School Board Minutes for August 26, 2019

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Call to Order
Jane Bishop 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, Jane Bishop, and Carl Nonhof.   Zach Pethan arrived at 5:35 p.m.

Statement of Public Notice
August 23, 2019

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

Time to Shine
Zack Morehouse made the following presentation: “Hi, my name is Zack and this summer I turned 10 and for my birthday party, instead of my friends bringing a present for me, I wanted to buy a gift everyone could enjoy.  My friends and I raised monedy to buy one pro control board.  We were really excited!  When we went to buy it, the pro control board company was so excited, they donated three more boards!  They are installed on the playground grass area for all kids to enjoy.  Now, we have a new thing to do at recess.  For kids from kindergarten to high school.  I would like to thank the school for letting us install them.”  (Pro control boards are used for youth soccer training.)

Strategic Plan  At a Glance 2018-2019
Quynh Trueblood presented to the board.

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.  She and Sharon Reilly will be recognized for their leadership.  Dr. Bishop volunteered to be a representative on the state committee for resolutions.

Superintendent’s Report (Quynh Trueblood)

Student Enrollment 

Based on completed registrations, and as of August 13, the district’s total student enrollment is 738 (actual) v. 736 (estimated in January 2019).

Project updates

Kohler Memorial Theatre renovation – The target completion date is December 31, 2019.  A tour is arranged for the board as part of the September meeting.

School parking lot improvement – The Village Board took up discussion of the district’s parking lot drawings that specifically explored converting Upper Road into additional parking stalls. There was no objection and a recommendation for the school board to provide clear direction that the preferred drawings involve Upper Road before the Village board would spend additional time and resources on their next steps, including legal review. This agenda item is scheduled for the Board’s September meeting.

Measures of Success

Academic: 64% of students district-wide were proficient and advanced in ELA and 68% of the students district-wide were proficient and advanced in mathematics. The full report will be presented after the State’s data embargo is lifted in November.

School Climate: This student perception data on school climate is the first collection of its kind for the district.  How students, teachers, and staff feel about their school climate underlies individual attitudes, behaviors, and group norms and directly impact on student behavioral and emotional problems. Research indicates that interventions focused on increasing students’ sense of connectedness or belonging to the school may be an effective means of decreasing behavioral and emotional problems.

Elementary School
92% feel comfortable in their class
87% can share their thoughts and ideas in class
80% can share their feelings in my class
99% feel their teacher cares about them
87% know what to do when they have a problem
80% have friends they can count on
Survey Source: U.S Department of Education and WI Department of Public Instruction (locally modified for grades 4k-5)

Middle School
76% positive response for the relationship with school personnel and a 94% positive response for school safety climate.  Survey Source: ACT Tessera Social and Emotional Learning Assessment System

High School 
Results: 7 themes emerged that describe the student experience. The themes are:
On embracing failure (for skill development)
Retakes (for opportunity)
Real world (exploration and application)
Teacher as learners (positive affirmation)
Advocacy (for skill development)
Phone use (need controls)
Time management (for skill development)
Survey Source: Challenge Success Student Fishbowl


Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)

The building is finally filled with some energy and excitement as the elementary teachers have all been in already, getting their rooms set up and ready for the kids to arrive.

Along with the amazing new ProControl soccer boards, also new this year is the addition of a sensory floor in the main hallway leading to the Elementary School. Dr. Cindy Payne, Mrs. Michele Weinandt, Mrs. Lori Schmid and I have a lot of sweat equity in this floor and we are sure the kids are going to love it! We designed it so that ALL kids (or adults) can use it every day!

We are ready for a great school year!


MS-HS Principal Report (Nicholas DeBaker)
The AD position closed on August 18th. We had 44 applicants apply for the position. We put together a wide variety of stakeholders to sit in on interviews and provide their feedback. We interviewed seven highly qualified people for the position and narrowed those seven down to three. I am currently checking with references and will hopefully have a name by the end of the week.

I spent three days engaged with our middle school PBIS team. It was amazing to see how efficient and well organized that team is. It also provided me with the opportunity to get to know my team a little better. The three days were spent learning new strategies for implementation and then spending time to plan and prep.

The first ever Kohler Autodialer was sent out this afternoon with information for parents about our upcoming orientation. I am anxious to hear the feedback from that.

Review of District Finances

The Finance Committee met August 26; no actions or motions resulted from the meeting.  Items discussed as follows: Preliminary enrollment for 2019-20 is 738 students, which is up from 703 in 2018-19, but down from 2014-15 / 2015-16 / 2016-17 which ranged from 754 to 762 students.  The 2018-19 financial audit has been completed by the District’s 3rd party auditor and reporting to DPI is in process.  As for the 2019-20 budget, the District will be favorably impacted by the state budget approved by Governor Evers and a balanced budget will be presented for Board approval in October.  While the District is in a healthy financial position overall, residential enrollment is seeing a short-term declining trend while the District continues to benefit from the state’s Open Enrollment program and the corresponding revenue.

