Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

August 15, 2016

Brookwood Jr. & Sr. High Office Ė Large Conference Room

 

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by Vice President Kevin Bauman at 7:01 p.m.

 

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mr. Muellenberg, Mr. Arndt, Mr. Bauman, and Mr. Streeter.Mr. Radke was absent.Administration present was Mr. Burhop. Dr. Luebke and Mr. Pettit.Also in attendance were Bonni Schmitz, Harvey Menn and the County Line.

 

III.             Legal Meeting Determination

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

 

IV.             Approval of the Agenda

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

 

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 11, 2016, was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.Motion passed unanimously.

 

VI.             Reports

A.    Financial Reports

1.†††††††† Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve electronic funds vouchers #1250 through #1361 in the amount of $317,365.02 and written checks #36812 through #36865 in the amount of $305,649.76 for a total voucher amount of $623,014.78 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.Motion passed unanimously.

 

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted Per Pupil Categorical Aid, Medicaid and Grant receipts as the main July Revenues.

 

2.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where the district has $180,945.08 on hand at the Bank of Ontario, $200,620.48 in a money market account at the Farmers and Merchants Bank, $201,165.63 in a money market account in the bank of Cashton, and $550,210.92 in American Deposit Management.

 

 

 

B.     District Administratorís Report

Mr. Burhop reported on the WASB Regional meeting on October 27, presented to the NOW Board the Back-to-School in-service schedule for staff on August 29 & 30, and also reported that three Special Education Paraprofessionals were hired, Mary Kiel, Shirley Tainter and Jackie Pettit.Mr. Burhop also informed the Board on the progress over the summer on the building maintenance and grounds upkeep along with the IT upgrades especially in connection to the new telephone system coming into the school this year.

 

C.    Jr. & Sr. High School Principalís Report

Mr. Pettit reported on five foreign exchange students attending Brookwood in the fall of 2016.Mr. Pettit also informed the Board of the start of the school year activities, and shared testing data with the NOW Board.

 

D.    Elementary Principalís Report

Dr. Luebke reported on Summer School, Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School being part of the Book Trust program again for 2016-17 and gave the Board an update on the Frontline data base system for Educator Effectiveness.Dr. Luebke also shared testing data with the NOW Board.

 

E.     Activities Director Report

Ken Clintonís report highlighted starting dates for fall athletics and Homecoming information for 2016.

 

F.     Gifted and Talented Program Update

Bonni Schmitz reported on the many activities of the Gifted and Talented program during the 2015-16 school year.

 

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments.

 

VIII.       Old and Unfinished Business

A.    Approve Overseas Field Trip for 2018

Board members discussed the growing threat of terrorism in Europe and ongoing concerns about safety of all participants.The Board also discussed the educational benefits of sponsoring a European trip.The discussion led to a postponement of the European Trip for 2018, but revisit sponsoring a trip for 2019 if circumstances overseas changed over the course of the next year.Motion to deny a European trip for 2018 but to reevaluate sponsoring the trip next year for 2019 was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.Motion passed unanimously.

 

IX.             New Business

 

 

A.    Approve Special Education Teaching Contract for Pamela Bennett

Motion to approve a Special Education teaching contract for Pamela Bennett was made by Mr. Muellenberg, seconded by Mr. Arndt. The motion passed unanimously.

 

B.     Approve Open Alternate Open Enrollment Applications

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that there were four alternate open enrollment applications out of the NOW School District and two alternate open enrollment applications into the NOW School District.Mr. Burhop informed the Board that one alternate open enrollment application would have to be denied due to programming required by the student and that the NOW School District was already above the quota of students established for that program by the Board in the January Board Meeting.Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that the student would be put on a waiting list if a spot in the program opens up.Motion to approve all alternate open enrollment applications as presented out of the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school District was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to approve the alternate open enrollment application of a 4K student from the Cashton School District into the NOW School District was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.Motion passed unanimously.

 

Motion to deny the alternate open enrollment of a Bangor student into the NOW School District was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.Motion passed unanimously.

 

C.    Approve Homecoming Food Drive

Mr. Burhop asked the Board to again allow the district to charge non-perishable food items instead of money for admittance to the Brookwood Football game to help stock the Falcon Food Pantry.He also described the benefits of the Falcon Food Pantry and Food Drive.Motion to approve the Homecoming week food drive was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Muellenberg.Motion passed unanimously.

 

D.    Approve Change in Student Qualifications for the National Honor Society

Mr. Burhop explained to the Board that Brookwood High School has the minimum GPA requirement, 3.0, to qualify for admission into National Honor Society.Because the Brookwood chapter of National Honor Society emphasizes students who excel and lead, the recommendation from the high school office and National Honor Society advisors is that the minimum GPA requirement should be raised to a 3.5 GPA.The minimum GPA requirements for NHS induction from surrounding schools was shared.Motion to change the minimum GPA requirement for National Honor Society induction to a 3.5 GPA was made by Mr. Muellenberg, seconded by Mr. Streeter.Motion passed unanimously.

 

E.     Authorize District Administrator to Approve Cured In Place Pipe Bid

Mr. Burhop explained the situation with the drainage tile located underneath the 1995 Elementary building.The concrete tile was cracked in many areas.Currently, Doug Schmitz and Mr. Burhop are soliciting bids to have a cured in place pipe lined inside the existing tiling.Mr. Burhop anticipated the cost for doing that project would exceed $5,000, and therefore was asking the Board to give him the authority to approve the project instead of waiting for a Board meeting.Motion to authorize the District Administrator to approve a cured in place pipe bid was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Streeter.Motion passed unanimously.

 

X.                Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 7:52 p.m. was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Arndt.Motion passed unanimously.