MEETING MINUTES…WHITEHALL BOARD OF EDUCATION…February 27, 2017
The February 27, 2017 meeting of the Whitehall Board of Education was held at Whitehall Memorial Conference Room. President, George Everson called the meeting to order at
6:30 pm. Roll was called and a quorum established. Other Board members present: Byron Fields, Leah Johnson (6:39 pm.), Jason Molis, Kristen Carroll, Julie Dokkestul and Dan Koxlien. Others present: Superintendent/9-12 Principal, Mike Beighley; Elementary Principal, Damon Lisowski; MS Principal/Improvement of Instruction Director, Beth Lisowski; Special Education/Pupil Services Director, Vickie O’Dell; Assistant HS Principal/Athletic Director, Jamie Youngbauer; Finance Manager, Cheryl Maug; Reporter, Scott Schultz; Aaron Rittenhouse, Johnson Controls Inc.
Molis moved to approve vouchers as presented. Fields seconded. Aye – All members. Motion carried.
Aaron Rittenhouse gave an update on the lighting and boiler controls project. It is about 85% complete and should be fully completed by the end of March. The advanced boiler controls will begin right after the school year is done in June and should be completed by early July.
Dokkestul moved to approve the following items of the Motion Calendar:
- Approve minutes of January 25, 2017 Regular Meeting
- Approve minutes of January 25, 2017 Executive Meeting
- Approve minutes of February 6, 2017 Expulsion Hearing
- Approve Volunteer Contracts: April Loeffler, Powerlifting; Chuck Walek, Track
- Approve Extra-Curricular Contracts (see list)
- Approve special meeting for March 22, 2016 at 7:00 in Arcadia – Joint Co-op Meeting
- Set Food Service Committee meeting to review policy on unpaid lunch accounts as well as other related food service planning (Beighley will suggest some dates to the committee)
Carroll seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Beighley reported on the co-op scheduling for 2017-18 and co-op plans for 2018-19. A basic schedule for 2017-18 has been created that will allow the majority of students to get all of the courses they have requested. In addition to the co-op course sharing, the co-op is actively engaged in discussions with leaders at Ashley and the Wanek Family to create of vision of what is necessary to make the entire region better for all. These discussions included improvements in STEM Education and other high technology related skills and knowledge as well as adding modern manufacturing components to the current vocational programming.
A draft unpaid lunch account policy (#763) was reviewed. The policy committee will review the policy to define exactly want the district should be for delinquent accounts.
Koxlien moved to approve employee dock time request. Molis seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
Discussion regarding a make-up day for the February 24th snow day. The Monday after Easter could be used; however, there are enough hours of instruction so it is not necessary. Koxlien moved to leave April 17th as a vacation day. Fields seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.
The 2017-18 calendar review is on hold due to a possible statute change to the September 1 start date.
Beighley reported that the voids under the floors are not as significant as was first feared. The floors cannot be fixed until the weather warms up.
B. Lisowski –
Bingo night was a success and another one is planned for March 5th.
Not much is changing with core curriculum. There is talk of new social studies standards coming in the near future. District is trying to build more STEM items into the curriculum.
Attended the National CLC Conference in Atlanta with Charlotte Windjue. Came back with a few ideas that can be used to expand on the things that are already being done.
Presented a video on Bal-A-Vis_X which is a series of exercises, most of which are done with balls. These exercises are based on rhythm and enables the whole mind-body system. District is hoping to hold a 2-day training event for area school districts this summer.
D. Lisowski –
Parent-Teacher conferences were held February 16th and were about 85% attended. Attendance was down a bit from las fall but about the same as last year at this time.
The semester AGR report was presented to the board and goals have been exceeded in all grades.
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) program will be mandated and implemented to prepare students for beyond high school. Career planning and discussions are now primarily held with the school counselors and ACP will change this to be more of a district-wide responsibility. The official program will be brought to the Board for approval and will be implemented in the fall.
Everson recessed to Executive session pursuant to S.S. 19.85 1(c) to discuss office staffing needs and possible position posting as well as review administrative performance and review contract renewals and review unpaid leave request if necessary. Time: 7:25 pm.