Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

April 14, 2014

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

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kurt Radke at 7:06 p.m.

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mrs. Wang, Mr. Brieske, Mr. Giese, Mr. Bauman and Mr. Radke.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop, Mrs. Luebke and Mr. Pettit.  Also in attendance was the County Line.

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 March 17, 2014 was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

VI.             Reports

A.          Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve vouchers #32766 through #32883 in the amount of $1,553,760.11 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted equalization aid, special education aid, Medicare reimbursement, the new categorical per pupil aid and Poverty Aid as main revenues for March.

3.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a situation where after April 14 vouchers, and as of April 17, a balance of $324,861.33 would be in the Bank of Ontario, $230,398.77 would be in the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and $752,669.88 would be at American Deposit Management.

B.           Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Burhop reported on a mistake caught in Title I funding to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school District that dates back to the Wilton detachment/consolidation.  In investigating the situation, the US Census Bureau did not make the change of the Wilton community joining with Norwalk-Ontario.  Therefore the Royall School District has been getting Title funds that should have been coming to Norwalk-Ontario.  The problem is being corrected.  Mr. Burhop also reported on the highest enrollment ever at NOW may put them over the enrollment cap to receive Sparsity Aid in 2015-16.  Other items reported on include the district obtaining LP gas bids in June instead of August, the possibility of the school district buying a lawnmower on the 2013-14 budget, a change in the way the district obtains its grant writing services, maintenance on the music rooms by TCI, the membership audit, and several job openings that have been posted by the school district.   

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

Mr. Pettit informed the board members on Map Testing, Junior Prom, state forensics, FFA activities, Artists of the Month, spelling bee, the electrathon project, and the high student and adult interest in the 2016 Europe Trip to Germany and Italy.  Mr. Pettit also gave the board a calendar of year end activities in the high school.

D.         Elementary Principal’s Report

Mrs. Luebke had information available for the Board which covered Scenic Rivers being a new CLC community partner, the Elementary Spring Concert on May 1, the success of Math and Science Night on April 10, and details about the Spotlight Grant renewal.

E.          Activities Director Report

Mr. Clinton’s reported on spring participation numbers and two impending votes coming from the membership at the WIAA Annual Meeting; the private school multiplier and conference affiliation control to local school districts.

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments.

VIII.       New Business

A.        Appoint Delegate to CESA #4 Annual Convention

Motion to appoint Curt Brieske as the delegate to the CESA #4 Annual Convention was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.        Approve Increase in Electrical Payments to Bus Drivers

Mr. Burhop stated that the length and severity of the winter, the $200 stipend given to the bus drivers may not cover their electrical costs. Motion to approve an additional $75 electrical payment per driver was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.        Approve Summer Recreation Contracts

A motion to approve Summer Recreation Contracts for $3,000 for John Hansen and Kelly Wallace, and $8.00 per hour for Bobby Cunitz, and $7.25 per hour for Olivia Hansen was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.        Approve Alternate Open Enrollment Applications

Mr. Burhop stated that there were two open enrollment applications presented to him in the past month.  One was for open enrolling out of the NOW School District; one was for open enrollment into the NOW School District.  Motion to approve the alternate open enrollment applications as presented was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.        Approve School Board Policy 443.1 – Student Dress Code

A motion to approve School Board Policy 443.1, Student Dress Code was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

F.           Approve School Board Policy 522.8 – Staff Dress Code

A motion to approve School Board Policy 522.8, Staff Dress Code was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

G.    Approve New English Course Offering – Sports Literature

Mr. Pettit described the new elective, ½ credit course to be offered for the 2014-15 school year.  Motion to approve Sports Literature as a high school English course offering for ½ English credit was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

H.    Approve Curriculum Changes for World Literature and Classic Literature Courses

Mr. Pettit described curricular changes for 2014-15 in World Literature and Classic Literature courses.  Motion to approve the curricular changes as presented in World Literature and Classic Literature high school English courses was made by Mr. Radke, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

I.       Approve Complete Control Bid for High School LMC Heating Upgrade

Mr. Burhop described to the Board fresh air circulatory problems that have been going on in the High School LMC and the Business Education classroom.  The heating and cooling control work needed an upgrade for onsite control of the air exchange.  Complete Control submitted a bid to upgrade and correct the problem.  Motion to approve a bid from Complete Control for $6,825 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

J.      Approve School Nursing Contract with Scenic Bluffs

Mr. Burhop explained to the NOW Board that the 2014-15 contract for nursing services for Scenic Bluffs showed a $1,984, or 4.8% increase.  This was mainly due to the contract accurately reflecting days of practice after one year into the partnership.  The actual cost increase would be around 3%.  The total cost of the contract was $42,982.  Motion to approve the 2014-15 School Nursing contract with Scenic Bluffs Health was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

K.    Approve Revision to School Board Policy 171 – Board Meeting Organization and Notification

Mr. Burhop stated that it was getting more difficult to find posting spots in some of the communities and that a change from three spots per Village to two spots per Village for posting was being recommended.  Also, the language about posting in the school building was obsolete and needed to be changed.  Motion to approve the revision to School Board Policy 171, Board Meeting Organization and Notification was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

L.     Approve Revision to School Board Policy 323 – School Day

Mr. Burhop informed the School Board that the current language marked the school day hours for 4K students when they attended half days.  The Board has since changed 4K to a full day program and the hours in the policy needed to reflect that.  Motion to approve the revision to School Board Policy 323, School Day, was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

M.   Approve Revision to School Board Policy 322 – School District Calendar

Mr. Burhop explained to the School Board that the current policy reflects a 180 days student schedule.  Recently the NOW School District received a waiver to have 178 days of school, and state law has changed to reflect hours of instruction, not days as the benchmark for school calendar requirements.  Motion to approve the revision to School Board Policy 322, School District Calendar, was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.

N.    Approve Revision to School Board Policy 332 – Curriculum and Parental Rights

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that the complaint procedure about the school district’s curriculum started with the District Administrator, and should start with the Building Principals with an appeal procedure to the District Administrator as the next option.  Motion to approve the revision to School Board Policy 332, Curriculum and Parental Rights was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

IX.             Closed Session

Motion to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) Stats., to consider salary and benefit compensation for teaching staff and to consider performance evaluation data of support staff employees was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Roll call Vote:  Mr. Brieske – Yes, Mrs. Wang – Yes, Mr. Giese – Yes, Mr. Bauman – Yes, Mr. Radke – Yes.

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

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

Motion to approve the 2014-15 teacher salary schedule reflecting a 1.46% base wage increase and the elimination of the first two steps of the salary schedule was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve the 2014-15 Teacher contracts as presented by Administration was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve the 2014-15 Co-curricular and Activity Pay scale reflecting a 3% base increase, with additional increases to spring sports and football was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve the Academic Co-curricular contracts as presented was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve the Activities Director contract for Ken Clinton for $7,000 was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

Motion to approve all fall and winter coaching contracts as presented by Administration was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:46 p.m. was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.