RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Taylor, Pitts, Peach, Roske
Board Members absent: Limmex, Pronold, Caraway
Administrators present: Hoffman, Mahoney, Richardson, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Briehl (arrived 7:55 p.m.)
Others: Karen Steindorf, 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. Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting. Taylor seconded. Motion carried.

All in attendance paused for a moment of silence in respect for the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that WASB is holding a contract administration seminar on September 12 in Madison or October 3 in Wausau; a school law seminar on October 17; and a fall regional meeting for Region 10 on October 8 in Portage.

Student Council Report|
Megan Sipes and Pam Thomas, student council representatives on the Board, provided an update of student council activities including a new school store at the high school, plans for a Family Fall Festival at Peck’s, and continuation of working to increase attendance at student council meetings. Kaukl noted that the student council has done a good job with a positive start to the year.

Referendum Timeline (District Deficit Reduction Plan)
Mahoney outlined three documents that were shared at the recent September 8 Referendum Fact Committee meeting: Budget Deficit Overview; Impact Statements Version 2.0 outlining programs and staff that may be cut in the event a referendum fails; and Tax Impact for 2004-05 and 2005-06 if a February referendum vote increases school taxes. The last document shows the estimated tax impact, for 2004-05, on a home valued at $150,000--$98 per year; or $8 per month; or 26 cents per day.

The next Referendum Fact Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 13.

"US" Program at the Middle School
Hoffman briefly outlined a three-year middle school program through the UW-Extension designed to examine and improve communications between students, staff, and parents. There is a minimal cost associated with postage over the three-year span.

Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts - August 2003; Open Session Meeting Minutes – July 10 and August 14, 2003
Pitts moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Briehl arrive at 7:55 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Resignation
Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Teacher Resignation of Jessica Engelke, High School Spanish Teacher. Roske seconded. Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Hirings
Pitts moved to approve the hiring of Lisa Bowen as a 75% SAGE Teacher at Lone Rock Elementary. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the hiring of Sharon Jeardeau as a 75% SAGE Teacher at Arena Elementary. Taylor seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #433-Exhibit – Junior/Senior Privilege Request Form to increase the number of open campus (lunch hour) days from five to ten. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Taylor moved to approve the first reading of Policy #470.1 – Athletic User Fees to align with the Athletic Handbook regarding the return of user fees if an athlete is dropped from a team or quits a team and makes a request for a refund no later than the second week of participation or before the first competition, whichever is later. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #832 – Tobacco Possession and Use on School Premises to prohibit not only the use of but also the possession of tobacco products by students. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on High School Graduation Date – Friday, June 4, 2004
Taylor moved to set Friday, June 4, 2004, for high school graduation. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 and 111.70 for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Employee Severance Plan; and 19.85 (1)(b), (c), and (f) to discuss Deficit Reduction Strategies Related to Potential Layoffs
Peach moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:04 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 and 111.70 for 2003-05 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Non-Union Employee Severance Plan; and 19.85 (1)(b), (c), and (f) to discuss Deficit Reduction Strategies Related to Potential Layoffs. Roske seconded. Polled vote was 6-0 in the affirmative with 3 absent. Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:01 p.m.

Consideration & Action on 2004-05 School Calendar
No discussion.

Consideration & Action on Non-Union Employee Severance Plan
Anderson moved to accept the letter of retirement from Dick Durnford, School Psychologist, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Roske moved to adjourn at 9:02 p.m. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

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