Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

August 17, 2015

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. Arndt, Mr. Bauman, and Mr. Radke.  Administration present was Mr. Burhop, Dr. Luebke and Mr. Pettit.  Also in attendance were Bonni Schmitz, Bob Streeter, Curt Brieske and the County Line.

 

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 Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 13, 2015, was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

VI.             Reports

A.    Special Recognition – Curt Brieske

School Board President Kurt Radke presented Curt Brieske with a plaque in appreciation and thanks to his thirteen plus years of service to the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District as a School Board Member.

B.     Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve electronic fund vouchers #1036 through 1044 in the amount of $242,776.50 and checks #35295 through #35505 in the amount of $489,248.08 for a total voucher amount of $732,024.58 was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop highlighted the Medicaid and Grant receipts as the main July Revenues.

 

2.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where the district has $542,220.33 on hand at the Bank of Ontario, $221,037.33 in a money market account at the Farmers and Merchants Bank, $200,524.48 in a money market account in the bank of Cashton, and $529,585.09 in American Deposit Management.

 

C.    District Administrator’s Report

Mr. Burhop reported on the WASB Regional meeting on October 21 and the CESA #4 Board outreach opportunity on September 24.  Mr. Burhop also presented to the NOW Board the Back-to-School in-service schedule for staff on August 26 & 27, and also reported that Maranda Berry was hired as a part-time cook.  Finally, Mr. Burhop informed the Board on the progress over the summer on the building maintenance and grounds upkeep.

 

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

Mr. Pettit reported on six foreign exchange students attending Brookwood in the fall of 2015.  Mr. Pettit also informed the Board of the start of the school year activities, Jr. & Sr. High School Response to Intervention updates, changes to the assessment philosophy and grading guidelines, and the Jr. & Sr. High enrollment numbers which are higher than 2014-15.  Mr. Pettit also gave the Board a copy of the procedural handbook for all school district staff.

 

E.     Elementary Principal’s Report

Dr. Luebke reported on the Book Trust Grant, the Go Grant for CLC, and the Reciprocal Teaching In-service in August 26.

 

F.     Activities Director Report

Ken Clinton’s report highlighted starting dates for fall athletics, and the new flag being mounted on the west end of the football field.

 

G.    Gifted and Talented Program Update

Bonni Schmitz reported on the many activities of the Gifted and Talented program during the 2014-15 school year.

 

VII.          Public Comments

There were no public comments.

 

VIII.       New Business

 

A.    Designate Graduation Date and Start Time for 2016

A discussion was conducted by the Board in moving the Graduation Ceremony start time from the traditional 8:00 p.m. start.  Mr. Pettit was directed to survey parents to get their opinion about an earlier start time for Graduation and the Board would address this issue at a later date.  Motion was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Arndt, to schedule graduation for May 27, 2016.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

B.     Approve Open Alternate Open Enrollment Applications 

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that there were three alternate open enrollment applications into the NOW School District and two alternate open enrollment applications out of the NOW School District.  Motion to approve all alternate open enrollment applications as presented was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  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. Radke, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

D.    Adopt Common Core State Standards for Reading and Math for 2015-16 School Year

Mr. Burhop explained to the Board that Act 55 (the Bi-ennial Budget) required all public school boards to adopt standards, and place them on the school district’s web-site with links to those standards.  Mr. Burhop went on to review with the Board that all new Math, Reading and English materials were purchased three years ago to align the school district’s curriculum and instruction with the Common Core State Standards which, at that time, was adopted by the State of Wisconsin as the education standards.  Motion to adopt the Common Core State Standards in Math, Reading and Language was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

E.     Adopt Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science, Social Studies, Physical Education & Health, Fine Arts, Foreign Language and Vocational Education

Motion to adopt the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Science, Social Studies, Physical Education & Health, Fine Arts, Foreign Language and Vocational Education was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

F.     Approve School Board Policy 432.11 – Special Needs Voucher Program

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that a requirement of school districts as a result of Act 55 required public school districts to inform all parents of students with IEP’s of the newly adopted Special Needs Scholarship program and a policy needs to be put in place by the school district that describes to parents of Special Education students their options and the process of participating.  Motion to approve School Board Policy 342.11, Special Needs Voucher Program was made Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

G.    Approve School Board Policy 341 – Educational Options Available to Resident Children

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that Act 55 required school districts to list all educational options available to resident school aged children and that this policy meets that requirement.  Motion to approve School Board Policy 341, Educational Options Available to Resident Children was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

H.    Revise School Board Policy 424 – Participation of Non-public Students in District Programs and Activities

Mr. Burhop informed the Board he had a legal review of this policy since changes and partial vetoes of those changes took place in Act 55.  Mr. Burhop informed the Board that the changes would allow athletic participation of resident non-public students in Brookwood Jr. & Sr. High school athletics.  Motion to revise School Board Policy 424, Participation of Non-public Students in District Programs and Activities was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

I.       Approve School Board Policy 424 Rule and 424 Exhibit – Participation and Application of Non-Public Students in District Programs and Activities

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that these policies were from templates from the policy and legal team at the Wisconsin Association of School
Boards.  Motion to approve School Board Policy 424 Rule and 424 Exhibit – Participation and Application of Non-Public Students in District Programs and Activities was made by Mr. Radke, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

J.      Approve Part-time Special Education Driving Contracts to Kari Leis and Deb Coldren

Motion to approve Part-time Special Education Driving contracts to Kari Leis and Deb Coldren was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Arndt.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

K.    Establish Food Service Entrée Ala Carte Price

Motion to set the School lunch Entrée Ala Carte price at $1.25 was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Motion passed unanimously.

  

L.     Revise Adult Lunch Meal Cost

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that currently, Adults paid $3.45 per lunch, and due to that cost being $1 more than the highest student costs for a lunch, adults always had the options of getting two entrees.  Mr. Burhop went on to state that he has been informed by Vicki Wathke and the DPI that the district is in noncompliance doing this.  Adult lunches have to be a minimum of 63 cents higher that the highest student lunch cost for the same meal.  If an extra entrée is wanted by the adult then need to pay the entrée price.  Motion to adjust the adult lunch cost to $3.10 per meal was made by Mr. Arndt, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

M.   Appoint a New Board Member to the NOW Board of Education

Mr. Burhop informed the Board that one application was made for the open Board seat and that application was from Bob Streeter.  Motion to appoint Bob Streeter to the open seat on the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Board of Education was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mrs. Wang.  Roll Call Vote:  Mr. Bauman (Aye), Mr. Arndt (Aye), Mrs. Wang (Aye), Mr. Radke (Aye).

 

IX.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:16 p.m. was made by Mrs. Wang, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.