Board of Education Regular Meeting – April 16, 2018

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Call to Order

Dr. Bishop called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library.  John Horneck called roll.  The following board members were present:  Sharon Reilly, John Horneck, and Jane Bishop. Chad Hamilton was absent.

Statement of Public Notice

April 13, 2018

Approval of Agenda

Mrs. Reilly moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Persons Requesting to Address Members of the Board

None

Ebben Field master planning presentation by Rettler Corporation

Mike Helmrick and Jason Kneer from Rettler Corporation presented to the board.

Board President’s Report

No report.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

Leadership

My sincere thanks to Chad Hamilton for his service to the school district. He asked the tough questions. As a result, we have become more transparent and continue to build trust.  Congratulations to John Horneck and Jane Bishop. We welcome Carl Nonhof.  The school administration looks forward to developing into a leadership team with you.  We are starting off well with Carl Nonhoff attending the Region 8 WASB new school board members gathering in Reedsville.  The board will also hold its discussion of committees and its members and officers at the next meeting.

Contract

I am grateful for the board’s offer of a 2-year contract. The offer reflects the board’s trust and confidence in me to lead the district. While the board and I are results driven, we are equally invested in personal and professional development. The evidence of this is reflected in the present culture of learning, growing, reaching, stumbling, falling, and regaining our footing and stride without a loss of enthusiasm – as Winston Churchill defined as success.

Recognition

Congratulations to Laurie Turner, Lisa Greene, and the elementary school faculty and staff!  The Department of Public Instruction recognizes Kohler Elementary School as a Title I School of Recognition in the category of High Achievement.  This recognition comes to the Elementary School three years in a row because each year, the achievement gaps are less than three percentage points between student groups and because of high achievement across content areas.

Community Engagement

The health and safe schools speaker series intended to engage parents and the wider community on important issues such as preparing for and responding to active threats, raising resilient and thriving children, and understanding the high school experience. All stakeholders are listening, learning, and talking with each other.  Refining the core issues is leading to exploring resources and solutions that strengthen our community.  Together, we are stronger.

School Safety & Security

The adopted amendment to Assembly Bill 843 (2017) establishes an Office of School Safety (OSS), appropriates $100 million under the responsibility of the DOJ, and requires school safety plans including content, drills, assessment, and mandatory reporting of threats of violence.  Clarification and guidance is expected to come from the OSS.  The board can look forward to remaining informed.

Professional Development

We had a productive day of challenge, learning and working collaboratively with our partners Michelle Ring Hasen, Dr. Ken Ginsburg, Challenge Success, Rick Rytman, ABRC and Prevea on the district’s strategic priorities in the areas of curriculum, social emotional education, safety and security, and wellness.

The Dreamers

The district work committee calls itself The Dreamers.  And The Dreamers intend to live up to their name.  Its initial work has been to conceptualize Ebben Field in a Master Plan with Rettler Corporation.  The Dreamers have not only had fun together, they have a clear vision to design future forward facilities for students of the Kohler Athletic Program and create a community space where pride seeds and grows, in part by supporting the recreation and feeder programs.  We understand we are only as strong as our building blocks.

Elementary Principal
Report (Lisa Greene)

Due to tremendous positive feedback from last year, Kohler Elementary School and the Village of Kohler Library are once again teaming up to provide Lit Camp to our 2nd grade students moving into 3rd grade to be held in August.  LitCamp is a summer literacy program combining research-based reading and writing lessons with an interactive summer camp approach.

Several elementary classroom teachers have taken advantage of the Global Day of the Engineer program.  We had many Kohler Company engineers come into the classrooms to work with the kids on a product development activity. The students and the engineers all had so much fun! On May 1st, Kohler engineers will vote on the top ideas per grade level and award a Kohler Global Day of the Engineer Patent Award to the winning students. This is a Global activity so our students are competing with students across the world which is super exciting for them!

The elementary students will be out and about with their learning in the last month of school with a lot of great field trips planned.

