April 16

April 16, 2007
Meeting # 13


Board Members Present: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Board Members Absent: Ramie Bakken

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 6:00 p.m.

Notices of the meeting were delivered to the Banner Journal, WWIS Radio Station and Jackson County Chronicle and posted in three (3) public places on April 12, 2007 .

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comment:

Jim Bible addressed the Board with comments regarding school facilities. He would like to see the focus on a new high school.

Jason Janke addressed the Board with comments regarding the athletic directorship. He would like to see the addition of a full-time activities director in the district.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the March meeting minutes, monthly expenditures, retirements of Susan Lindahl, middle school Art teacher, Dave Meyer, high school technology education teacher, and Dave Mack, middle school math teacher, the resignation of Kelly Harm as the Girls’ C-team basketball coach, and the CESA # 4 contracts from 2007-08.

Don Mathews moved to approve the request of the FCCLA for a National Trip to Anaheim California in July. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The WIAA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25. Jim Hornby and Bob Lecheler will represent the high school.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to advise Jim Hornby to cast the district’s vote in support of the WIAA resolutions slated for action at the WIAA Annual Meeting.

Bill Waughtal moved to appoint Lois Corey as the CESA # 4 Annual Meeting Delegate on June 6, 2007 .

Discussion was held on the 2007-08 budget development. The Budget is close to being in balance The Title VII (Indian Education) funds are estimated to be about $17,000 lower than the amount received this year. Title I is expected to receive about $13,000 less. The possibility of an athletic participation fee of $25 per sport with a maximum assessment of $100 per family was discussed. This would help offset the cost of equipment, transportation costs, towel rental, etc. No decision was made on this proposal. Monica Lobenstein, BLAST Program Coordinator, presented an overview of the program. The 21st Century Learning Grant that had been used to fund the program has run out. The possibility of using a fund 80 levy of about $46,000 was discussed to keep the program going.

Dr. Richards reported that there will be a special meeting on Monday, April 23 to continue the planning associated with facilities. The Regional Honors Brunch will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Castle Hill. The Farmers Coop of Hixton held a “Fuel Your School” promotion and presented the district with $337 that was raised through the promotion. Caitlin Laudon and Aaron Epps were recognized as scholar athletes. Jenny Janke was the sportsmanship winner in the Coulee Conference.

Dr. Lecheler introduced Manrak Premtong, math teacher from Thailand . Mr. Premtong is visiting Black River Falls for several weeks along with some students from Thailand .

Bob Lecheler and Dave Roou reported on the progress being made in their buildings relative to district goals. Sherri Torkelson reported on the WKCE results and noted that all buildings met AYP.

The Native American Parent Involvement Policy 811.1 was reviewed. Barb Sedelbauer moved to accept the policy as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

The Oath of Office was administered to Lois Corey.

WASB: The WASB Leadership Conference will be held in June. Also, a new board member conference will be held soon for all new members.

The 523.5 HIPPA policy was presented by the Policy Committee for 1st reading by the Board. The revisions to 454-Rule Child Abuse and 751-Rule Transportation were presented and accepted as revised.

Curriculum & Instruction Committee: The committee met to review a proposal regarding High School Portfolios. The committee is recommending that a portfolio concept begin at the high school next fall.

Jeff Pugh was recognized for his twelve (12) years of service as a school board member. Lois Corey presented Jeff with a plaque from the district along with a certificate from WASB. He was also presented with a plaque and pin from WASB for his participation in the WASB Governance program.

Future agenda items:

Core Agenda

Don Mathews moved to adjourn to executive session at 7:30 p.m. under section 19.82, 19.85 (1) (c), (f) & (g) for consideration and action, if appropriate, of a support staff grievance pursuant to the 2006-2008 Master Agreement and a professional staff leave of absence request, both of which may include consideration of employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data, as well as financial, medical, social or personal histories of specific persons, which, if discussed in public, would likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, and which may include conference with legal counsel, who will render oral or written advice concerning strategies or decisions to be made by the Board with respect to litigation in which the Board may or is likely to become involved. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Ayes: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.


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