Monday, March 6, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board approved an Eagle Scout project proposal from Lance McMurrin to supervise the construction of picnic tables for the football/baseball concession area.
  • The Board approved a shared service transportation contract with River Falls for a student
  • The Board approved a resolution to rescind the mandated September 1 start of school date.
  • The Board approved a 2017-18 staffing recommendation of one additional teacher at SVE due to the large number of students in 4th and 5th grades next year.
  • The Board discussed possible renovation projects for this year including security system updates, access control system upgrades, destratification fans, and boilers at the MS/HS.
  • Items for the agenda for the March 27 regular BOE meeting include a pupil nondiscrimination report, construction bid approvals, CESA #11 shared service contract for 2017-18, summer work help and work schedules, continued 2017-18 staffing recommendations, and other items that may come up between now and March 27th.

Monday, February 20, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard a presentation by Tyra Johnson on the Fuel Up To Play 60 program
  • High School Student Council President Grace Larson reported that Winter Carnival week is over, election of new officers is coming up in April, and plans for next year will start in May.
  • Elementary Principal Mr. Lasure reported on the elementary school's progress on their goals for closing the achievement gap.  Good progress on goals is being recorded.
  • MS/HS Principal Mrs. Cipriano reported that we have three valedictorians - Zachary Maier, Kaitlyn Schreiber, and Tatum Huntress - and the salutatorian is Grace Larson.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  There are no surprises in the budget to date.
  • The Board approved a second reading of updated Board Policy 662.1 - School Activity Fund Management.
  • The Board discussed the district's responses to social media posts.
  • The Board was updated on the District Leadership Team's (DLT) work with the results of the staff climate and culture survey.  The DLT is digging deeper into some questions and will develop work plans based on their findings.
  • The Board approved keeping the pool rates for the summer of 2017 the same as the summer of 2016.
  • The Board approved a Spanish cooperative agreement with Elmwood.  We will share a teacher and the related expenses.
  • The Board approved extending the wrestling coop with Elmwood.
  • The Board heard an update on discussions staff have been having regarding increasing pay for those teachers at the veteran level.  Our beginning teacher pay is on par with neighboring districts, but our pay for veteran teachers is lagging a little.
  • The Board was reminded of the March 29th joint administrator/BOE member meeting at CESA #11.
  • The Board approved offering an employment offer to Kelly Johnson to continue as pool manager.

Monday, January 23, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard comments from a number of citizens, mainly in regard to recent social media events, how to handle complaints as a district, and print media coverage of these items.
  • The Board heard a report from HS Student Council Vice President Nate Hannack about upcoming events including the Winter Wonderland dance, Winter Carnival week and an upcoming fundraiser to keep down costs for students at dances.
  • Elementary principal Ken Lasure reported on the elementary standards-based report cards.
  • MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano reported on schedule changes for the second semester and on ACT test preparations for all HS juniors.
  • The Board recognized the Spring Valley Education Foundation honorees:  Harriet Lansing, Carter Turner, Dr. Gary Lukes, and Herm Schliep.  The Gala honoring these folks will be on Sunday, February 12th.
  • There are three people running for three seats in the upcoming Board election, so there will not be a primary election.  The three candidates in order  that they will appear on the ballot are Andrew Johansen, Bobbie Jaeger, and Matthew Schreiber.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • The financial plan for upcoming repairs was discussed.  We will be overspending our referendum on repairs this year and next year and repaying fund balance and fund 46 with future referendum revenues.
  • The Board approved a second reading of the updated 4th/8th grade promotion policy.
  • The Board held a first reading of an updated school activity fund management policy incorporating a change recommended by our auditors that the Board would approve new activity funds.
  • The Board approved offering Voluntary Benefits through Aflac to our employees.
  • The Board approved open enrollment space limits as recommended with an amendment to increase the number in 4th and 5th grade to seven.
  • A discussion was held regarding Board statements to the media.
  • The Board discussed the district climate survey that employees participated in in December.  The survey will be further examined by the District Leadership Team which will produce a summary and develop a work plan to take on challenges identified in the survey.
  • The Board was informed of the upcoming joint Administrator/BOE Member CESA meeting on March 29th at CESA #11.
  • The Board approved hiring Cory Ducklow as middle school track coach.

