Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

June 13, 2016

Brookwood Jr. & Sr. High Offices – Large Conference Room

 

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kurt Radke at 7:02 p.m.

 

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mr. Arndt, Mr. Streeter, Mr. Muellenberg, Mr. Bauman and Mr. Radke.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop, Mr. Pettit and Mrs. Luebke.

 

III.             Legal Meeting Determination

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

 

IV.             Approval of the Agenda

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

 

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of May 16, 2016 was made by Mr. Muellenberg, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

VI.             Reports

A.    Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve electronic fund transfers #1211 through #1234 in the amount of $760,731.91, and written vouchers #36659 through #36759 in the amount of $238,319.18, for a voucher total of $999,051.09 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop reported on minimal revenues in May highlighted by Medicaid payments to the district.

 

3.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where after the district vouchers approved at this meeting the district would have $112,014.95 in the Bank of Ontario, $549.51 in Farmers & Merchants Bank of Kendall, $1,068.69 in the Bank of Cashton, and $31.86 at American Deposit Management.  Mr. Burhop informed the Board that the district received over $235,000 in Grant and Aid payments today that are not included in the total cash flow and would be receiving an Equalization Aid payment on June 20.

 

 

 

B.     Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Burhop reported on the district receiving the J.J. Watt Foundation Grant for $28,000 for the purchase of Jr. High athletic uniforms and a new wrestling mat.  He also reported on the hiring of three support staff employees for 2016-17, that vendors have been notified that LP gas bids are due in the district office by noon on July 11, and that the school district’s fiscal audit will start on July 5.  Mr. Burhop also informed the Board of some additional expenditures he has approved in the past month.

 

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

Mr. Pettit informed the Board on Foreign Exchange students attending Brookwood for the 2016-17 school year and that once the testing data for the Jr. & Sr. High School was available, he would share that information with the Board.

 

D.    Elementary Principal’s Report

Dr. Luebke’s report informed the Board that NOW Elementary was identified as a School of Merit in Reading.  NOW Elementary was one of 125 elementary schools in the state to receive this award.  Dr. Luebke also informed the Board of the Falcon Five winners in the month of May, the May Art students of the month, on College for Kids, the Heritage Fair, Battle of the Books and various year end activities.  Dr. Luebke also informed the Board that the Art department would be receiving a check in the name of Debbie Danhoff to help defray the costs of I-pads.  This donation would be given by the Art department by the Women of Philanthropy out of LaCrosse.  Dr. Luebke also reported on the elementary school’s improvement plan.

 

E.     Athletic Director’s Report

Mr. Clinton’s report informed the Board on the success of spring sports teams, including individual and team accomplishments highlighted by a Baseball conference title and Girls Track winning Conference and Sectional titles.  His report also informed the Board that the new scoreboards have been installed in the main gym, and the old ones have been installed in the Classic gym.

 

VII.          Public Comments

Mr. Burhop read a Thank you from Debbie Anderson for her chair.

 

VIII.       New Business

A.    Approve 6th Graders to Participate in Jr. High Track

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that 6th graders currently participate in Cross Country and Wrestling.  Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that this would be on a trial basis.  Motion to approve 6th graders participating in Jr. High Track was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

 

B.     Approve 2016-17 Grades 7-12 Student Handbook

Mr. Pettit reviewed some minor changes to the Handbook that reflected changes in operations and instruction at the Jr. & Sr. High School.  Motion to approve the 2016-17 Grades 7-12 Handbook as presented was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

C.    Approve 2016-17 Brookwood Athletic Handbook

Mr. Burhop reviewed some minor revisions to the Athletic Handbook.  The revisions centered on an emphasis on the attendance rule waiver and on student academic meetings.  Motion to approve 2016-17 Brookwood Athletic Handbook as presented was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

D.    Approve Summer School Bus Driver Contracts

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that five bus driving contracts would be needed for summer school driving.  Those contracts were for Steve Veith driving College for Kids, and Charlie Neumann, Rob Ross, Jim Kuderer and Heather Hawtrey for summer school.  Motion to approve the five summer school bus driving contracts as presented was made by Mr. Radke, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

E.     Approve Contract for Travis Anderson – Instructional Coach

Motion to approve Travis Anderson as the Instructional Coach was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.   Motion passed unanimously.

 

F.     Accept Resignation of Kayla Burich – Elementary Teacher

Mr. Burhop thanked Ms. Burich for her one year of teaching and her four years of helping with the CLC program.  Motion to accept the resignation for Kayla Burich, Elementary Teacher, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

G.    Approve Contract for 6th Grade Teacher

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that there were sixteen applicants for the 6th grade teaching position. Five interviews were scheduled, but two of the interviewees cancelled.  Mr. Burhop stated that Kristin Lee was being recommended for the position.  Motion to approve a contract for Kristin Lee as a 6th Grade Teacher was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

H.    Approve Increase in Number of Special Education Paraprofessionals for 2016-17

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that due too high caseloads in the High School, another special education aide was needed.  Mr. Burhop recommended an additional special education paraprofessional, to work with Mrs. Bohlen.  With two additional paraprofessionals, Mr. Burhop informed the Board that the district would not hire substitutes for special education paraprofessionals any longer, and that the Mrs. Springborn would have to reschedule special education paraprofessionals to cover for each other.  Motion to approve two additional special education aides for 2016-17 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

I.       Approve Purchase of Grades K5 through 8 Science Textbooks, Materials and Resources

Mr. Burhop informed the Board of the process and input the teachers and administration had in selecting the various materials presented from different vendors including the Wisconsin Historical Society, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Mr. Burhop informed the Board that all materials selected were aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that the total cost for the materials was $54,236.34.  Motion to approve the purchase of grades K5 through 8 science textbooks and materials from National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin, and McGraw Hill for a total cost of $54,236.34 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

J.      Approve 2016-17 Annual School District Goals

Mr. Burhop presented instructional, operational, and student achievement goals for 2016-17.  Motion to approve the 2016-17 Annual School District Goals as presented was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

K.    Approve Van Bid

Mr. Burhop reviewed three bids for a new student transport van.  Motion to approve a bid from Sleepy Hollow for a Chevrolet Express 2500 for $26,653.60 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Radke.  Motion passed unanimously.

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L.     Eliminate School Board Policy 673.1 – Use of District Credit Card

Mr. Burhop explained to the Board that with the use of P-Cards, the district no longer needed to use credit cards.  Motion to eliminate School Board Policy 673.1 – Use of District Credit Card from the School Board Policy manual, was made by Mr. Muellenberg, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously. 

 

M.   Eliminate School Board Policy 673.2 – Use of District Debit Card

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that with the use of P-Cards, the district no longer needed to use debit cards.  Motion to eliminate School Board Policy 673.2 – Use of District Debit Card from the School Board policy manual, was made by Mr. Muellenberg, seconded by Mr. Streeter.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

IX.             Closed Session

Motion to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) Stats., to consider compensation changes for professional and support staff employees in Section 9.01(B) of the Employee Handbook, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Roll call Vote:  Mr. Bauman – Yes, Mr. Arndt – Yes, Mr. Streeter – Yes, Mr. Muellenberg – Yes, Mr. Radke – Yes.

 

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

Motion to reconvene into open session was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:23 p.m. was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Radke.  Motion passed unanimously.