Board of Education Regular Meeting – April 22, 2019
Call to Order
Jane Bishop called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler HS Choir Room. The following board members were present: Carl Nonhof, Sharon Reilly, John Horneck, and Zach Pethan. Sharon Reilly was absent.
Statement of Public Notice
April 19, 2019
Approval of Agenda
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Time to Share—Extra Kindness
Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Karen Bittner spearheaded the elementary effort to decorate bags for Meals on Wheels. The elementary office received many positive phone calls from thankful recipients. Audrey Wittwer, a kindergarten student, drew Belle, the Disney princess on her bag. The school received a phone call from a delighted woman who had received Audrey’s bag. She wanted the school to tell Audrey that she did a nice job and loved the bag! Audrey shared with the school board members how happy that made her feel that she made someone else happy. Fifth grader, Alyssa Schubert also shared with the board how the project impacted the students and brought her much joy to know that she brought a moment of happiness to others to receive a bag that she decorated. She shared that she saw rainbows, flowers, and other things that people associate with cheerfulness on the decorated bags to inspire happiness and kindness to others.
Strategic Plan Update—Strategic Compensation Model for Teachers
Quynh Trueblood and Matt Kautzer presented the model to the board.
Board President’s Report (Jane Bishop, Vice President)
Dr. Bishop recognized Zachary Pethan, Kohler graduate and board member, for receiving the Herb Kohl Principal Leadership award. The purpose of the Herb Kohl Principal Leadership program is to recognize and support administrative leadership. The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation’s goal is to support Wisconsin school principals in pursuit of their unrealized goals for their schools or professional development. Twelve public school principals and four religious and independent school principals/administrators were selected for a Leadership Award. The sixteen Kohl Leadership Award recipients and the sixteen schools of those principals will each receive $6,000 grants from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation and will be recognized at a spring banquet.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
Congratulations to Dr. Jane Bishop and Zach Pethan! On behalf of the administration: By your leadership, we look forward to continuing to make progress on the district’s work.
Congratulations to Kohler Elementary School for earning a 2018-19 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award for the 4th year in a row! Only 11 schools in the state earned this award in the category of high achievement this year. Priceless: The pride, joy, and surprise on the faces of our teachers and staff when Principal Greene and I delivered cookies and coffee in thanks for their hard work and dedication. Principal Greene and Laurie Turner will accept the award at a public ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Madison on May 20.
We thank the Kohler Foundation for providing the Waelderhaus for the Spring Play. The historic “stage” could not have been more apt for “Little Women,” improve games, and “The Big Picture.” We received thanks the the use of the tech ed lab to help the Cub Scouts build their pinewood derby cars.
KEYING UP PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Bray Architects will present conceptual drawings to improve the school parking lot and general referendum information.
The District Security Team has recommended the elementary school day to end at 3:00 pm, consistent with the Middle and High Schools. Administration has conducted a full analysis and concluded the change will take place beginning in the 2019-20 school year. Families will be notified of the change this spring to provide adequate time for planning.
Attorney General Josh Kaul and the DOJ Office of School Safety announced the release of The Comprehensive School Security Framework and the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol. The DOJ identified shared responsibility between parents, educators, law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, and policymakers is essential for keeping kids safe in schools. The six core components of school safety are:
Build a comprehensive mental health structure;
Shape a school climate that reduces violence;
Harden physical buildings;
Launch a threat assessment that can stop a tragedy before it happens;
Create routine safety controls that ensure every person is committed to security
Construct a strong relationship with first responders
Each of the six components are well developed in the District. We continue to pursue improvements via evolving grants, practice and training. Currently in motion, administration is conducting its review of the published documents and the district’s threat assessment team is scheduled to complete a DOJ training in early May. Both activities will result in revisions to the existing assessment protocol and guide targets for improvements.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
The weather is getting warmer, Mt. Kohler has finally melted and the teachers are definitely looking to take the learning outdoors and into the community: Ledge View Nature Center, State Capitol, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Milwaukee Public Museum, EAA, Camp Y Coda, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, Maywood Park, Shalom Wildlife Zoo… the list goes on!
