RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, November 6, 2003
Special Meeting (Regular Meeting agenda items included)
High School Study Hall
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Taylor, Pitts, Peach, Roske, Pronold, Caraway, Limmex, Megan Sipes (student representative), Pam Thomas (student representative)
Board Members absent: N/A
Administrators present: Benson, Hoffman, Mahoney, Richardson, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Briehl (arrived 8:15 p.m.)

Others: Bob Holding, Keith Symon, Nicole Weidner, Deb Miller, Ronda Baugher, Carla Carmody, Jason Hollenberger, Susan Gereau, Robert Humpries, Pat Frischolz, Otto Frischolz, Sallie Jacobsen, Bev Smigielski, Kathy Peetz, Judy Ettenhofen, Leslie Schultz, Gina Jordan, Bob Jordan, Rose Ellen Schneider, Jim Krey, Marie Schwingle, Jim Schwingle,  Ben Troxel, Ron Troxel, James Radtke, Bridget Roberts, Sue Sadler, Susan Kilmer, Luke Schmitz, Seth Heynoski, Austin Hildenbrand, Gilbert Williams, Lisa Scofield, Peter de Waard, Alan Ikeler, Ellen Ikeler, Kris Ikeler, Kathy Kinney, Pam Brander, Barb Johnson, Linda Thering, Julie Showen, Jim Schwanke, David Reichenberger, Mary Jo Studenberg, Joyce Portz, Autumn Stoflet, Jean Alt, Emily Roske, Don Greenwood, Dee Swenson, Paul Cummings, Brenda Strozinsky, Mike Miller, Phil Manske, Ed Ederer, Pat Ederer, Eric Ferguson, Jeff Johnson, Joan Killian-Ikeler, Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant), David Giffey (Home News)

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.  Peach moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that a seminar on the “No Child Left Behind Act” will be held on November 14 in Madison.  She attended a “School Law Seminar” in October and will leave information in Central Office for Board members to review if interested.

Student Council Report
The Student Council held a Fall Festival at Peck’s as a fundraiser.  The Student Council plans to hold a student forum to explain to students about the current status of the district budget deficit.

Referendum Timeline (District Deficit Reduction Plan and Related Strategies)
Anderson provided a summary of Board action items to be discussed later in the meeting that relate to the referendum, including a resolution that would approve exceeding the revenue limits by $500,000 in 04-05 and $1 million in 05-06; a resolution that would call for a referendum to vote on exceeding the revenue limits; and a list of potential cuts in the event the referendum fails.  Anderson noted that cuts take place as part of regular operations and some items on the list could be cut even though not needed as part of the $1.5 million budget deficit solution.

Benson stated that a resolution for a referendum must be passed at least 42 days prior to the vote.  He outlined the different public notices that are needed in conjunction with holding a referendum.  A discussion of the term “non-recurring” related to a referendum took place.  Mahoney explained that the referendum would be “non-recurring” since the amount is different for 04-05 than for 05-06 and it’s uncertain what will happen at the state level after this time.  If there are no changes at the state level, the district will need to seek future referendum votes to exceed the revenue limit.

There was discussion about the need to get more information out to parents and community on what factors caused the district to be in this current budget deficit situation and the cuts that will occur if the referendum fails.  Anderson and Benson noted that the district will continue to educate voters about the district budget deficit, the upcoming referendum, and the effects of a “no” vote.

Don Greenwood voiced his opinion that the Board made a strategic error with large administrator pay increases recently.  Anderson responded that the administrative team cut one administrator and the overall dollars spent on administrator salaries and benefits actually decreased from last year by $44,000.  In addition, all but one administrator is still below average in comparison to other districts.  Mahoney responded to a question by stating that there is a 3.8% cost increase projection for salary and benefits for all personnel in the budget deficit projections.

Mahoney noted that if enrollment numbers change, this will make a difference in the amount needed to exceed the revenue limit.  So if the referendum passes and the district determines it doesn’t need the full amount, the tax levy would actually be less than the referendum vote allows.

Anderson asked the community members present to make an effort to inform others of the origin of the budget deficit problem and why the district needs to exceed the revenue limit.  Per Anderson, this needs to be a people’s effort.  Benson encouraged more input from those present and stated that the district needs their help—the kids need your help, said Benson.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – October 2003; Open Session Meeting Minutes – October 9 and October 16, 2003
Taylor moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on a Resolution to Exceed Revenue Limit in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 School Years
Peach moved to adopt the Resolution to Exceed Revenue Limit in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 School Years.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Providing for a Referendum on the Question of the Approval of a Resolution to Exceed Revenue Limit in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 School Years
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Providing for a Referendum on the Question of the Approval of a Resolution to Exceed Revenue Limit in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 School Years.  Caraway seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on List of Potential Budget Cuts in an Effort to Resolve Budget Deficits if the February 17, 2004, Referendum Fails
Pitts moved to adopt the list of Potential Budget Cuts in an Effort to Resolve Budget Deficits if the February 17, 2004, Referendum Fails.  Limmex seconded.  Pronold asked that his list also be included for consideration of budget cuts.  Roske moved to amend the motion to include Pronold’s list for consideration of cuts as well.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried on the amendment. 

It was clarified that the items listed were potential cuts.  Holding urged the Board not to list “close one elementary building” as an option.  Ron Troxel agreed.  Nelson noted that enrollments may force this need.  Peach noted she would not be in favor of closing an outlying elementary saying families would move.  Todd Miller agreed.  Benson stated that all four communities would be affected if one building were to be closed or if one class at each grade level at Spring Green Elementary were to be eliminated since boundaries lines would be revised.  Motion carried on the amended motion.   

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hiring
Pitts moved to hire Jill Prechel to replace Jessica Engelke as a High School Spanish Teacher effective January 19, 2004.  Peach seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Peach moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of the waiver of a $110.00 fee by Town and Country Sanitation for the use of a trash dumpster during River Valley’s recent school fair and homecoming celebration. Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Peach left the meeting momentarily at 9:36 p.m.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(c) for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update
Limmex moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:37 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(c) for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update.  Roske seconded.  Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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