RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thursday, February 13, 2003
Middle School Library
Board Members present: Pitts, Peach, Pronold, Caraway, Nelson, Anderson, Roske, Limmex
Board Members absent: Smith
Administrators present: Benson, Mahoney, Kaukl, Hoffman, Briehl, Richardson
Others: Sue Quale, Michael Langer, Cynthia Green, David Giffey (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)
Anderson opened the meeting. He noted that there was an amended agenda and that the meeting had been properly noticed and notice had been provided to the appropriate media and each School Board Member. Limmex moved to proceed with the legal meeting. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Board Training Opportunities
Nelson noted that there are several upcoming training opportunities: March 7 in Wausau, "Effective Bargaining"; March 12 at the Monona Terrace, "WASB Day at the Capitol" (2003-05 state budget effect on schools); April 5-8 in San Francisco, "National School Board Association Convention"; April 15-17, "WASB Gatherings for New School Board Members"; May 2-3 in Wausau or May 9-10 in Madison, "School Board Basics and Beyond"; and July 18-19 in Madison, "Leadership Academy."
Youth Assets Survey
Cynthia Green, AODA Coordinator, discussed an upcoming survey to be given to 7th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students in late February or early March. The survey will ask questions about youth assets and risk behaviors. Survey results will be released to our district only and there is no cost for the survey. The survey is optional and notice has been sent to parents.
District Deficit/Referendum Update
Benson noted that there are some major questions to be answered to determine how to proceed if/when we need a referendum: 1) Do our Board members, parents, community members, and taxpayers want to reduce programs and staff before asking a referendum question? 2) Do we go to referendum first and, if the referendum fails, then reduce programs and staff? and 3) Do we maintain a confidential/closed session list of potential "cuts" or do we make such a list public prior to a referendum? The Board will discuss this topic and a list of proposed cuts in closed session at a future Board meeting.
No Child Left Behind/ESEA
Benson stated that he recently provided a brief outline to staff and the Board via e-mail regarding legislation pertaining to ESEA/NCLB. We already have some mandates in place (testing/assessment). He noted that some mandates are unfunded, which will be difficult since our district and others are faced with deficit problems. We continue to make progress that complies and makes good sense for our schools.
WASB Convention Update
The adopted resolutions were provided to the Board. Nelson discussed two sessions she attended at the convention regarding providing more information on Board meeting notices to the public and a school district that developed report cards around the state standards. Benson noted that delayed starts this year have been used for teachers to work on curriculum analysis and revisions. Also, Benson attended a session at the convention pertaining to negotiations and is hopeful that some of the ideas provided will be well received during negotiations.
Cancellation of Student Field Trips to Spain and France
Kaukl noted that the student field trips to Spain and France have been cancelled due to the potential for war and terrorist activities. He met with students, parents, and teachers. The deadline date for a full refund due to cancellation has already passed, but both travel agencies have agreed to refund the majority of the trip costs if they are notified within the next couple of days. The four students who wanted to travel to France can still travel with other school-sponsored groups if they desire. However, the 11 students who wanted to travel to Spain will not be allowed this type of arrangement since we are dealing with two separate travel agencies.
On a separate matter, Kaukl gave credit to Hailey Roessler (student representative on the Board) and another student, Ali Bodendein, for their hard work on the new high school student newsletter, "You Decide."
Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts from January 2003; Open Session Meeting
Minutes-January 9, 2003
Limmex moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Roske seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
The Committee noted its annual review of Policy #423 and Policy #423-Rule - Public School Open Enrollment and stated that there are no changes.
Review of Policy #347 - Student Records, Policy #347-Rule - Guidelines for Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records, Policy #347-Exhibit 1 - Pupil Records Release, and Policy #347-Exhibit 2 - Directory Data Disclosure Authorization (NEW) was tabled for future discussion.
Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #537.3 - Resolution of Board of Education Designation as a "Hybrid Entity" (NEW). Peach seconded. Motion carried.
Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #722.6 - Emergency Code Signals For Use In River Valley School District. Roske seconded. The language changes refer to the use of the new Automatic External Defibrillators. Training for use of the defibrillators was discussed since the machines cannot be used without proper training. Motion carried.
Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #722.67 - Public Access Defibrillation Program (NEW). Pronold seconded. It was noted that some revisions may still occur as part of the second reading by the Board. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Resolution Authorizing Teacher Contract Renewals and
Issuance of Letters of Intent
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Authorizing Teacher Contract Renewals and Issuance of Letters of Intent except that Teresa Lins name will be removed from the list of teachers receiving intents since Lins is one of three teachers requesting retirement after this school year. Roske seconded. Benson noted that there could still be staff layoffs in April. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Teacher Retirements
Limmex moved to approve the retirement of Teresa Lins at the end of this school year. Pitts seconded. Motion carried.
Pronold moved to approve the retirement of John Longseth at the end of this school year. Roske seconded. Motion carried.
Peach moved to approve the retirement of Carolyn Zignago at the end of this school year. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Student Graduation from the External Diploma Program
Roske moved to approve the graduation of Erika Anne Campbell under the external diploma program between River Valley School District and MATC. Peach seconded. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action on Resolution Accepting Gifts
Limmex moved to adopt the Resolution Accepting Gifts of a $100 donation in memory of Helen Silko from Bonnie (Harris) Wolf to be used for the high school library. Pitts seconded. Polled vote was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.
Consideration & Action to Adjourn to Closed Session Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes
19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2003-2005 RVEST Collective Bargaining Preparation and 2003-05
RVEA Collective Bargaining Preparation; and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:54 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2003-2005 RVEST Collective Bargaining Preparation and 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Preparation; and 19.85(1)(c) for Discussion of Administrator Contracts. Peach seconded.
Michael Langer expressed his concern regarding upcoming negotiations and inaccurate information in past Home News articles by Dan Kettner. Langer feels that Kettner was not held accountable for misinformation to the public. Langer asked if the benefit package is taxed or not. Benson told Langer to call him and he would try to answer his specific questions. Anderson asked Langer to call in advance of a scheduled Board meeting if Langer wants to propose an agenda idea and subsequently attend a meeting to discuss concerns listed on the agenda.
Polled vote to adjourn to closed session was 8-0 in the affirmative with 1 absent. Motion carried.
Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk