Board of Education Regular Meeting February 12, 2019

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Call to Order

Sharon Reilly 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.  Jane Bishop was absent.

Statement of Public Notice

February 8, 2019

Approval of Agenda

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

Time to Share—Kohler HS Student Council

Ben Herold, student council president, presented to the board the vision and activities of the 2018-2019 student council.

Strategic Plan Update

Quynh Trueblood reviewed the collaborative process for the mid-year superintendent evaluation.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

TRIBUTE

It has been an honor to work with Chief Bill Rutten in his final years in service and protection of the village and school.  He will always be my first Chief.  Confronting the reality of school threats with Rutten proved to close significant safety and security gaps at Kohler Schools.  It was a privilege to pay tribute to Rutten’s life work alongside former superintendents, John Egan and Jeff Dickert, at his retirement party.  This special event speaks volumes of the strong and enduring  partnership between the police department and school.

IMAGINING THE FUTURE

I am pleased the district is making visible progress with conceptual plans for both the technology learning spaces in all schools and the athletic facilities on Ebben Field.  With plans in hand, we move ahead with strategies for stakeholder engagement and funding. There is not a better time to imagine the future of learning at Kohler Schools.  We are hopping on it with getting feedback from teachers across the district.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

I enjoyed joining Sharon Reilly and Jane Bishop at the State Education Convention.  My interest was in gaining strategies for stakeholder engagement and high performing board/superintendent relationship.

Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
We just had a wonderful visit from Dr. Michele Borba.  Dr. Borba shared with both parents and staff the important message of how empathy paves the way for future happiness and success, and presented some practical ways to activate empathy to raise kids with compassion and courage to make a difference in our world. I would like to thank the approximately 150 parents who attended Dr. Borba’s presentation last night. Mrs. Multer and I are already receiving emails from parents with their gratitude for bringing Dr. Borba to Kohler.  We are so grateful to the United Way for supporting this initiative to make this happen.

The 4th graders completed their participation in the 2019 NAEP testing last Friday.  I have not been involved in NAEP testing before, so I don’t know when we will get any results. I am not expected this data to be released any time soon. I am hoping I get it by fall.

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)

February will be a busy month in our Middle and High School learning community.  Students will be completing course selections and we are in the early stages of identifying sections and staffing needs.  To these ends, Mrs. Voice will be visiting all students grades 8-11 in their English Classes and we will have a meeting for all current 8th grade parents to help them understand the scheduling, counseling, and Academic and Career Planning process in high school.

Parent-teacher conferences are this Wednesday and Thursday and a huge thank you to the Kohler School Friends for providing dinner for our staff.  Winterfest is currently happening this week and we have girls basketball playoffs at home and boys Big East basketball tournament beginning.  The end of February brings ACT and Workkeys testing for our Junior students.

Challenge Success Update: Our team completed the student fishbowl.  The fishbowl consisted of 14 students representing grades 9-12 who created a parent-led question and answer session in which students discussed their thoughts as it relates to the climate and culture of Kohler High School.  The video is approximately 75 minutes and we plan on showing this to our staff at our March professional development days.  The goal is for staff to understand the student experience around the concept of “what I wish my teachers knew about me”.  We are in the middle of year 1; information gathering.  Next year will be action planning and prep for implementation during year 3.  This is a very exciting times for students and staff.

Review of District Finances

 

The finance committee reviewed the 2017-2018 audit report and discussed the funding strategies for major projects.

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of January 7, 2019 board meeting minutes
  2. Approval of Invoices
  3. Report of the Finance committee- Review of 2017-2018 audit report and discussion of funding strategies for major projects
  4. Report of the Policy committee—
    1. Recommendation to approve policy 8407–School Resource Officer Program
    2. Recommendation to approve policy 2271.01–Start College Now Program
    3. Recommendation to approve policy 2431 revisions–Interscholastic Athletics

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

Action and/or Discussion Items

Approve the first reading of policy 8407—School Resource Officer Program as recommended by the policy committee

Mr. Horneck moved to approve the first reading of policy 8407—School Resource Officer Program.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the first reading of policy 2271.01—Start College Now Program as recommended by the policy committee
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the first reading of policy 2271.01—Start College Now Program.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. Discussion was held.  Mr. Horneck does not want the policy to limit the number of post secondary semester credits.  A vote was taken.  Mr. Nonhof—aye, Mrs. Reilly—aye, Mr. Horneck—nay, Mr. Pethan—nay.  The motion was tabled.

Approve revised policy 2431—Interscholastic Athletics as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading

 

Mr. Horneck moved to approve revised policy 2431—Interscholastic Athletics.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  Mrs. Reilly suggested some revisions.  Policy 2431 will go back to policy committee for review.

Approve the maternity leave request for Katie Drida, MS English teacher

Mr. Horneck moved to approve maternity leave for Katie Drida.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.   Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the retirement letter from Deb La Duke, 2nd grade teacher
Mr. Nonhof moved to accept the retirement letter from Deb La Duke.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

 Accept the generous donation from the Frederic  and Herbert Kohler Trust for Education Advantage in the amount of $36,000 to be used for the Haas computer numerical control mill

Mr. Nonhof  moved to accept the generous donation from the Frederic and Herbert Kohler Trust for Education Advantage in the amount of $36, 000 to be used for the Haas computer numerical control mill.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment
Mr. Horneck moved to adjourn. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

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