June Marshfield School Board Meeting

9:10 p.m.: The board unanimously approved the CESA 6 2013-14 contract, as well as accepting gifts, with great thanks.

And that should complete the meeting. We are adjourned. See you Wednesday, July 10 at the same time.

9:00 p.m.: Stueland said the district is going to be looking at other legal services besides Ruder Ware to see if there is a better fit for the district, just as the district bids out other services.

8:57 p.m.: Randell Kruger is now giving the Building and Grounds Committee report, which is rather short as it’s already over. Essentially the middle school renovation is underway, and they plan to meet two weeks ago.

8:55 p.m.: As Frances Bohon is absent from tonight’s meeting, Amber Leifheit is delivering the Curriculum and Instruction Committee report.

The district is changing the way it provides services for special education students. Currently all special education services are provided at Grant Elementary, but next year the district will provide services at each elementary school based on where the student lives in the district.

8:52 p.m.: Amber Leifheit is giving an update to the 2013-14 budget as provided by business director Pat Saucerman, who is on vacation for tonight’s meeting.

8:48 p.m.: Three minutes after saying he was going to vote no, Konrardy votes to approve the handbook. The motion passes 5-0 with Randell Kruger abstaining.

8:46 p.m.: Mark Critelli said he doesn’t want the public to think the committee just started looking at the handbook recently as it existed last year as well.

Stueland adds the committee has looked at it the last five months.

8:45 p.m: Konrardy said he’s going to vote no because he wants another month to review the document.

8:44 p.m.: Pete Mancl, a member of the employee relations committee, thinks they should start reviewing the staff handbook earlier in the year as he felt they sped through the document too quickly to review everything.

Stueland says to expect the handbook on the committee’s agenda starting in September to allow for more time to review and make changes.

8:39 p.m.: The next item on the agenda is the approval of professional staff handbook.

8:38 p.m.: Mark Konrardy asks why there are people on the list that have been hired within the last year. Geegan said these administrators that were hired after Act 10 are already making increased Wisconsin Retirement System payments and the district feels it’s appropriate to provide a cost of living increase.

The motion passes 4-2, with Konrardy and Kruger voting no.

8:37 p.m.: The motion passes unanimously. Stueland now moves to approve a salary increase for administrative staff.

8:36 p.m.: Geegan says some of these staff members have had a salary freeze for a couple of years, and the district feels a “modest cost of living” increase is appropriate.”

8:33 p.m.: Stueland is now starting the employee relations committee. She moves to increase salaries for non-represented staff by 2.07 percent for the next school year, which is currently the rate of inflation. The increases will effect about five staff members at the district offices.

8:31 p.m.: The board heard the first reading about updating the policy governing how agenda’s are formatted, as well as the policy about open enrollment applications.

Regarding open enrollment, the changes are the notification for open enrollment applications is sent out one week earlier than before.

8:23 p.m.: The board unanimously approved the school handbooks for the 2013-14 school year.

8:22 p.m.: The board unanimously approved an update to the district’s equal educational opportunities policy, which was required to to bring it in compliance with state law.

8:15 p.m.: No serious concerns or changes were raised by the rest of the board over the potential increase for athletic fees. Critelli moves onto the idea of naming rights for the high school field house. Read my story about that here.

8:13 p.m.: Stueland is interested in knowing the average income for schools that the committee is comparing their fee structure to.

8:11 p.m.: If you want to read about athletic fees increasing, check out my story from two weeks ago here.

8:09 p.m.: The meeting is now moving into the board committee reports with the Policy and Legislation Committee up first, and will talk about the possibility of increasing athletic fees, the reorganization of board committees, and the approval of school handbooks.

8:07 p.m.: “I can’t say enough about our tech ed program; I think it makes us a complete high school,” Sukawaty said as he mentions the welding team’s recent achievements.

8:02 p.m.: Sukawaty said staff at the high school created a new mentor program where each teacher took two or three low-achieving students to serve as their mentor in a way to bring their grades and attendance up. Overall it had a great impact, with nine out of ten students having a better year, though there is still room for improvement next year.

7:57 p.m.: Steve Sukawaty, Marshfield High School principal is up now. “I come with no t-shirt, and my PowerPoint has no pictures,” he starts, drawing a contrast between elementary and high school settings.

7:54 p.m.: Staff at Washington provided meals for four students who were either in the hospital, or who’s parents was.

7:51 p.m.: Students at Washington won a national “Jump with Jill” Dance Contest, which brought a watermelon party and $1,000 for school wellness activities.

7:47 p.m.: “The bottom line is the intervention services we’ve provided over the years has made a difference,” Cain says of closing the achievement gap.

7:45 p.m.: Jim Cain, the principal at Washington Elementary is up next.

7: 40 p.m.: Ulrich says the highlight of the year was being chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School by the Department of Education, “The only way that happens is students, plus staff, plus parents equals success.”

7:36 p.m.: Nasonville Principal Char Ulrich will begin the first of three administrative reports for the 2012-13 school year.

7:34 p.m.: Board President Marlene Stueland said that the board will be releasing the information regarding the overpayment of Superintendent Peg Geegan in the future, to include the audit and invoices related to the audit once they come in.

7:33 p.m.: Superintendent Peg Geegan said the district is still looking at holding another joint meeting with the Marshfield City Council in the future to address issues that are facing both bodies.

7:30 p.m.: The board meeting has officially begun. Frances Bohon is absent from tonight’s meeting.

7:00 p.m.: The Marshfield School Board meeting is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight. We should expect to hear an update on the budget, as well as action to approve salary increases for administrative and non-represtented (non-union) staff.

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