School Board Minutes – December 10, 2018

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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, and Zach Pethan.  John Horneck entered the meeting at 5:33 pm.

Statement of Public Notice
December 7, 2018

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

Time to Share—Challenge Success
Diane Godlewski presented.

Strategic Goal: Presentation of Technology Learning Spaces Master Plan
Bray Architects presented.

Board President’s Report
No report.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)
A YEAR IN REVIEW: 2018

It is rewarding to look back to spring forward into the new year.  2018 is best described in the words of Robin Sharma: “Small daily improvements over time lead to stunning results.”

The district made small daily improvements in:
Student enrollment –  strategizing to reach within the optimal range of 730 – 760.
Student achievement – consistent high performance locally, statewide, and nationwide.
School climate – grounded in social emotional education and student voice.
School safety – vigilance paving way to active awareness.
Student participation – in activities and athletics grades 7-12 are high.
School spirit – decking the halls, theatre, gyms, and fields throughout the year!
Athletic program – continues to grow with high all conference athletes recognized and conference champions.
Legacy initiatives – a trilogy for the future: the joint renovation of Kohler Memorial Theatre, an update of the Ebben Field Master Plan, and the development of the Technology Learning Spaces Master Plan.

Stunning results will come.


Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)

Grandparents day was awesome! We had well over 300 grandparents, great -grandparents and special guests visit us throughout the morning.  Thank you to so many staff members and parent volunteers who made this day go so smoothly and provided a really special experience to our students and their special guests.   I want to also once again thank our high school students, who so kindly parked on the street to allow space in the lot for some of our special guests to park, and Mr. Dumez who came at 6:30 in the morning and stood out in the cold to help the teachers park on the playground in an organized manner.

Our Grade 5 Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat was so much fun! The kids had a great time and learned about the idea of the Kindness Boomerang. (If you want to catch kindness, you have to throw it out there first!) The high energy day was filled with activities and discussions about how to use conflict-resolution skills to reduce bullying incidents and to deepen relationships with classmates. The retreat enhanced our social-emotional learning competencies.  We are working towards building self-awareness, social awareness and responsible decision making.

The students and Mrs. Kukla are hard at work preparing for our Holiday concert to be held on Dec. 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Kohler Memorial Theatre.  Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. You will not want to miss this one!

On Friday, Dec. 21, we will send the kids off to their winter break with a Christmas Sing-along.  The students identified their 3 favorite Christmas songs.  I have tallied them and we will do a top 10 Countdown!  The Sing-along will be held in the theater at 11:15 a.m. and the students will be dismissed at noon.  Please feel free to join us at 11:15 a.m. if you would like to see some excited kids and lots of holiday cheer!

MS-HS Principal Report (Timothy Brown)

Challenge Success
Kohler High School explored joining the Challenge Success program at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year in response to student indicators, specifically with regards to increasing stress.

In preparation of this program, Kohler High School completed the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences which has been the cornerstone of our current efforts.  In order to hear all stakeholder voices, we invited Dr. Ken Ginsburg to speak to students, staff and our community.  We held a parent book read of the book Overloaded and Underprepared.   Jon Kleiman of Challenge Success addressed our school community by presenting the survey data.

Fall of 2018 brought a team of students, staff, parents, counselor and administrators to the Challenge Success conference.  There we were introduced to our instructional coach, Heather Mock, and laid the groundwork on which we are basing our future work.  This work is dedicated to fulfilling our vision statement:  We believe in a school community that values each-other, embraces curiosity and inspires joyful effort.  This statement was a collective arrangement from the voices of those in attendance.  We relied heavily on the student voice, and continue to do so.

Since returning, our group has been active.  We have met twice to action plan to which we have identified as our 2018-19 action steps.  Those steps include a two way dialogue with student and staff.  Diane Godlewski has started a student Challenge Success club to which a current activity of creating a test/project calendar, we are planning a staff article review to identify best practices for staff and students as well as a parent book read Brainstorm by Daniel Siegel.  We are planning on presenting the data as shown on the Adolescent Survey to students.  We are exploring creative ways to allow staff and parents to hear and see the student experience and we asked for student input in potential science curriculum improvements.  The information we gather this school year will allow us to better use 2019-20 as a planning year and the 2020-21 school year to implement.  The same team will return to the spring Challenge Success conference to celebrate our progress as well as define future goals.

