School District of Belleville
Regular Board Meeting
July 28, 2014
Board President Pam Scott called the meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. Roll call attendance was taken. Board members present were Jeff Campbell; Marian Viney; Angie Edge; and Kevin Spiegel. Elizabeth Lowery arrived at 7:30 p.m. Garth Langhammer was absent.
Pam Yoder; Nate Perry; and Sally Feeney were also present.
A. Edge made a motion to approve the Agenda. Seconded by M. Viney, passed 5-0.
There were visitor comments.
Superintendent P. Yoder read a thank-you note from Mr. Vogler.
A. Edge made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Seconded by K. Spiegel, passed 5-0.
Middle and high school Principal N. Perry shared information regarding the Sprigeo Bullying software program with board members. Cost will be $100.00 setup fee and $695.00 annually. Board members instructed Mr. Perry to proceed and bring back in August. Mr. Perry said he has been meeting with different staff members and continuing in the coming weeks.
Elementary Principal J. Witmer was absent, but provided a staff and building update.
Director of Instruction S. Feeney thanked staff for their willingness to participate in interviews. Over 30 staff members have volunteered countless hours to assist in the hiring process. Mrs. Feeney said the hiring is almost completed.
Superintendent P. Yoder provided an update on the 2-6 Principal position and the Performance contract. The district is currently a AA- bond rating, which is very good, as the higher the bond rating, the better interest rate you can receive. Mrs. Yoder added that she is attending the Legal Conference July 30 to August 1.
Communications Director B. Campbell said he and Mr. Armstrong are working with CMS4schools for the district website and overall design. Mr. Campbell is sending out a newsletter shortly that will include information on student registration.
Attorney Bob Butler was present to discuss Board member roles and responsibilities. Mr. Butler will continue discussion in August.
E. Lowery made motion to approve the resignations of Chad Hodgson and Emily Clevenstine. Seconded by A. Edge, passed 6-0.
A. Edge made motion to approve the appointments of Pam Austin (Kindergarten); Erik Farrar (7-12 Business Ed); and Kari Evenson (Special Education). Seconded by M. Viney, passed 6-0.
P. Scott made motion to approve Jeffery Supernaw as Assistant Football Coach. Seconded by J. Campbell, passed 6-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder asked for a special meeting next Wednesday, August 6 to appoint remaining positions.
Superintendent P. Yoder said that the state track meet will again be the same weekend as graduation and suggested having the ceremony on Sunday as was done this year. The day and time seemed to work well for families and early notification helps families plan. Mrs. Yoder said the policy was already changed to reflect the date change so all is needed is to finalize the 2015 date. E. Lowery made a motion to approve Graduation 2015 be held on Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 p.m. Seconded by K. Spiegel, passed 6-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder is asking for approval of the Dane County New Teacher Project and provided information regarding the Mentoring program. Mrs. Feeney and Mentor Coordinator Mrs. Tretow provided additional information specific to Belleville. K. Spiegel made a motion to approve the Shared Services Contract for the 2014-15 school year. Seconded by M. Viney, passed 6-0.
Taher representative Connie Vacho explained the changes being made to the Federal Lunch program and presented two budget options. Due to the stricter guidelines, Taher would like to remove grades 7-12 from the program. A. Edge made a motion to go with budget B, seconded by J. Campbell. A roll call vote was taken. P. Scott (no); K. Spiegel (no); A. Edge (yes); E. Lowery (no); M. Viney (no); J. Campbell (yes). Motion failed 4-2.
Superintendent P. Yoder said the Transportation proposal has been re-written to be for one year only. The plan will help bridge the gap in training the next Director for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Yoder noted any current drivers are welcomed to apply. P. Scott made a motion to approve the 2014-15 Transportation Director Transition Plan. Seconded by E. Lowery, passed 5-1 (J. Campbell opposed).
K. Spiegel asked for background information on all coaching appointments in the future. E. Lowery made a motion to approve the 2014-15 Fall Coaching Contracts as presented. Seconded by K. Spiegel, passed 6-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder requested approval of the changes made to the Employee Handbook because it is important to have some finalization prior to the start of school. E. Lowery would like to defer approval so that Mr. Langhammer could be present. The Handbook will be tabled until the August 6 meeting and the Grievance policy will be brought at that time also.
K. Spiegel made motion to go into closed session at 9:40 p.m., seconded by M. Viney for the purpose of considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility; discussing a boundary dispute issue which will involve consideration of financial, medical, social, or personal histories of specific persons, including students. Passed 6-0.
The board returned to open session and adjourned at 10:51 p.m. on a motion made by P. Scott. Seconded by K. Spiegel, passed 6-0.
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