MEETING MINUTES…WHITEHALL BOARD OF EDUCATION…April 27, 2015
The April 27, 2015 meeting of the Whitehall Board of Education was held at Whitehall Memorial Conference Room.
Skoyen administered Oaths of Office to elected School Board Members, Byron Fields, Kristen Carroll. Jason Molis was sworn in by Skoyen prior to the meeting.
David Skoyen called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Roll was called and a quorum established. Other Board members present: George Everson, Byron Fields, Leah Johnson, Kristen Carroll and Julie Dokkestul. Absent: Jason Molis. Others present: Superintendent/6-12 Principal, Mike Beighley; Elementary Principal, Damon Lisowski; Assistant Principal, Beth Lisowski; Special Ed Director, Vickie O’Dell; Susan Speltz; Finance Manager, Cheryl Maug.
Skoyen opened nominations for elections of School Board officers:
Johnson nominated Skoyen for President. Everson moved to close nominations for President. Fields seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Fields nominated Everson for Vice President. Dokkestul moved to close nominations for Vice President. Johnson seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Everson nominated Carroll for Treasurer. Fields moved to close nominations for Treasurer. Dokkestul seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Carroll nominated Fields for Clerk. Johnson moved to close nominations for Clerk. Everson seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
WASB and CESA delegates appointed as follows:
WASB – Fields, Dokkestul (Alternate) CESA – Everson, Skoyen (Alternate)
Board committee assignments will be reviewed by members for discussion and/or changes at May regular meeting. Skoyen removed himself from all negotiation committees.
Everson moved to approve vouchers as presented. Carroll seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Everson moved to approve the following items of the Motion Calendar:
A. Approve minutes of March 23, 2015 Regular Meeting
- Approve minutes of March 23, 2015 Executive Session
- Approve teacher resignations/retirements (3) effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year: Retirements – Robert Henrickson & Laura Tomasko. Resignation – Melissa Pientok.
- Approve resignation of Cross Country Coach, Colleen Cantlon-Marler
- Set date/time for May 2015 meeting: May 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Dokkestul seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Beighley presented information regarding Wisconsin Act 32 and Honeywell Operating Analysis Report. Act 32 allows school districts to perform energy efficient upgrades without a referendum. Honeywell completed an analysis of the new Elementary and the MS/HS ’71 & ’91 areas. The only areas for energy improvements are the MS/HS areas, new Elementary is up to date and very well done according to Honeywell. Act 32 also requires that the energy efficiency project be managed through an engineering firm. The energy savings are guaranteed and if not met, we will be paid the difference. Board consented to have Honeywell present more information at the May 18th regular meeting.
The District will once again provide a Summer Lunch Program for 2015. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday from 11 am – 12:30 pm with the exception of the week of June 29th – July 3rd. There is no charge to all kids 18 years of age and under.
Fields moved to approve the 2nd reading of the 400 Series Policies with the revised “446 Student Searches” policy. Johnson seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Fields moved to approve the 1st reading of the 500 Series Policies. Dokkestul seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Everson moved to designate Strang, Patteson, Rennning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C. as legal counsel for the remainder of 2014-15. Johnson seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Beighley gave an update on 2015-17 State Budget process.
Two bids were received to resurface the area where Sunset Elementary stood and to the south of this area. The work would re-grade the bulk of the area and provide green practice space for the fall. Erickson Excavating was the low bid at $44,000. Dokkestul moved to approve the plans for the former Sunset Elementary site and to approve the bid from Erickson Excavating. Johnson seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
CESA 4 and CESA 10 contracts for 2015-16 were reviewed. There will be a reduction in Special Education Flagship services and may not renew Human Growth & Development if the new hire for Physical Education has this health qualification. Everson moved to approve the CESA 4 and CESA 10 2015-16 service contracts. Fields seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Discussion of providing an online option for required Health course for WHS students beginning 2015-16 school year. This option would give students the flexibility to take Health anytime between their Sophomore and Senior years as well as take it outside of their normal course load, if they choose. This curriculum is available in the Odysseyware program that the District already has. In order to move forward with this option, the Health Committee would have to convene to review the curriculum and make its recommendation to the Board. A certified health teacher would monitor the course and also issue the grade. The Board consented to move forward with a Health Committee Review.
D. Lisowski –
Presented the Summer School offerings for 2015 and is scheduled to go home with students this Friday. There are currently 55 courses to be offered. This number may change to due number of students that actually enroll. In the past summer school was offered Monday – Thursday. This summer a “Friday Fun Day” has been added. A licensed (non-staff) teacher, Amanda Berg, has agreed to take charge of this day. May possibly also add an afternoon pool class. A bus will be available in the AM and PM and will run like the late bus with various stops.
Civil Rights Audit software is now open and the District has 75 days to complete the information.
B, Lisowski –
Badger testing has been completed.
Aspire testing for grades 9 and 10 is scheduled for two days in the middle of May.
4K-2 have begun PALS testing.
Skoyen recessed to Executive session pursuant to S.S. 19.85 (1) to discuss staffing plans and scenarios related to the 2015-17 State Budget and projected enrollment for 2015-16. Time: 7:53 p.m.
(Pending Board Approval)