Thursday, March 21, 2002
Special Meeting (#56)
Middle School Library
7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Caraway, Peach, Pitts, Pronold, Roske, Smith, Limmex (arrived 7:15 pm)
Board Members absent: Nelson
Administrators present: Benson, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Richardson, Mahoney, Hoffman
Others: Craig Nabbefeld, Carla Carmody, Bob Holding (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

President Anderson opened the meeting. He noted that the meeting had been properly noticed and provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member. Pitts moved to proceed with the legal meeting. Peach seconded. Motion carried.

Caraway was appointed acting clerk in Nelson’s absence.

Utilization of Farm Land
Mahoney outlined the plan for utilization of the 36.5 acres of farm land west of the high school:

- The high school agriculture/FFA class will utilize 20 acres of land for sustainable agricultural uses. This will eliminate the use of pesticides. It is also the plan developed by the high school students through course work. Proceeds from the sale of crops will go toward FFA/high school agriculture activities.

- In conjunction with the school district, the River Valley Soccer Association is developing 5.5 acres for competition soccer fields.

- The high school science department will utilize 11 acres for natural prairie grass growth. It will provide educational experiences for high school students and also wind/natural barriers for the soccer fields and agriculture fields.

- The high school phy. ed. department has developed a fitness trail design that will meander through the boundaries of these three above uses. The trail will include exercise stations and a natural grass path.

School to Work Program Update
Technology Education teachers, Craig Nabbefeld and Carla Carmody, and Palm-Leis provided highlights of the success of the School to Work program. A video created by student Patrick Kelly was shared showing students working in agriculture, welding, and auto mechanics classes. Nabbefeld and Carmody thanked the Board and administration for supporting the School to Work program and for facilities and materials in the Technology Education Department. The Board and administration thanked these teachers for their successful work with students in this department and for welding and automotive projects that have been completed in these classes to fix problems in the district, which has saved money for the district.

Middle School Discipline Program
Hoffman shared statistics showing the success of the "Time to Teach" discipline program used in the middle school.

K-12 Planet Update
Hoffman reported that 73 middle school families are now accessing the K-12 Planet program, which allows parents to view student records via the Internet.

Board Training Opportunities
No new items to report.

Informational Brochures from High School Departments
Kaukl shared informationa brochures created by departments at the high school that highlight each of the departments. Kaukl also shared a new high school quarterly newsletter.

There was a brief discussion about making up lost time due to bomb threats at the high school this year. This item will be on the April 11 Board Meeting agenda.

Consideration & Action on Open Enrollment Applications for 2002-03 School Year
Roske moved to approve the applications of 13 non-resident students to attend River Valley under open enrollment in 2002-03. Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the applications of 22 River Valley students to attend districts other then River Valley under open enrollment in 2002-03 and to deny 2 applications because River Valley does not offer four-year-old kindergarten and must offer a similar program in order to approve a student to attend the program elsewhere. Limmex seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Resignation
Smith moved to accept the resignation of high school CD Teacher, Dave Hinrichs. Pronold seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Transfer
Limmex moved to approve the dual transfer of Mary Zavada from Lone Rock 4th Grade Teacher to Plain 4th Grade Teacher and Julie Showen from Plain 4th Grade Teacher to Lone Rock 4th Grade Teacher. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts; and 19.85(1)(i) for Discussion of Personnel Layoff Notices
Smith moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:04 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update; 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts; and 19.85(1)(i) for Discussion of Personnel Layoff Notices. Peach seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Tor Caraway, Acting School District Clerk

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