Live Blog: April 10 Marshfield School Board Meeting

8:45 p.m.: That’s a wrap. The board has officially adjourned. See you guys next month.

8:37 p.m.: Mark Critelli is thanking both Deets and Olson for their service to the Marshfield School District. This is their last board meeting after having both served for more than nine years.

Stueland also thanks both for their service, says she never has meet someone who has spent more time reading and looking into issues that the district is facing than Deets has spent.

Both Deets and Olson get a standing round of applause from the crowd, administration, and the rest of the board.

8:36 p.m.: The board unanimously accepted the repayment plan between the district and Peg Geegan to repay approximately $17,000 that was overpaid to her during the first 17 months as superintendent.

8:32 p.m.: Onto old business: Revising the minutes from the April 13, 2011 regular board meeting.

Bohon makes the motion to rescind the previous minutes, seconded by Kruger. That motion passes unanimously.

Stueland makes the motion to approve the updated minutes, seconded by Bohon. That motion passes unanimously.

8:26 p.m.: Frances Bohon, the chairperson of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee is talking about the professional learning committee reports that that were heard two weeks ago.

8:24 p.m.: Tim Deets talks about the possibility of forming both a technology committee, and one focused on safety and security in the district, as well as possibly combining the personnel and negotiations committees.

Kruger notes that the Transportation Committee rarely meets, which might make them a good candidate to do “double duty.”

8:22 p.m.: The board will bring a preliminary staffing report for the 2013-14 school year shortly. That’s it for Personnel, onto Negotiations.

8:21 p.m.: That wraps Policy, onto Personnel Committee. This month nine employees have requested retirements. Graham Olson makes the motion to approve the list of retirements.

The motion passes unanimously.

8:19 p.m.: The board votes 6-1 approving the reforms, with Randell Kruger voting against the measure.

8:17 p.m.: Stueland doesn’t have any complaints about the new reforms, besides a minor formatting issue; jokes that the board needs an English major.

8:12 p.m.: Policy Committee moves to approve the modifications to Policy 166 Board Member Access to Information. For more information on the changes, you can read my story from Saturday here.

8:10 p.m.: Policy Committee is up. Expect some debate over the changes to how board members make requests for information.

8:06 p.m.: At the next board meeting, the B&G committee will give an in-depth presentation on the middle school renovation project scheduled to start this summer.

8:02 p.m.: The Building and Grounds Committee is now up. Consists of how to deal with the high school’s auditorium maintenance needs. District will spend about $17,000 this year to fix some safety issues present in the auditorium. Will delay the replacement of the stage’s curtains, which are original to the building, until a later point.

7:58 p.m.: Director of Business Services Pat Saucerman has received the meritorious budget award from the Association of School Business Officials.

7:57 p.m.: The Finance Committee report is over, moving back to the regular agenda, which consists of administration and staff reports.

7:56 p.m.: The board votes unanimously to approve the 2013 summer school budget of $353,313, a .97 percent increase from last year’s budget.

7:54 p.m.: Marlene Stueland jokingly volunteers Mark Critelli to read the entire Affordable Care Act to find out how the law will impact the district.

7:53 p.m.: The board votes unanimously to move forward with the refinancing of approximately $8.8 million in district bonds. DeYoung will be back in Marshfield at the next board meeting to seek final authorization.

7:50 p.m.: DeYoung estimates the district will save about $750,000 on the refinancing if the market doesn’t fluctuate too much between now and May.

7:45 p.m.: The Finance Committee report has been moved up because the board is going to be hearing from Dave DeYoung from Stifel Nicolaus about refinancing $8.8 million in district bonds that were used to build two new elementary schools in 2006.

7:42 p.m.: Lisa Hanson, a teaching assistant at Lincoln Elementary School, is receiving the Meritorious Service Award.

That should take care of the district recognition for the evening. Onto to district and staff reports.

7:38 p.m.: Chuck Hennes, a longtime volunteer at Washington, is receiving a Special Recognition Award. Hennes has been a Big Brother for the past 12 years.

7:33 p.m.: Brenda Baur, the district’s enrichment resource teacher, and Emily Krug, a sixth grade teacher, are recognizing the students who won the Battle of the Books at Nasonville Elementary School.

Baur is also recognzing the winners of the Math 24 Contest, a national competition which asks students to find out how each equation equals 24. An example would be to figure out how 12, 6, 18, 9, and another missing number equal 24.

7:31 p.m.: And we’re off.  All board members are present.

7:30 p.m.: The room is filling up here as the board is going to recognize a number of students tonight. Among them are winners of the Nasonville Battle of the Books, and the district wide math contest.

The Marshfield School Board is scheduled to convene at 7:30 p.m. tonight for their regular monthly meeting. Some of the bigger items on the agenda include accepting the repayment plan between the district and Superintendent Peg Geegan, along with changes to district policy regarding how requests for information are handled by board members.

Check back here at 7:30 p.m. to follow along with what’s going on. I’ll try to keep this post updated with timely information.

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