Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

March 17, 2014

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

I.                   Call To Order

The meeting was called to order by President Kurt Radke at 7:00 p.m.

II.                Roll Call

Board members present were, Mr. Brieske, Mr. Giese, Mr. Bauman, and Mr. Radke.  Mrs. Wang was absent.  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 Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

V.                Approval of the Minutes

Motion to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 17, 2014 and Special Meeting of February 24, 2014 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

VI.             Reports

A.    Financial Reports

1.         Vouchers Payable

Motion to approve vouchers #32618 through #32765 for a total of $1,263,479.75 was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

2.                  District Receipts and Disbursements

Mr. Burhop informed the board that local tax payments, the final Microsoft Voucher claim, the interest rebate on the QSCG Bonds, SAGE and Special Education Aids were the main revenues for February.

3.                  Cash Flow Report

Mr. Burhop described a cash flow situation where after the current vouchers just approved; there would be a balance of $161,555.73 in the Bank of Ontario, $302,669.88 in American Deposit Management, and $5,377.67 in the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Kendall – Wilton.

B.     Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Burhop highlighted items on the 2014-15 preliminary school district budget.  He also informed the school board of a Board Outreach activity at CESA #4 on March 27.

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

Mr. Pettit informed the Board of the Academic Excellence Scholar, Mikayla Becherer.  He also reported on fundraisers and various activities of the FFA, Art program, and Band.  Mr. Pettit gave the Board a calendar of upcoming activities at the High School going on in the Jr. & Sr. High School.  Mr. Pettit also informed the Board of the new assessment schedule that the NOW School District would have to follow along with information about the various testing that would take place.

D.       Elementary Principal’s Report

Mrs. Luebke reported on activities included in the Spotlight Grant and informed the Board on elementary assessment concerns expressed at the state reading conference.  Mrs. Luebke also informed the Board on the upcoming Math and Science Night, the CLC program, and various other activities going on in the Elementary School.

E.        Athletic Director’s Report

Mr. Clinton’s report centered on the winter athletic achievements of teams and individuals and two upcoming WIAA constitutional amendment votes on the private school multiplier and local control of conference affiliations.

VII.          Public Comments

Mr. Radke informed the Board members that an open seat for Region #6 on the WASB Board was open if anyone was interested in running.  

VIII.       New Business

A.    Approve Youth Options Requests for Fall 2014

Mr. Pettit informed the Board of the six students who want to take post-secondary courses next year.  Mr. Pettit also stated they had met all the criteria of Board Policy 342.9.  The cost to the district would be approximately $6,954.60.  Motion to approve the youth options requests for the Fall of 2014 was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.     Approve 2015-15 CESA #4 Services

Mr. Burhop recommended the district purchase similar services to the prior year minus the WWLEARN and Technical Education Leadership.  Motion to approve the 2014-15 CESA #4 services as presented was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.    Approve Financial Investment of Sinking Funds on Qualified School Construction Bonds.

Mr. Burhop explained to the Board the options for investing the principal of the Qualified School Construction Bond.  Motion to approve the investment of $105,000 into US Treasury Bond CUSIP #912828UQ1 was made by Mr. Radke, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.    Approve School District Audit Contract with Johnson Block

Mr. Burhop described a slight increase in audit costs from the previous year.  Motion to approve the 2013-14 school district audit contract with Johnson Block was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.     Approve School Board Policy 675 – Outstanding Checks

Motion to approve School Board Policy 675 – Outstanding Checks, was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

F.     Approve Summer School Course Offerings

Mrs. Leubke reviewed the summer school course offerings with the Board.  Motion to approve 2014 summer school course offerings as presented by Mrs. Luebke was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

G.    Approve Revision to Assistant Track Coaching Contract to Steve Nelson

Motion to revise an Assistant Track Coaching Contract from 50% time to full-time was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Motion passed unanimously.

H.    Accept Retirement Resignation of Cathy Von Ruden

Motion to accept the resignation of Cathy Von Ruden with a thank you for her dedicated years of service, effective September 24, 2014, was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.

I.       Accept Resignation of Monte Smith – Custodian

Motion to accept the resignation of Monte Smith, Custodian, was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Brieske.  Motion passed unanimously.

J.      Approve Nomination of Ron Johnson to Kickapoo Valley Reserve Board

Motion to nominate Ron Johnson to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Board was made by Mr. Bauman, seconded by Mr. Radke.  Motion passed unanimously.

IX.             Closed Session

Motion to move into closed session under Section 19.85(1)(c) Stats., to consider employee compensation for 2014-15 was made by Mr. Brieske, seconded by Mr. Giese.  Roll call Vote:  Mr. Bauman – Yes, Mr. Giese – Yes, Mr. Brieske – Yes, Mr. Radke – Yes.

X.                Reconvene to Open Session

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

XI.             Adjourn

Motion to adjourn at 8:50 p.m., was made by Mr. Giese, seconded by Mr. Bauman.  Motion passed unanimously.