February 10, 2009
1. The regular meeting of the Hudson Board of Education was called to order by President Daniel Tjornehoj at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, River Crest Elementary, 535 County Road F. Members present: Brian Bell, Cindy Crimmins, Tom Holland, Mark Kaisersatt, Lynn Robson, Daniel Tjornehoj and Barb Van Loenen. Administrators in attendance included Superintend-ent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, District Deputy Director Nancy Sweet, Director of Learning Services Sandra Kovatch, Director of Student Services Barbara Rebhuhn, and Director of Financial Services Tim Erickson.
2. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
3. Robson moved, with second by Crimmins to approve the Agenda. Motion passed on a voice vote.
4. Bell moved, with second by Van Loenen, to approve the January 13, 2009 Regular Board of Education meeting minutes. Motion passed on a voice vote.
5. Holland reported receipt of thank-you notes from Sandy Burke and Anne White for memorials, and from Rene Sandburg.
6a. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported the District received a donation of $14,000 as a match for all remaining donations to the Gateway, from Wendell Petersen, a 1962 graduate of Hudson High School. She reported that only $11,548 remains to be raised to have the Gateway fully funded through private donations.
6b. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported the District received a grant from the Kern Family Foundation of $34,000 to be used over 3 years to fund the Project Lead the Way program.
6c. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported the official DPI count taken on the second Friday in January resulted in a difference of +30 elementary students; +2 Middle School students; and -2 High School students from the third Friday in September count. The District continues to grow at the K-8 level.
7a. Hudson High School biology teachers, Amy Petermeier, Jami Holum, and Erin Meier-Williamson presented a report on the High School science curriculum revision process.
8a. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten, District Deputy Director Nancy Sweet, Learning Services Director Sandra Kovatch, River Crest Principal Pat Hodges, E.P. Rock Principal Amy Hamborg, Director of Student Services Barbara Rebhuhn, Director of Financial Services Tim Erickson, and Communications Specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin presented the River Crest and E.P. Rock boundary adjustment recommendations. Demographer Dick Carlstrom also reported on a housing study that he conducted for the River Crest attendance area. Eleven citizens spoke to the Board. A lengthy Board discussion followed. Kaisersatt moved, with second by Holland, to table the administrative recommendations until the March Board meeting. Motion failed on a voice vote. Board members asked for the following additional options to be researched and presented at the March meeting: (1) adding classrooms to River Crest; (2) closing particular grade levels at River Crest when the class sizes exceed guidelines and new students in closed grade levels would enroll at E.P. Rock; (3) exceeding class size guidelines to accommodate all currently enrolled River Crest students and their preschool siblings. Kaisersatt moved, with second by Holland, to table action on the River Crest and E.P. Rock Boundary adjustment to allow the Admini-stration to research the three other options and present information at the March Board meeting. Motion passed on a voice vote.
8b. Bell moved, with second by Robson, to approve the July 2009-June 2012 Educational Media and Technology Plan. Motion passed on a voice vote.
8c. Bell moved, with second by Crimmins, to approve the consent items which included the personnel report [Attachment A]; and expenditures in the amount of $1,934,155.44, receipts in the amount of $2,291,563.97, payroll in the amount of $1,422,270.91, and EFT/ACH payments in the amount of $856,850.99. Motion passed on a voice vote.
8d. Crimmins moved, with second by Kaisersatt, to approve the Land Use Agreement by and between the City of Hudson and the School District of Hudson for the Middle School forest. Motion passed on a voice vote.
9a. Van Loenen reported that on 1/15/09, the Learning & Program Development Committee reviewed a draft of the HSD 2025 District Goals decision process; reviewed the July 2009 - June 2012 Educational Media & Technology Plan; were updated on the Transition Community work site; and discussed a Board development topic outline and goals.
9b. Kaisersatt reported that on 1/27/09, the Personnel & Negotia-tions Committee reviewed a 2009-10 staffing update; considered an extension of the February 1 deadline for teacher retirement decisions, reviewed the process for the Superintendent's evaluation; and held a Closed Session for the purpose of preliminary consideration of non-renewal of teacher(s), considering compensation of non-union employees, and deliberating to prepare for negotiations with all union employee groups.
9c. Holland reported that on 1/28/09, the Facilities & Grounds Committee reviewed the CESA #10 energy management process and considered drafting an expanded energy management policy; were updated regarding the River Crest LEED certification; discussed basketball standards modifications; and reviewed the land use agreement with the City of Hudson for the Middle School forest.
9d. Bell reported that on 2/2/09, the Finance Committee discussed the actuarial study; reviewed other post-employee benefits funding; reviewed the 2009-10 budget; discussed the cost savings realized by recycling ink cartridges; and held a Closed Session for the purpose of deliberating on negotiations for the police school liaison contract with the City of Hudson.
10-11. There were no citizens who spoke to the Board at this time.
12. Crimmins moved, with second by Holland, to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(b)(c)(f) for the purpose of preliminary consideration of non-renewal of teacher(s); (c) considering compensation of non-union employees; and (e) for the purpose of deliberating to prepare for negotiations with all union employee groups. On a voice vote, the Clerk recorded the following: Bell-yes, Crimmins-yes, Holland-yes, Kaisersatt-yes, Robson-yes. Tjornehoj-yes, and Van Loenen-yes. Motion passed 7-0.
Tom Holland, Clerk
(Pub. May 7)