Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2018
Call to Order
Sharon Reilly called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. Carl Nonhof called roll. The following board members were present: Sharon Reilly, John Horneck, Carl Nonhof and Zach Pethan. Jane Bishop was absent.
Statement of Public Notice
October 5, 2018
Approval of Agenda
Mr. Pethan moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Time to Shine
Alyssa Schubert, a 5th grade student, placed 3rd in the national “Think Kindness” speech competition. She gifted her $500 award to three worthy causes: a Botwsana elementary school received a new water filter; five water filters were given to five different families in Puerto Rico; the Kohler School lunch program received the remaining funds.
Colin Fessler has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students place among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2017 PSAT.
Strategic Priority: Student Achievement Report
Lisa Greene presented.
Board President’s Report
Congratulations to the Kohler School Foundation! The Fall Follies was, once again, a successful event.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
Culture of Pride
The energy we saw in students and staff during Homecoming week was “THE BEST” exclaimed music teacher of 31 year Mrs. Kukla. That is high praise. Congratulations to the all the students who made it their own with guidance from Mr. Poytinger, Mrs. Niel, Ms. Wiest, Mr. Hildebrand, and Mr. Brown.
With Bomber Pride flying high coming into Fall Follies, the night could not be topped. It’s beyond incredible what the Kohler School Foundation and the Fall Follies committee members organizes to support Kohler students and staff. We know there is nothing like it in the universe. We are grateful. My thanks to school board members for attending and lending a helping hand.
Tonight the board will accept the generous donation of over $75,000.00 in support of the 2017-18 initiatives. We believe it is important to hold ourselves accountable for achieving the intended purpose of each of the initiatives. I highlight two initiatives: classroom chromebook using Geogebra. Math teacher Ms. Diane Godlewski shared with the Kohler Foundation Board the positive learning impact for students. Now it’s value is stretched further for instruction in the new computer science class. The instructional tablets for each teacher at the Elementary level continues to grow in use. The tablets are used for lesson planning, Google forms, Google Classroom, PALS assessments, Class Dojo, research, and putting grades in skyward. Teachers are also using them with students in small groups to look up vocabulary words, or other points of interest that they discuss in small groups during guided reading lessons.
Bray Architects is facilitating an educational visioning session to gather input from faculty to design concepts. It is a special opportunity to hear from educators on facility structures that support and inhibit curriculum and instruction.
Library Security Task Force Update
The Library Security Task Force puts forth its recommendations to address the identified security gaps. Closing the security gaps is a top priority. The recommendations include the following changes to the existing school library: installing single unisex bathroom, installing newly fobbed doors to the Elementary School, opening the public library entrance door and installing a security camera and buzzer system, locking the door to the main office hallway, and posting an adult door attendant at MS/HS fobbed doors. The estimated total cost of the recommendations is $38,075.00.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
Our elementary Open House was a great success! Even though there was a lot going on with other events, the hallways and classrooms were filled with parents, grandparents and excited students.
The elementary teachers have begun to implement our school safety lessons to prepare the children for emergencies should they happen at school. So far, these lessons are going very well. We will be completing the grade appropriate lessons throughout the month of October.
For the past several years, Kohler Elementary has been participating in Project Gratitude. The children donate any “unwanted” Halloween candy to be shipped to our military troops. This is an awesome way to aid in our Kohler Kindness mission! We will collect candy from November 1 – November 5.
Grandparents’/Special person’s Day will be held on Wednesday November 21st. This is a scheduled half day for students with a noon dismissal. We are looking forward to this very special day with some very special people!
MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
I can only hope to explain how pleased we are with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The end of September was an emotional rollercoaster for our students and staff. Active Shooter lesson plans became the focus. While this topic was, and continues to be, challenging to discuss it is important for our students to be prepared.
Chief Rutten summed it up best. “People are either sheep, sheep dogs, or wolves. We intended to create more sheep dogs”. We are working with our students to empower them to act. We are teaching our students how to respond. We are encouraging our students to be cognizant of their surroundings in our school building and also in the community. By creating mental scripts of how to respond in the case of any emergency our students and staff are better prepared to prevent and react to the unexpected. This is a position of power. We are grateful for our relationship with the Village of Kohler Police and to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Multer, specifically, for helping us create sheepdogs.
October began with a tremendous bang. Homecoming was largely touted as the “best in many years”. Student engagement was at an all-time high. There was spirit and healthy competition for dress-up days and power-buff football and iron man volleyball. The dance was very well attended and we had to turn on the lights at 10:30 because the students were having a great time. Cheers to Linda Neil and Matt Poytinger for working diligently to put on this event. AND a well deserved congratulations to Ben Herold and the student council for completely rocking Homecoming week.
Update: 2018-2019 AODA Action Plan
Quynh Trueblood provided the report. There were no questions or concerns.
Review of District Finances
The finance committee met on October 5, 2018. The annual meeting will be held on October 22, 2018. In order to determine the levy, the school district is waiting for the State Aid and Wiscsonsin Parental Choice Program data that will be published on October 15, 2018.
Approval of September 10, 2018 regular board meeting minutes
- Approval of Invoices
- Report of the Finance committee
- No report
Mr. Horneck moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Discussion of Library Security Task Force recommendations with possible approval
Mr. Horneck moved to approve the following changes to the existing school library:
- add a single unisex bathroom
- install new doors to the elementary school equipped with a Fob system (door 132A)
- close and lock the door to the hallway to main school offices and event lobby
- install a security camera and buzzer system to the public library entrance door
- post an adult door attendant at the fobbed MS-HS library doors (door 132)
Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve three new strategic actions for the 2018-2019 school year: implement standards-based grading system in Skyward at the elementary level; increase school safety messaging to parents in the community; offer school safety educational sessions for the community.
Mr. Horneck moved to approve three new strategic actions for the 2018-2019 school year: implement standards-based grading system in Skyward for math at the elementary level; increase school safety messging to parents in the community; offer school safety educational sessions for the community. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Review the WIAA Award Criteria for Sportsmanship Award
Mr. Hildebrand noted that most of the criteria for this award is completed every year. It is a self-monitoring award. Going forward, he will apply for the sportsmanship award every year if all the criteria has been met.
Accept the generous donation for the 2017-2018 initiatives from the Kohler School Foundation in the amount of $75,465.63
Mr. Pethan moved to accept the generous donation for the 2017-2018 initiatives from the Kohler School Foundation in the amount of $75,465.63. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Mr. Horneck moved to adjourn. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.
Board of Education Board Meeting
October 22, 2018
Immediately following annual meeting
Call to Order
Sharon called the meeting to order at 6:38 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. Carl Nonhof called roll. The following board members were present: John Horneck, Jane Bishop, Sharon Reilly, and Carl Nonhof. Zachary Pethan was absent.
Statement of Public Notice
October 17, 2018
Approval of Agenda
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Set the 2018-2019 school year tax levy
Dr. Bishop moved to set the tax levy at $5,814,812 for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Adopt the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year
Mr. Nonhof moved to adopt the proposed budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Bishop seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Resolution authorizing a taxable tax and revenue anticipation promissory note for cash flow purposes in an amount not to exceed $1,750,000
Dr. Bishop moved to adopt the resolution authorizing a taxable tax and revenue anticipation promissory note for cash flow purposes in an amount not to exceed $1,750,000. Mr. Horneck seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Sharon adjourned the meeting at 6:41 p.m.