Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education
September 14, 2015
Brookwood High School Offices – Large Conference Room
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. Arndt, Mr. Streeter, Mr. Bauman, and Mr. Radke. Administration present: Mr. Burhop, Dr. Luebke, and Mr. Pettit. Also present was Kayla Burich.
III. Legal Meeting Determination
Motion to approve this as a legal meeting with proper notice was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Approval of the Agenda
Motion to approve the agenda was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter. Motion passed unanimously.
V. Approval of the Minutes
Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 17, 2015 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt. Motion passed unanimously.
A. Introduction of New Teacher
Kayla Burich, new 2nd Grade Teacher, introduced herself to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education.
B. Financial Reports
1. Vouchers Payable
Motion to approve electronic fund transfers #1045 through #1054 for a total of $426,068.47, and written check #35507 through #35648 for $779,067.14 for a total voucher amount of $1,205,135.61 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mrs. Wang. Motion passed unanimously.
2. District Receipts and Disbursements
Mr. Burhop highlighted property tax payments from Monroe and Vernon Counties and the Qualified School Zoning Bond Refund.
3. Cash Flow Report
Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where the district would have $206,085.90 in the Bank of Ontario. The district also has $221,093.65 in a money market at Farmers and Merchants Bank, $200,575.52 in a money market account in the Bank of Cashton, and $279,585.09 invested with American Depository Management. Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that the district would receive an $813,373 Equalization Aid payment and $216,600 Sparsity Aid payment on September 21.
C. Superintendent’s Report
Mr. Burhop informed the Board that NOW Elementary can finance a summer school program for 2016 through Title VI(B) and Title I. Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that the September head count from 2014 to 2015 is the same at 718. Mr. Burhop reported that he was going to file a claim form with the Clerk of Court in LaCrosse to retain up to $3,000 in billing from TCI, for work not completed, E-Rate reimbursement came in at $15,820.48. Mr. Burhop is working with a local group on energy savings in the school district building, and it was reported that Marcee King had been hired as a long-term substitute in Special Education.
D. High School Principal’s Report
Mr. Pettit informed the board about upcoming Homecoming activities, the upcoming one act play and school district testing.
E. Elementary Principal’s Report
Mrs. Luebke reported on a decline of student STAR Test scores over the summer, Author Barney Salzberg coming to NOW Elementary to speak to students, and on the Spotlight Grant and activities paid for from the Spotlight Grant.
F. Activities Director Report
Ken Clinton’s report highlighted fall sports participation numbers and acknowledged contributors to the flagpole project by the football field.
VII. Public Comments
Mr. Burhop read a Thank you card from the Hubbard family.
VIII. Old & Unfinished Business
A. Set graduation Ceremony Starting Time
A recent parental survey disseminated by Mr. Pettit showed over 75% of parents wanting graduation ceremony to start at 7:00 p.m. rather than 8:00 p.m. as in past years. Motion to have the Brookwood Graduation Ceremony start at 7:00 p.m. was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman. Motion passed unanimously.
IX. New Business
A. Approve Alternate Open Enrollment Applications
Mr. Burhop informed the NOW Board that 2 students had requested alternate open enrollment into the NOW School District and 8 had requested open enrollment out of the NOW School District since the last school board meeting. Motion to approve the alternate open enrollment applications for Sydney Mason into the NOW School District and 8 applications out of the NOW School District was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Streeter. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion to deny alternate open enrollment into the NOW School District to Desmaraie Hoff due to space availability in the educational program was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Accept Resignation of Ashlynne McLean – Special Education Teacher
Mr. Burhop informed the Board that Ms. McLean paid her liquidated damages of $2,000 due to early withdrawal from her contract. Motion to accept the resignation of Ashlynne McLean, Special Education Teacher was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Bauman. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Approve Contract with Rev Trak
Mr. Burhop informed the Board that Rev Trak would now allow parents an option to pay certain bills owed to the school on-line over the school district’s web-site with their credit card. Rev Trak would receive 3.49% of monies paid to the school for fees. The contract can be broken at any time by either party. Motion to approve a contract with Rev Trak was made by Mr. Streeter, seconded by Mr. Arndt. Motion passed unanimously.
D. Approve School Board Policy 662.1 – Student Activity Funds Management
Mr. Burhop explained that Johnson Block recommended the district have its policy on Student Activity Funds updated to include a list of several items the policy was missing, including plans for unused accounts. Mr. Burhop also informed the Board that Melanie Lendosky of Johnson Block reviewed the policy and gave it her approval. Motion to approve School Board Policy 662.1, Student Activity Funds Management, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion to adjourn at 7:35 p.m. was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Streeter. Motion passed unanimously.