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RIVER FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT: 10/28/13 Special Meeting Minutes

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 11:20pm

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVER FALLS
Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes
Monday, October 28, 2013
A special meeting of the River Falls Board of Education was called to order on Monday, October 28, 2013, at 5:35 p.m. by President Stacy Johnson Myers in the District Office conference room, 852 E Division Street. It was ascertained that notice of the meeting had been properly posted in the appropriate locations, and announcements faxed to WEVR Radio Station, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.
PRESENT
President Stacy Johnson Myers, Treasurer Manny Kenney, Clerk Barbara Kolpin, and members Rich Gerczak and Alan Tuchtenhagen were present. Vice President Dennis Behnke and member Mike Miller were absent. Also present were Superintendent Jamie Benson, Director of Student Services Jackie Steinhoff and Director of Finance and Facilities Chad Smurawa.
HEARING OF VISITORS OR DELEGATIONS – none.
APPROVE 2013-14 TAX LEVY
The Board of Education is required to set the annual tax levy each October.  The State of Wisconsin unexpectedly provided additional state aid to schools in mid-October which delayed the ability of the Board of Education to set the levy.  The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released all of the information necessary to complete the levy calculation at the end of the business day on Friday, October 25th.  The final state aid changes are as follows:  
2012-13 State Aid: $13,926,352 
Anticipated 2013-14 State Aid: $14,605,491 
FINAL 2013-14 State Aid: $14,822,557
Smurawa presented the final overview of the levy and mil rate for the district. Kenney moved, Gerczak seconded to approve the 2013-14 tax levy of $17,317,408. Motion carried unanimously (5-0). A copy of the final levy as approved is available for viewing at the District Office.
APPROVE INCREASED SPEECH AND LANGUAGE FTE
Due to a growing caseload in Speech and Language at the high school, a request has been made for an increase of .05 FTE (32 minutes/day). This increase will alleviate conflicts with scheduling new S/L students. Tuchtenhagen moved, Kolpin seconded to approve the .05 FTE increase at an estimated cost of $4000. Motion carried unanimously (5-0).
ADJOURNMENT
President Johnson Myers adjourned the meeting at 5:57 p.m.
Barbara E Kolpin, Clerk
______________________________ (Pub. 12/05/13) WNAXLP