Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes – November 13, 2017
Call to Order
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, Jane Bishop and John Horneck. Chad Hamilton entered at 5:37 p.m.
Statement of Public Notice
November 10, 2017
Approval of Agenda
Jane moved to approve the agenda. John seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Persons Requesting to Address Members of the Board
Board President’s Report
Steve noted the bylaws need to be reviewed and updated. This will happen in the coming months.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
When people ask me what I do for a living – I tell them I have the very best job in the world – I help students grow and learn in a country that believes in and guarantees a free and appropriate education for all of its children – all 50.7 million children. And I get to do this work with a community filled with talented, wholehearted, and dedicated people to fulfill our commitment to providing extraordinary education for our children.
To the students: I am proud of you and thank you for working hard everyday and for being a caring and kind friends and citizens in our schools.
To the parents: Your foundational guidance and support is vitally important. Thank you for doing a great job.
To our school family – support staff, teachers, administrators and board members: Your talents, expertise, and dedication push us to the top and beyond. Thank you.
SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SPIRIT
Congratulation to the student athletes for advancing to state level competitions across sports this Fall. We had the biggest and proudest all conference athletes – 29! Joe Hildebrand and the coaches have given their all and it shows. The stands are filling, the cheering is louder, and GO BOMBERS! is a new favorite sign off.
KOHLER SCHOOL FRIENDS
HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
The annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair by the Kohler School Friends is this Saturday. The doors open at 9 am to 4 pm. It launches the season of gratitude and giving. It is a hallmark fundraiser for Kohler Schools. Over 85 exhibitors showcase one-of-kind crafts and foods along with music performances by the Madrigals and Jazz band that draw over 2000 patrons from the wider community.
NEW MORNING PROCEDURES
With the 100th anniversary of the American Club celebration upcoming in the summer of 2018 – plans are on-track to complete the renovation of the underground and aboveground parking structures. You may have noticed the construction of a temporary permanent service entrance on the west side of the The Club on Church Street. This area, specifically the alleyway to the school, is an “unofficial” high traffic area for parent drop off in the morning. We have been working with the Village to reroute the school morning traffic to front the of school on Upper Road. During the month of December through the Spring, the Village will put up temporary no standing or stopping signs. Starting December 18, we will implement the change to give us time to make adjustments and normalize the routine for January, when construction at the American Clus begins.
Lisa Greene will send advance notice to parents via direct letter and reminders.
Elementary Principal Report
We have chosen Gratitude to be our PBIS focus this month. Students have been taking a few moments each day to be appreciative of the many good things in their lives both big and small.
We sent 6 large boxes totaling over 200 pounds of “unwanted” Halloween candy to our military troops through Project Gratitude. A big thank you to UPS, for covering the cost of shipping these boxes to our service members.
Friday, Nov. 17 will be a professional development day. The teachers will be working hard to continue our Curriculum work with Michelle Ring Hanson, the Curriculum, Assessment and Data Specialist from CESA 7.
District and School Accountability Report Cards will be released Tuesday, Nov. 21st @ 8:00 a.m.
MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
A few weekends ago this community enjoyed the Kohler School Foundation Fall Follies. It was so nice to see everybody there. The support of our learning community receives is unconditional and other school districts only marvel at this kind support of our school. Further, I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual Kohler School Friends Craft Fair over the weekend of November 18th and the spring Performing Arts Organization annual event.
I can only hope to emphasize that the direct support of this community for our schools makes this a truly unique learning environment, one that I am humbled to serve in. These three events make a positive impact on the students we serve.
High School/Middle School
Friday, November 3rd, we concluded the first quarter of study. Many great things have occurred in our learning community this first 9 weeks. Homecoming, state berths for both individuals and teams, college applications and a ton of learning, just to name a few. Quarter 2 brings about preparations for the 2018-19 school year by updating course materials, new class developments and a thorough review of class scope and sequencing. This coming friday, 11/17 our staff will be involved with the second professional development day of the school year focusing on curriculum development.
I will be hosting the next Brown Bag lunch on Thursday, November 16th from 8:00 to 9:00am in the Village Library.
Athletic & Activities Program Report
3 State Send-offs (G.TE, SW, SC)
2 Conference Championships (both undefeated)
Hosted 3 WIAA Sectional Finals (Girls Tennis, Boys Soccer, Volleyball)
Grand Re-opening of Ebben
Entire Village supporting and many attending State Soccer
2017 Fall Season – All-Conference Winners (29 students)
Olivia Gross(TE), Ava Hoffmann(TE), Molly Thomack(TE), Erin Pellegrino(TE),
Katie Lacerda(SW), Ashley Thyes(SW), Madeline Wandschneider(SW), Kara Friske(SW)
Joe Kay(SC), Shelby Horth(TE), Stephanie Spieth(TE), Sarah Sobecki(TE), Kaley Pilgrim(SW),
Kasey Lacerda(SW), Khloe Rustan(SW), Sarah Cassidy(SW)
Nick Wandschneider(SC), Colin Hogan(SC), Ben Herold(SC), Connor Cassidy(SC), Tyler Ruminski(SC),
Jack Kohler(SC), Isabel Smith(VB), Henry LeBlanc(CC), Jack Kral(CC), Max Holmes(CC), Sean Farrell(FB), Joe Bugbee(FB), Joe Conklin(FB)
Review of District Finances
Approval of October 9, 2017 Regular Board minutes; October 23, 2017 Annual Meeting minutes; October 23, 2017 Special Board Meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Reports of the Committee of the Whole
Jane moved to approve the consent agenda. Chad seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Appoint committee Members
The members are on the following committees:
Policy Committee—Jane and Chad
Curriculum & Instruction—Sharon and Jane
Finance/Personnel/Operations—Sharon and John
Kohler Memorial Theater—Chad
It should be noted the number and type of standing committees will be reviewed and updated in the bylaws. With the completion of the 2004 expansion and the implementation of Act 10, the Buidlings/Grounds and the Human Resources committees are not as relevant as they were in the past. After careful review, restructuring may occur after the spring election.
Consideration and adoption of a Resolution approving a $1,750,000 revolving line of credit with Associated Bank, National Association for the 2017-2018 school year to be used as working capital to fund operational expenses
Sharon moved to adopt a resolution to approve a $1,750,000 revolving line of credit with Associated Bank, National Association for the 2017-2018 school year to be used as working capital to fund operational expenses. John seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve new courses: Robotics 1 & 2 at the high school level as recommended by the administration
Sharon moved to approve Robotics 1 & 2 at the high school level. Sharon seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Chad moved to table the motion and bring the all the courses to the curriculum and instruction committee for a recommendation. John seconded the motion. All ayes. All the courses (Robotics 1 & 2; Computer Aided Design and Fabrication 1 & 2; Computer Science) recommended by the administration will be brought to the C & I committee.
Approve paternity leave request by Matthew Poytinger, HS Social Studies teacher
Chad moved to approve the paternity leave request for Matthew Poytinger. Jane seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Steve adjourned the meeting at 6:52 p.m.