SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVER FALLS
Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2018
The regularly scheduled meeting of the River Falls Board of Education was called to order on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7:07 p.m. by President Johnson Myers in the High School Media Center, 818 Cemetery Road. It was ascertained that notice of the meeting had been officially posted at the three Board appointed locations, published in the River Falls Journal, and announcements sent to WEVR Radio Station and the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.
President Stacy Johnson Myers, Vice President Mike Stifter, Clerk Alan Tuchtenhagen, Treasurer Mike Miller and members Ramona Gunter, Amy Halvorson and Kellen Wells-Mangold were present. Also present were Student Representative Macie VanNurden, Director of Academic Services Jennifer Peterson, Director of Finance & Facilities Chad Smurawa, and Director of Human Resources/Leadership Development David Bell. President Johnson Myers read a letter from Middle School Principal Mark Chapin addressed to the middle school families relating to the student death earlier in the week.
HEARING OF VISITORS OR DELEGATIONS none.
A. Acknowledgement / Recognition:
1. United Way Community Impact Director Tom Holland presented the District with a plaque as a certified Family Friendly Workplace. This certification is based on practices that promote the family, specifically related to Success By 6 which helps to ensure that every child, with support from families and community, will have the necessary physical, mental, emotional and social development to successfully grow and learn. Holland congratulated the Board adding that certified Family Friendly workplaces distinguish themselves highly in today's competitive workforce, and that only 20 other employers in the St. Croix Valley have qualified for this certification.
2. High School Gymnastics Coach Lauren Kaminski shared the successes of this year's Gymnastics team. Miller congratulated the team for their undefeated regular season, the conference championship and for placing 2nd for the third year in a row at their 17th straight appearance of the WIAA Division 2 State tournament. Accomplishments also included: four all-conference members, nine all-state and nine all-state academic finishers. Samantha Krueger was also honored for winning four individual titles including taking top honors in the All-around competition.
3. High School Teacher Kim Miller shared the achievements of this year's Forensics Club which is undefeated with multiple champions in the group. The competitions help these students in public speaking. They practice early Saturday mornings which shows the drive they have, both academically and artistically, in writing and performing their own speeches. The Club will be competing at the upcoming State Tournament at Whitewater in two weeks.
B. Spotlight on Education - Renaissance Coordinator Taryl Graetz shared information on new programming used at the Renaissance Academy. The programming helps with reading and math intervention, and ACT prep is helping increase the reading level. Students register for online programs at vocabulary.com and readtheory.org which ask challenging questions to help students read and answer complicated questions. Graetz also announced that a universal laser machine is arriving soon which was purchased using funds from the Renaissance woodworking sales. The machine will be used as a service to other school buildings, creating maps, puzzles and other hands-on applications. Graetz discussed new Language Arts and Science curriculum and partnerships with various organizations including UWRF, the Kinni Watershed Project, and a beekeeping club.
C. Superintendent, Student Representative and Administrative Reports
1. Superintendent Benson was unable to attend tonight's rescheduled meeting due to a referendum presentation conflict.
2. Student Representative Hunter Squire reported the Mr. High School pageant was occurring at the moment in the auditorium; last weeks talent show was won by very talented Ari Silver. Choir and Band concerts have gone well. Last week students participated with a moment of silence around the flagpole in the national walk-out in memory of the students who died in the Florida school shooting; and today several students brought up good ideas during a public listening session on school safety.
A. Johnson Myers reviewed the minutes, bills, and recommended employment items on the Consent Agenda. Stifter moved, seconded by Miller, that the Board approve the following:
1. The minutes from the Regular Board meeting of February 19, 2018;
2. The minutes from the Special Board meeting of March 13, 2018;
3. Checks numbered 185721 through 186255 had been prepared in the amount of $792,027.99, and there were automatic transfers of $545,269.58, and $537,012.37 for a total of $1,874,309.94. Checks 185580, 185672, 185837, 184109 and 185604 were voided.
