairperson.

Due to lack of grant funding for the 2006-2007 school year, the Committee discussed whether or not to maintain the full-time ATODA Coordinator position.  In a tie vote by the Committee, the motion failed, with no recommendation to the Board.

Brenda Jennings, current ATODA Coordinator, and Marcia Creasey presented data to the Board regarding the number of students affected by ATODA programs in 2005-2006, Search Survey highlights, and the extent of the programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Creasey explained the history of the ATODA program, previous funding, current training, and the certification level of Jennings and Creasey. 

Ferguson expressed his support of the program.  Benson stated that in surveying 13 others districts, none have a full-time ATODA coordinator and those districts with someone serving as ATODA Coordinator in some capacity usually paid out a stipend from the health, phy. ed., or guidance department.  Jennings explained that Sauk County is interested in offering some financial assistance, but she did not know to what degree.  The next Sauk County meeting is on July 20, 2006.

Pitts moved to table a decision on the ATODA position and asked that administration research funding options, program needs, and alternatives and provide a recommendation at the August Board meeting.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Nelson reported that the Committee recommended approving a contract with Mortenson, Matzelle, and Meldrum (M3), a health insurance consultant, to provide a maximum of 33 hours of consultation at a cost of $5,100.  Benson stated that comments he received from four other districts that have worked with M3 were favorable.  Taylor moved to approve the contract with M3 as an insurance consultant.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Pitts moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Resignation of Katrina Lemens as a Middle School Choral Teacher.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.   Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Resignation of Gayle Doyle as a Middle School Language Arts Teacher.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.   Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hiring
Pitts moved to approve the transfer of Nick Ehlinger from Elementary Music Teacher to Middle School Choral Teacher.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Recall of High School English Teacher
Pitts moved to approve the recall of Dede Holverson as a High School English Teacher to replace Cheryl Crook who resigned.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.  

Consideration & Action on Annual Meeting Date
Taylor moved to set the Annual Meeting date for September 14, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. with the September Regular Board Meeting to follow.  Roske seconded.  Taylor moved to amend the motion to include that the Annual Meeting be held in the high school little theatre.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $50 from William Ishmael and Julie Tallard Johnson to Plain Elementary for Title I classroom books.  Pitts seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a computer valued at $300 from Duffy Loy to the Arena Elementary.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) to Discussion of Elementary Director Position and Administrator Contracts
Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:45 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statues 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Elementary Director Position and Administrator Contracts.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

 

Submitted by Julie Kuhse For:

___________________________________ Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

 

09/18/06 pw