September 22

Black River Falls School Board Minutes: September 22, 2003

Meeting # 5


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

Board Members Absent: Mike Johnson, 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 September 18, 2003.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lois Corey moved to approve the consent agenda with the field trips/fundraisers as a separate item. Barb Mackenzie seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Jeff Pugh requested that thank you letters be sent to the donors of the gifts.

Lois Corey expressed concern about the businesses being solicited for the coupon fund-raiser after already becoming involved in the "Gold Card" fund-raiser. Rosanne Weber explained that this was a fund-raiser for the FCCLA's participation in the regional and state competitions and the coupons would only be good for one purchase per coupon. Lois Corey also asked if all the 5th grade students in the District are attending the Rendezvous program at Winona State University. Dr. Richards stated that he thought all the 5th grade students would be attending but due to a transfer of teachers at the 5th grade levels this request was not submitted earlier with the other requests.

Lois Corey moved to approve the field trip/fund-raiser requests as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Don Mathews moved to approve the following policies:

#234 Director of Business Services - Job description

#241 Nutrition Services Supervisor - Job description

#242 Buildings and Grounds Supervisor - Job description

#243 Transportation Supervisor - Job description

#223 Administrator Contracts

Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards asked Jean Lee, mentoring committee chair, to introduce the following new staff members:

John Hansen , High School Chemistry/Biology

Ryan Lokken, High School English

Wayne Dallman, Forrest Street Learning Disabilities

Jeron Cassidy, High School Technology Education and Jonathan Collier, High School Science Intern were unable to attend the meeting.

Dr. Richards reported that Dr. Rogge would be the medical advisor for the district. The Jackson County Community Health Network is studying the possibility of a family resource center in the area. There will be an informational meeting on October 31 at the Lunda Theatre to further explain this venture. There will be a "Lights On After School" program on October 9th. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Deer Park. Everyone is welcome to join the rally in support of after school programs. The District is becoming involved in the Step Program in which eight (8) senior citizens will volunteer in our schools and the money they earn will help offset their property tax bill. The District is continuing to work on the board goals with various activities. The Board was provided the FFA Handbook from Brad Markhardt.

Linda McCullough and Megan Finch, business education teachers, presented a review of the Business Education program.

Al Barczak, director of the At-Risk services in the district, presented his annual report of the At-Risk programs in the district.

Dr. Richards reported on the LMC staffing at the elementary level. The administration was asked to evaluate options to create a full-time position incorporating additional duties.

Discussion was held on the self-assessment procedures. Action was tabled until the next meeting as it was uncertain as to whether an assessment committee still existed or not.

WASB report – Jeff Pugh reported that there are several WASB inservices coming up. They include the Fall Regional meeting on October 15, School Law Seminar on October 17 and the Legislative Issues Conference on November 8.

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

#210 Administration Goals

#251.1 Organizational Chart

352 Field Trips

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

Barb Sedelbauer reported on the other activities that the policy committee is working on at this time, including a revised administrator evaluation form. The committee has completed work on the 100 and 200 series of the policy manual and will be starting on the 300 series. If there are other policies in the manual that require attention they will be addressed as needed.

Business Services Committee report - Don Mathews reported that Brad Simonson, architect, presented several options to the committee in regard to making the District Office handicap accessible. Discussion was held on building security and staff/community access to the district buildings after concerns that arose from the recent break-ins. The committee denied the request of Renae Rhoades, Falls Players director, to use tobacco products in the Lunda Theatre as part of their upcoming production. Milt Lunda had posed a question to Dr. Richards regarding the district's future plans for use of the land located across from Burnstad's on Highway A. Dr. Richards will contact Mr. Lunda for clarification of the time lines he is looking at and will report at the next committee meeting.

The next meeting of the Policy Committee will be at 4:00 p.m. and the Business Services Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6 in the High School LMC.

Board members now have e-mail addresses and their addresses will be published in the next edition of the Insights.

Future agenda items:

Assessment Committee clarification

Elementary LMC position staffing

Barb Sedelbauer moved to adjourn to executive session under section 19.85(1)(c) & (e) to consider employee compensation for non-represented personnel and to discuss the terms of the contract with the City of Black River Falls for the operation of the Lunda Community Center at 8:25 p.m. Don Mathews seconded the motion.

Ayes: Lois Corey, 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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