RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, May 10, 2001
Regular Meeting (#39)
Middle School Library
8:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Limmex, Pitts, Smith, Roske
Board Members absent: Peach, Pronold, Caraway
Administrators present: Benson, Wermuth, Palm-Leis, Golden, Larson, Richardson, Hoffman
Others present: Kay Taylor, Tony Cavagnetto, Nick Ehlinger, Jennifer Snow, Mike Vail, 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.

Performing Arts Facility - Feasibility Committee
School district music teachers were present to discuss with the Board the possibility of the Board forming a feasibility committee to look into the logistics of constructing a performing arts facility in the district. After some discussion, the Board asked the group of music teachers to check with other districts who have a performing arts facility regarding the next step used in the process. Benson will meet with the group and at a future Board meeting, the Board may then re-evaluate the idea of creating a feasibility committee.

District Self-Evaluation of the Status of Pupil Non-Discrimination and the Equality of Educational Opportunities
District Equity Coordinator Palm-Leis presented the Board with a completed report on equity and excellence in pupil non-discrimination that will be submitted to the DPI. Palm-Leis reported that since our district is mostly rural and white, gender was the primary focus.

In summary, our district is committed to equity through Board policies and by administrative leadership to implement these policies, through programs such as "Time to Teach" which provides equity in disciplining students, and through athletic opportunities offered to both girls and boys.

Improvements to be made include preparing for growth in diversity among our student population and increasing opportunities for young ladies in technology education. Having current female teachers in the positions of technology education instructor and agriculture instructor at our high school may be a factor in helping to increase the number of girls enrolled in these types of classes.

Set Special Board Meeting – May 24, 2001 (tentative)
A special Board meeting was tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 24, at 8:00 p.m.

Consent Agenda - Checks, Invoices, Receipts from April 2001
Smith moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Limmex seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Board Committee Assignments
Limmex moved to approve the committee assignments recommended by President Anderson. Pitts seconded. Motion carried. Committee chairpersons will be elected by committee members at the next meeting of each committee.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Retirements
Benson noted that Kay Taylor and Ann Harsh have stated their intent to retire at the end of the 2000-01 school year. Since neither of these teachers is eligible for early retirement benefits, which are being reviewed by the EEOC, there is no reason to delay action on these two retirements.

Limmex moved to accept the retirement of Kay Taylor as Middle School Choral Teacher. Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Limmex moved to accept the retirement of Ann Harsh as Spring Green Elementary Kindergarten Teacher. Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Transfers
Pitts moved to transfer Gina Eastlick from her current position SAGE (K-1 Math) Teacher position to the First Grade Teacher position at Lone Rock Elementary to being with the 2001-02 school year. Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation for Annalee Gunlicks, Middle School History Teacher. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Appointment of CESA #3 Convention Representative – August 2, 2001
Smith moved to appoint Pitts as the CESA #3 Convention Representative at the CESA #3 annual meeting on August 2. Limmex seconded. Nelson noted she would act as alternate in the event Pitts was unable to attend. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Annual Meeting Date – August 9, 2001
Limmex moved to set the annual meeting for Thursday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m., prior to the August regular meeting, which will start at 7:30 p.m. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss Article 28, Early Retirement Policy For Teachers, and the sidebar language pertaining to early retirement in the 1999-01 negotiated agreement and 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining; and 19.85(1)(c) to discuss administrator contracts
Smith moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:55 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss Article 28, Early Retirement Policy For Teachers, and the sidebar language pertaining to early retirement in the 1999-01 negotiated agreement and 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining; and 19.85(1)(c) to discuss administrator contracts. Limmex seconded. Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For: ________________________________ Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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