Board of Education Regular Meeting – May 21, 2018
Call to Order
Sharon Reilly called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. Paula Anderson called roll. The following board members were present: Sharon Reilly, John Horneck, and Jane Bishop. Carl Nonhof and Zach Pethan were absent.
Statement of Public NoticeMay 18, 2018
Approval of Agenda
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Persons Requesting to Address Members of the Board
Tim Valicenti, a 2013 Kohler graduate, suggested adding computer programming courses to the high school curriculum.
WSMA Exemplary Award
Richard Tengowski presented Clara Montes with the award for exemplary performance at the Wisconsin School Music Association state competition.
Certificates of Honor presented by
The following middle school students received certificates of honor: Artan Ameti, Jacob Balint, Anna Baxter, Carson Cassady, Brecken Cech, Ava Childs, Maddie Cole, Kate Coppersmith, Rachel Fihn, Norah Justinger, Madelynn Magle, Cohen Otte, Jaclyn Patterson, George Phillips, Henry Pociask,
Elyse Reinbacher, Max Reinthaler, Paul Ritter, Nicole Roatch, Ben Roeber, Kimmy Schipper, Taylor Schultz, Lauren Seitz, John Senti, Samantha Stalzer, Stella Strickland, Emma Truman, Sarah Van Der Vaart, and Madeline Wohlgemuth. The following high school students received certificates of honor: Spencer Andrews, Noelle Candler, Emmett Cunliffe-Owen, Josh Finney, Remy Havens, Ben Herold, Max Holmes, Shelby Horth, Caelyn Kaiser, Jack Kral, Andrew Kraus, Kasey Lacerda, Faith Lewis, Hannah Lisiecki, Megan Meyer, Lily Montes, Clara Montes, Marianne Ritter,
Aleah Roeber, Tyler Roeder, Mimi Rustan, Maclane Schick, Sarah Sobecki, Ashley Thyes, Johnny Vallo, Doug Wake, Ben Wake, Christy Zheng, Cecelia Zielke, and Ella Ziemer.
Board President’s Report
Sharon Reilly is excited to be working with a new team and to continue the work of the previous board. Governance and the strategic plan goals will be the focus of the newly-elected school board.
Year End Celebration
We celebrated Teacher and Staff Appreciation week with the generous support of the Kohler School Friends. The Friends hosted a luncheon and delivered presents for each day of the weeklong celebration. We thank Jen Kading, Nikki Brigham, Laura Conklin , Beth Tengowski, Nina Hughes, and Kelly Graff for their time and care. We honored the careers of Butch Dumez (38 years) and Mark Gabrielse (17 years) with laughter, sentimentality, and well wishing for their retirement. We thank them for their service and will miss them. Overall, the Kohler School Family can be proud of its work in 2017-18. We will continue to reach beyond with purpose, intentionality, and enthusiasm.
Year of Service Recognitions
10 Years–Nicole Nevers and Kristin
15 Years–Matt Zavada
20 Years–Jen Roeber
25 Years–Ken Roeder
30 Years–Wendy Kukla
Teacher of the Year
Support Staff of the Year
Technology Learning Spaces
The district is preparing a Request for Proposal to develop a Master Plan for Technology Learning Spaces. The selected architectural firm will assess the educational adequacy of the all computer labs and technology education spaces, explore potential solutions, develop conceptual designs based on present and future needs (space and curriculum), and present its findings and solutions to the school board in the Fall. A full view of both Master Plans for the Technology Learning Spaces and Ebben Field will assist the board with setting its priorities and resource strategies.
School Safety & Security Update
With urgency, the district continues to allocate time and resources for effective crisis planning, prevention, response, and recovery capabilities. Our core work centers on continuous improvement. Specifically:
Lesson plans K-12 are developed and will be implemented in 2018-19. The lessons are based on developmental levels of safety awareness. The overarching goal is to prepare students and empower them to act in active threatening events. The seniors this year will have CRASE mindset training before they graduate.
Laura Multer, Lisa Greene, Tim Brown and I participated in two active shooter drills with elementary and middle school students at Waterford School District to gain insight into building our student lessons that prepare them to practice options based drills.
Testing our system for internal and external emergency communication.
The district will submit a grant application to the Office of School Security of the WI DOJ in the maximum amount allowed of $60,000.00.
The board can look for a report in June on the status of several key components of schools safety and security. The report will include an assessment, strengths, gaps, recommendations, and actions.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
The elementary students will be out and about with their learning in these last few weeks of school with a lot of great field trips planned.
