Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

August 11, 2014

Brookwood Jr. & Sr. High Office – 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. Giese, Mr. Brieske, Mr. Bauman, and Mr. Radke.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop and Mr. Pettit.  Also in attendance were Bonni Schmitz, Denise Buckbee, Bridget Rogalla, Theresa Rogalla, Kiara Laufenberg and Karen Lee.

III.             Legal Meeting Determination

Motion to approve this as a legal meeting with proper notice was made by Mr. Giese, 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. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 14, 2014, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

VI.             Reports

A.    Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve vouchers #33336 to #33422 for an amount of $485,336.98 was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted the delayed equalization aid payment as the main revenue in July.

2.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where the district has $177,747.11 on hand at the Bank of Ontario, $80,587.14 in a money market account at the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and $953,207.04 in American Deposit Management.

B.     District Administrator’s Report

Mr. Burhop reported that the district would be receiving documents from the US Census Bureau shortly over the detachment of Wilton from the Royall School District.  He also reported on the up-coming WASB Regional Meeting, shared the Back-to-School Staff In-service Schedule, discussed SAGE and the current 1st Grade student to teacher ratio, and gave the board an update on the summer maintenance.

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

Mr. Pettit reported on Jr. & Sr. High School student registration, protocol and procedures.

D.    Elementary Principal’s Report

There was no Elementary Principal’s report.

E.     Activities Director Report

Ken Clinton’s report highlighted starting dates for fall athletics, and the new football scoreboard.

F.     Gifted and Talented Program Update

Bonni Schmitz reported on the many activities of the Gifted and Talented program during the 2013-14 school year.

G.    Exchange Program Update

Denise Buckbee reported on the Kickapoo Environmental Ambassador Exchange program.  She focused on the activities and merits of the program for Brookwood, Kickapoo, LaFarge and Viroqua high school students.  Kiara Laufenberg and Bridget Rogalla recently spent two months in Mexico on an exchange program and shared their positive experiences with the NOW Board of Education.

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments.

VIII.       New Business

A.    Designate Graduation Date for 2015

Motion was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese, to schedule graduation for May 22, 2014.  The motion passed unanimously.

B.     Approve Elementary Art/Classroom Intervention Teaching Contract

Motion to approve a contract for Jamie Steinmetz for Elementary Art/Classroom Intervention Teacher was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.    Approve Drama Director Contract

Motion to approve a fall Drama Director contract for Kim Nofsinger for $1,154 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.    Approve Mentorship Contracts

Mr. Burhop presented a list of five mentors for five first year NOW Teachers.  Each mentor receives $550 under the conditions established in the Employee Handbook.  Motion to approve mentorship contracts for Kathy Cale, Julie Los, Patti Holte, Cindy Springborn and Brad Pettit was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.     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. Brieske, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

IX.             Closed Session

A motion was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) Stats., to consider a contract for a Title I Reading Aide, and consider contract changes for a Special Education Paraprofessional and Elementary/District Administrative Assistant.  Roll Call vote:  Mr. Bauman – Aye, Mr. Giese – Aye, Mrs. Wang – Aye, Mr. Brieske – Aye, Mr. Radke – Aye.

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

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

Motion to approve a Title I Reading Aide contract for Cathy Von Ruden at $10.35 per hour was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to revise the Special Education Paraprofessional contract for Rachel Pasch from 7.5 hours a day to 8 hours a day was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to revise the contract for Tara Orlikowski by an increase of 30 cents on to her hourly rate, plus an additional $1,500 stipend to organize and schedule substitute teachers was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:08 p.m. was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

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                                                                                    Jessica Wang, Clerk