4. Pursuant to Board Policy which references Wisconsin Statutes Sections 111, 118, and 121, approval of the following employment recommendations: 1) a request from Paige Segerstrom for a full-time family and medical leave of absence effective approximately April 30, 2018 through June 6, 2018; 2) a request from Paul Haugland for a full-time family and medical leave of absence effective March 12, 2018 through approximately April 16, 2018; 3) the resignation of Art Tobin as full-time Buildings and Grounds Supervisor effective March 23, 2018; 4) the resignation of Sheila Behrendt as full-time Early Childhood Teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School effective June 6, 2018. Ms. Behrendt will retire after 34 years of service with the school district; 5) the resignation of Shannon DeSmith as full-time Third Grade Teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School effective June 6, 2018. Ms. DeSmith will retire after 18 years of service with the school district; 6) the resignation of Brian Schils as full-time Emotional Behavioral Disabilities Teacher at Meyer Middle School effective June 6, 2018. Mr. Schils will retire after 32 years of service with the school district; 7) the resignation of Mary Vados as full-time Occupational Therapist at Rocky Branch Elementary School effective June 6, 2018. Ms. Vados will retire after 21 years of service with the school district;
8) the resignation of Kris Gudnason as half-time School Psychologist at Greenwood Elementary School effective June 6, 2018; 9) the resignation of Jocelyn Kalal as full-time Fourth Grade Teacher at Rocky Branch Elementary School effective June 6, 2018; 10) the employment of Bill Forster as full-time long-term substitute Tech Ed Teacher at River Falls High School effective March 9, 2018 through approximately April 16, 2018 (replaces Paul Haugland); 11) the placement of the following certified teacher(s) on the substitute teacher list: Dominic Domeyer (General Music and Instrumental Music, EC-A), and Adam Koger (Physical Education and Adaptive PE, EC-A). License codes: EC-A Early Childhood-Adolescence, birth-age 21
Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
B. Consideration and/or Action to approve March 12, 2018 Finance & Facilities Committee recommendations
Miller reported the Committee met Monday, March 12, 2018 to meet the Healy Bender Team, new Educational Planner working on referendum designs following the death of architect Ted Roseboom; approve the purchase of 3 buses, approve the creation of Long-Term Capital Improvement Trust Fund 46 to use for future maintenance projects; approve a summer Greenwood wall removal project; and reviewed the 2018-19 budget.
Miller moved, Halvorson seconded to approve the purchase of two route buses from Nelson Bus Service at $83,587 each, and one special needs bus with wheelchair lift from Nelson Bus Service at $95,575 with funds from the 2018-19 budget; approve the creation of Long-Term Capital Improvement Trust Fund 46; and approve the Greenwood wall removal project at an approximate cost of $55,900. Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
C. Consideration and/or Action to approve March 12, 2018 Personnel Committee recommendations:
Stifter reported the Committee met on Monday, March 12, 2018 to approve Health and Dental Insurance plans; analyze Staffing and Programming implications for adding days of instruction to calendar; review new Staff Use of Social Media policy; and held an executive session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85 (1)(c) to approve the Preliminary Nonrenewal for Certified Staff Layoff.
Stifter moved, Wells-Mangold seconded to approve the Insurance Study Committee recommendation to retain Health Partners as the health and dental insurance carrier, and approve the first reading of new policy 522.8-Staff Use of Social Media. Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
D. Consideration and/or Action to approve March 12, 2018 Educational Program Committee recommendations:
Tuchtenhagen reported the Committee met Monday, March 12, 2018 to approve Girls' Hockey Co-op agreement revisions for 2018-19; reviewed a good K-5 English-Language Arts (ELA) Adoption presentation; and discussed High School schedule modifications to support Professional Learning Community Collaboration; the final schedule modifications will be presented for Board approval no later than May 2018.
Tuchtenhagen moved, Halvorson seconded to approve revisions to the Girls' Hockey Co-op agreement for 2018-19. Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
E. 2018-19 CESA 11 Shared Contract
Director of Academic Services Jennifer Peterson presented the 2018-19 CESA 11 Shared Services Contract for approval. The District anticipates contracting for the same services provided during the 2017-18 school year.
Stifter moved, Tuchtenhagen seconded to approve the 2018-19 CESA 11 Shared Services Contract. Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
F. Proposed Items for future agendas none.
G. Future Meetings
An Educational Program Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 9, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the River Falls High School, 818 Cemetery Road.
A Finance & Facilities Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administration Office, 852 E Division Street.
A Personnel Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administration Office, 852 E Division Street.
A Regular Board meeting and the Board Reorganization meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administration Office, 852 E Division Street.
H. Request for Executive Session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 19.85(1)(c) for the purpose of approving Preliminary Nonrenewal for Certified Staff Layoff; and pursuant to Wisconsin Statute Section 19.85 (1)(c)(e)(a) and (f) for the purpose of approving the February 19, 2018 Regular Executive Meeting minutes (bargaining goals and expulsion minutes), and the March 13, 2018 Special Board Executive Meeting minutes regarding a pupil expulsion. Halvorson moved to convene to Executive Session, Stifter seconded. Roll call vote: Gunter-yes, Tuchtenhagen-yes, Miller-yes, Stifter-yes, Johnson Myers-yes, Wells-Mangold-yes, Halvorson-yes. Motion carried unanimously (7-0).
I. Convene to Executive Session
The meeting convened to executive session at 8:03 p.m.
Alan Tuchtenhagen, Clerk
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