Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes – March 12, 2019

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Call to Order
Jane Bishop 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.  Sharon Reilly was absent.

Statement of Public Notice
March 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
Presentation from Power of Peer Supports (P.O.P.S.) participants and their teachers, Mr. Jeff Smith and Mr. Mike Retzinger. POPS is an evidenced based Peer Mediated Intervention used to teach typically developing peers ways to interact with and help learners with special needs acquire new social skills by increasing social opportunities within their natural environments. Peers are systematically taught ways of engaging learners in social interactions to improve their social behavior and independence in the school environment. The following middle school students participate: Reece Breitenbach, Norah Justinger, Jameson Hatch, Chase Dierkes, Brecken Cech, Daniel Holmes, Jonathan Simons, Lucas Albrecht, Makayla Pierringer, Aiden Scheuren, Jayden Erlien, Ryan Short, Isabelle Wohlgemuth, Alyssa Finney, and Adelynn Stanley.  The following elementary students participate: Melanie Pellegrino, Erin Meyer, Jack Gasparick, Jason Tian, Collin DeAmico, Owen Hedlund, Henry Hoerth, Charlie Wichman, Anne Barrock, Landen Ebersole, Camden Heidt, and Edie Wicklund.

Strategic Plan Update
Matt Kautzer and Drew Dantzler presented the facilities and capital projects plan.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

The employees of the district met the goal of reporting 100 security minded acts of villegence to the Golden Rules for Security.  Made to order Jimmy John sandwiches put on a smile on many faces as a small token of thanks.

The number of inclement weather days reached a record high this year at 5 days (4 instructional days and 1 professional development day).  If there are additional inclement weather days in the future, the options are: make up the day(s) at the end of the year or request board approval for a waiver, or a combination.  The administration does not favor make up days at the end of the year due to predictable hardships (including higher temperatures and learning fatigue).

This spring the administration is undertaking a comprehensive review of the present goals in the Strategic Plan 2016-2021 and developing future goals to roll forward the strategic plan for 2019-2024.  The board will see the proposed goals in June.

We wrap up the Speaker Series for Safe and Healthy Kids.  The series topics included:

  • active threat response mindset
  • youth depression, anxiety, and suicide prevention
  • talking to your children about safety
  • raising empathetic kids
  • wake up call on drug use
  • adolescent drug addiction
  • online safety

We believe we were successful in offering a wide range of information to parents and the wider community that created awareness, provided resources, and sparked life changing conversations that resulted in developing and supporting safe and healthy kids and families.

Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
Mrs. Luedtke brought in Dazzling Dave the Yo-Yo guy for 2 days last week to work with the kids about the skill and science behind yo-yo’s.  The kids have had a lot of fun with that and some of them are getting some impressive yo-yo skills!

We also just concluded our spring conferences where we had an incredible 84% attendance rate! This is up from 32% from prior years as we strongly encouraged all parents to attend. We were very pleased with the participation and always value the opportunity to discuss the children’s learning with parents.

This week we have our week of “extras.” Yesterday we were “extra comfy” with a pajama day, today we were “extra kind” and decorated bags with kindness messages on them for the Meals on Wheels program.  Tomorrow, we will have a class selected “extra” day (extra technology time is a popular one) and we round our our week of extras with extra snack and extra recess. And that will take us into a short week next week and spring break.

We are looking forward to the snow melting and warmer weather.  It is going to be a lot of fun to watch how the snow hill melts. The kids have had so much fun with the incredible amount of snow this year, but March brings us more opportunities to be outdoors for both play and learning, and we begin our parade of outdoor learning opportunities with many field trips on the horizon across the grade levels.

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
We are approximately two school weeks out of from the end of Quarter 3. My time has been spent working on the 2019-2020 school class schedule and preparing middle and high school staff to administer the middle school Wisconsin Forward and high school ACT Aspire tests.  Spring athletic seasons have begun and we are revisiting our plans for a successful quarter 4 and graduation.

Review of District Finances
The finance committee did not meet in March.

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of February 12, 2019 board meeting minutes
  2. Approval of Invoices
  3. Report of the Finance committee- No report
  4. Report of the Policy committee—
    1. Recommendation to approve policy 2431 revisions–Interscholastic Athletics
    2. Discussion of policy 5111-Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students
  5. Report of the Committee of the Whole
    1. Discussion of request to purchase district property
    2. Discussion of funding strategies Kohler Memorial Theatre
    3. Discussion of funding strategies Ebben Field
    4. Discussion of funding strategies Technology Learning Spaces K-12 Optimization Plan
    5. Discussion of Superintendent mid-year evaluation
  6. Report of Curriculum & Instruction
    1. Discussion of two science classes proposal

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

Action and/or Discussion Items
Approve the second reading of policy 8407—School Resource Officer Program as recommended by the policy committee

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

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

Mr. Nonhof moved to approve revised policy 2431—Interscholastic Athletics.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Mr. Horneck moved to adjourn. Mr. Pethan seconded. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m.

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