RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

                                                                       

Board: Nelson, Ferguson, Caraway, Taylor, Cates, Crowley, Cummings, Peach, Pronold
Absent: N/A
Admin: Hayek, Hegland, Kaukl, Briehl, Hoffman, Benson, Radtke, Palm-Leis
Others:  Sue Sadler, Shawn Duren, 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.  Ferguson moved to proceed with the legal meeting.  Crowley seconded.  Motion carried.

Legislative Update
Taylor noted that the Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee released a draft of a proposal to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act.  She also noted that the State Budget Committee has yet to adopt a budget, which could mean the DPI could be forced to set the 2007-08 equalization aid rates at the 2006-07 levels and school boards would have little choice but to raise property tax levies to meet expenditures.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson reported several upcoming WASB training opportunities including a Personnel Management and Employment Seminar on September 28 in Madison or October 5 in Wausau; Region 10 Meeting in Baraboo on October 18; School Law Seminar on October 26 in Madison; and Legislative Issues Conference on November 3 in Stevens Point.

Football Conference
It was noted that while we are currently in a six-team conference for football, we will be playing two teams each year from the Coulee Conference for the next three years.

Public Comments/Open Forum
The Booster Club is conducting a feasibility student for concessions, restrooms, and fencing on our athletic grounds.  Benson also noted that next month, the four district goals for this year will be presented to the Board.  In summary, the goals are:  utilization of our Creative Learning Facilitator; STAR reading assessment; 6 Traits Writing; and curriculum mapping.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – August 2007; Open Session Meeting Minutes – August 9, 2007
Taylor moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolutions Accepting Gifts
Cates moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of 15 computers valued at $350 each from Village Family Dental.  Cummings seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a bookcase valued at $1,000 to the Arena Elementary from Dean Swenson and Pete Dyreson.  Cates seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Second Reading of Board Policies
Crowley moved to approve the second reading of Policy #431-Rule(1) - Student Attendance Guidelines regarding how student absences and parental permission for absences are to be recorded.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the second reading of Policy #762.1-Rule - Food Service Collection and Denial of Access to School Food Service Programs Due to Non-Payment, which states that families will be notified on weekday evenings when their food service account reaches a low balance ($7.00) and denied access to the program when families reach a $0 balance and collection efforts have proven unsuccessful.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried.

Ferguson moved to approve the second reading of Policy #431.1 - Full Day's Absence which specifies a half day’s absence to be the same at the middle school and high school.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to approve the second reading of Policy #762.1-Food Service Collection and Denial of Access to School Food Service Programs Due to Non-Payment which would deny access to the food service program when families reach a $0 balance and collection efforts have proven unsuccessful.  Cummings seconded.  Motion carried. 

Consideration & Action on First Reading of Board Policies
The Committee revised the superintendent evaluation form and job description for clarification and to eliminate redundancies.

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #225-Rule – District Administrator Evaluation to match the language in new headings found in the revised superintendent evaluation form.  Cates seconded.  Motion carried.

Crowley moved to approve the first reading of Policy #445 - Student Searches to include language changes to require reasonable suspicion to search a specific individual but not to conduct random or blanket searches.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Resolution to Appoint Human Growth & Development Advisory Committee
Taylor moved to adopt the Resolution to Appoint Human Growth & Development Advisory Committee for 2007-09.  Crowley seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, Discussion of 2007-08 Administrator Contracts; and Discussion of Non-Union Support Staff Retirement Benefits
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:04 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(c) for 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update, 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Update, Discussion of 2007-08 Administrator Contracts; and Discussion of Non-Union Support Staff Retirement Benefits.  Crowley seconded.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:23 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Ratification of 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Agreement
Crowley moved to ratify the 2007-09 RVEA Collective Bargaining Agreement as presented to and ratified by the RVEA.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Ratification of 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Agreement
Ferguson moved to ratify the 2007-09 RVEST Collective Bargaining Agreement as presented to and ratified by the RVEST.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried

Consideration & Action on 2007-08 Administrator Contracts
Crowley moved to approve 2007-08 administrator contracts and salaries as follows:  Benson, $102,098; Hayek, $76,773; Kaukl, $82,620; Hoffman, $78,711; Briehl, $26,409 (50% Elementary Director) and $12,500 (Athletic Director); Hegland, $10,229 (Associate Principal) and $2,000 (Administrative Building Coordinator); Radtke, $60,350 (Associate Principal) and $4,000 (Dean of Students); and Palm-Leis, $66,300.  Taylor seconded.  It was noted that the switch in health insurance carrier for all district employee groups resulted in a $310,000 district savings.  Motion carried with Peach opposed.

Crowley moved to adjourn at 9:29 p.m.  Ferguson seconded.  Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

10/15/07 pw