HUDSON SCHOOL DISTRICT: 5/13/08 Regular BOE Meeting Minutes
Regular Board of Education Meeting
May 13, 2008
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 Hudson High School Auditorium, 1501 Vine St., Hudson, WI. Members present: Brian Bell, Cindy Crimmins, Mark Kaisersatt, Lynn Robson, Tom Holland, Daniel Tjornehoj, and Barbara Van Loenen. Administrators in attendance included Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten, District Deputy Director/Director of Human Resources Nancy Sweet, Director of Financial Services Tim Erickson, Director of Learning Services Sandra Kovatch and Director of Student Services Barbara Rebhuhn.
2. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
3. Holland requested the expenditures (including expenditures to Camp St. Croix) be removed from the consent items and be made a separate agenda item to allow him to participate in voting on the other consent items. He will excuse himself from the meeting prior to voting on the expenditures. Kaisersatt moved, with second by Crimmins, to approve the revised Agenda. Motion passed 7-0.
4. Tjornehoj welcomed new Board Members Lynn Robson and Barbara Van Loenen.
Tjornehoj then called for nominations for Board President. Kaisersatt nominated Tjornehoj. Tjornehoj called twice more for nominations. Hearing none, Tjornehoj was elected Board President on a unanimous voice vote.
President Tjornehoj called for nominations for Board Vice-President. Bell nominated Kaisersatt. President Tjornehoj called twice more for nominations. Hearing none, Kaisersatt was elected Board Vice-President on a unanimous voice vote.
President Tjornehoj called for nominations for Board Treasurer. Holland nominated Bell. President Tjornehoj called twice more for nominations. Hearing none, Bell was elected Board Treasurer on a unanimous voice vote.
President Tjornehoj called for nominations for Board Clerk. Bell nominated Holland. President Tjornehoj called twice more for nominations. Hearing none, Holland was elected Board Clerk on a unanimous voice vote.
5. Pat Shirley, President of the Hudson Noon Rotary, presented the Board with a $500.00 donation to the Gateway, connecting River Crest Elementary and YMCA-Camp St. Croix.
6.a. Kovatch recognized members of the Destination Imagination Team (Josh Kock-Fogarty, Emily Kepulis, Ashley Anunson, Sydney Malanaply, David Sjoberg, and Adam Selon), who will be traveling to Knoxville, Tennessee to compete in the global competition.
6.b. Forensics Team Coach Craig Lewis recognized members of the Forensics Team and noted that 20 students competed at the state level this year and received medals.
6.c. Kovatch recognized the Hudson music program for being named one of the top 110 best communities for music education by the National Association of Merchants of Music (NAMM).
7. Holland moved, with second by Bell, to approve the April 8, 2008 Regular and Closed Session Board of Education Meeting Minutes and the April 10, 2008 Special Board of Education Meeting Minutes. Motion passed 7-0.
8. Crimmins noted receipt of thank-you notes for staff memorials and illness.
9.a. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported a River Crest sustainability informational meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 19 at 6:30 pm at YMCA-Camp St. Croix. Mark Hanson from Hoffman will make a presentation about the various River Crest design aspects for sustainability.
Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten highlighted the lighting systems and windows at River Crest which provide energy efficiency by using special window tinting, photo light sensors, and natural light. Energy savings are also achieved by the higher insulation standards and a LEED© efficient heating/cooling system.
9.b. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported to date, 370 kindergarten resident students have been registered. She noted that this number will continue to change as families move into and out of the district over the summer months.
10.a. Richard Muenich and Roy Sjoberg reviewed the grade 6-12 space for learning recommendations from the 12/14/04 Facilities Planning Task Force Report. Superintendent Bowen-Eggebraaten reported that High School Principal Ed Lucas and Middle School Principal Dan Koch were developing a report of program needs and the impact on space for presentation to the Board in June.
10.b. Rebhuhn reviewed the process for drafting the St. Croix County Truancy Plan (including the policies and procedures) and noted the purpose of the county-wide plan is to be proactive in getting students back to school and keeping them in school.
