RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Regular Meeting
High School Library
7:00 p.m.

Board: Cates, Crowley, Paula Caraway, Nelson, Taylor, Peach, Pronold, Cummings, Ferguson, Elizabeth Heiser (Student Council Representative)
Absent:  N/A
Administration:  Benson, Hayek, Palm-Leis, Kaukl, Radtke, Hegland, Briehl, Hoffman
Others:  Linda Donnelly, Sue Sadler, P.J. McGuire, Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant), David Giffey (Home News)

President Taylor opened the meeting.  She noted that the meeting had been properly noticed and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member.  Crowley moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor provided a legislative update, noting that there were 43 referendums in 34 school districts.  Only 23 passed.  Federal education funding will remain unchanged until at least March 2009.  The state budget proposal included a 3.9 percent increase in state funding for public education which would push the state back to covering two-thirds of school costs.

Board Training Opportunities
Cates, Taylor, and Caraway will be attending the January 2009 WASB Convention, along with Benson and Hayek.

Student Council Report
Heiser noted that the student council is involved in a food drive for the Food Pantry and a penny war for the Humane Society.

Exemplary Middle School Award from the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators
Hoffman reported that the Middle School has been recognized by the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators as an exemplary middle school for its high growth in reading scores.

SAGE Waiver Approval
Benson reminded the Board that our district’s recent SAGE waiver request has conditional approval.  Our district must strive toward a 15:1 ratio in kindergarten and first grade and a 15:1 ratio for reading and math only for second and third grades.  In order to meet requirements, we may need to hire more staff and/or change district boundaries for attendance areas.  In the event of SAGE funding reductions, our district is more apt to continue to receive funding if we are working toward or meeting their requirements.

Recognition of Grants Awarded to District
Benson noted that the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition awarded two grants to our district:  $1,000 to the middle school theater troupe for the “Spring Shakespearean Play” and $500 to the high school art department for a camcorder for the “Independent Lens Project.”  Our district also received a grant from the River Valley Community Learning Foundation for an anti-bullying project and $500 was awarded from the Arts and Crafts Committee to the high school art department.

 It was noted that two teams from the high school are in the five finalists in a Fox 47 contest for a public service announcement that addresses teen driving safety.

District Goals – Initial Planning and Implementation Report
Benson outlined our district goals for 2008-09 as literacy and response to intervention (RTI) with our theme being “Education With a Future Focus.”

WASB Convention
Representatives from our district, along with representatives from the Center for Creativity, will be presenting at the January 2009 WASB Convention.  The presentation will be “How to Build Creative Community Connections.”  Dick Cates will also be presenting “Agricultural Education in a World Marketplace.”

Public Comments/Open Forum
No discussion.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – September and October 2008; Open Session Meeting Minutes – September 11, 2008; October 27, 2008
Peach moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Focus on Energy/Energy Independent Community
Our district has been invited to participate in the Wisconsin Energy Independent Communities program with both the Village and Town of Spring Green.  Caraway moved to approve participation in this partnership and to apply for grant monies to pay the costs of an energy audit.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Board Committee Assignments
Since Paula Caraway was recently appointed to a Board vacancy, committee assignments have been revised.  Ferguson moved to approve the revised Board committee assignments as proposed by President Taylor.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hiring
Ferguson moved to hire Laura Seybold as the 50% Middle School Spanish Teacher/50% ESL Support.  Crowley seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
Crowley moved to approve the second reading of Policy #743 – Acceptable Use of Networked Computers, Internet, and Electronic Mail to delete references to Exhibits 1 and 2 since those exhibits will be obsolete with our new student management software and new Family Access program.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Policy #743-Exhibit 1 – Privacy Statement for K12Planet.com and Policy #743-Exhibit 2 – Consent Form for K12Planet.com will be deleted due to new student management software and replacement of this program.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #745 – Web-Based Parent Access to Student Records and Grades and Policy #745-Exhibit – Application and Acceptable Use for Web-Based Parent Access to Student Records and Grades for the adoption of this new policy and exhibit which relates to the new student management software and the new Family Access program.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to approve the second reading of Policy #751.1 – Bus Routing and Scheduling to add language to clarify that the transportation contractor establishes bus routes with final approval of the Business Manager and language from the Bus Rules and Regulations regarding the pick up and drop off points for kindergarteners (and younger students).  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
Crowley moved to approve the first reading of Policy #225-Rule – District Administrator Evaluation to change the timeline regarding goals planning to occur prior to the start of the school year.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to approve the first reading of Policy #350 – Youth Options Program (Postsecondary Enrollment Options Program) to add “Youth Options Program” to the title and to clarify that the student must receive a grade of “C” or better or he/she must reimburse the district for tuition and fees.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to approve the first reading of Policy # 374 – Student Activity Fund Management to align with Wisconsin Uniform Financial Accounting Requirements (WUFAR) and to centralize student activity accounts as recommended by our auditors.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $75 from Kay Taylor to the middle school for an APT field trip.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Peach moved to adopt two Resolutions Accepting Gifts to the school fair fund--$200 from an anonymous donor and $500 from Big Hollow Bears 4-H Club.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to adopt two Resolutions Accepting Gifts to the alternative ed. department in memory of Tor Caraway--$20 from Lucille Mauermann and $50 from Eileen Johns.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Caraway moved to adopt nine Resolutions Accepting Gifts to Fund 21 for needy students and their families-- $126 from Christ Lutheran Church, $25 from Howard and Michelle Orcutt, $20 from Robin Reid, $25 from Joseph and Susan Tatar, $10 from Delores and Howard Orcutt, $20 from Jerry and Mary Zavada, $100 from Julie Bartlett, $20 from Barb Baxter, and $25 from Mark and Carol Scoles.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Substitute Teacher Pay
Pronold  moved to approve an increase in substitute teacher pay to $90.00 per day.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried with Crowley opposed.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c)
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:36 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for: Discussion of Administrator Retirement Benefits, Discussion of Non-Union Support Staff Retirement Benefits, 2009–11 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2009–11 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, and Discussion of Administrator Realignment Planning for 2009-10; and 19.85(1)(e) and (g) for Discussion of Legal and Financial Matters Related to Previous Transportation Contracts.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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