Monday, December 11, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board met with representatives from area townships to discuss the future of the Spring Valley Elementary facility.  Much of the conversation was about the possibility of consolidation with area districts.
  • Community Education Director Laurie Keehr reviewed with the Board a report on community education activities for the past year including new programs such as 4K wrap around and fitness programs.
  • Elementary Principal Dan McGuire reviewed the state report card with the Board. SVE exceeded expectations on the report card.
  • MS/HS Principal Gretchen Cipriano reviewed the state report cards for the MS and HS.  The MS and HS met expectations on the report card.
  • The budget was reviewed and is tracking as expected.
  • WASB resolutions that will be voted on at the delegate assembly were discussed.  Mr Wang will be the Board's representative at the delegate assembly.
  • The Board election timeline was reviewed. 
  • The Board was reminded that Board development surveys are to be done by 12/12/17
  • The January 8, 2018 special Board meeting will be held at 3:30 pm at Spring Valley Elementary School.  The main topic of the meeting will be open discussions with faculty.
  • Kelly Schlegel was approved as MS girls' basketball coach and Jed Schlegel was approved as MS wrestling coach.

Monday, November 20, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board met with representatives from the Village of Spring Valley to discuss the future of the Spring Valley Elementary School facility.
  • HS Student Council president Nathan Hannack reported that, in cooperation with NHS, students collected nearly 2000 pounds of food to donate to the food pantry during trick or treat, STUCO representatives attended the WASC Leadership Summit, and they are beginning to plan for break before break at the high school.
  • The Board formally recognized our armed services members who gave of their time to come to our schools to make Veterans Day presentations for our students.
  • MS/HS Counselor Sharla Bauer presented academic data for the District.
  • The Board had a first reading of the new Academic and Career Plan policy.  This new policy is mandated by the State and reflects many of our current practices regarding helping students plan for life after high school.
  • SVE principal Dan McGuire reported on a proposed new mentoring partnership program for our elementary students.
  • MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano gave a wrap-up of the fall activities at the MS/HS
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2017-18 budget.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board approved a cooperative transportation agreement for individual students with the Ellsworth School District.
  • The Board was updated on the Happiness Advantage/Orange Frog project.  There will be a workshop for approximately 30 staff members on December 28 and 29 at the MS/HS.
  • The Board was updated on the status of our facility renovations.  All repairs to date are done and working.  The boilers are operating smoothly, the parking lot lights are just what we needed, and the roof is great.  We have a couple of projects over the break including a door for a gender-neutral shower area, pug mill exhaust for the art room, the dryer hook-up at the MS/HS, and a new sink for the SVE office.  Projects for the summer will include a new parking lot at the MS/HS, LED gym lighting at the MS/HS, other LED lighting, and possibly start on windows at the MS/HS. For facility planning at SVE, Dr. Haack will invite representatives from area towns to a forum prior to the next regular Board meeting.
  • Due to changes brought on by the State budget, we will have to update some policies including replacing the Youth Options policy with a policy for the Early College Credit Program, and an update to the graduation policy to reflect a higher passing grade on the civics exam.
  • The Board will be taking a Board development survey as part of the annual Board self-evaluation.
  • The Board was reminded of the WASB Annual Education Convention in January.

Monday, October 23, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard a report from high school student council president Nathan Hannack on recent STUCO events including homecoming, a fundraiser for hurricane Harvey relief, and a workshop that officers attended in the Dells.
  • The Board recognized Mission Spring Valley for their volunteer efforts in helping get the MS/HS looking good for the start of the school year
  • Elementary principal Dan McGuire gave a PBIS update, informed the Board about First Book grants that 4 SVE teachers received, milk carton recycling at SVE, and rubber band racers that one class is using to study energy.
  • MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano and elementary teacher Renee Dykhouse reported on a recent Happiness Advantage/Orange Frog workshop they attended and it's potential impact on the Spring Valley schools.
  • The Board approved the tax levy for 2017-18.  The levy will be $3,095,845.  The mill rate will be 10.13.
  • The Board adopted the budget for 2017-18 and reviewed the progress of the budget to this point.  Nothing in the budget is unusual to this point.
  • The Board approved purchasing three new school buses for 2018-19.  This is part of the normal rotation of buses and had been planned for the past two years.
  • The Board was updated on the 4K wrap around program.  Attendance is a little better than expected.  The Board approved lowering the fee from $20/day to $15 per day due to the better than expected attendance.
  • The Board approved an update of the 10-year facility plan.
  • The Board approved updates of policies that had their first reading last month.
  • The Board was reminded of the WASB State Education Convention in January.
  • The Board approved hiring Lisa Bigauette as equestrian club volunteer advisor and Gail Behr as science club advisor.

