Call to Order
Jane Bishop called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. Zachary Pethan called roll. The following board members were present: Sharon Reilly, Jane Bishop, Zachary Pethan, Patrick Johnson and Carl Nonhof.
Statement of Public Notice
September 20, 2019
Approval of Agenda
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the agenda. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Tour of Kohler Memorial Theatre
The board and community members toured the theatre.
Board President’s Report (Dr. Jane Bishop)
The WASB Region 8 meeting will be held in Kiel on September 24, 2019 at the Milhomme Supper Club. Jane will be attending and encouraged other board members to attend as well.
Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
Lighting up the year in 2019-20 Every professional and caring act is a point of light and put together creates the brightest and proudest school community. Highlights of the welcome back to school for district employees included: Jane Bishop’s “President’s Welcome” address and board members Sharon Reilly and Carl Nonhoff attending the program, the Kohler School Friends’ annual luncheon lead by co-president Jenny Roatch, the Golden Rules for security, an inaugural festive employees school picnic in the courtyard, presentations by Attorney Hamiel from von Briesen & Roper on the law and best practices on social medial and confidentiality in the workplace, Phillip Chard on Emotional Intelligence and Well-being, and dedicated time for preparation.
Kohler Schools welcomes new Kohler Village Police Chief, Shawn Splivalo. It has been a solid start with Chief Spilvalo on campus with Officer Matt Hocevar in his capacity as community resource officer.
Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
We have had a great start to the school year! I want to thank the Kohler School Friends (especially the Roach family, the Kading family, the Avery family and the Mengel family) for the wonderful notes they put on student lockers to greet them on the first day! It is such a sweet gesture that was so appreciated by the students and teachers. It sets a wonderful, positive atmosphere to begin the school year. Thank you for giving up your time to do something so kind.
We will continue our 4th and 5th grade safety patrol program. This program is very successful with high interest. This year I have 73 safety patrols! The students are able to demonstrate some wonderful leadership qualities through their participation.
We are looking forward the the Kohler Elementary Open House on Oct. 3 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for the children to show off their classrooms to their family members.
On Monday, Oct. 14th we will be sponsoring Sadarri and Company Storytelling Troupe @ 10:00 a.m. in the Village gym with a program entitled , “Shake your Tail Feathers.” We are working in partnership with the Kohler Public Library to offer a program for kids to attend during our first teacher Professional Development day.
For the past several years, we have been participating in Project Gratitude. The children donate any “unwanted” Halloween candy to be shipped to our military troops.
We are looking for someone to sponsor our shipping costs this year, as boxes of candy are very heavy and the shipping is about $300. We are happy to continue this project as it is such a great cause and allows the children an opportunity to be generous and kind.
MS-HS Principal Report (Nicholas DeBaker)
We are very excited to have Matt Zavada officially hired as our new activities and athletic director. He has been on board for several weeks remotely as he continues to heal up. He will be starting full time on October 1st. His new role leave a PE position opened. We will be conducting interviews this week and hope to have someone in the position by October 1.
The Kohler Middle/High Schools have created a Hootsuite account. This allows us to create one social media post and put it out on three different social media platforms. We have been using it to promote positive events going on in the school as well as communicate upcoming events.
We will be bringing a group of stakeholders to the Challenge Success Conference in Boston on October 12th. We have a great team that will be attending. We are looking forward to seeing what strategies we can learn and how we can implement them in the high school.
Review of District Finances
The Finance Committee met September 19 and recommended to approve a resolution for the School District to participate in the State of Wisconsin’s local government investment pool (LGIP). Related to the 2019-20 budget, the State of Wisconsin will certify equalized property valuations and state aid for schools in early October and this will be comprehended in the final 2019-20 School District budget and corresponding mill rate.
Approval of August 26, 2019 board meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Report of the Finance Committee
2019-2020 Budget review
Recommendation to approve resolution to participate in the local government investment pool
Mr. Pethan moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Action and/or Discussion Items
Appoint committee members
Dr. Bishop appointed Mr. Nonhof and Mrs. Reilly to the finance committee, Mr. Nonhof and Dr. Bishop to the policy committee, Mr. Pethan and Dr. Bishop to the human resources committee, and Mr. Pethan and Mrs. Reilly to the curriculum and instruction committee.
Approve the second reading of policy 8462.01—Threats of Violence as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee
Mr. Pethan moved to approve the second reading of policy 8462.01—Threats of Violence as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.
Resolution authorizing the School District of Kohler’s participation in the State of Wisconsin’s Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) and authorizing the district administrator and/or the business manager to transfer funds to/from the LGIP
Mr. Nonhof moved to authorize the School District of Kohler’s participation in the Stae of Wisconsin’s Local Government Investment Pool and to authorize the district administrator and/or business manager to transfer funds to/from the LGIP. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.
Approve the hire of Matt Zavada as the Athletic & Activities Director
Mr. Pethan moved to approve the hire of Matt Zavada as the Athletic & Activities Director. Mr. Johnson seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried. Dr. Bishop welcomed Matt Zavada into his new position.
Accept the generous donation in the amount of $15,188.82 from Kohler School Friends related to the 2018-2019 wish list and field trip bus expenses
Mr. Pethan moved accept the generous donation in the amount of $15,188.82 from the Kohler School Friends for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried. Dr. Bishop thanked Kohler School Friends for its generosity.
Mrs. Reilly moved to adjourn. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.