10.c. Kovatch gave a presentation of the new K-12 science curriculum, highlighting the various phases of evaluation, design and materials adoption, science enhancements, and the training and implementation. The science curriculum adoption includes starting a pre-engineering program at the High School.
11.a. Holland excused himself from the meeting.
Bell moved, with second by Crimmins, to approve expenditures in the amount of $3,495,666.95, receipts in the amount of $1,311,258.90, payroll in the amount of $1,703,354.76, EFT/ACH payments in the amount of $2,185,891.11. Motion passed 6-0.
Holland rejoined the meeting.
Bell moved, with second by Holland, approve the consent items which included: the personnel report (Attachment A); the approval of the 2008-09 semester 1 Youth Options requests; revisions to Policy #6189-Computer Network and #5129.a-Grade 4 Promotion; continuing service agreements for Vision Impairment Services with the Prescott School District, Physical and Occupational Therapy Services with Special Children Center, and agreements with individual therapists. Motion passed 7-0.
11.b. Bell explained that “HSD 2025” represents a child born in 2007 who will graduate in 2025. He reported that a team of 17 parents, students, staff, and community members held numerous meetings to discuss and develop a framework to guide a long range vision for the District. In addition, input was received from over 150 community members through discussion group meetings.
District Communication Specialist Tracy Habisch-Ahlin reviewed the proposed District purpose statement, vision, belief statements and graduate learner outcomes.
Crimmins moved, with second by Kaisersatt, to approve the Hudson School District purpose statement, vision, beliefs, and graduate outcomes as presented. Motion passed 7-0.
11.c. Crimmins moved, with second by Bell, to appoint Barbara Van Loenen as the Delegate and Lynn Robson as the Alternate, to the CESA #11 Delegate Convention on June 2, 2008 at the CESA #11 Central Office in Turtle Lake, WI. Motion passed 7-0.
11.d. Holland excused himself from the meeting.
Kaisersatt moved, with second by Crimmins, to approve “The Gateway” Construction and Maintenance Agreement with the YMCA of Greater St. Paul-Camp St. Croix with installation and maintenance costs to be share equally between the Hudson School and the YMCA. Motion passed 6-0.
Holland rejoined the meeting.
11.e. Bell moved, with second by Crimmins, to award the River Crest signage bid package to Sign Me Up from Hudson, WI. Motion passed 7-0
11.f. Crimmins moved, with second by Bell, to approve a one year agreement with Dominion Investments, Inc. for the purpose of providing a work site to expand the Transition Program for students with special needs. Motion passed 7-0.
11.g. Bell moved, with second by Kaisersatt, to approve a physical therapy services agreement with Rebecca Knox for 2008-09. Motion passed 7-0.
11.h. Kaisersatt moved, with second by Holland, to table adoption of Policy #5201-Students with Food Allergies/Special Dietary Needs, pending a legal review. Motion passed 6-1.
11.i. Holland moved, with second by Bell, to adopt Policy #5128-Wisconsin Academic Excellence Scholarship. Motion passed 7-0.
12.a. Crimmins reported that the Policy Committee is in the process of reviewing and updating policies regarding technology and truancy.
12.b. Kaisersatt reported the Personnel Committee held a Closed Session to discuss negotiation of the custodial contract.
12.c. President Tjornehoj reported the Finance Committee discussed the financial report; the Gateway agreement with the YMCA; and held a Closed Session to discuss negotiation of the transportation contract.
13.-14. Meg Heaton spoke regarding the passing of Sandy Griswold and her contributions to both the school district and the Hudson community.
15. Bell moved, with second by Crimmins, to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes 19.85(1)(e) for the purpose of discussion of bargaining of the custodial contract and negotiating the transportation contract. On a roll call vote, the Clerk recorded the following: Bell-yes, Crimmins-yes, Holland-yes, Kaisersatt-yes, Robson-yes, Tjornehoj-yes, Van Loenen-yes. Motion passed 7-0.
Tom Holland, Clerk
(Pub. June 19)