Kohler School Board Minutes, January 7, 2019

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Call to Order
Sharon Reilly called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler HS Choir Room.  The following board members were present:  Carl Nonhof, Jane Bishop, Sharon Reilly, John Horneck, and Zach Pethan.

Statement of Public NoticeJanuary 4, 2019

Approval of Agenda
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Time to Share—Challenge Success
The 4K students, with the assistance of Mrs. Bley and Mrs. Wittwer, gave stars and hugs to board members.  The students demonstrated empathy they have learned through social/emotional learning.

Strategic Plan Update: District Technology Overview
Nate Miller, IT Coordinator, presented.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

STEM EDUCATION
The trustees of the Frederic and Herb Kohler Trust for Education Advantage voted to approve the purchase of a CNC mill, valued at 40K, to advance the tech ed curriculum and robotics initiative. This is impactful support.  A presentation of the district’s three plans designed by Bray Architects specifically to improve the technology learning spaces was met with interest, particularly for the long-range K12 Optimization plan.  The trustees asked to include improving the parking lot in the plan and to remain informed.  I extend my lasting thanks to the trustees and my dedication to advancing the district’s future plans.

FUTURE STATE FUNDING
Governor Tony Evers, in his inaugural address, called for “putting people first.”  As the outgoing state superintendent, I am certain he’s talking about kids and their education, and specifically in his remark that the work begins “in classrooms and playgrounds where kids learn to treat others with kindness and respect.” He stated the values that make Wisconsin great: kindness and respect, empathy and compassion, and integrity and civility.  The schools in Wisconsin, like ours, proudly develop these values in our community everyday.  I am patient and hopeful for the future of fully funded public education.

SCHOOL CALENDARS
The proposed 2019-20 and 2020-21 school calendars reflect the district’s interest in promoting learning and supporting family time.  In addition to meeting the requirements of the state department of public instruction, preferences, comments and ideas from employees and parents were captured via survey.  Highlights from 303 responses indicated preferences for:

  • 2 year advance calendars
  • Half days on the day before Thanksgiving and Winter break
  • Full week Spring break
  • The 2 day-out-of-state high school music trip to take place over a long weekend

To optimize professional development for employees: full days will remain and Mondays are introduced.  Specific comments and suggestions are very helpful to the district’s planning and communication efforts.

Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
I want to thank Mr. Kukla for such a wonderful Holiday concert. That is such a special day and such a highlight for the kids.

I again want to thank the high school students who so graciously worked with us to park their cars on the playground and streets to allow our elementary parents and grandparents to park in the lot. I heard many positive comments about the increased availability of parking.

Our 4th graders were randomly selected to participate in NAEP testing (National Assessment of Education Progress- otherwise known as The Nation’s Report card). We are looking forward to gaining some extra insight into how our 4th grade students compare to other students across the nation.

We are getting ready for Michele Borba to come to Kohler on Feb. 11th and 12 to speak to parent and staff about  raising empathetic kids.

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)
Our students and staff are excited and focused on the end of a successful first semester.  Students are in a buzz with regards to finishing their coursework.

E-Cigarette/Juul update: I am proud to announce that in working with the Village of Kohler and the Kohler police department we successfully passed legislation banning the sale of any e-cigarette/Juul product/paraphernalia to minors within the Kohler Village limits.  Further it is illegal to possess these items for anyone under the age of 18.  Community Resource Officer Hocevar and I are have addressed these Village ordinances, school discipline and health dangers to all middle school students today, 1/7/19.  Officer Hocevar is talking to all grade 9 health classes and we will be incorporating this into our community presentation on February 26 when we bring in Wake-Up-Call: a presentation for early use of drugs and prevention to all students 6-12.

Curriculum Report
The Board of Ed Curriculum Committee met on Jan. 7th to discuss the progress of our standards based grading system and the focus of our elementary Science program.

We have received quite a bit of positive feedback regarding the move to Standards Based grading and teachers are gaining a stronger understanding of how to work with standards-based grades within the Skyward system.

Review of District Finances
The finance committee did not meet in January.  The operating budget is on track.  The Blue Ribbon commission on school funding will be meeting in Madison.

Consent Agenda

  1. Approval of December 10, 2018 board meeting minutes
  2. Approval of Invoices
  3. Report of the Finance committee-No report
  4. Report of the Committee of the Whole—Recommendation to approve option D for 2019-2020 enrollment

Mrs. Reilly moved to set aside approval of invoices.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion..  Discsusion was held.  Dr. Bishop moved to  approve the invoices.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried. Dr. Bishop moved to approve the consent agenda.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items
Approve the open enrollment seats available for the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by the committee of the whole and the finance committee

Dr. Bishop moved to approve the open enrollment seats available for the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by the committee of the whole and the finance committee.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the KPS calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the KPS calendars for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the new policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee (second reading)

Dr. Bishop moved to approve the second reading of the following new policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee:

2271.01–Start College Now Program (New)
8407–School Resource Officer (New)

 Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  Mr. Horneck moved to adopt policy with subsection B stricken.  Discussion was held.  Dr. Bishop amended her first motion and moved to approve policy 8407.  Mrs. Reilly seconded.  Discussion was held.  Dr. Bishop moved to table policies and bring the new policies back to policy committee for review.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the resignation letter from Timothy Brown, MS-HS principal
Mrs. Reilly moved to accept the resignation from Timothy Brown, effective June 28, 2019.  Dr. Bishop seconded the motion.  Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment
Dr. Bishop moved to adjourn. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

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