Steve called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. John called roll. The following board members were present: Steve Cassady, Sharon Reilly, John Horneck and Jane Bishop. Chad Hamilton was absent.
Statement of Public Notice
February 9, 2018
Approval of Agenda
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the agenda. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Persons Requesting to Address Members of the Board
Board President’s Report
Mr. Cassady noted that the superintenent’s contract is up for renewal on July 1. He and the Board will discuss her contract as well as her mid-year review in closed session at the March board meeting.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
Strategic Plan Progress: Strong on All Fronts
The administration is in the midst of reviewing its progress on the strategic plan goals. We are currently on track. We have a strong and steady hand on all fronts of the district: student achievement, climate and culture for learning, finances, facilities plan, professional staffing, and enrollment. We continue to develop ideas that stay true to the district’s core values and stretch the minds and experiences of our students, staff, and families. Two of the visible and immediate ideas are the Hello Hallway and supporting the the girls’ basketball team to a tournament in Florida.
Praise for Lisa Greene
Lisa Greene wears two important hats. She is the principal of very KIND school and the district’s curriculum and assessment coordinator. She delivers both roles with stealth skill, deep knowledge, and full heart. She is an extraordinary professional.
Superintendent Mid-Year Evaluation
I thank the board for taking the time to provide me with feedback that’s important to leading the district.
WIAA Urban/Rural Equity Plan
The board of control narrowly voted down the plan (6-5). This is a significant relief for Kohler to remain in div. 4 postseason competition. Special thanks to Joe Hildebrand, John Horneck, and Steve Cassady for their coordinated vigilance to voicing Kohler’s firm stance and member presence.
Ebben Field Master Planning: Coach’s Input and the Golden Triangle
With broad representation, a dozen coaches provided constructive input. The discussion was well rounded and balanced. It was important that the coaches became more united on aiming to strengthen all sports in the program; and that The discussion brought to light the need to plan with the understanding of the Golden Triangle, a framework between the school, village, and Kohler Co.
Professional Development in February
We start with choice between two one-hour physical energizer with SportCore instructors and a game of pickleball led by our physical education teachers. Following the energizer, we’ll move to curriculum coaching conferences by grade level in EL and subject in the MS and HS with Michelle Ring Hansen and Lisa Greene and Smart Notebook Training from Sandy Johnson of Tierney Brothers in response to tailoring tach training for teachers.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
Elementary Principal’s Report
Our Kindness Challenge was a huge success! The students worked in solidarity and resulted in waves of good that made a difference in our world! The elementary students documented 15, 214 acts of kindness in 15 days and are in the running for the award and title of “Kindest School in America!” This award and recognition will be given at the end of the school year from ThinkKindness.org.
As a follow up to our Kindness Challenge, we are working with the ThinkKindness sister organization Aim High, Be Kind to implement our first ever Kindness Crew. The Kohler Elementary Kindness Crew will be led by Mrs. DePagter and Mr. Dumez and will lead our school to continue our momentum to focus on kindness.
We will keep kindness as our focus for the rest of the school year and into the future!
Our next Curriculum Professional Development day is this Friday, Feb. 16. The teachers will be continuing the work with our Understanding by Design Framework. They will be identifying larger units of study with identifying learning outcomes, essential questions and enduring understandings to ensure full coverage of our standards and provide a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
Full data and school accountability report.
MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
High School/Middle School
February has been a busy month in our Middle and High School learning community. Students have completed course selections and we are in the early stages of identifying sections and staffing needs. Of note, we have 39 students who requested Computer Science, 25 students CAD Fab, and Robotics has 63 students signed up. WOW! Exceeded expectations. We have renewed our search for a Chemistry and Physics teacher. The position is posted and we are also accessing professional networks.
Further, we are deep into organizational structures. We are deep into the planning process for Dr. Ginsberg to arrive April 9 and plan to reach out to our community stakeholders in the next few weeks. Parent-teacher conferences are this Wednesday and Thursday and, as we have an eye on continuous improvement, we are working with our Skyward system to create a schedule for parents, which has been met positively by our parents. Winterfest is next week with sledding, Lady Bomber basketball games and a trivia bowl scheduled as the highlighted events. And the end of February brings ACT and Workeys testing for our Junior students while our Freshmen and Sophomores will be engaged in an Academic and Career Planning event of the Kohler Roadshow.
Proposal for Girls HS Basketball team to participate in Florida tournament in December 2018
Jason Keller presented. Dr. Bishop moved to approve the girls basketball team to participate in the Florida tournament in December 2018. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
District Assessment Annual Report (Student Achievement)
Lisa Greene presented.
