Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

April 11, 2016

Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary Library

 

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kurt Radke at 7:00 p.m.

 

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mrs. Wang, Mr. Streeter, Mr. Arndt, Mr. Bauman and Mr. Radke.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop, Dr. Luebke, Mrs. Springborn and Mr. Pettit.  Also in attendance was Matt Muellenberg.

 

III.             Legal Meeting Determination

Motion to approve this as a legal meeting with proper notice was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

IV.             Approval of the Agenda

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of March 14, 2016 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

VI.             Reports

A.          Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve electric funds transfers #1161 through #1184 for $1,632, 903.66, and written vouchers #36461 through #36543 in the amount of $387,806.31, for voucher total of $2,020,709.97 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted equalization aid, special education categorical aid and Poverty Aid as main revenues for March.

 

3.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a situation where after April 11 vouchers and the April 20 payroll, a balance of $238,951.26 would be in the Bank of Ontario, $200,747.17 would be in the Farmers and Merchants Bank, $200,866.46 would be in the Bank of Cashton, and $526,506.34 would be at American Deposit Management.

 

B.           Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Burhop reported on changes in Sparsity Aid qualifications due to Wisconsin Act 305 and how it would affect summer school funding, asked board members about participating in the WASB School Board Spring Workshop on May 10, gave the board members revisions made from last month’s attendance discussion, and informed the Board on the TEACH grant, actuarial study, and a LaCrosse Tribune newspaper article.  Mr. Burhop then gave school board members copies of the 2016-17 preliminary budget.

 

C.         Jr. and Sr. High Principal’s Report

Mr. Pettit informed the board members on the mandated Civics test, spring MAP and state testing, Junior Prom, state forensics, state FCCLA participation, FFA activities including the FFA Banquet on April 22, poverty awareness week, community night, solo ensemble and the Band performing at a Milwaukee Buck’s game.  Mr. Pettit also gave the board a calendar of year end activities in the high school.

 

D.         Elementary Principal’s Report

Dr. Luebke’s report informed the Board about the start of state testing, a CLC community collaboration with the YWCA, NOW students participating in the Visual Art Festival at Viroqua, and numerous other activities.

 

E.          Director of Special Education Report

Mrs. Springborn informed the Board on the status of the Special Education program and with the addition of one teacher.  She also discussed how the arrangement of the special education staff was functioning.  Mrs. Springborn also reviewed special education student MAP testing, the number of special education students being served by the district along with a review of her activities and duties as the School Psychologist and Director of Special Education.

 

F.          Activities Director Report

Mr. Clinton’s report updated the Board on the scheduling of the scoreboard project in the two gymnasiums and informed the Board that Breanna Nelson received a WIAA Scholar Athlete Award.

 

G.          Special Presentation

Board President Kurt Radke presented outgoing School Board Member Jessica Wang with a commemorative plaque for her six years serving on the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education.  Jessica offered her thanks and stated that it has been a pleasure serving our school.

 

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments

 

VIII.       New Business

 

A.        Approve Contract for Family and Consumer Education Teacher

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that the FACE position was posted on WECAN and there were five candidates.  Three were offered interviews.  After the interview process and background checks, Mr. Burhop was recommending Ashley Palmer for the FACE teaching position.  Motion to approve a Family and Consumer Education teaching contract to Ashley Palmer was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

B.        Approve Alternate Open Enrollment

Motion to approve alternate open enrollment for Cheyenne Galovits was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

C.        Approve Concrete and Sidewalk Bid

Mr. Burhop reviewed three bids to remove and construct the sidewalk leading to the elementary and gymnasium, along with the sidewalk and area between the building and sidewalk on the east side of the building.  Bids for the job were submitted by Hansen Concrete for $10,682, B & W Concrete for $18,940, and Schmitz Concrete for $10,050.  A motion to approve the bid from Schmitz Concrete for $10,050 was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

D.        Approve Revision to School Board Policy 237.1 – Job Description of School District Business Agent

Mr. Burhop stated that a revision to the job description of Mary Prielipp was needed to reflect changes in accounting for district revenues and expenditures with the use of credits cards, the mandatory reporting under the Affordable Healthcare Act, utilizing WISEgrants for grant reimbursements, and for being accountable for other on-line reporting measures.  Motion to approve the revision to School Board Policy 237.1, Job Description of the School District Business agent was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

E.        Approve Long Term Disability Bid

Mr. Burhop informed the School Board that Janice Wavra from the Insurance Cener solicited four bids to replace WEA Trust as the School District’s Long Term Disability Insurance provider.  Of the four bids, the bid from Epic had benefits that were identical to the WEA Trust Long Term Disability plan, and was $204.47 a month less that the WEA Trust plan.  Motion to approve the bid from Epic for Long Term Disability Insurance was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

F.           Approve 2016-17 School Lunch Price Increase

Mr. Burhop informed the NOW Board that the district is required to increase school lunch prices under the parameters of the Healthy and Hunger Free Child Act.  Motion to approve a ten cent school lunch increase for 2016-17 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

G.          Recommend Travis Downing for Kickapoo Valley Reserve        Management Board

Motion to recommend Travis Downing for the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Management Board was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

H.          Determine Snow Make-up Day

Motion not to make up the snow day of March 24, 2016 was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

IX.             Closed Session

Motion to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) Stats., to consider 2016-17 compensation and contracts for all school district employees was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Roll Call Vote:  Mr. Bauman (Aye), Mr. Arndt (Aye), Mr. Streeter (Aye), Mrs. Wang (Aye), Mr. Radke (Aye)

 

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

Motion to reconvene to open session was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve the 2016-17 Teacher Salary Schedule reflecting a 0.12% base wage increase plus $510 per cell increase for supplemental pay was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve the addition of Professional Development Plan completion as presented for lane movement on the Teacher Salary Schedule was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mrs. Arndt.

 

Motion to approve 2016-2017 Teaching contracts was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve an increase of 22 cents per hour for all support staff employees was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed with 4 votes for the motion and Mr. Radke abstaining.

 

Motion to approve 2016-17 bus driver and special education driver contracts was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed with 4 votes for the motion and Mr. Arndt abstaining.

 

Motion to approve a 2016-17 Computer Technician and Network Administrator contract for Ken Simon at $60,000 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve a 2016-17 School District Business Agent Contract for Mary Prielipp at $61,628 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve a 2016-17 School Bus Mechanic and Bus Driver Contract to Travis Taylor for $55,024 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve two year contracts for Brad Pettit and Gayle Luebke at a $1,100 salary increase for year one of the contract, and $200 a day severance pay for unused sick days upon retirement or termination of the contract, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve a two year contract for Cindy Springborn for $70,000 year one of the contract and $200 a day severance pay for unused sick days upon retirement or termination of the contract was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman, motion passed unanimously. 

 

Motion to approve a $1,474 salary increase to Kelly Burhop for the 2016-17 school year was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve 2016-17 substitute teacher pay at $100 per day was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve 2016-17 co-curricular bus driving at $12.00 per hour was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed with 4 votes for the motion and Mr. Arndt abstaining.

 

Motion to approve 2016-17 substitute custodian and cook pay at $10.50 per hour was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve 2016-17 substitute bus driver pay at $40 per route was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:55 p.m. was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.