School District of Wauzeka-Steuben
Regular School Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, 21 November 2016
Library Media Center – 6:00 p.m.
I. Marfilius called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. in the Library Media Center of the Wauzeka-Steuben School Building. Roll call was taken. Present were: Marfilius, Asleson, Jazdzewski, Acker, and Martin
II. Open Meeting Law Compliance: Marfilius announced that “On Friday the 18th of November 2016 notice of this meeting was posted and/or provided for posting to the following: the District’s website, staff lounge, and north & south entrance; Village of Steuben; KCTN radio; Courier Press; Wauzeka’s Peoples State Bank; and L&M’s BP in Wauzeka.
III. After discussion on the following consent agenda items, Marfilius moved, seconded by Asleson to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried 5-0 by voice vote. Items approved were:
A. Board Minutes from October 17th Regular and October 24th Special meetings
B. Regular November 2016 Monthly Finances: Vouchers $435,747.14; Receipts $26,507.35; Fund 60 $46,895.30
C. Gifts/Donations: $140 of school supplies from Wauzeka Lions and Wauzeka Bingo; $46,993.08 from Rebecca & Adam Bartels for the Wauzeka Angels Community Fitness Center – thank you letters have been sent.
D. Over Night and/or Out of State Student Events: The WI FFA Halftime Conference Dec. 13-14 for two chapter leaders to learn how to keep the FFA chapter going strong for the second half of the school year. There are statewide meetings for the advisor to receive Ag Ed and FFA updates at this conference as well. And Mr. Oines is taking some of his parishioners to Luther College (Liberal Arts College) in Decorah, IA on November 29th and he would like to open it up to other juniors for a campus visit. Permission slips will be required by both groups.
IV. In Community Comments Lisa Wallin-Kapinus would like comments at the end to allow for discussion of what was on the agenda.
A. Business Office – Business Official Jeff Mara reported the usual monthly information.
B. CSIC – Nikki Asleson reported out from the November 9th meeting. The committee would like to have employees who leave for whatever reason come back and do an exit interview.
C. Discussion of Possible Bus Route Consolidation for 2017-2018 - Transportation Director Chris Kapinus was available to answer questions. The current longest morning route is 60 minutes. Consolidating bus routes will increase that route to 1 hour 22 minutes and an additional 15 minutes for the after school route. This will be brought back to the December meeting for actual cost savings.
D. From the Board of Education self-evaluation, the Board will look at how the Board communicates to the community moving forward with the Finance Committee.
VI. Old Business
A. Last month the Board asked that a climate survey be created to survey staff and determine how the school year is progressing. Two surveys were presented. The Board took no action at this time.
B. Three Board policies were presented for a second reading.
1. 171.2 Agenda Preparation, Format, and Dissemination
2. 345.1 Grading Systems
3. 620 Annual Operating Budget
Marfilius moved by committee to accept the above policies as presented. Motion carried 5-0 by voice vote.
VII. New Business
A. After some discussion, the Board decided to not pay for a Facilities Condition Inspection at this point. Instead, they will look at Free Energy Assessment.
B. Dean Zimmerman addressed the Board on a potential cross country course. He was instructed to go ahead with following up on this topic with contacting the present owner of the property and costs involved including legal fees and insurance.
C. The Board decided to continue the Flex Plan Benefits and make no changes at this time.
D. Multiple topics were discussed and reviewed covering all aspects of the community recommendations from informational meetings held in November. The District Administrator will provide a written summary to the community using Skylert, the District newsletter, and Facebook.
E. No action was taken on hiring an assistant track coach.
VIII. District Administrator’s Report
A. To save District money, none of the Board or Administration chose to register for the WASB State Convention in Milwaukee January 17-20, 2017.
B. Discussion of the 2017-2018 school calendar was held. The Board directed District Administrator Sailer to cut the number student contact days, stay away from half-day in-services, and end by Memorial Day.
C. A CareerSafe Skills Network SAE Grant in the amount of $625 in vouchers for Ag/FFA students for online OSHA ag safety certification was awarded to Wauzeka-Steuben.
D. Two media sites responded to a request for confirmation of wanting to receive notification of meeting postings.
E. District Administrator Sailer reported on Cash in Lieu of Health Insurance follow-up and how it would affect the District positively.
F. Important Legal Dates for the 2016-2017 school year were shared with the Board as an FYI.
G. In other matters, active accounts of past due bills - 99% of outstanding bills have been collected, which amounts to about $2,800.
IX. Moved by Marfilius, seconded by Jazdzewski to adjourn. Motion carried 5-0 by voice vote at 9:23 p.m.
Theresa G. Acker