March 17, 2008

Black River Falls

March 17, 2008

Meeting # 13


Board Members Present: Ramie Bakken, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Ron Wirtz

Board Members Absent: Ken Artis, Barb Sedelbauer, Bill Waughtal 

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 6:07 p.m.

Meeting commenced with the Pledge of Allegiance.

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 13, 2008.

Student Senate Report – Rachel Colloton and Emily Jordan presented an update on the happenings of the student senate. March is Women in History Month; they are encouraging 18 year-old students to vote; the Environment Committee is working on recycling; and County Government Day is April 25.

Lois Corey moved to approve the consent agenda. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the February regular meeting minutes, monthly expenditures, CESA Contracts for 2008-09, the acceptance of the resignation of Bob Lecheler, high school principal, Barb Sedelbauer, school board member, and Blanche Thoreson, 1st grade teacher, and the FCCLA field trip request to attend the National Leadership Conference in Orlando. 

Ron Wirtz moved to approve the Open Enrollment requests as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion was held on the possibility of contracting with a Community Engagement Consulting/Survey Service regarding the school facilities. 

Lois Corey moved to accept the contract with School Perceptions to assist the board in the survey portion of the facilities issue with the option to go further with the company. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

A meeting will be set up with the Community Engagement Consulting/Survey Service to discuss community involvement and/or an Advisory Committee.

Lunda Center Contract Renewal – No action was taken. This item will be placed on the agenda next month.

Ramie Bakken moved to approve the Special Education Policies and Procedures as presented. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Lois Corey moved to authorize the purchase of four (4) new temporary classrooms from Mod Space subject to review by the administrative staff before purchase. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion. Motion carried.

There is one foreign exchange student that has applied for admission to the high school so far for the 2008-09 school year.

Lois Corey moved to accept the WIAA standard that recognizes all providers approved by Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET) for foreign exchange students. Ramie Bakken seconded the motion. Motion carried.

District news – Dr. Richards reported that the district received the SAGE waiver requested through the Department of Public Instruction; Bradley Bluedorn, 4th grade student, will be competing in the State Geography Bee; the BLAST Program grant is continued in the amount of $75,000. March is Youth Art Month and student art projects are placed in various places throughout the community. The Taste of Jackson County had over 450 people attend the event this year. The Elementary Carnival was a huge success. Paul Rykken has been named a Kohl teacher fellow. Kris Wrobel will be going to Germany for a week as a social studies teacher representing our school district.

Ramie Bakken moved to continue the Hockey Co-op Program with the Melrose-Mindoro School District. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Paul Blanford, new superintendent, will be in the district next Tuesday to meet with Dennis Richards. He will also meet with Don Mathews while he is in town.

Four Year Old Kindergarten – Sherri Torkelson presented an update on the Four Year-Old kindergarten program status. The grant is about ready to be submitted to DPI and we should be notified before the next regular board meeting scheduled for April 21 if it has been approved.

Semi-annual Board Self Assessment – Don Mathews requested the board members to complete their semi-annual self assessments and return them to him or to Barb Prochaska at the district office.

Community Survey of Board Performance – The annual Community Survey of Board Performance will be made available on-line at the District’s web-site for the community to complete during the month April. Paper copies will also be available at the School District Office.

Bob Lecheler, high school principal, gave the board members an invitation to attend the Senior Interviews scheduled for Friday, April 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jill Collins reported that the tennis court area does not need as much underlayment preparation as previously expected so the district will be able to bid eight (8) courts instead of the original 6 or 7 courts originally planned for, with some funds coming from savings from other projects.

Policy Committee discussed maintenance procedures related to hallway and classroom painting requests, the senior project and the due process procedures afforded students in the athletic code were reviewed.

Future agenda items:

Core Agenda items

Four-Year-Old Kindergarten program

Ramie Bakken moved to adjourn at 8:02 p.m. Ron Wirtz seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ramie Bakken, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Bill Waughtal

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned.


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