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ELLSWORTH SCHOOL DISTRICT: 3/6/17 Board Minutes

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 11:21pm

Ellsworth Community School District
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Regular School Board Meeting March 6, 2017
MINUTES
The Ellsworth Community School District Board of Education met on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the High School Library for a regular school board meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Rick Kornmann. Members present: Rick Kornmann, Doug Peterson, Susan Beck, Kurt Buckner, Katie Feuerhelm, Dana Glor, and Jeff Stockwell. There were no student members present.
The following acknowledgements were made to the school board:
• Superintendent Cain congratulated the Wrestling team on their eighth team state championship.
Lisa Voisin from Baird presented information regarding the refinancing of the energy efficiency debt. She noted that the interest rate was 2.7% for a ten year term. Motion was made by Susan Beck, seconded by Kurt Buckner to adopt the resolution authorizing the issuance and sale of $2,215,000 general obligation promissory notes. Roll call vote: Dana Glor- yes, Doug Peterson- yes, Kurt Buckner- yes, Jeff Stockwell- yes, Susan Beck- yes, Katie Feuerhelm- yes, Rick Kornmann- yes. Motion passed 7-0.
Superintendent Cain introduced information regarding the Prairie View and Lindgren properties. It was noted that after the Elementary Facility Committee meeting, it was decided to bring additional information back to the school board. Superintendent Cain presented two options for the properties. Option A included the listing of the forty acres at Prairie View for $140,000, listing the Lindgren property for $250,000, and the nine acres site with the Prairie View building intact for $175,000. Option B included the listing of the forty acres at Prairie View for $140,000, listing the Lindgren property for $250,000, and the listing of the nine acres with the Prairie View building demolished for $80,000-$100,000. Jared Murphy from ReMax was present to answer additional questions by board members. Motion was made by Jeff Stockwell, seconded by Kurt Buckner to proceed with Option B which includes the demolition of the Prairie View building. Roll call vote: Jeff Stockwell-yes, Katie Feuerhelm-yes, Susan Beck-yes, Dana Glor- yes, Doug Peterson-no, Kurt Buckner-yes, Rick Kornmann-abstaining. The motion carried 5-1 with one abstention.
Motion was made by Doug Peterson, seconded by Jeff Stockwell to approve the February 13, 2017 school board meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Treasurer Buckner presented the February 2017 financial report for school board review. Motion was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Susan Beck to approve the report as presented. Roll call vote: Dana Glor-yes, Doug Peterson-yes, Kurt Buckner- yes, Jeff Stockwell- yes, Katie Feuerhelm-yes, Susan Beck-yes, Rick Kornmann- yes. Motion carried 7-0.
Superintendent Cain presented information regarding the status of the online fee payment system. He noted the process is moving forward with training opportunities being scheduled.
School Board Committee reports:
• The Curriculum Committee did not meet.
• The Negotiations and Personnel Committee did not meet.
• The Buildings, Grounds, and Transportation Committee did not meet however the Elementary Facility Committee met on February 22, 2017 to develop the pricing options for the Lindgren and Prairie View properties.
• The Budget and Finance Committee did not meet.
• The Communications Committee did not meet.
There were no registrants for open period for public comment.
Superintendent Cain presented the personnel report for school board discussion. Motion was made by Susan Beck, seconded by Doug Peterson to approve the following retirements and transfers. Motion carried unanimously.
Retirement: Mari Scobey, Hillcrest Fourth Grade teacher
Kathy Schuh, High School paraprofessional
Transfer: Teri Kulow, transfer from Hillcrest Kindergarten teacher to Prairie View kindergarten teacher for the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Cain presented the 2017-2018 CESA #11 services contract for school board review. Motion was made by Susan Beck, seconded by Kurt Buckner to approve the CESA #11 services contract as presented. Roll call vote: Dana Glor-yes, Doug Peterson-yes, Kurt Buckner-yes, Jeff Stockwell-yes, Katie Feuerhelm-yes, Susan Beck- yes, Rick Kornmann- yes. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion was made by Susan Beck, seconded by Katie Feuerhelm to set the canvassing of the election for Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm in the District Office Conference room. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Doug Peterson to appoint Raynee Farrell and Sue Peterson to canvas the school board election results. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Jeff Stockwell to appoint Susan Beck as the school board member representative at the canvassing with Kurt Buckner as the alternate. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Cain and Elementary Principal/Special Education Director Mary Zimmerman presented special education staffing proposals for the elementary schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Motion was made by Jeff Stockwell, seconded by Dana Glor to approve the staffing proposal as requested. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Cain presented information regarding the proposal of hiring a fifth grade teacher due to student enrollment projections. Motion was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Katie Feuerhelm to approve the hire of a fifth grade teacher. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Cain presented school board policies for first reading. The second reading will occur at the April 10th school board meeting.
Building level principals presented information to the school board highlighting the January and February inservice days.
Superintendent's Report
• Superintendent Cain presented information for discussion regarding the fifth grade wing in the new elementary school.
Motion was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Dana Glor to move into closed session as authorized by State Statue 19.85 (1) (c ) to consider employment, promotions, compensation, or performance evaluation of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility and to give preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems with the topic of Employee Leave and Employee Transfer/Compensation. The school board will return to open session and take action on closed session items if necessary. Roll call vote: Dana Glor-yes, Doug Peterson-yes, Kurt Buckner-yes, Jeff Stockwell-yes, Katie Feuerhelm-yes, Susan Beck- yes, Rick Kornmann-yes. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion was made by Doug Peterson, seconded by Dana Glor to reconvene into open session. Motion carried unanimously. Motion to adjourn was made by Kurt Buckner, seconded by Jeff Stockwell. Motion carried unanimously.
______________________________________ (Pub. 04/19/17) WNAXLP