Monday, December 19, 2016

At the Board Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard a report from SVHS Student Council President Grace Larson on the recent spaghetti fundraising dinner and the plans for the upcoming break before break activities.
  • The Board heard a report from SV Elementary Principal Ken Lasure about the elementary attendance challenge.  At this point, attendance at SVE is higher than it was last year.  Keep up the good work!
  • The Board heard a report from SV MS/HS Principal Gretchen Cipriano about academic and career planning and a recent workshop that she attended with the MS/HS counselor.
  • The Board was reminded that the filing date for the next Board election is January 3rd by 5:00 pm.   If more than 6 people file for candidacy there will need to be a primary, and that would be on February 21, 2017.  The regular election date will be April 4, 2017.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  All is in order and the budget is tracking as expected.  The Board was also updated on the renovation and repair budget, which is also tracking as expected.
  • The Board approved new Policy 841 Memorials.
  • The Board approved an update of Policy 423 Public School Open Enrollment
  • The Board heard a first reading of and update to Policy 345.41 Promotion of 4th/8th Grade Students
  • The Board approved a calendar for academic year 2017-18
  • The Board okayed moving ahead with investigating offering voluntary benefits to our employees
  • The Board voted to hire SDS architects for a facility assessment, mainly at SVE

Monday, December 5, 2016

At the Board Meeting

At tonight's special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education:
  • The Board interviewed architects from SDS, ADG/LHB, and Bray for facility assessment services.  The Board did not make a decision on which firm to engage for this process.  The decision will be made at the December 19 regular Board meeting.
  • The Board approved the purchase of a new dishwasher for the elementary school kitchen from Reinhart food service for $8,999.
  • The Board approved hiring Bethany Bird as middle school girls' basketball coach.
  • The Board approved hiring Brad Sonnentag as middle school wrestling coach.
  • Items on the regular Board meeting agenda for December 19 will include:  second reading of an updated open enrollment policy, second reading of a memorials policy, recommendations for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school calendars, a staff survey update, a first reading of an updated 4th and 8th grade promotion policy, selection of architect for facility assessment, and other items that come up between now and December 19.

Monday, November 21, 2016

At the Board Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board decided to invite three architectural firms for interviews for facility assessment services. Those interviews will take place on December 5.
  • The Board recognized Madison Maier for her selection to the WSMA State Honors Choir
  • Mr. Lasure discussed the SVE AGR goals including closing achievement gaps, catching kids up by the end of 1st grade, and keeping them up to grade level in grades 2-5.
  • Mrs. Cipriano reported on the school report cards and the district report card.  All came back showing that the School District of Spring Valley is a very strong school district.  Mrs. Cipriano also reported on the food backpack program.
  • Grace Larson updated the Board on high school Student Council events including student vs. staff volleyball game, break before break activities, and the annual spaghetti dinner on December 15 before the basketball game.
  • Mr. Coyne reviewed information from the WASB Legislative Advocacy Conference that he attended last weekend.
  • Three Board seats are up for election this spring.  Those are the seats of Mary Huepfel, Andy Johansen, and Matthew Schreiber. Registration papers for interested candidates may be filed from December 1 through January 3.  If an incumbent does not want to run, the deadline for filing a notice of noncandidacy is December 23.  If more than six people file candidacy papers, the primary will be February 21.  The spring general election date is April 4.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  It is tracking as expected.
  • The District's STEP volunteer program will need a major overhaul if it is to continue due to regulatory reasons.  Administration will make a recommendation regarding changes that need to be made to the program.
  • The Board approved a second reading of updates to the following policies:  411 Equal Educational Opportunities, 411 Exhibit 1 Public Notification of Nondiscrimination Policy, 411 Exhibit 2 Student Nondiscrimination Statement for Handbooks, 411 Rule Student Discrimination Complaint Procedures, 460 Student Scholarships and Awards.
  • The Board approved a second reading of Policy 683 Capital Asset Management
  • The Board held a first reading on Policy 841 Memorials and updated Policy 423 Public School Open Enrollment
  • The Board heard of feedback from staff regarding the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year calendars.  Calendar recommendations should be ready for the December regular Board meeting.
  • The December 5, 2016 special Board meeting will be held at 4:00 pm and the main topic will be to interview architectural firms for a thorough architectural and engineering assessment of SVE

Monday, November 7, 2016

At the Board meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard comments from the staff about possibly limiting the student learning objective process for part-time teachers, traffic in the MS/HS parking lot, and lighting in the MS/HS parking lot.
  • The Board took action to allow for a plaque for the flag at the SVE gymnasium and directed Dr. Haack to develop a policy for memorials in the future.
  • The Board approved a new website design to be developed and hosted by SchoolMessenger.
  • The Board was updated on information that will be on tax statements this fall.  Referendum information will be included on tax statements that is not accurate.
  • The Board meeting on November 21st will begin at 6:00 to allow time for the Board to review proposals from architects to work with the School District of Spring Valley on our elementary needs.
  • The Board would interview architects at a special meeting at 4:00 pm on 12/5.
  • Agenda items for the 11/21 regular Board meeting include review of architect proposals, the second reading of a number of policies, the school district calendar for 2017-18 and 2018-19, the first reading of a memorial policy, and other items that may come up between now and November 21.
  • The Board approved hiring Bailey Gibson for a food service position and hiring Karisa Jensen as middle school girls' basketball coach.