School District of Belleville
Regular Board Meeting
August 11, 2014
Board President Pam Scott called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. Roll call attendance was taken. Board members present were Jeff Campbell; Angie Edge; Elizabeth Lowery; Kevin Spiegel; Marian Viney and Garth Langhammer. Pam Yoder, Julie Witmer and Nate Perry were also present
The agenda was approved as printed on a motion made by G. Langhammer. Seconded by K. Spiegel. Passed: 7-0.
There were visitor comments.
J. Campbell requested bills be removed from Consent Agenda. A. Edge made motion to approve the Minutes and Treasurer’s Report. Seconded by M. Viney. Passed: 7-0.
Questions regarding bills were answered for J. Campbell and M. Viney. K. Spiegel made motion to approve the bills. Seconded by E. Lowery. Passed: 7-0.
Elementary Principal J. Witmer provided updates on teacher trainings that have occurred over the summer. 4K parent meetings will be held on August 21st. Class lists are set, but are subject to change as families move in and out of the district. They will be finalized in time for district registration. The elementary staff will hold a PBIS meeting this Friday. The building has been cleaned and is ready for the beginning of the school year. A big thank you to the custodial staff for their efforts this summer. Staff are embracing the new Literacy Model. They are excited to implement this model and have been working with the coaches.
High School/Middle School Principal N. Perry announced that student planners have arrived. In the future, he would like to give the board more time to review the student handbook content before it is printed in the planner. Sprigeo is a new program which will be implemented to address issues of bullying in the building. The guidance counselor has attended training on computerized student assessments: WKCE and ACT Aspire. Student orientation has been set for August 27. The PBIS committee has established its goals for the upcoming school year to address appropriate use of electronics, behavior expectations during extra-curricular activities, and respect. English teaching staff have been meeting to align curriculum with Common Core State Standards.
Superintendent P. Yoder announced that Pam Emmerich has been hired as the new Intermediate School Principal, and she begins her responsibilities on August 18. Results from the WASB culture survey will be compiled before the beginning of the school year. This data will be used to establish building goals. An open enrollment survey will be distributed after the 3rd Friday in September when enrollment counts are due to DPI. District Registration has been set for August 19-20, and new teacher orientation/staff professional development dates have been set as well. Board members are invited to attend the opening day breakfast and lunches.
Board members M. Viney, E. Lowery, and P. Scott reported on the WASB 2014 Summer Leadership Institute that they attended on August 2. All three members described the experience as a valuable opportunity to exchange information with board members from other districts
Superintendent P. Yoder presented two candidates for staffing approvals. E. Lowery made a motion to approve the appointments of Nathan Lockhart (high school technology education teacher) and Dawn Stiegert (CLM Coach). Seconded by K. Spiegel. Motion passed: 7-0. District staff are currently reviewing options to hire a part-time psychologist, and the 2-6 Principal has been hired. A. Edge made a motion to approve the September 2-26 FMLA leave of absence for Sheila Gillam. Seconded by G. Langhammer. Motion passed: 7-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder presented the Belleville High School and Middle School 2014-2015 Athletic Handbook and 2014-15 Activities & Clubs Handbooks for approval. Discussion continued on the possibility of adding a cap on activity/athletic fees for students and families. Because fees have already been collected for the 2014-2015 school year, board members would like to study the impact of a cap and what that amount should be for the 2015-2016 year. P. Scott made a motion to accept the Belleville High School and Middle School 2014-2015 Athletic Handbook and 2014-15 Activities & Clubs Handbooks for approval. Seconded by G. Langhammer. Motion passed: 7-0.
Baird Director Lisa Voisin outlined the result of competitive bids for the sale of General Obligation Promissory Notes. Many factors resulted in a strong rating for this bond. The strong rating combined with favorable enrollment projections and a 10-year payoff helped to improve the field to six bids for this bond. The goal behind this sale is to have zero impact on taxes with a zero percent increase in the mill rate. E. Lowery made a motion to approve the resolution authorizing the issuance and awarding the sale of $2,380,000 general obligation promissory notes. Seconded by K. Spiegel. Motion passed: 7-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder presented the first reading of Policy 540 Grievance Procedure. She recommended that the board suspend the second reading of this procedure. J. Campbell moved to approve Policy 540 Grievance Procedure and skip the second reading. Seconded by G. Langhammer. Motion passed: 7-0.
Superintendent P. Yoder presented the first reading of Policy 362.1 Rule Acceptable Use of the Network. Ms. Yoder recommended that the board review a second reading of this policy. The updates focus on the use of social media. Discussion addressed the difference between revealing personal information and posting anonymous messages. Ms. Yoder explained that in the future the board may want to develop one policy for students and a separate policy for staff. The board will review a second reading of this policy at the next board meeting.
Board Members discussed the draft Employee Handbook which was updated on March 17, 2014. A condition of approval is that it will be reviewed for consistency throughout. For example, Emergency School Closures should be referred to as Inclement Weather Closures. Page numbers will be added to the table of contents. Mrs. Yoder recommends that the handbook be approved with the presented changes in addition to rewriting Section 49.1 to specifically include number of minutes of prep time for full time and part time staff. Mrs. Yoder will also be meeting with teachers to discuss potential professional hours for teachers. E. Lowery moved to accept the Employee Handbook updated on March 17, 2014 with the exception of 49.1 which will be rewritten to address professional hours. Seconded by. A. Edge. Motion passed: 7-0.
G. Langhamer made motion, seconded by M. Viney to go into closed session at 8:17 p.m. under Wisconsin Statute sec. 19.85 (1) (c) 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. Because the agenda did not specify the purpose of the closed session, G. Langhammer moved to rescind the motion to go into closed session. Seconded by M. Viney.
Meeting adjourned at 8:19 p.m.
Curriculum and Student Services Secretary