Review of District Finances
The 2017-18 financial results are tracking to budget and there are no issues to report at this time. The 2016-17 Audit Report and accompanying finance statements have been finalized and will be reviewed at the next Finance Committee meeting. No issues to report. Regarding open enrollment (OE), participation by districts in Wisconsin is mandatory and available seats must be made available to the open enrollment program. Regarding any scenarios in which tuition is charged to parents, the tuition amount is capped at the OE transfer value set by DPI. The Kohler Public School District has been named a beneficiary of the Frederic and Herb Kohler Trust for Education Advantage.
Approval of January 8, 2018 minutes
Approval of Invoices
Reports of the Finance committee
Review of the budget
Reports of the Committee of the Whole
Discussion of Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s Framework for Social/Emotional Learning at the High School–The board whole-heartedly supports Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg presenting to the Kohler High School Students, parents, teachers and staff.
Discussion of Chapter 6 & 7 of Ten Questions Every School Board Member Should Ask by Ken Odom, Jr.
Discussion of Ebben Field use, security and master plan
Reports of the Policy Committee
Recommendation to bring to the full board policy 2464–Gifted and Talented Students and corresponding guidelines for approval and waive the second reading
Recommendation to bring to the full board special Technology Updates Phase II & III and corresponding guidelines for approval and waive the second reading
Recommendation to bring to the full board Vol 26 No. 2 revisions and corresponding guidelines for approval and waive the second reading
Mrs. Reilly moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Approve the revisions to policy 2464 as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the revisions to policy 2464—Gifted and Talented Students and waive the second reading. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve the special technology updates phase II & III as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the special technology updates to the following policies and waive the second reading:
Policy 8305–Information Security
Policy 5136–Personal Communication Devices
Policy 5136.01–Electronic Equipment
Policy 5136.02–Bring Your Own Devices
Policy 7540.03–Student Education Technology Acceptable Use & Safety
Policy 7540.04–Staff Education Technology Acceptable Use & Safety
Policy 7540.06–Electronic Mail
Policy 7540.07–District-Issued Student E-mail Account
Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Dr. Bishop amended her motion to remove the table from policy 5136.02 and remove the obsolete language in policy 5136. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve the revisions in Vol 26 No. 2 as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the revisions in following policies and waive the second reading:
Policy 0131.1–Bylaws & Policies
Policy 1630.01–FMLA Introduction
Policy 0166–Agenda Preparation & Dissemination
Policy 2260–Nondiscrimination & Access to Equal Educational Opportunity
Policy 2261.01–Parent Participation in Title I Programs
Policy 2370–Educational Options
Policy 2411–School Counseling
Policy 2431–Interscholastic Athletics
Policy 3120.01–Job Descriptions
Policy 3122.01–Drug Free Workplace
Policy 4122.01–Drug Free Workplace
Policy 5111–Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students
Policy 5130–Withdrawal From School
Policy 5310.01–Emergency Nursing Services
Policy 5330–Administration of Medication/Emergency Care
Policy 5517–Student Anti-Harrassment
Policy 5540–The Schools and Governmental Agencies
Policy 5610–Suspension & Expulsion
Policy 5771–Search & Siezure
Policy 5830–Student Fund-Raising
Policy 6800–Systems for Accounting
Policy 8146–Notification of Educational Options
Policy 8310–Public Records
Policy 8320.01–Unauthorized Acquisition of Staff Personal Information
Policy 8320–Personnel Records
Policy 8330–Student Records
Policy 8452–Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
Policy 8605–Use of Electronic Wireless Communication Devices by District Employees who Operate Board-Owned or Operated Vehicles
Policy 8800–Religious/Patriotic Ceremonies & Observances
Policy 9700–Relations with Non-School Affiliated Groups
Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Dr. Bishop amended her motion to include the language “at or before a special meeting” in policy 0166. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Dr. Bishop moved to extend the meeting to no later than 8:00 pm. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve the 2019 music trip to Orlando, Florida
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the 2019 music trip to Orlando, Florida. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the retirement of Mark Gabrielse, custodian (2nd shift)
Dr. Bishop moved to accept the retirement letter from Mark Gabrielse. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. Quynh Trueblood thanked Mark for his 16 years of faithful service. He will be missed. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the generous donation from Jeanine Mullen to the Kohler Art Department in memory of Lucile Thomas
Dr. Bishop moved to accept the generous donation to the art department. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Dr. Bishop moved to adjourn. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:38 p.m.