RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Monday, March 29, 2004
Special Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m. 

Board Members present:  Nelson, Roske, Pronold, Pitts, Taylor, Limmex, Anderson
Board Members absent:  Caraway, Peach
Administrators present:  Benson, Mahoney, Richardson, Briehl, Kaukl, Palm-Leis
Others present:  Todd Miller, Rose Ellen Schneider, Bridget Roberts, Linda Thering, Keith Symon, Michael Langer, Shari Graffunder, Lisa Scofield, Brenda Bindl, Merry Lynn Riek, Cindy Haag, Jim Krey, Susan Tatar, Jan Montgomery, Rudy Montgomery, Don Greenwood, Michael Whaley, Sue Gereau, Susan Kilmer, Monica Reeve, Tony Cavagnetto, Eric Ferguson, Jean Alt, Jamie Haas, Sue Sadler, Bob Holding (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

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.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Review Important Upcoming Dates
Anderson reviewed a list of upcoming dates/deadlines through May which pertain to open enrollment, teacher layoffs, and committee and Board meetings and explained how these dates/deadlines coincide with budget decisions.

Consideration & Action on 2004-05 Budget Cuts
Anderson noted that a survey was conducted by a community group that wanted to hear comments from voters after the failed referendum regarding the school district budget and any general comments.  Michael Whaley spoke as a representative of the community group.  Whaley reported that the group, after talking with voters, feels that the district needs to be more in touch with the public.  The most common response regarding the budget was to make cuts.  Anderson thanked the group for their efforts and noted that a full report of survey results is available in central office.

Anderson noted that in a phone survey to open enrollment families to determine the reason for applying for open enrollment, many noted that their decision was due to concerns about potential reductions in athletics and academics due to our budget deficit.  Susan Kilmer noted that she believes the Home News spun Benson’s comments regarding his family’s application for open enrollment and noted that he had responded that he didn’t intend to use this option for his family unless programs at River Valley were several depleted. 

Pitts presented a new idea to raise money to cover budget deficits.  He suggested selling raffle tickets at $100 each for a chance to win a piece of school forest land.  Per Pitts, at 3,000 packets of 10 at $100 the district could earn $300,000.  The proceeds would be deposited into Fund 21.  Anderson noted that efforts have been made in the past to gain educational benefit from these parcels and that the district has earned profits from timber sales.  He stated that the sale of school forest land would not have a recurring benefit but would be a temporary solution.  He added that any action to sell this property, in any fashion, must be done at an annual meeting.

Mahoney noted that a title search would be completed within a week.  He added that timber sale money goes into a capital sales fund (Fund 49).  Benson added that further discussion of school forest land needs to take place.

The Board proceeded to discuss and take action on budget cuts and revenue increases for 2004-05.

Pronold moved to eliminate the late bus service ($32,700) starting in 2004-05.  Taylor seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 5-1 in the affirmative with 1 abstention and 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to cut $7,500 from the technology budget.  Roske seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to cut a 100% high school secretarial position ($40,000).  Limmex seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to cut a 50% middle school teacher assistant position ($8,800).  Pronold seconded. Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to cut a 100% high school study hall supervisor position ($25,000).  Roske seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to cut a 20% middle school part time assistant position ($4,500).  Taylor seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to cut a 100% day custodian position ($37,100).  Limmex seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to cut a 100% elementary EEN teacher position ($60,000).  Pronold seconded.  Palm-Leis noted that cuts and rehires are based on demands/needs of students.  If numbers change or we get new students with high needs, we’ll need to look at hiring a teacher.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to reduce a high school English teacher position by 50% ($28,500).  Limmex seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Limmex moved to cut a 100% elementary librarian position ($60,000).  Roske seconded.  There was discussion and reluctance on the part of some Board members to proceed with this cut.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to cut $21,000 from building budgets.  Limmex seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 6-1 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to implement a $50.00 annual parking fee for high school students ($4,500).  Roske seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to implement a $50.00 annual fee for participation in any/all co-curricular activities and a $50.00 fee per sport per year.  Limmex seconded.  Limmex moved to amend the motion to not implement a fee for co-curricular activities.  Pronold seconded.  After discussion on the amount of the fee to charge for athletics, whether or not to charge for co-curricular activities, and discussion of middle school fees, Anderson suggested that this issue be deferred to the Policy Committee.  Pronold moved to withdrew his original motion.  Representatives from the Policy Committee and Budget Committee will meet as an ad hoc committee to discuss issues related to athletic and co-curricular fees and make a recommendation to the full Board.  Pitts, Limmex, Roske, and Taylor will meet on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Central Office.

Limmex moved to cut one a.m. and one p.m. bus route.  Roske seconded.  After discussion of the cut affecting instructional time for some St. Luke’s students, Anderson asked Cindy Haag, as representative of St. Luke’s, to explore options if this route were to be eliminated.  Todd Miller expressed frustration that there have been no transportation cuts to date.  Anderson explained that the issue has not been dropped but only postponed since the Board does not have contractual deadlines to meet for making transportation cuts, unlike decisions regarding teacher staffing cuts.  Limmex moved to withdraw his motion.

Benson asked the Board to reconsider its earlier thoughts on cutting a 100% 3rd grade teacher.  He noted that administration does not recommend this cut.   This item was tabled for further discussion at the April 15 Board meeting.

Benson asked the Board to reconsider its earlier thoughts on not reducing a middle school foreign language teacher position by 50%.  Limmex moved to reduce a middle school foreign language teacher position by 50% ($20,700).  Pronold seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 5-2 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Nelson responded to Miller’s accusation that Board members don’t care about education by stating that it would be fiscal mismanagement not to cut programs when we can’t afford to maintain them.  Miller left the meeting.

Limmex moved to reduce a high school agriculture teacher position by 20%.  Nelson seconded.  After some discussion on number of classes and prep periods, Benson asked that this item be tabled until this information is confirmed.  Limmex moved to withdraw his motion. 

Limmex moved to cut funding for the school fair ($5,500), without cutting the program.  Taylor seconded.  Roll call vote:

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

Polled vote was 5-2 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Benson noted that during their discussions of administrative contracts, the Board will continue to look at the possibility of reducing administrative positions in the future.

Consideration & Action on Retirement of School Nurse
Roske moved to adopt a resolution to accept the retirement of Jeanne Patenaude, school nurse.  Pitts seconded.  Benson noted that Patenaude, like Dick Durnford, will receive the same benefits as teachers, although she is not in the union.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.  Anderson extended much thanks to Patenaude for her service.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (1)(f) for Discussion of Open Enrollment Applications for the 2004-05 School Year and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts
Pitts moved to adjourn to closed session at 10:10 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (1)(f) for Discussion of Open Enrollment Applications for the 2004-05 School Year and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried. 

Anderson estimated that the Board would reconvene to open session in approximately 30 minutes. 

The Board reconvened in open session at 11:20 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Open Enrollment Applications for 2004-05 School Year
Roske moved to approve 8 applications “in” and 70 applications “out” under open enrollment for the 2004-05 school year.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adjourn at 11:22 p.m.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

03/10/08 pw