Board of Education Regular Meeting February 12, 2018

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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

None

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!

Curriculum Report:

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.

Assessment Report:

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.

Consent Agenda

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 0100–Definitions

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 3430.01–FMLA

Policy 4122.01–Drug Free Workplace

Policy 4430.01–FMLA

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 5421–Grading

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 6605–Crowdfunding

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 8350–Confidentiality

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.

Adjournment

Dr. Bishop moved to adjourn. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:38 p.m.

 

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