RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Monday, October 30, 2006
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.                                                                                   

 

Board: Nelson, Taylor, Roske, Pronold, Cates, Ferguson, Caraway, Rebecca Eberle (Student Council Rep), Rachel Bindl (Student Council Rep)
Absent:  Peach, Pitts
Admin: Benson, Hayek, Hoffman, Palm-Leis, Kaukl, Briehl, Hegland, Radtke
Others:  Chief Wilkins, Officer Kurek, Herman Kaldenberg, Aaron Joyce (WRCO), David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Secretary)

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.   Roske moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

School Safety Discussion
The next Policy Committee meeting will focus on policies pertaining to school safety.  Benson also noted that the next Budget Committee meeting agenda will include discussion of increasing the elementary guidance counselor from 80% to 100%, at a cost of $8,300, and the possibility of reinstating the Police School Liaison Officer (PSLO) in the district.  The cost to the district would be between $7,000 and $10,000 annually for the PSLO.  The Board discussed the financial implications for each of these two positions in light of ongoing budget cuts and the passage of the recent referendum.

Wilkinson and Kurek both voiced support of a PSLO position to serve as a role model and educator in the schools while also increasing communication between youth and the police and practicing preventive measures to head off disciplinary issues.  Wilkinson noted that the district would receive a well trained officer while only paying for a part time position.  Currently, the village budget and time constraints of the current police force limit this type of arrangement.

The Board’s student council representatives, Rachel Bindl and Rebecca Eberle, both noted they would feel safer with police presence in the high school.  They shared details surrounding a recent “white ribbon day” where high school student wore white ribbons to show they are opposed to violence at school. 

Legislative Update
Taylor reported that a cross section of Wisconsin school districts met with the School Finance Committee to give testimony on the difficulties they are facing with present school funding.  Professor Odden, Chairman of the UW-Madison Adequacy Study Initiative, presented his model for adequately funding Wisconsin schools to the Legislative Council Special Committee on Review of the State School Aid Formula.  His model formula would completely eliminate the current school funding formula, revenue limits, and the qualified economic offer.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson reported that there is an upcoming Employment Seminar in December and the WASB Convention in Milwaukee in January.  A group of River Valley staff members is on the venue as musical entertainment at the convention in Milwaukee.

District Goals
A third goal has been added to our district goals for this school year--in accordance with state law, River Valley School District will utilize the contract negotiations process to work with RVEA and RVEST to seek a more cost effective health insurance program.  Benson noted that the Board Negotiations Committee met with the RVEA and RVEST and an outside consultant on October 25 to begin discussions on seeking more cost effective health insurance.

The other two goals are to create new and different learning opportunities for all students and staff and to examine instructional methods and resources to increase innovation in how we teach student Reading/Literacy Skills (K-12).  A committee of 12 teachers has been meeting with Benson to identify reading assessment tools used in our district with the goal of monitoring progress and changing instructional approaches.

Roske inquired about virtual learning opportunities for students and voiced his desire to increase these types of learning options.  Benson will report back to the Board with costing information at a future meeting and noted the need for “added value” for on-line courses.

Proposed Upcoming Meeting Dates
There will be three meetings on Thursday, November 9:  5:30 Budget Committee Meeting in Central Office; 6:30 Policy Committee Meeting in Central Office; and 7:30 Regular Board Meeting in the Middle School Library.

Public Comments/Open Forum
Herman Kaldenberg noted his appreciation for the district’s efforts to identify underachievers and then read the “Serenity Prayer” to the Board.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – September 2006; August 10 and September 14, 2006, Minutes
Taylor moved to accept the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on the Resolution Providing for the Tax Levy and Budget Change for the Year 2006
Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Providing for the Tax Levy of $7,288,204 and Budget Change for 2006.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.  Hayek noted that since the property valuation has increased, the mill rate will decrease from the annual meeting projection of $9.33 down to $8.94.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Pronold moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of 67 drafting textbooks from Grayslake High School valued at $1,000 to the high school tech. ed. department.  Taylor seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $2,200 from the Spring Green Arts and Crafts Fair to the high school band department for a new oboe.  Ferguson seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.   Motion carried.

Roske moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of $600 from the Spring Green Arts and Crafts Fair to the high school music department.  Pronold seconded.  Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent.   Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a metal donation (dollar amount to remain anonymous) from Plastic Ingenuity to the high school tech. ed. department.  Roske 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 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Preparation and 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Preparation; and 19.85(1)(c) and (f) for Discussion of Employee Health Insurance Eligibility
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:16 p.m.  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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