March 21

Black River Falls

March 21, 2005

Meeting # 11


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

Board Members Absent: Mike Johnson

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 March 17, 2005.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lois Corey requested that the fundraiser item be removed from the consent agenda.

Paul Bohac moved to approve the consent agenda items with the fund raising request removed. Barb Mackenzie seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion took place regarding the middle school fundraiser.

Don Mathews moved to approve the fundraiser request. Motion dies for lack of a second.

Board members requested Marty Pederson to use the new form and to get more information for the board before they act on a fundraiser request in the future.

Carol Olson is retiring at the end of the 2004-05 school year and was recognized for her many years of service to the district.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the following policy:

#850 Public Sales or Solicitations

Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jill Collins, Director of Business Services gave an overview of the status of the 2005-2006 budget preparation using two (2) scenarios. Many of the factors that will impact the District's budget are still being discussed at the state level. The first scenario uses the governor's proposal to allow low spending districts to exceed the normal revenue cap

increase and spend up to $8,100 per pupil. The second scenario freezes the revenue cap growth at the 2004-2005 level per pupil, effectively reducing spending by $63 per student from the amount provided in the governor's budget. More budget information will be provided at the April meeting.

Barb Mackenzie suggested a letter be sent to Senator Brown and Congressman Musser stating that the Board of Education supports the Governor's proposal for education aid. Dr. Richards will compose a letter and send it to the board members for approval.

Discussion was also held on the payment of the fee for driver's education. There will be an increase of $50.00 per pupil for driver's education for next year from $235.00 to $285.00. Black River Falls is one of the few schools in the area that does not charge students for driver's education. The district can save up to $40,000 by not paying for driver's education. Paul Bohac moved to implement a fee for driver's education beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. Students will pay 50% of the cost ($142.50) in 2005-2006 and the fee will increase on a sliding scale until the full cost is borne by students beginning in 2007-2008. The district will continue to allow the instructional part of the program to be held in the high school classrooms. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Ayes: 5. Nays: 1. Motion carried. Jeff Pugh cast the no vote.

Dr. Richards reported that the first phase of the functional analysis is completed and the next phase will be started shortly. Kitty Young and the physical education department were recognized for the great job they did by raising $9,685.00 for Jump Rope for Heart. He also reported that the transportation study will start this week.

Bob Lecheler presented a proposal to join other county high schools in an unique program aimed at influencing students to follow the right path and avoid trouble in their lives. The program would be offered in conjunction with the Jackson Correctional Institution and would connect teens to inmates in order to learn how bad choices can influence a person's future. Judge Laabs is promoting participation in the program. The program would be voluntary and require parental authorization before a pupil would be allowed to participate. Only males would enter the prison. Female students would be offered a similar but different experience with former female inmates. Dr. Lecheler received board support to move forward with this project.

The board reviewed the public "School Board Annual Assessment" document. The consensus of the board was to send the document out to the public via the April issue of Insights.

Considerable discussion was held on the administrative staffing levels/elementary principal vacancy. Information concerning other school districts was provided for review. The practice of splitting principal duties between two or more buildings is used in several area districts. The board also discussed the possibility of changing the elementary school structure beginning in 2006-2007. A special meeting will be held on March 31 to decide the administrative question.

Jeff Pugh reported that there is a WASB Employment Benefit Seminar coming up next month and the elementary art show is being held in the Black River Falls Public Library at this time.

Barb Sedelbauer gave a report on the WASB "Day at the Capitol" she attended last week.

The Policy Committee discussed a variety of topics at their meeting on March 4 including the fee structure for facility rentals, operating guidelines for Channel 4, and the guidelines for use of the high school weight room by non-athletes. No policy revisions or additions were acted on at the meeting.

Barb Mackenzie moved to adjourn to executive session under Wisconsin Statues 19.85 (1)(c) to review administrator performance evaluation data at 7:50 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh,

Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

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