July 17

Black River Falls
July 17, 2006

Meeting # 1


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

Board Members Absent: None

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 July 13, 2006 .

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ann Pederson, Black River Falls School Enhancement Committee, addressed the board regarding a trust fund the committee is establishing. The fund has approximately $50,000 and the committee plans a capital fund drive this fall with a goal of the fund totaling $350,000 - $400,000. The income from the trust would be used to grant money to the district for various projects, etc. that the district doesn’t have budgeted. The money would not be used for operating expenses, such as, salaries and benefits. An Advisory Committee, developed from members of the Enhancement Committee, will be established to review the requests and make recommendations to the full committee.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda items as presented. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Graduation Date for 2006-07 – Bob Lecheler, high school principal, presented a proposal to hold graduation on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend instead of Sunday. Discussion was held regarding the pros and cons of the change.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to hold graduation on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Bill Waughtal seconded the motion. Roll call vote: Ayes: Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal. Nays: Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Jeff Pugh. Lois Corey abstained. Motion failed.

The board determined that discussion and action will take place after input is received from the students and parents of the graduating class.

Jill Collins, director of business services, explained the budget revisions for the 2006-07 school year. Band fees will not be charged as it looks more like an equipment fee, which is something that you can not charge a fee for. The band fees that would have been collected will further reduce the Technology budget by $1,000. The fees for F/CE and Art will be charged as they are consumables the students will be using during class. An elementary fee of $10.00 per student in grades K-5 and $5.00 per student in pre-k and 4-year old kindergarten has been added to the budget. This money will be used for elementary field trips and various projects that students had been requested to pay a fee for at various times during the school year.

Lois Corey moved to approve the revised 2006-07 budget as presented. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that the 2nd session of summer school began today and with the heat, elementary classes were moved from Gebhardt to Forrest Street . Shelly Severson, Monica Lobenstein, Mark Clark and the entire custodial staff were commended for their efforts in changing the location of the summer school classes. The school auction will be held on Wednesday, July 26 in the high school parking lot.

The summer projects are progressing quite well. The bus garage remodeling is nearing completion, the track project is progressing quite well, and other projects such as painting, carpeting, cement work, etc. are all being worked on and expected to be completed before school starts.

The Board Goals were reviewed. They are as follows:

District Goal #1: Students in the district will achieve a proficiency level above the state average in Language, Science and Social Studies, and will exceed the state-designated proficiency levels in Reading (67.5%) and Math (47.5%) on the fall 2006 state WKCEs in all tested grades.

District Goal #2: The percentage of High School students failing one or more classes will decrease by 2% each year for the next 3 years, beginning with fall, 2006. An average of failure percentages from the end of all 4 terms from 2005-2006 will serve as the baseline.

District Goal #3: For each grade level at the Middle School, we will decrease the percentage of students receiving a D- or lower in one or more classes each quarter by 1%, as compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Baseline data will come from 2005-2006 data per quarter.

Jeff Pugh reported that WASB will be sponsoring a School Law Seminar in October. Anyone interested in attending should contact Barb Prochaska at the district office to register for the meeting.

The Lunda Theatre report has been postponed until the August meeting.

Future agenda items:

Lunda Theatre report

Graduation Date

CORE Agenda items

Ramie Bakken moved to adjourn at 6:40 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

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

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.

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