The countdown of days will soon begin!

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)

We have been in high gear for the past few weeks, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

We have our statewide Middle School Forward as well as ACT Aspire testing for all of our 6-10th graders.  We are gearing up for AP Testing, High School volunteer day, Middle School Future Friday, Prom and then our graduation events.  We wish to express to our families how thankful they are for allowing us to modify our school day and their flexibility to allow our students and staff to have the best experiences and be best prepared for these events.

We also want to highlight some of the great awards and recognitions our staff and students have received due to their hard work and dedication to their craft:

Dr. Mary Eldridge has been awarded the Frank Zuerner Scholarship award which is given out to

outstanding science educators who are in their first three years of teaching.

Student Lily Montes will be participating in the 2018 Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Music Project for the second year.

Kohler Elementary, Middle and High Schools have been asked to present to our CESA 7 colleagues as to how we implement Academic and Career Plans to all students K-12.  Jim Lautenschlaeger, Nicole Nevers, Jodi Grossen along with counselors Laura Multer and Christine Voice will highlight the great preparation and transitions that occur with our students to help prepare them to be healthy 35 year-olds.

Finally, I wish to thank everyone involved in our educational community.  We allow our educators the best resources to grow and thrive and our community involvement and interest in what we are doing and how we focus on the whole child is amazing.  We have had Screenagers to discuss social media, book reads on parenting, CRASE education, Challenge Success.  There remains high energy and support for student growth, and for that I remain thankful.

District Curriculum Report

We have narrowed down our science resources and are getting price quotes at this time. We are looking at elementary science resources as well as updating our high school biology resources.

District Assessment
Report

State testing is going well. We are about halfway through our required testing. The elementary students will finish up their Forward testing this week.  Next week we will have our middle school students complete their Forward testing, and the 9th and 10th graders will complete the ACT Aspire test.

The College Board AP testing will be May 7 – 18th.

Review of District
Finances

2018-19 budget is in process of being prepared.  A preliminary budget will be reviewed at the May Finance Committee.  District continues to work with Prevea on the 2018-19 health insurance renewal.  Expect to finalize in May.

Consent Agenda

Approval of March 12, 2018 regular board meeting minutes and March 14, 2018 special board meeting minutes

Approval of Invoices

Reports of the Finance committee

  1. Recommendation to designate funds to “Committed Fund Balance” for the following purposes: Ebben Field Master Plan $227,444, IT Infrastructure $150,000 and Learning Environment Improvements $277,444.

Mr. Horneck moved to approve the consent agenda.  Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items

Swear in Jane Bishop, John Horneck and Carl Nonhof and file oath of office

Paula Anderson swore in the new board members and filed the oath of office.

Approve designating funds to the “Committed Fund Balance” for the following purposes: Ebben Field Master Plan $227,444, IT Infrastructure $150,000 and Learning Environment Improvements $277,444 as recommended by the finance committee

Mrs. Reilly moved to approve designating funds to the “Committed Fund Balance” for the following purposes Ebben Field Master Plan $227,444, IT Infrastructure $150,000 and Learning Environment Improvements $277,444 as recommended by the finance committee. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the resignation of Steve Cassady, board member

Mrs. Reilly moved to accept the resignation of Steve Cassady.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  Dr. Bishop expressed the board’s appreciation for Mr. Cassady’s service to the community and the board. All ayes. Motion carried.

Approval of teacher contracts for the 2018-2019 school year

Mr. Horneck moved to approve the 2018-2019 teacher contracts.  Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the 2018-2020 contract for Dr. Cindy Payne, Director of Pupil Services & Special Education

Mr. Horneck moved to approve the 2018-2020 contract for Dr. Cindy Payne.  Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the hire of Megan Wagner, HS Chemistry/Physics teacher

Mrs. Reilly moved to approve the hire of Megan Wagner. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment

Mrs. Reilly moved to adjourn. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

 

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