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SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RIVER FALLS: 3/9/09 Special Meeting Minutes

Board of Education Special Meeting

Monday, March 9, 2009

A special meeting of the River Falls Board of Education was called to order on Monday, March 9, 2009, at 6:05 p.m. by President Dennis Behnke in the Meyer Middle School Media Center, 230 North 9th Street, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on proposed budget reductions. It was ascertained that notice of the meeting had been properly published in the River Falls Journal and an announcement was faxed to WEVR Radio Station.


President Dennis Behnke, Vice President Stephen Rivard, Treasurer Manny Kenney, Clerk Barbara Kolpin, and Members Rellen Hardtke, Stacy Johnson Myers and Alan Tuchtenhagen were present. Also present were Superintendent Tom Westerhaus, Director of Finance Chad Smurawa, Director of Personnel Donna Hill, Director of Special Education Jackie Steinhoff, Director of Academics Rick Osterhaus, High School Principals Elaine Baumann, Kit Luedtke and Rollie Hall, Middle School Principals Mike Johnson and Pat McCardle, Elementary Principals Chuck Eaton, Nate Schurman, and Board Candidates Mike Miller, and Trudy Ohnsorg.


Director of Finance Chad Smurawa reviewed the budgeting process and the rationale for budget reductions in the amount of $370,000 for the 2009-10 school year. Smurawa reviewed each proposed reduction by the district's various cost centers prior to public feedback on the proposed reductions. Proposed reductions by all cost centers totaled $380,898, an amount greater than that called for by the board's earlier reduction resolution.

Questions and comments about the proposed reductions were received. Board members and administrators listened to the feedback and responded to questions. Board members agreed to consider the ideas discussed. No action was taken pending board consideration of the reductions.


President Behnke adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.