RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

 

Board: Nelson, Ferguson, Cates, Crowley, Cummings, Caraway, Pronold, Kali Coleman (Student Council Rep), Travis Kraemer (Student Council Rep)
Absent:  Peach, Taylor
Admin: Hayek, Hegland, Kaukl, Hoffman, Benson, Radtke, Briehl
Others:  Sue Sadler, Heather Terrill Stotts, Jamie Licht, Brenda Degenhardt, Carla Carmody, Aaron Joyce (WRCO), David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

President Caraway 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.  Crowley moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
In Taylor’s absence, she provided a written legislative report which stated that the state budget was signed into law on October 26 to include a shift of $158 million of general school aid over the next 2 years to the school levy credit.  Other items within Taylor’s summary included legislative hearing dates and related senate and assembly activity on specific bills that are being discussed and voted upon.

Board Training Opportunities
The WASB State Education Convention is January 22-25, 2008 in Milwaukee.  An agenda for the convention it not yet available.

Student Council Report
Student Council representatives, Travis Kramer and Kali Coleman, noted several student council projects:  an all school activities calendar; a penny war fundraiser for charity; a data match activity in February; and discussions with the 4 Pete’s Sake group on how the student council could help during this fundraiser.

Project Lead the Way
The tech. ed. department and high school science teacher Brenda Degenhardt presented information regarding the Project Lead the Way grant which has allowed enhancements to science, math, and technology curriculum in our district.  They are applying for funding for the third year.  A grant has also been submitted for funding for the middle school tech. ed. program.

District Goals 2007-08 and Beyond
There was discussion of 2007-08 district goals and future district program initiatives that may be explored, such as virtual schooling; 4 year old kindergarten; new revenue sources; RTI; financial planning; and improvement of at-risk and alternative ed. programs and project based schooling, all which may attract home school families and open enrollment students.  Benson noted that money was the biggest roadblock to many of these initiatives; however, we strive to be a progressive school district and want to foster independence, decision making, problem solving, creative thinking, motivation, flexibility, and collaboration, using the Board’s educational philosophy noted in Policy #110.  Benson explained that administration is creating a process for examining charter school options.

Public Comments/Open Forum
No discussion.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – October 2007; Open Session Meeting Minutes – October 11 and October 29, 2007
Crowley moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on 2008-09 School Calendar – Delayed Start on School Fair Day (Friday, October 3)
The Board Negotiations Committee and RVEA representatives met prior to the Board meeting to discuss the delayed start on school fair day in 2008-09.  The delayed start will remain but there may be changes to the day’s schedule of events.  No action taken.

Consideration & Action on District Goals – Final Review and Acknowledgement
Ferguson moved to approve the 2007-08 district goals as presented by administration:  Increase Innovative Support for Classroom Teachers; STAR Reading Assessment; 6+1 Traits Writing; and K-12 Curriculum Mapping.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $25 from Joseph and Susan Tatar to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $25 from Kathleen and Robert Ragan to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Cates moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $25 from Howard and Michelle Orcutt to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was

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

Ferguson moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $25 from Yvonne Notbohm to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $192 from Christ Lutheran Church to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was

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

Crowley moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $50 from an anonymous donor to be deposited in Fund 21 for use by needy students and their families.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Support Staff Retirement Benefits
Crowley moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:29 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Support Staff Retirement Benefits.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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