November 17

Black River Falls School Board Minutes: November 17, 2003

Meeting # 7


Board Members Present: Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Board Members Absent: Wayne Torkelson

The meeting was called to order by President Jeff Pugh at 7:00 p.m.

Notices of the meeting were delivered to the Banner Journal, WWIS Radio Station and Melrose Chronicle and posted in three (3) public places on November 13, 2003.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mike Johnson moved to approve the consent agenda items with the gift to be acted on as a separate item. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Lois Corey moved to approve the Youth Options requests as presented. Don Mathews seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Barb Mackenzie moved to approve the following policies:

# 330 Curriculum Development and Adoption

# 333 Parent Rights

# 341.1 Kindergarten Instruction

# 341.2 Education for Employment

# 341.21 Career and Technical Education

# 342.4 Programs for Children at Risk

Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Brian Brewer, a representative from Stifel-Nicolaus, appeared to explain the resolution to refinance the district's unfunded pension liability, which would allow the district to pay off the debt in a shorter time frame thus saving interest expense in excess of $2,000,000. The variable rate program explained by Mr. Brewer was recommended by the Business Services Committee.

Mike Johnson moved to approve the following resolution contingent upon the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the teacher and support staff unions:

Resolution authorizing the issuance and providing for the sale of not to exceed $2,000,000 taxable variable rate note anticipation notes, series 2003 and providing for the payment of said notes and other details and covenants with respect thereto.

Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion.

Roll call vote: Ayes: Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews,

Jeff Pugh, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the Act 11 credit balance with the Wisconsin Retirement System.

Mike Johnson moved to apply the Act 11 credit balance to the Unfunded Pension Liability Refinancing. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that the district is having difficulty finding a science intern for the 2nd semester. Jonathan Collier, 1st semester intern, is willing to stay on as a part-time chemistry teacher for the 2nd semester. The consensus of the board was to follow through with this option. The district is making good progress on all the goals that were set by the Board for this year. Work on the baseball field is continuing; the lights are up and all work should be completed by next spring. This is American Education Week and special activities are happening each day this week.

Dr. Richards and Jill Collins reported that the Trane Turnkey Project is nearing completion. It appears the project will come in under budget.

Considerable discussion took place regarding the police liaison officer position. Several teachers and support staff members, along with members of the community expressed support for the position.

The direction of the board was to have the administration pursue options available to reinstate the officer position. Dr. Richards will contact both the city and county police departments to find out what options are available and report back to the board at the December meeting. Mike Johnson also asked for more information on why they aren't seeing more students in front of them for expulsion hearings if negative behaviors are increasing.

Lois Corey stated she would like to see the Board Assessment instruments changed. She would be willing to work with an ad hoc committee to revamp the assessment documents. Jeff Pugh asked Dr. Richards to send out the self-evaluation document to all board members. They should then return, with comments, to Lois Corey.

Discussion was held on changing the start time for the board meetings. The audience was requested to state on their evaluation forms their preference for the time the board meetings should start. A decision will be made at the December meeting in regard to the start time of future board meetings.

Considerable discussion took place regarding the senior release program. The high school handbook states that students may be released for one (1) period per day. Action on this topic was tabled until the December meeting so that more input can be received.

WASB report

There will be a Legislature Forum at CESA # 4 on December 1st and an Employment Seminar on December 5 in Wausau and December 12 in Madison. If anyone is interested in attending they should contact Barb Prochaska at the District Office to register.

Barb Mackenzie and Barb Sedelbauer reported on the sessions they attended at the Legislative Seminar in Wausau.

Board Policy Committee report: The following policies are presented for the 1st reading by the full board:

# 345.4 Honor Rolls

# 443.4 Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

These policies will be brought before the board for final approval at the December meeting.

Barb Sedelbauer reported on the other activities taking place with the policy committee including the possession and use of cell phones by students.

Business Services Committee report: Mike Johnson reported on the activities of the Business Services Committee including the remodeling of the district office to make it handicap accessible. Brad Simonson, HSR Associates, presented the option the business services committee feels is the most cost effective to make the building accessible. The project is estimated to cost $221,000.

Barb Mackenzie moved to proceed with the remodeling option presented by HSR Associates. Mike Johnson seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0.

Discussion was held on the gift of an air conditioning unit for the weight room at the Lunda Center from the Lunda Charitable Trust. The board requested Dr. Richards to contact the Lunda Charitable Trust to see if they would be willing to pay the utility costs for the months of June, July & August and maintenance of the air conditioning unit. The consensus of the board was to table action on the gift until the December meeting.

Curriculum & Instruction Committee Report: Lois Corey reported on the activities of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee including having students present information, programs, etc. at board meetings. Discussion was held on program evaluations and it was requested that board members attending the WASB convention in January look at program evaluation materials to get a sense of what type of evaluation processes are being used in other districts. The committee will be meet again in February, after the WASB convention.

Future agenda items:

Core Agenda

Board Meeting start time

WASB Resolutions

Supporting Players presentation

Board Assessment


Senior Release Program

Mike Johnson moved to adjourn to executive session under section 19.85(1) & (c), (e), & (f) to discuss employee performance evaluation data, discuss the terms for renewal of the contract with the City of Black River Falls for the operation of the Lunda Center and information regarding the investigation of charges against specific persons, which if discussed in public would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person involved in the investigation at 9:55 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Lois Corey, Mike Johnson, Barb Mackenzie, Don Mathews, Jeff Pugh,

Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to executive session.

Barb Sedelbauer, Clerk
Barb Prochaska, Recording Secretary

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