The elementary students are raising money to purchase a water bottle filling system for the elementary school. We received a very generous donation from the Hill family to help get us started on our fundraising. We are so grateful for their very generous donation! Any money raised over and above the cost of the water filtration system will go to clean water efforts in Africa.
This initiative is being completely run by the Student Leadership/ Bomber Pride Crew. They have come up with Water Wednesdays to raise the money. Every Wednesday from April 10th to the end of the year is a Water Wednesday. Students are able to purchase a special dress up day or classroom activity for a donation of at least $1.
We have already had a Pajama Day and Hat Day. This Wednesday, students can bring their favorite stuffed animal to school. Also scheduled is Gum day, Wacky hair day, and a favorite: extra recess!
We will be adding to the end of the year fun by doing our traditional Alphabet countdown that will start on May 6th.
District Assessment Report
We are just finishing up our required state accountability testing. As of today, the elementary school is 79% complete with grade 5 to finish up their testing this week. The middle school is 98.6% complete with just a few students to finish up their testing.
We will get the individual student results in mid July, but they are usually embargoed until mid November to do any comparisons.
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 are in the process of completing 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, 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 recognitions our staff and students have received due to their hard work as well as extracurricular learning opportunities:
Mr. Matt Bayens has been awarded the National History Day Teacher of the Year. Mr. Bayens moves forward as a nominee for the national Hannah E. (Liz) MacGregor Teacher Award. Over the past few years the social studies team has had 23 students make it to the national competition. This year Cecelia Zielke is a 4 time national competitor and of the 7 students, 5 are first timers. Congratulations!
The Band and Choir Trip was a huge success. 168 persons, 2 performances at Disney Springs, 2
workshops with Disney professionals. The kids were great and chaperones even better. Special thank you to Wendy Kukla, Eva Stokes and Rich Tengowski for putting this all together.
Kohler Middle School led by Nicole Nevers and Rebecca Rabideaux brought 15 students to Eagle River to the Trees for Tomorrow camp. Trees For Tomorrow is a nonprofit natural-resources specialty school which uses a combination of field and classroom studies to teach sustainable practices as well as demonstrate the benefits of contemporary resource management. Their mission is to prepare today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards of our natural world. Special thank you to Sheboygan County Conservation Association, Between the Lakes Muskies Inc, Heidenreiter Bus Company, and Kathleen Blaser for their generous donations to allow this experience to happen.
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. From spring sports, the spring play at the Waelderhaus and academics. The support is second to none!
Review of District Finances
Matt Kautzer discussed Governor Evers’ proposed budget and its impact on school finances with the board members. The state budget will be implemented July 1, 2019.
Approval of March 12, 2019 board meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Report of the Finance committee
Discussion of strategic compensation model & teacher contracts
Discussion of Governor Evers’ proposed budget
Mr. Pethan moved to approve Items 1 and 3 of the consent agenda. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried. Mr. Nonhof move to approve item 2 of the consent agenda. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Swear in Jane Bishop and Zachary Pethan and file the oath of office
Paula Anderson swore in the elected board members and filed the oath of office.
Appoint CESA 7 representative
Dr. Bishop asked for volunteers. She appointed herself as the CESA 7 representative.
Approve the first reading of policy 2271.01—Start College Now Program as recommended by the policy committee
Mr. Horneck moved to approve policy 2271.01—Start College Now Program. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Mr. Horneck would like the optional language “The student has already completed eighteen (18) postsecondary semester credits. All additional credits shall be paid by the parent.” to be removed from the policy language. Discussion was held. Dr. Bishop moved to approve policy 2271.01 with the optional language stricken from the policy. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. The vote was 3-1 in favor of Dr. Bishop’s motion.
Approval of teacher contracts for the 2019-2020 school year
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the teacher contracts for the 2019-2020 school year. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve administration contract for Lisa Greene, Elementary Principal/DAC for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the two year contract for Lisa Greene. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the generous donation from the Kohler Athletic Council and Shane Thorne in the amount of $2,235 for a home run fence on the Ebben Field baseball diamond
Mr. Pethan moved to accept the generous donation in the amount of $2,235 from the Kohler Athletic council and Shane Thorne for a home run fence. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Mr. Horneck moved to adjourn. Mr. Pethan seconded. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.