We are finishing our school year strong! It has been a wonderful year with a focus on kindness. We are so proud of the students success this year! Thank you to the parents and the Kohler community for all of their support of our students.
MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
Graduation season is well underway. We will be hosting our Honors Night this Wednesday in the Memorial Theater where we will be honoring those receiving scholarships and stipends from generous donors and grants. On Sunday, May 27th we will be hosting Baccalaureate at the Walderhaus. Wednesday May 30 will be our Scroll Night ceremony followed by the Class of 2018 Dinner. These events lead to the culminating event, Graduation, on Sunday June 3, where we will celebrate our out-going senior class as they transition beyond our learning community.
Pupil Services Report
Dr. Cindy Payne presented.
Review of District Finances
The Finance Committee met 5/17/18 and discussed the following:
1) The District renewed its health insurance coverage for the 2018-19 school year with Prevea360 Health.
2) Current enrollment estimates for 2018-19 were reviewed and will be discussed further at the May and June COTW.
3) The preliminary budget for 2018-19 was reviewed and discussed. A preliminary budget will be approved at the June Board meeting.
Approval of April 16, 2018 regular board meetingminutes and April 23, 2018 special board meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Reports of the Finance committee
Budget review and discussion
Recommendation to review enrollment at the June 18 committee of the whole meeting
Reports of the Policy committee
Recommendation to bring forth to the full board policy revisions/updates for approval and to waive the second reading
Report of the Committee of the Whole
Discussion of board committees
Discussion of board workshops
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Appoint CESA 7 Delegate
Dr. Bishop volunteered. Sharon Reilly appointed Dr. Bishop to be the CESA 7 delegate
Set Monthly Meeting Date
Dr. Bishop moved to set the monthly meeting dates as the second and fourth Monday of the month. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Designation of Depository
Mr. Horneck moved to continue the relationshop with Associated Bank, Sheboygan Division, as the designated depository. Dr. Bishop seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Designation of Newspaper
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the Sheboygan Press as the School District of Kohler official newspaper designee. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Designation of Kohler Villager
Mr. Horneck moved to approve the Kohler Villager as the newspaper publication of Board meeting minutes. Dr. Bishop seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Designation of Legal Advisor
Dr. Bishop moved to continue Jim Korom from von Briesen & Roper as the Kohler School District legal advisor. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Announcement of School Board Terms
Mrs. Reilly announced the following:
John Horneck, term beginning in the year 2018 and ending in the year 2021
Carol Nonhof, term beginning in the year 2018 and ending in the year 2021
Sharon Reilly, term beginning in the year 2017 and ending in the year 2020
Jane Bishop, term beginning in the year 2018 and ending in the year 2019
Zachary Pethan term beginning in the year 2018 and ending in the year 2019
Approve revisions to policy 2340, 7510, 7440 and 8510 as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the revisions to the following policies and waive the second reading:
po2340–Field and Other District Sponsored Trips
po7510–Use of District Facilities
Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve Neola policy revisions to December 17 Special Update and Vol 27 No 1 as recommended by the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the revisions to the following policies and waive the second reading:
Special Update 12-2107
po1210–Board-District Administration Relationship
po3125–Wisconsin Quality Educator Initiative
po9130–Public Requests, Suggestions, or Complaints
po9140–Citizens’ Advisory Committees
Volume 27 No 1
po0151.2–Required Student Academic Standards Agenda Item
po1619/3419/4419–Group Health Plans
po2260.02–English Language Proficiency
po2271–Early College Credit
po2411–School Counseling and Career Planning
po5113.01–Part-Time Open Enrollment
po5330–Administration of Medication/Emergency Care
po8605–Use of Electronic Wireless Communication Devices by District Employees who Operate Board-owned or Operated Vehicles
Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Mr. Horneck moved to table Policy 5113.01 (Part-time open enrollment) for the June board meeting . Dr. Bishop seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried. Dr. Bishop amended her motion to approve the revisions of all the policies listed above with the exception of policy 5113.01. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the resignation of Ann Bartelt, 4th grade teacher
Dr. Bishop moved with deep regret and gratitude to accept the resignation of Ann Bartelt. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve the hire of Nicole Wittwer, 4K teacher
Dr. Bishop moved to hire Nicole Wittwer. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Accept the generous donation from the Performing Arts Organization in the amount of $60,000 to fund music scholarships and 2018-2019 Band/Choir Trip to Orlando, Florida
Dr. Bishop moved to accept the generous donation in the amount of $60,000. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried. Amy Unger and Kristin Otte presented the school board with the check.
Dr. Bishop moved to adjourn. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.