School District of Wauzeka-Steuben

Special School Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

 Library Media Center - 6:00 p.m.


I. Marfilius called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. in the Library Media Center of the Wauzeka-Steuben School Building.  Roll call was taken.  Present were: Bill Marfilius, Nikki Asleson, and Tom Jazdzewski.  Terri Acker and Tom Martin arrived later.

Open Meeting Law Compliance: Marfilius announced that “On Wednesday the 16th 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.


II. Community Committee Recommendations to Address District Budget Deficit

Committee members Deanna Wallin-Sander, Larry Walz, Alyssa Mullikin, and Jason Hurda:  The Committee

reviewed the three informational meetings.

11/02/2016:  Review of how schools are funded, our debt, our history, and current situation; brainstorming of ideas to address our issue

11/09/2016:  Additional ideas, review of data and information brought forward from mtg. #1, discussion of pros/cons

11/15/2016:  Discussion and determination of recommendations for Board to move forward

A. Top Ideas

1. Health Insurance

a. Adjust Employee (12.5% as others in Co-Op)

b. Bid out insurance

c. Cash in lieu – investigate further

2. Referendum

3. Increasing enrollment opportunities

a. Anonymous search on why people don’t attend our District

b. Research after-school programming

4. Review of all service contracts

5. Charging registration and participation fees

6. Review transportation costs

a. Bid bus contract

7. Summer School opportunities to increase revenue

8. Community Center

B. Focus Now

1. Health Insurance

a. Look at all pieces: design a plan or redefine current plan

b. Adjust employee share (12.5%) as in Co-Op)

c. Plan in general: HRA, HSA, look at deductibles – compare to other schools

d. Bid out insurance; compare bids and create 2 scenarios

e. Look at others in the area: schools and employment (businesses)

2. Referendum

a. Community needs to see we have tried everything possible in-house

3. Review Service Contracts

a. All coaches

b. All outside services

c. CESA 3 - current employees cover any services

d. School Nurse – what is the minimum – can current employees take over some of the duties

e. Full time special needs

f. Can positions be combined

4. Review Transportation Costs

a. Bid bus contract

5. Registration Fee

6. Participation Fees

7. Marketing of school – advertise more without cost

8. Middle School coaches as well as co-curricular positions: keep or not keep; can some be absorbed by other positions

C. Long-Term

1. Health Insurance

a. Adjust employee share (12.5% as in Co-Op)

b. Bid out insurance

c. Cash in-lieu – investigate further

2. Anonymous search on why people don’t attend our District

3. Research after-school programming

4. Community Center

5. Summer School and Summer Meal Program

III. Community Comments

A. Trudie Klema had questions regarding insurance deductibles

B. Lisa Wallin-Kapinus expressed thanks to the Committee and Board for community meetings being open to the community regarding a referendum

IV. District Administrator’s Report

A. Future Timeline

B. Other

1. An employee share of 12.5% towards the insurance premium is a good place to start.

2. Look at the Ridge & Valley Schools.  Can some co-curricular positions be absorbed by other positions.  It was (earlier) recommended to us as a Board to pay middle school and assistant coaches.

V. Moved by Marfilius, seconded by Martin to adjourn.  Motion carried 5-0 by voice vote at 6:41 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Nikki Asleson, Pro Tem




School District

301 East Main Street

Wauzeka, Wisconsin  53826

Phone 608.875.5311

Fax  608.875.5100



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