December 17, 2007

Black River Falls

December 17, 2007

Meeting # 9


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

Board Members Absent: None

The meeting was called to order by President Don Mathews at 6:00 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 December 13, 2007 .

The Oath of Office was administered to Ron Wirtz.

Paul Bohac was thanked and given a plaque for his three years of service on the school board.

Emily Jordan and Max Hart, high school students and representatives of the Student Senate at the high school, addressed the board concerning the filter system on the district’s internet. The students feel the filter system being used by the district is too restrictive. The district is looking into some changes to the system that would allow different access for students and staff at the various buildings. The Internet Filter System will also be added to the January School Board Meeting Agenda for further discussion.

Barb Sedelbauer moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried. The consent agenda included the November regular meeting minutes, monthly expenditures, the employment of Sarah Stone to replace Sherryl Gingerich as a high school special education teacher and gifts of an electronic timing device for the swimming pool from the Lunda Charitable Trust and $4,505.40 for use with cable channel 4 operated by the school district from the city of Black River Falls.

Discussion was held on the 2008-2009 school calendar. Ramie Bakken moved to approve the 2008-09 school calendar as presented. Barb Sedelbauer seconded the motion. Motion carried.

A hearing was held on the school district operation of the SAGE classrooms. The district is required to hold a public hearing and request a waiver to operate the program outside the statutory guidelines. SAGE is a class size reduction program requiring districts to operate class sizes of 15-1 or less in grades K-3. Presently, 5 of 9 kindergarten sections enroll more than 15 pupils, none of the 1st grade sections exceed 15 pupils and grades 2 & 3 at Third Street has 5 of 17 sections overenrolled.

Ken Artis moved to request a waiver to operate the program outside the statutory guidelines. Lois Corey seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. Richards reported that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18, is the last of the district’s Christmas programs. The music staff members along with the rest of the staff members are to be commended for the excellent programs the children presented. The programs will be televised on Cable Channel 4 over the Christmas Break.

Strategic Plan update – Each of the principals commented on the status of the district’s plan as it pertains to their specific building.

Sid Lewis appeared to present more specific information concerning a proposal to create a Ho-Chunk charter school sponsored by the school district.

Discussion was held on the WASB Convention resolutions. Ramie Bakken will represent the district at the WASB Convention in January. The Board suggested that Ramie use her own discretion regarding the resolutions.

Don Mathews reported on the discussion held at the policy committee meeting on December 3, 2007 . There are no policies being recommended for revision at this time.

Future agenda items:

Internet Filter System

Business Services Committee

Create Facilities for the Future

Core Agenda

Lois Corey moved to adjourn to closed session under section 19.85 (1)(c) to discuss the superintendent search at 7:42 p.m. Paul Bohac seconded the motion.

Ayes: Ken Artis, Ramie Bakken, Paul Bohac, Lois Corey, Don Mathews, Barb Sedelbauer

Nays: None

Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned to closed session.

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