The May 23, 2016 meeting of the Whitehall Board of Education was held at Whitehall Memorial Conference Room. Vice President, George Everson called the meeting to order at 6:58 pm. Roll was called and a quorum established. Other Board members present: Byron Fields, Leah Johnson, Kristen Carroll, Julie Dokkestul and Jason Molis. Absent: David Skoyen. Others present: Superintendent/6-12 Principal, Mike Beighley; Elementary Principal, Damon Lisowski; MS Principal/Improvement of Instruction Director, Beth Lisowski; Maintenance Director, Dave Blaha; Finance Manager, Cheryl Maug; Jamie Youngbauer; Susan Speltz; Reporter, Scott Schultz.

Molis moved to approve vouchers as presented. Fields seconded. Aye – All members. Motion carried.

Johnson moved to approve the following items of the Motion Calendar:
A. Approve minutes of April 25, 2016 Regular Meeting
B. Approve minutes of April 25, 2016 Executive Session
C. Approve voluntary internal transfers for 2016-17 for Toni Semingson to 4th Grade, Nikki Ausderau to 3rd Grade, and Brandon Jahr to 6th Grade.
D. Approve Summer School Contracts for 2016 (see list)

Carroll seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.

Molis moved to leave Board of Education Committee assignments as presented for 2016-17. Fields seconded. Aye – All members. Motion carried.

Graduation plans were reviewed. Board Representatives: Dokkestul & Skoyen.

Carroll moved to approve Open Enrollment requests for 2016-17. Johnson seconded. Aye – All members. Motion carried.

Joint Board meeting with Arcadia, Independence, and Blair-Taylor was held on May 11th in Arcadia to continue discussions regarding the formation of a Co-op. Discussions will continue with the possibility of starting a Co-op venture in the 2017-18 school year.

Blaha presented potential maintenance projects for summer 2016. Asphalt seal & crack fill, Gym bleacher repairs (motors), Hobson Street & MS new doors & frames, Sidewalk replacements (3 phases), brick repairs on outside gym wall. Beighley suggested that the asphalt, one door & frame, 1 phase of sidewalk replacement and brick work be done first and wait on the remaining projects/repairs until next year or funds become available. Johnson moved to approve the asphalt seal & crack fill on orange, blue and receiving lots, one door & frame, 1st phase of sidewalk replacement (from gym to the East), brick repairs on outside gym wall. Molis seconded. Aye – All members. Motion carried.

Discussions regarding ACT 32 Energy Efficiency Revenue Limit Exemption project. Some items for possible energy saving replacements are: lighting, door frames, HVAC, roofs, boiler pumps & valve system. Beighley will send out RFQ (Request for Qualification).

Dates set for Board/Administration Planning Retreat: June 23rd and June 27th at 5:30 p.m.

Preliminary discussions of graduation requirements for the Class of 2017 and beyond. The Board will look at possibly reducing the total number of credits required for graduation (currently 28) and the number of required credits in specific areas back to the DPI requirements (4 English, 3 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 1.5 PE, .5 Health, .5 Finance). Discussions will continue in the future.

Administrative Reports:

D. Lisowski –
Elementary Summer School registrations have been returned and all courses will run.
There will be a KDG and 6th Grade graduation ceremony this year. KDG will have caps & gowns and 6th Grade will have caps only. The ceremonies will be on Wednesday May 25th with KDG at 12:45 and 6th Grade at 2:00 p.m. The ceremonies will be live-streamed for parents that are unable to attend.

B. Lisowski –
Jr. High summer school will run the same time as High School (5 weeks). Grades 7 & 8 will be able to take most of the elementary classes, as well.
Testing has all been completed.

Speltz –
Finishing up with Educator Effectiveness.

Youngbauer –
Working with Dave Henrickson for Athletic Director training. Met with coaches and MS students regarding summer sports. A speaker is scheduled for August 2nd coaches, players & parents. This event will be mandatory and will be recorded for those that are unable to attend.

Everson recessed to Executive session pursuant to S.S. 19.85 (1) (c) to discuss base wage negotiations with the WTA and set 2016-17 wages for Support Staff, Quasi-Administrative Staff and Administration. Time: 7:59 pm.

Cheryl Maug
Reporting Secretary