Consent Agenda

Approval of July 29, 2019 board meeting minutes
Approval of Invoices
Report of the Finance Committee
Budget review
Report of the Policy Committee
Recommendation to approve policy revisions as recommended by NEOLA
Recommendation to approve new policy 8462.01 as recommended by NEOLA
Report of the Curriculum & Instruction Committee
Recommendation to approve robotics and CAD FAB for math credit
Recommendation to approve medical terminology and biotechnology courses
Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the consent agenda setting aside the board meeting minutes.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.  Mrs. Reilly moved to approve the July 29, 2019 board meeting minutes with corrections noted by Dr. Bishop.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items

Board Candidate Interviews

Mrs. Tagen Vaughn, Mr. Patrick Johnson, and Mr. Edward Ward spoke to the board.

Appoint board member and file oath of office

A vote was taken by paper ballot.  Patrick Johnson received two votes, Tagen Vaughn received one vote, and Edward Ward received one vote.  Paula Anderson administered the oath of office to Patrick Johnson.  He will take his seat on the board at the September board meeting.

Approve policy revisions as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee and waive the second reading

Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the following policy revisions and waive the second reading:

po1130/3230/4230–Conflict of Interest (Revised)
po1400–Job Descriptions
po1422/2260/3122/4122–Nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity (Revised)
po1662/3362/4362–Employee Anti-Harassment (Revised)
po5517–Student Anti-Harassment (Revised)
po2270–Religion in the Curriculum (Revised)
po2420–Education for Employment (Replacement)
po2700.01–School Performance and Accountability Reports (Revised)
po3120–Employment of Professional Staff (Revised)
po3139–Staff Discipline (Revised)
po3140–Non-Renewal, Resignation, and Termination (Revised)
po3143–Non-Renewal of Administrative Contracts (Delete)
po5111–Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students (Revised)
po5113–Open Enrollment Program (Interdistrict) (Revised)
po5114–Nonimmigrant Students in Visitor Programs (Revised)
po5341–Emergency Medical Authorization (Revised)
po5512–Use of Tobacco or Nicotine by Students (Revised)
po5724–High School Voter Registration Program (Delete)
po6150–Tuition Income (Revised)
po6220–Budget Preparation (Revised)
po6235–Fund Balance (Revised)
po6440–Cooperative Purchasing (Revised)
po6520–Payroll Deductions (Revised)
po8330–Student Records (Revised)
po9130–Public Requests, Suggestions or Complaints (Revised)
po9150–School Visitors (Revised)

po1213/3213/4213–Student Supervision and Welfare (Revised)
po5112–Entrance Age (Revised)
po5310–Health Services (Revised)
po5500–Student Code of Classroom Conduct (Revised)
po5610–Suspension & Expulsion (Revised)
po7440.01–Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring (Revised)
po7440–Facility and Security (Revised)
po8407–School Resource Officer Program (Revised)
po8410–Crisis Intervention (Revised)
po8420–School Safety & Emergency Preparedness (Revised)
po8462–Child Abuse and Neglect (Revised)

Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the first reading of policy 8462.01—Threats of Violence as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee

Mrs. Reilly moved to approve the first reading of policy 8462.01—Threats of Violence as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Mr. Pethan moved to extend the meeting to end at 7:45 pm.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion.  All ayes.  Motion carried.

Approve robotics and CAD FAB for math credit beginning with the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction committee

Mr. Pethan moved to approve robotics and CAD FAB for math credit beginning with the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction committee.  Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve medical terminology and biotechnology courses for the 2020-2021 school year as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction committee

Mr. Nonhof moved to approve medical terminology and biotechnology courses for the 2020-2021 school year as recommended by the Curriculum & Instruction committee.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All  ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the resignation of Joseph Hildebrand, Athletic & Activities Director

Mr. Nonhof moved to accept the resignation of Joseph Hildebrand, Athletic & Activities Director.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.  Dr. Bishop thanked Joe for his service and expressed her appreciation for the great strides he made in Kohler athletics and activities.

Accept the generous donation from the Frederic C Kohler Trust in the amount of $28,800 to be used to broaden 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 $28,800 to be used to broaden course selection offered by Kohler Public Schools and/or to offer additional advanced courses.  Mr. Pethan seconded the motion.  All ayes. Motion carried.

Accept the generous donation in the amount of $56, 229.36 from the Kohler School Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year

Mr. Pethan moved accept the generous donation in the amount of $56, 229.36 from the Kohler School Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year.  Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment
Mr. Nonhof moved to adjourn. Mrs. Reilly seconded the motion. All ayes. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

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