Thursday, November 14, 2002
Regular Meeting (#3)
High School Study Hall
7:30 p.m.

Board Members present: Anderson, Caraway, Nelson, Pronold, Smith, Roske, Limmex (arrived 7:40 p.m.), Ben Heiser (Student Representative)
Board Members absent: Pitts, Peach
Administrators present: Benson, Briehl, Mahoney, Kaukl, Palm-Leis, Richardson
Others: Bob Holding (Home News), Paula Wedige (Administrative Assistant)

President 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. Roske moved to proceed with the legal meeting. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.

Board Training Opportunities
Nelson outlined several upcoming Board training opportunities including employment seminars in Eau Claire and Madison in December, a workshop regarding public records in Madison in January, and the annual WASB Convention in Milwaukee on January 22-24.

District Goals
Benson noted that results from the community survey pertaining to district goals will be added to the goals document via administrative team review and consolidation. The Board will hold a special meeting in November to discuss district goals.

Public Input on Policy #433-Exhibit - Junior/Senior Privilege Request Form
Kaukl outlined a proposal for a new policy that would allow special privileges for junior and senior students who demonstrate a high level of maturity and personal responsibility. These privileges would include using the commons area instead of going to study hall and, for seniors, permission to leave campus during lunch period up to five times during a semester. Kaukl noted that student council, village police, and high school staff seem favorable to this new idea. This program would be piloted during the second semester of this school year. The Policy Committee will discuss this item at its next meeting.

2001-02 Audit Report
Mahoney summarized the 2001-02 audit. Per the audit done by Virnig and Associates, the general purpose financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the River Valley School District as of June 30, 2002, and the results of its operations for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Mahoney noted that major accounting practice changes for fixed assets and long term liabilities will go into effect at the end of this fiscal year.

Consent Agenda: Checks, Invoices, Receipts from October 2002; Open Session Meeting Minutes: October 10, 22, and 28, 2002
Smith moved to approve the consent agenda items as submitted. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on First Reading of New and Revised Board Policies
There was no action taken. The Policy Committee will meet on Thursday, December 12, at 6:45 p.m. in the Central Office.

Consideration & Action on High School Students’ Request for Early Graduation
Kaukl reported that nine students have requested early graduation. All of these students will meet credit requirements at the end of the first semester. Smith moved to approve the nine requests for early graduation contingent on all requirements being met pursuant to Board policy. Caraway seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Teacher Maternity Leave Request
Benson recommended that future leave requests under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) not be required to come before the Board for approval so as to maintain confidentiality for employees. Benson also noted that these requests must be approved by law. Some discussion was held to perhaps discuss these FMLA requests in closed session and then approve.

Limmex moved to approve maternity leave for two teachers per the requirements of the FMLA. Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Consideration & Action on Special Meeting Date
Roske moved to set a special meeting on Monday, November 25, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. in the Middle School Library. Caraway 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
Pronold moved to adjourn to closed session at 8:15 p.m. pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 and 111.70 to discuss 2001-2003 RVEA Collective Bargaining Update. Limmex seconded. Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent. Motion carried.

The Board reconvened in open session at 8:55 p.m.

Consideration & Action on Ratification of 2001-03 RVEA Collective Bargaining Agreement
Smith moved to ratify the 2001-03 RVEA Collective Bargaining Agreement with the proposed language changes and a salary and benefits package of 3.8% for 2001-02 and 5.9% for 2002-03. Limmex seconded. Polled vote was 7-0 in the affirmative with 2 absent. Motion carried.

Smith moved to adjourn at 8:56 p.m. Roske seconded. Motion carried.

Submitted by Paula Wedige For Deborah Nelson, School District Clerk

08/22/06 pw