HUDSON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Board of Education Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2017
1. The regular meeting of the Hudson Board of Education was called to order by President Jamie Johnson at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the first floor meeting room at 644 Brakke Drive, Hudson, WI 54016. Members present: Rob Brown, Bruce Hanson, Jamie Johnson, Sue Kattas, Lynn Robson and Carrie Whitacre. Administrators in attendance included Superintendent Nick Ouellette, Assistant Superintendent Dave Grambow, Financial Services Director Tim Erickson, Human Resources Director Andrea Voelker, Learning Services Director Sandi Kovatch, Student Services Director Tony Mayer, and Communications Services Coordinator Tracy Habisch-Ahlin.
2. No citizens spoke to the Board.
3. Director of Learning Services Sandi Kovatch asked athletic director Stephanie Devos to introduce students Lexi Jonas and Chase Blackmun from Athletes Making Progress (AMP). Coaches and athletes from the following sports provided brief recaps of their season; boys and girls basketball, cheer and stunt, gymnastics, boys and girls hockey, Raidaires dance, boys swim and dive and wrestling.
4. Student Services Director Tony Mayer introduced Aria Krieser, counselor at Hudson Prairie Elementary, Sarah Flier, counselor at Willow River Elementary and Kelly Curtis, counselor at E.P. Rock Elementary. All three counselors and their schools were recognized by the Wisconsin School Counselor Association as Program of Promise winners.
5. Sandi Kovatch recognized four students as 2017 National Merit Commended Students: Matthew Baker, Jack Spaight, Elliot Wareham and Trevor Wasbotten. Additional five students were recognized as 2017 National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Brendan Bagley, Riley Bast, Parker Holum, Ashley Juza and Carol Naujok.
6. Superintendent Nick Ouellette provided an update on the construction projects at the High School and Middle School. Spring break provided an opportunity to work with staff and students out of the Middle School, while site work at the High School began just days after final approval by the City of Hudson.
7. Superintendent Nick Ouellette asked the Board members to discuss the upcoming meeting schedule in order to meet the demands of the construction schedule and the upcoming deadline of the School Board election on April 4th. Consensus was reached to hold a work session on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m., the regular Board of Education Meeting on April 10th, and a work session on April 24th that will include Board and Superintendent Evaluations. All meetings will be posted accordingly.
8. Board President Jamie Johnson asked Board members to complete the online Board Development Tool by March 29th, in preparation for the April 24th meeting.
9. Assistant Superintendent Dave Grambow provided a report on the Curricular Review Process. Stemming from recent questions by members of the community, the District will undergo a thorough review of all curriculum, focusing first on topics that are generally considered to be potentially controversial. They include: Religion and Politics in Social Studies and Human Development in Science and Health.
10. Robson moved, with second by Hanson, to approve the consent items, which include approval of the February 13, 2017 Regular Board meeting minutes; the February 27, 2017 Special Board meeting minutes; the personnel hires, changes, retirements/resignations/non-renewals/terminations and leaves (attached); Expenditures in the amount of $2,069,375.65; receipts totaling $19,158,355.04; payroll totaling $1,907,859.53; EFT/ACH payments totaling $4,363,753.33. The motion carried.
11. Robson moved, with second by Whitacre, to approve new facility rental fees to take effect on July 1, 2017. The motion carried.
12. Hanson moved, with second by Brown, to approve the 2017-18 staffing recommendations as presented. The motion carried.
13. Robson moved, with second by Brown, to approve the Policy Series 100. The motion carried.
14. Kattas moved, with second by Whitacre, to approve the overnight travel requests for Spring athletics, Linz Austria, Washington DC, and St. Louis, Missouri. The motion carried.
15. At 8:35 p.m. Hanson moved, with second by Brown, to adjourn into closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(c ), to consider employment, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. On a roll call vote the clerk recorded the following: Brown-aye, Hanson-aye, Johnson-aye, Kattas-aye, Robson -aye, Whitacre-aye. The motion carried 6-0.
/s/ James Johnson, President
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