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B & B Board discusses cuts and consolidation

REGULAR MEETING

Unified School District #451

Board of Education

March 8, 2010

The regular meeting of the U.S.D. #451 Board of Education was called to order Monday, March 8, 2010 by President Dale Sudbeck at 7:30 p.m. Alan Schmitz, Steve Sudbeck, Nick Holthaus, Jim Dalinghaus, John Haug and Martin Haug answered roll call. Also attending were Jerry Turner, Susan Winters, Kenny Sudbeck, and Carol Hunninghake and guests.

John Haug made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2010 regular meeting, February 23, 2010, March 3, 2010, and March 5, 2010 special meetings as presented. Steve Sudbeck seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Susan Winters presented the cost estimate for the Senior trip and reported on the senior breakfast.

Nick Holthaus made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. Martin Haug seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Jerry Turner’s superintendent report included: request from Susan Winters to use the computer labs for adult classes-the board agreed to allow Susan Winters to use the facilities, make up days-if we do not have school on Thursday and Friday we will go to school on Monday after Easter and add 15 minutes to the school day for the 4th quarter 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., the new roof top unit as been installed and working; have not received a monetary offer on the district property near St. Benedict. Mr. Turner also reported on the results of the TVL music contest.

Jim Dalinghaus made a motion to accept the general fund, activity fund financial reports, treasurer’s report, claims and payroll for the month of March and transfers to vocational education and at risk. Alan Schmitz seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

The board discussed potential reductions for 2010-2011. Cuts may include Greenbush school improvement services, Superintendent Forum membership, possibly consider concession stand volunteers, and no supplemental contract for jr high cheerleading. Mr. Turner also reviewed the cuts the district already has made totaling $165,000.

Steve Sudbeck made a motion to offer Kenny Sudbeck a bus contract for 2010-2011 for two regular bus routes and one after school bus route at $41,546.04 and one shuttle bus route at $6,507.28. (Same as 2009-2010 school year) Martin Haug seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

John Haug made a motion to offer Josh Koch a bus contract for 2010-2011 for two regular bus routes at $64,494.37 and two shuttle bus routes at $13,014.56. (Same as 2009-2010 school year)

The board discussed consolidation. The board also discussed the patron meeting held March 5, 2010 on consolidation and responses and concerns they received from that meeting. Mr. Turner received an e-mail that was sent from Mr. Harris to Mr. Bartkoski to set up a meeting with the three districts. The board discussed a date and time for a three way meeting. Dale Sudbeck, Steve Sudbeck and John Haug volunteered to meet 3on3 with USD 488 & 442.

Mr. Turner informed the board on the results of a poll from next years kindergarten parents on ½ day kindergarten vs full day kindergarten. The parents of 4 kindergarten students would like to see a full day of kindergarten but they would not have a problem with ½ day, 1 set of parents favored ½ day, 1 set of parents said it did not matter one way or another. Mr. Turner explained the savings if you go back to ½ day kindergarten would be ½ day teacher contract w/½ benefits less the expense of adding a kindergarten bus route. The board took no action.

Alan Schmitz made a motion to offer a contract to Scott Brumbaugh for Drivers Education 2010 summer program at a rate of $20.03/hr. Martin Haug seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Jim Dalinghaus made a motion to go into executive session at 9:35 p.m. for 45 minutes to discuss negotiations and reduction in force in order to protect the privacy interests of the individuals to be discussed and return to open session at 10:20 p.m. Steve Sudbeck seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Alan Schmitz made a motion to return to open session at 10:20 p.m. Martin Haug seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Jim Dalinghaus made a motion to adopt the resolution to nonrenew a teaching contract for Lisa Baumgartner for 2010-2011 school year. Steve Sudbeck seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

Nick Holthaus made a motion to adopt a resolution to nonrenew a teaching contract for Sarah Feldkamp for 2010-2011 school year. Martin Haug seconded the motion; motion carried. 6-1 John Haug opposed.

The Board commended the Scholars’ Bowl team and coaches, Girls Basketball team and coaches, jr. high boys and girls basketball teams and coaches on their seasons. The jr high boys finished 4th in the OTL and the jr high girls took 1st place in the OTL tournament. The board also commended the TVL music contest participants: receiving a 1 rating; Caitlyn Deters, Kayla Strathman, Katrina Sudbeck, percussion trio, brass quartet, and saxophone trio. Receiving a II rating; trumpet trio and the flute trio.

Alan Schmitz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:32 p.m. with the next regular meeting scheduled April 12, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Jim Dalinghaus seconded the motion; motion carried. 7-0

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