Thursday, January 8, 2004
Regular Meeting
Middle School Library
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Nelson, Taylor, Pitts, Roske, Pronold, Caraway, Limmex, Peach, Megan Sipes (Student Representative)
Board Members absent: N/A
Administrators present: Benson, Hoffman, Mahoney, Kaukl (left at 8:40 p.m.), Palm-Leis, Briehl, Richardson
Others: Herman Kaldenberg, David Reichenberger, Karen Steindorf, Todd Miller, 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.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson provided information on an upcoming WASB seminar regarding Effective Bargaining on February 6 in Madison and March 5 in Wausau.

Student Council Report
Megan Sipes noted there will be a Snowball Dance on February 7.  Student council will also participate in a student exchange with Prairie du Chien’s student council in the near future.  Kaukl stated that a second optional student forum is being planned pertaining to referendum information.

Referendum Update and Public Information Sharing
Benson announced that the last public information meeting regarding the upcoming referendum will be held on Monday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Plain Elementary School.

Herman Kaldenberg provided the Board with a handout and challenged community members to follow his lead and voluntarily donate to the district a percentage of their income to take care of the budget shortfall without state dictation.  Kaldenberg calculated this percentage by using the estimate of the referendum costing an additional 26 cents per day on a $150,000 home divided by his income.  Based on the value of his home and his income, Kaldenberg offered a check for $47.45 as his payment.  He also added that although he is not a “union basher,” he believes the teacher union has a stranglehold on the district.

Todd Miller, Treasurer of the “Referendum Yes” Committee, noted that he thinks we’d tear down the foundation of education if the referendum fails.  He asked those present to join the “Referendum Yes” Committee, which would allow their name to be used as a supporter of the referendum.  He asked Board members for their individual support.

Update on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act
Benson gave an overview of the federal NCLB Act.  The intent of NCLB is to close the achievement gap for youngsters, specifically for disadvantaged students.  Benson’s presentation focused on the requirement that districts meet “Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)” on state testing, the consequences of not meeting AYP, and highly qualified teacher requirements. 

Kaukl left the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Consent Agenda:  Checks, Invoices, Receipts – December 2003; Open Session Meeting Minutes – November 6, 2003; December 11, 2003
Roske moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on WASB Convention Resolutions
Benson voiced his opposition to one resolution to be discussed at the WASB convention.  The resolution calls for land annexed by a city to be included in the district primarily supported by the taxpayers of that city.

Mahoney noted that another resolution to be discussed is support for the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools, which is a proposed funding formula for schools.  Mahoney recommended Board support of this resolution.

The Board did not take action but asked that Pitts vote as he sees fit while attending the convention as the Board’s delegate.

Consideration & Action of First Reading of New and Revised Policies
Pitts moved to approve the first reading of Policy #871 – Handling Complaints About Instructional Materials with minor changes to reference a new rule and exhibit.  Roske seconded.  Motion carried. 

Peach moved to approve the first reading of Policy #871-Rule – Procedures for the Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.  Taylor seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to approve the first reading of Policy #871-Exhibit – Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Pronold moved to approve the first reading of Policy #345.5 -Graduation Requirements to remove any reference to a requirement that students must pass a state exam in order to graduate.  Pitts seconded.  Motion carried.

Taylor moved to delete the entire Policy #345.5-Exhibit - Graduation Requirements Flowchart since state law no longer requires passing a graduation exam.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Pitts moved to approve the annual review of Policy #423 and Policy #423-Rule - Public School Open Enrollment with no changes.  Caraway seconded.  Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Budget Committee Recommendations
No recommendations from the Budget Committee.  No action taken.

Consideration & Action on Resolution Calling a Primary Election, If Needed
No action taken.

Consideration & Action on Special Meeting Date – January 22, 2004
Limmex moved to set a special meeting on January 22, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library.  Roske seconded.  The Board hopes to ratify the 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Agreement after learning the outcome of the RVEA’s membership meeting and vote on January 21.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adjourn to closed session at 9:10 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1)(f) for Discussion of Teacher Leave Request and 19.85 (1)(c) for 2003-05 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update and for the purpose of discussing Administrator Evaluations and Contracts.  Peach seconded.  Benson announced that the meeting will likely reconvene in open session in approximately five minutes.  Polled vote was 9-0 in the affirmative.  Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 9:25 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Leave Request
Taylor moved to approve a leave of absence for Brent Johnson from April 6 through the end of the 2003-04 school year.  Pronold seconded.  Motion carried.

Roske moved to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.  Limmex seconded.  Motion carried.


Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

03/10/08 pw