New Richmond School Board, Dec. 18, 2007
School Board Proceedings
New Richmond District
New Richmond, Wisconsin
Superintendent: Morrie Veilleux
Director of Fiscal & Building Operations: Brian Johnston
Chair: Rick Hinz Treasurer: Marty Wold
Vice Chair: Greg Gartner Clerk: Chris Skoglund
Marilyn Duerst Dr. Neal Melby Bryan Schafer
official proceedings of the board of education
regular School District Office Community Room
Board meeting December 18, 2007
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Hinz in accordance with notice given New Richmond News and WIXK Radio.
Board Members Present: Marilyn Duerst, Greg Gartner, Rick Hinz, Bryan Schafer, Chris Skoglund, Marty Wold
Board Members Absent: Neal Melby (arrived at 7:04 p.m.)
Administration Present: Morrie Veilleux, Brian Johnston, Deb Heyerdahl, Steve Wojan, Frank Norton, Sue Curtis
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
The following items were added to the agenda: Kanewischer and Reuvers were added to 2.a.5. Hire to Extra-Curricular Positions; Lane Adjustment for Neal Ziller and Hire of .5 FTE Family Consumer Education Teaching Position for Second Semester were added to 4.a Personnel. Bryan Schafer made a motion to approve the amended agenda. Chris Skoglund seconded the motion. Motion carried 6-0.
Board member Marty Wold asked if the monthly bills were available for viewing. It was noted that there was a copy of the monthly bills on the board secretary's table and that a copy of the bills have been available in the board room at all previous regular board meetings.
Monthly Bill Auditing
Brian Johnston, Director of Fiscal and Building Operations met with Rick Hinz before the regular meeting and reviewed the monthly bills.
2006-2007 Audited Financial Statements
Brian Johnston presented the Board with the 2006-2007 Financial Statements sent by the audit firm of Clifton Gunderson along with two letters addressed to the Board.
Appointments, Reassignments, Resignations, Compensation, Adjustments; Approval of Monthly Bills; Approval of Minutes; Grant/Gift Approvals
Resignation of Valerie Desio from 4K health assistant position as requested in a memo dated 12-04-07;
Hire of Jaclyn Palmer to 1.0 FTE additional special services teaching position at West Elementary at BA +0 Step 1 for the second semester of the 2007-2008 school year;
Hire of Kathleen Struble to 20 hour per week additional special services teacher assistant position at West Elementary;
Hire of Alicia Wanless to 35 hour per week additional special services teacher assistant position at West Elementary;
Hire to extra-curricular position of Jeff Kanewischer (1/2 position) team leader position for second semester, Roger Reuvers (1/2 position) team leader position for second semester, Mary Volkert (1/2 position) high school cheerleader advisor;
Monthly bills for November/December in the amount of $1,732,054.57 and construction account checks in the amount of $1,016,926.72;
Minutes of previous school board meetings (November 19, 2007 Special Board Meeting, November 26, 2007 Regular Board Meeting);
Approval of the following grants/gifts:
-- Two Bremer Bank Freedom Scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each for a total of $1,000.00;
-- The Ryan Dennis Olson Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500.00;
-- The New Richmond Area Youth Sport Association donation in the amount of $1,500.00;
-- The New Richmond Basketball Association donation in the amount of $4,000.00;
-- The donation of a Thomas Electronic Organ to West Elementary.
Bryan Schafer made a motion to approve consent agenda items as presented. Neal Melby seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
K-5 Science Materials Adoption Process/Timeline
Deb Heyerdahl, Director of Instruction and Staff Development presented an overview to the Board on the K-5 Science materials adoption process and timeline. A recommendation will be brought to the Board at the regular meeting in May.
NR4Kids Board Update
Deb Heyerdahl provided an update on the 4K program. Applications are now being accepted for partner sites. Parents will be able to register their children on February 1, 2008.
Approval of Michele Haasch - Spanish Department Head
Marty Wold made a motion to approve Michele Haasch as the Spanish department head prorated to 5/9's for the 2007-2008 school year as presented. Chris Skoglund seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Administrative Transfer of Frank Norton from West Elementary to New Elementary
Bryan Schafer made a motion to approve the administrative transfer of Frank Norton from principal at West Elementary to principal for the new elementary as presented. Greg Gartner seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Authorize Posting of West Elementary Principal Position
The Board gave District Administrator Morrie Veilleux authority to post the West Elementary Principal position.
Lane Change Adjustment for Neal Ziller
Marty Wold made a motion to approve the contract adjustment for lane change for Neal Ziller as presented. Neal Melby seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Hire of .5 FTE Family Consumer Education Teaching Position for Second Semester
Marty Wold made a motion to approve the addition of a .5 FTE teaching position for Family Consumer Education at the high school for the second semester of the 2007-2008 school year. Marilyn Duerst seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR'S REPORT
Negotiations with custodial staff, secretaries and teacher's assistant are close. Morrie Veilleux will talk to Dick Forrest to discuss dates for teacher negotiations for the second week in January.
Work Session Planning
Two expulsion hearings were scheduled for January 7, 2008. One will be at 5:00 p.m. and the other at 6:00 p.m. A two-hour work session will follow the hearings to discuss transition plans for the elementary schools. A work session was scheduled for January 9, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. to review the budget for the new high school.
FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION
School Facilities Construction Project
Frank Norton updated the Board on the results of the survey on naming the schools. The consensus was to rename all three elementary schools. The Board directed Mr. Norton to solicit names from the community for all three elementary schools.
Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) Report - (Skoglund)
Chris Skoglund reminded the Board of the WASB convention in Milwaukee January 23rd-25th. She will not be attending and asked if someone attending the convention would like to be the representative for the Board. She also asked the Board to review the resolutions and if they have any concerns, bring them to the regular meeting in January to discuss.
Board Meeting Evaluation
President Hinz asked Board members to fill out the evaluation forms and leave with Julie Koop.
Chris Skoglund moved and Bryan Schafer seconded a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 8:53 p.m.
Yes - Duerst, Gartner, Hinz, Melby, Schafer, Skoglund, Wold
Motion carried 7-0.
ANTICIPATED EXECUTIVE SESSION
Adjourn to closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)
(c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which a governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.
Discussion of Administrative Contracts
RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION & TAKE ANY NECESSARY ACTION:
Marty Wold made a motion to reconvene to open session at 10:23 p.m. Marilyn Duerst seconded the motion. Motion carried 7-0.
Marty Wold made a motion to adjourn at 10:24 p.m. Marilyn Duerst seconded the motion.
Motion carried 7-0.
Chris Skoglund, School Board Clerk