RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.
 
 

Board: Nelson, Pitts, Taylor, Peach, Caraway, Limmex, Anderson, Roske, Pronold
Absent: N/A
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Briehl, Kaukl, Hoffman, Palm-Leis
Others:  Linda Thering, Rose Ellen Schneider, Jody Noble, Todd Miller, Randy Hartung, Herman Kaldenberg, Shawn Duren, Aaron Joyce (WRCO), David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Secretary)

Anderson opened the meeting.  He noted that there was an amended agenda and noted that the meeting had been properly noticed and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member.  Limmex moved to proceed with the legal meeting.   Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that there is a WASB “Leadership for Student Achievement” conference in May and a New Board Member Gathering on April 18.

Legislative Update
Taylor reported that there was a WASB lobby day on February 21 which focused on why TABOR is bad for schools.  A joint resolution has been introduced calling for school funding reform by July 2007.

Student Council Report
No report.

Update from Budget Committee - Auditor’s Report
The Budget Committee met on March 9.  An independent audit shows that the district’s books are in sound financial order.  District Auditor Ed Virnig explained new accounting requirements which will require school districts to record future post employment benefits in one area of their books.  This accounting methodology will require the district to have an actuarial study completed by a firm which specializes in this area.

Review Important Upcoming Dates
The Board reviewed important upcoming dates such as the April 4 referendum election, upcoming regular and special Board meetings, and the timeline for teacher layoffs, if necessary.

Discussion of April 4, 2006, Referendum
There were public information meetings held last Monday for the purpose of providing factual information to the public related to the upcoming referendum.  In the event the referendum fails, the Board will meet soon after April 4 to decide how to proceed with the contingency plan.  Caraway moved to set a special meeting for 7:30 p.m. on April 6 in the high school gymnasium.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – February 2006; Open Session Meeting Minutes –
January 19, 2006
Roske moved to accept the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Adoption of District Technology Plan
The DPI requires the district to develop a technology plan every three years.  Linda Thering, Rose Ellen Schneider, Shawn Duren, and Carl Hayek collaborated to create the 2006-09 plan and outlined the plan for the Board.  Benson thanked these staff members for their work.  Limmex moved to adopt the Information Literacy and Technology Plan for 2006-09.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Policies
Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #480 – Class Fund Disposition with revisions to allow up to $300 of unspent money remaining in a class account to be placed in a private checking account for future class reunion expenditures.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to adopt the Middle School Athletic Handbook revisions.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to approve the first reading of Policy #763 - Wellness Policy on Nutrition and Physical Activity which is a new wellness policy required by federal law.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #452.4-Rule - Procedure for Administering Medications to Students at School with revisions to adhere to a change in the law which no longer allows verbal permission for students to receive acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #342.2 – Gifted and Talented Program with minor revisions as a result of state technology plan requirements.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Caraway moved to approve the first reading of Policy #361 (Rule) – Selection Guidelines with minor revisions as a result of state technology plan requirements.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #362.1 – Interlibrary Loan of Materials which is a new policy as a result of our state required technology plan requirements.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #362.2 – Fines, Loss, or Damage to Materials which is a new policy as a result of our state required technology plan requirements.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Caraway moved to approve the first reading of Policy #362.3 – Disposal of Library Instructional Materials which is a new policy as a result of our state required technology plan requirements.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on School Psychologist Hiring
Pitts moved to approve the hiring of Crystal Feral as the new school psychologist for the remainder of the 2005-06 school year.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on CESA #3 Services Contract
Limmex moved to approve the 2006-07 CESA #3 Services Contract for $54,290.24.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on CESA #5 Services Contract
Taylor moved to approve the 2006-07 CESA #5 Services Contract for $9,109, which is primarily distance learning services.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Roske moved to accept the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation of Sarah Babcock, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Transfer from 8th Grade Math to 7th Grade Math
Peach moved to approve the transfer of Jane Briehl from 8th Grade Math Teacher to 7th Grade Math Teacher since Ken Mertens will be retiring.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

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 Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts; 19.85(1)(b) and (f) for Support Staff Member on Administrative Leave of Absence; 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Open Enrollment Applications for 2006-07 School Year

Limmex moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:35 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2005-07 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; 2005-07 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update; and Discussion of Administrator Evaluations and Contracts; 19.85(1)(b) and (f) for Support Staff Member on Administrative Leave of Absence; 19.85(1)(f) for Discussion of Open Enrollment Applications for 2006-07 School Year.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened to open session at 9:45 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Open Enrollment Applications for 2006-07 School Year
Roske moved to approve 60 new open enrollment applications out of the district and 19 new applications into the district for the 2006-07 school year.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to adjourn at 9:46 p.m.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

 

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