Review of District Finances

The finance committee met on December 6,  2018.  Enrollment was discussed at that meeting. 

Consent Agenda

Approval of November 12, 2018 board meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Report of the Finance committee
Recommendation to brint to the committee of the whole to approve Option D for enrollment
Report of the Committee of the Whole
Discussion of enrollment
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the consent agenda.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items

Accept for the purposes of board review at this meeting, the written drill evaluations submitted by the principals under section 118.07(4)(cp) of Act 143 for Kohler Elementary School, Kohler Middle School, and Kohler High School

Dr. Bishop moved to accept the written drill evaluations submitted by the principals under section 118.07(4)(cp) of Act 143 for Kohler Elementary School, Kohler Middle School and Kohler High School.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the updated policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee and waive the second reading
Dr. Bishop moved to approve the following updated policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee and waive the second reading:
0144.1–Compensation (Technical change)
0161–Parliamentary Authority (Revised)
0164.2–Special Meetings (consolidated)
0165.3-Special Meetings (delete)
1213–Student Supervision & Welfare (Revised)
1422/3122/4122–Nondiscrimination & Equal Employment Opportunity (Revised)
1460/3160/4160–Physical Examination (Revised)
1461–Unrequested Leaves of Absence/Fitness for Duty (Revised)
1623–Section 504/ADA Prohibition Against Disability Discrimination in Employment (Revised)
1630.01/3430.01/4430.01–Family & Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA) (Revised)
2131–School District Goals (Revised)
2260.01–Section 504/ADA Prohibition against Discrimination Based on Disability (Revised)
2270–Religion in the Curriculum (Revised)
2271–Early College Credit Program (Revised)
2412–Homebound Instruction Program (Revised)
2461–Recording of IEP Team Meetings (Revised)
3120–Employment of Professional Staff (Revised)
3120.04–Employment of Substitutes (Revised)
3120.10/4120.10–Job Sharing (Revised)
3139/4139–Staff Discipline (Revised)
3230/4230–Conflict of Interest (Revised)
4440–Job-Related Expenses (Revised)
5111–Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students (Revised)
5200–Attendance (Revised)
5512–Use of Tobacco by Students (Revised)
5515–Student Use of Motor Vehicles (Revised)
5516–Student Hazing (Revised)
5530–Drug Prevention (Revised)
5540–The Schools and Governmental Agencies (Revised)
5630–Corporal Punishment (Revised)
5772/7217–Weapons (Revised)
5870–Student Production of Goods and Services (Revised)
6330–Leasing School Property (Revised)
6520–Payroll Deduction (Revised)
6700–Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) (Revised)
6830–Audit (Revised)
7440–Facility Security (Revised)
7530.02–Staff and School Officials Use of Personal Communication Devices (Revised)
8146–Notification of Educational Options (Revised)
8310–Public Records (Revised)
8340–Letters of Reference (Revised)
8405–Environmental Health and Safety Program (Revised)
8462–Mandatory Reporting of Student Abuse and Neglect and Threats of Violence (Revised)
8500–Food Services (Revised)
8760–Student Accident Insurance (Revised)
9130–Public Requests, Suggestions, or Complaints (Revised)
9160–Public Attendance at School Events (Revised)

Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  Mr. Horneck moved to amend the motion to remove the language “and/or employee handbook” with regards to policies 1422/3122/4122 and approve all other updated policies and waive the second reading.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the new policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee

Dr. Bishop moved to approve the first 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.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the generous KPAL donation in the amount of $1189 for the varsity track record board
Mr. Pethan moved to accept the generous KPAL donation in the amount of $1189 for the varsity track record board.  Dr. Bishop seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the generous donation from the Frederic C Kohler Trust in the amount of $42,000 to be used to broaden the course selection offered by Kohler Public Schools and/or to offer additional advanced courses
Mr. Nonhof moved to accept the generous donation from the Frederic C Kohler Trust in the amount of $42,000 to be used to broaden the course selection offered by Kohler Public Schools and/or to offer additional courses.  Mr. Horneck seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment
Dr. Bishop moved to adjourn.  All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

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