The November 15, 2017 meeting of the Whitehall Board of Education was held at Whitehall Memorial Elementary Balcony. 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, Jason Molis, Kristen Carroll, Julie Dokkestul and Dan Koxlien. Absent: Leah Johnson. Others present: Superintendent/9-12 Principal, Mike Beighley; Elementary Principal, Damon Lisowski; Special Education/Pupil Services Director, Vickie O’Dell; MS Principal/Improvement of Instruction Director, Beth Lisowski; Assistant HS Principal/Athletic Director, Jamie Youngbauer; Finance Manager, Cheryl Maug; Dan Fremstad.


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


Fields moved to approve the following items of the Motion Calendar:

  • Approve minutes of October 18, 2017 Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting
  • Approve minutes of October 18, 2017 Regular Meeting
  • Approve Extra Curricular contracts (removed)
  • Set Joint TVC 2.0 Meeting for January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Molis seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.

The Board reviewed the limited allowance of Sunday athletic practice for high school teams that have Monday contests.  Community member, Dan Fremstad, stated his reasons against Sunday activities/practices.  The Board discussed the pros and cons of Sunday activities and consented to continue limited Sunday practices with the reaffirmation that family activities/decisions would be considered excused absences and penalties would result from missed practices for family reasons. All coaches and advisors will be reminded of this decision and this issue will continue to be reviewed annually.

The district was contacted by Head Start in regards to contracting with them to send the qualifying Head Start students to an all-day 4K program in Independence. The district will explore offering an all-day 4K program here. The program would be more cost for the district (additional staff) with no additional funding and space issues would have to be worked out.

Continued discussions for a surround care program for the 2018-19 school year. Staffing needs to be identified and a cost to users established. This program would offer before and after school care for school-age children. The Board would like to begin the process for planning an All-Day 4K and Surround Care program. Administration will begin with a survey to see what the community interests and needs are.

Beighley reported on the space issues that will have to be dealt with, if enrollment continues to increase. It may be time to begin planning for additional space to have available for additional enrollment, surround care and all-day 4K programs.

Fields moved to approve the 2018-19 school calendar with TVC 2.0 considerations. Koxlien seconded. Aye – All Members. Motion carried.

Beighley reported on the November 6, 2017 meeting with Ashley Furniture, DWD and UW. In addition to this meeting, the Co-op was featured in a panel discussion at a statewide Wisconsin CTE Fall Convening at UW-Stout on November 14th.  DPI is very excited in what the Co-op is doing and will help in any way they can.

Administrative Reports:

B. Lisowski –

High School report card has been revised. A sample copy of the former report card and the new report card was passed out for the Board to review.

O’Dell –

Presented a video on Trauma Informed Care – summary of how to deal with children that have experienced severe trauma.

D. Lisowski –

Hosted an ELL (Title III) family get together this evening. Great opportunity to extend a welcome to students and family members.

Youngbauer –

Update on High School ACP. One day per week is used for goal setting. Students were given a writing assignment on “who molded you”. Students were very engaged and deep in thought with their writing.

Peter Johnson, alumni & veteran, spoke at Veteran’s program. His program was based on how reputations and decision in MS and HS can impact the rest of your life.

Everson recessed to Executive session pursuant to S.S. 19.85 1(c) to discuss and approve staff wages for 2017-18 and initial discussion of teacher salary schedule adjustments based on new teacher licensure. Time: 7:59 pm.

Cheryl Maug

Recording Secretary