Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes August 28, 2017

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Call to Order

Steve 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: Steve Cassady, Sharon Reilly and John Horneck. Chad Hamilton entered the meeting at 5:33 p.m.

Statement of Public Notice

August 25, 2017

Approval of Agenda

Sharon moved to approve the agenda. John seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Board President’s Report

Steve commended the team on its due diligence to evaluate alternative, engage legal counsel, and sign an agreement between both parties in the Ebben Field project.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

I applaud Matt Kautzer’s diligence with managing and completing the contract for the synthetic turf project. We are incredibly excited to be on our way!

It was great to see the cross country team make its strong debut this fall!

The new teachers this year are a smart and fun bunch!  We welcome them to our Kohler School family. You can’t miss their positivity, optimism, and energy.  

  • Bob Bruch, technical education teacher
  • Kathy Miller, district nurse
  • Laura Prickett, occupational therapist
  • Meredith Behler, special education teacher
  • Jeff Anderson, science teacher
  • Mary Eldridge, science teacher
  • Jessica Ott, visual arts teacher
  • Ryan Dixon, custodian (2nd shift)

The teachers are coming back to Kohler Schools to launch the school year at pre-session in the next three days!  We are excited to recommit to our collective mission and begin the meaningful work of educating students.   

I look forward to reaching out to staff to respond to their feedback of my performance in the areas of promoting teamwork and collaboration with the elementary teachers, developing people with the middle school, and displaying managerial courage with the high school. With intention, I will be joining the teachers over lunch to listen, be in touch, and show my progress on what they identified as important for me to demonstrate. I will continue working with Rick Bauman throughout the year to measure progress.  

We continue to wait for the legislature to pass the state’s biennium budget. The joint finance committee will take up education in a final push to complete the long-delayed budget.   

Elementary Principal’s Report (Lisa Greene)

  • Teachers getting ready for the year. Looking forward to sneek peek and the children coming back into the school.
  • We will continue the safety patrol program for our 4th and 5th graders. Mrs. Bitter and Mrs. Turner will be joining me this year to lead this group.
  • We have added a student leadership PBIS group for grades 3-5 and are excited about having students take leadership roles in our PBIS assemblies.
  • September highlights:
  • Elementary Kindness retreat organized by Mrs. Multer for grade 5 on Sept. 20
  • 5th graders will go on a field trip to the Wade House on Sept. 22

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)

Kohler Middle and High School

I am excited for the start of the 2017-18 school year. I can only hope to express the impressive work of Lynn Vander Schaaf, Rebecca Remberg and Paula Anderson district administrative assistants for all of their behind the scenes work, Christine Voice and Laura Multer for scheduling students, and  the work of our custodial staff to get the building ready for our staff and students to arrive tomorrow.  

This past summer work was spent building the foundations from which our staff can build a solid 2017-18 school year. Academic and Career Planning (ACP) was one such initiative we undertook to meet not only district mandates, but also to meet our own expectations of excellence.  ACP is a statewide mandate intended to equip students and their families with the tools necessary to make more informed choices about postsecondary education and training as it leads to careers. As such, we had a team consisting of building counselors, library media and teaching staff present the Kohler ACP implementation at a statewide conference. This is just one way by which we continue to build connections to our fellow teaching colleagues as well as provide educational leadership in our state.

Along with academic preparation, we concentrated our efforts on character development programming for our students and staff. Relationships are the basis of all learning opportunities and much of our academic achievements. Both the middle and high school sent teams to the Positive Behavior and Instructional Supports (PBIS) summer institute to learn about best practices as well as to use planning time for the leadership teams to concentrate our efforts on this front. The middle school will focus the first quarter on self-monitoring while the high school focus continues to surround attendance, but will also move to incorporate action plans stemming from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey completed in May of 2017. Both of these programs will also be augmented by our 8th grade Courage and Kindness Retreat on September 17 as well as our showing of Screenagers on September 17th.  

We had a productive summer and are ready for the school year. I wish to also thank the school board for a successful 2016-17 school year and looking forward to 2017-18 and beyond. I continue to be humbled and proud to serve the Kohler learning community in my capacity as building principal.

Curriculum Report

We were so excited to send 17 teachers to the Wisconsin Statewide Mathematics Initiative Summer Math Institute held in Sheboygan in July.   WSMI offers summer institutes to deepen mathematical knowledge for PK-12 educators.

Teachers attended 5 days of intense training and came back energized and very excited about the new best practices they learned regarding mathematics. I heard from several teachers from kindergarten to high school that it was the best professional development they have ever had, and requested to attend again next year! I am looking forward to seeing how this training changes our teaching practices to improve mathematics instruction.

We will continue our Understanding by Design Framework Professional Development for the 2017-18 school year. We will continue our work in phase 1 of our curriculum alignment  project and unwrap the standards to determine the learning outcomes of the standards. We will begin to look at vertical alignment, which is one element that the teachers are really excited about it.

The Ad hoc Curriculum Committee met and discussed Standards based grading and reporting.  We will continue this discussion.

Assessment Report

There will be a new Federal Accountability system implemented after the 2017-18 school year. This will be in addition to our current state accountability report cards. They are still finalizing what that report will look like and the timing of it, but it is expected following the 2017-18 school year.

ACT and Forward data has been released to districts, but is still embargoed, so we do not have any data available for us to see how we did compared to the state at this time.

Seclusion & Restraint Report

Dr. Cindy Payne presented her annual report to the board.

Review of District Finances

The State Legislature continues to review the Governor’s budget proposal which would increase categorical aid to school districts by $200 and $204 per pupil in 2017-18 and 2018-19, respectively. Debate is ongoing between the Senate, Assembly, and Joint Finance Committee with the goal of having a state budget.

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of July 24, 2017 Regular Board minutes
  2. Approval of Invoices

Chad moved to approve the consent agenda. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items

Approve wait listed open enrollment applications based on actual numbers

Chad moved to approve additional open enrollment applicatons from the wait list in grade 9 where space is available while maintaining at least a 10% cushion from the maximum enrollment for all grades in the high school; and approve to open two additional enrollment applications with preference for siblings on a lottery basis. All ayes. Motion carried.

Update on the Ebben Field project

Matt reported that the contract is signed and the crew will start tomorrow morning.

Approve the hire of Meredith Behler, part-time elementary special education teacher

Chad moved to approve the hire of Meredith Behler. Sharon seconded. All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the hire of Laura Prickett, Occupational Therapist

John moved to approve the hire of Laura Prickett. Sharon seconded. All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the hire of Ryan Dixon, custodian (2nd shift)

Sharon moved to approve the hire of Ryan Dixon. Sharon seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment

Steve adjourned the meeting at 6:58 p.m.

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NOTICE FOR ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING

Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the School District of Kohler, County of Sheboygan, State of Wisconsin, that an Annual Meeting of said district for the transaction of business will be held in the Kohler School District Library in the school on Monday, the twenty-third day of October 2017, at six-thirty o’clock p.m. The Budget Hearing of said district for review of the budget will be held in the same place on the same day at six o’clock p.m.

Dated this 1st day of October 2017.

Steve Cassady, Board President


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