Monday, September 18, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the Annual Meeting this evening:
  • Brian Wang was elected chair of the meeting
  • Dr. Haack presented the hearing of the budget
  • The electors approved a tax levy of $3,051,913 for the operation of the schools for 2017-18
  • The electors voted to keep Board salaries the same for 2017-18 as they were for 2016-17
  • The electors voted to authorize the Board to borrow money of necessary to operate the school.
  • The electors voted to authorize the Board to subsidize the school lunch program with district funds if necessary.
  • The electors gave authority to the Board to defend or prosecute any action in which the district is implicated and to hire proper personnel for such action.
  • The Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting for 2018 will be on Monday, September 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • ES principal Dan McGuire introduced new faculty members Sarah Blegen and Meghan Ottman.  He also reported on PBIS at SVE, grandparents day, and the elementary students participating in the Dam Days parade.
  • The Board heard the monthly budget update.  It is too early in the fiscal year to note any potential problems.
  • The Board approved a request to form an equestrian club at the MS/HS
  • The Board authorized repairs and updates to the softball field and dugouts
  • The Board approved the school-year calendar for 2018-19
  • The Board had 1st readings of updated policies 181 - Rules of Order, 181 Exhibit - Board Procedures, 171.2 - Agenda Preparation, and 187 - Public Participation at Board Meetings
  • The Board approved an updated contract with Stagehands Theater for use of the theater for the HS play and elementary summer school
  • The Board approved hiring Amy OKeefe as elementary library aide, Eric Turner as bus driver, and Kelsey Carr as Junior Class Advisor.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education on Monday evening:
  • The Board heard a report from Dr. Haack regarding the start of the school year.  Construction items are almost completed and have presented no problems for the beginning of the school year.  Things are going well at both buildings - few class changes at the MS/HS and things going well at SVE for the start of the school year.
  • The Board discussed the August 7th presentation from Bob Butler of the WASB to the Board regarding Board meeting procedures.  We will review some policies to better match specific practices in Spring Valley such as the use of Roberts Rules of Order and how they should be altered for small groups.
  • The Board discussed possible softball field upgrades and/or placement of a field as part of a larger facility plan.
  • The Board discussed a request for a school sponsored equestrian club.
  • The Board was updated on District Leadership Team discussions of The Happiness Advantage and an upcoming "Orange Frog" workshop that some employees will be attending.
  • Agenda items for the September 18 regular meeting will include the Stagehands contract, personnel items, equestrian club request, policy updates, softball field upgrades, and other items that may come up between now and September 18th.

Monday, August 21, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard a report from elementary principal Dan McGuire regarding PBIS, library upgrades, and  teacher inservice next week.
  • The Board heard a report from MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano regarding enrollment and upcoming teacher inservice.
  • The Board approved a new activity account for the Class of 2021
  • The Board approved transferring $4,695.57 from the general fund to food service and keeping lunch prices the same for 2017-18 the same as they were for 2016-17
  • The Board was updated on the status of the summer facility projects that we have going including the new roof, new boilers, new parking lot lights, and new concrete at the MS/HS and rebuilding the gym overhangs at SVE.
  • The Board heard a preview of the 2017-18 budget, but we will not know the final status of the budget until the State's budget is finalized.
  • The Board approved a Veteran Project Proposal for a more thorough teacher mentoring program.
  • The Board approved having a special meeting on September 11 (there was originally no special meeting scheduled for September).  Agenda items will include a review of a recent WASB presentation, softball field updates, policy items, and superintendent evaluation.
  • The Board was reminded of the WASB Regional meeting that will be held on October 24 in Eau Claire.
  • The Board was reminded of the Annual Meeting and Budget Hearing which will be held on September 18th.
  • The Board approved hiring Elaine Schmit as a food service employee and hiring Brian Schmit as a MS cross country coach.

Monday, July 17, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard the preliminary facility report on the elementary school from SDS Architects on the physical and mechanical status of SVE.  They will meet with school staff this fall to find out more about the functionality of the school.
  • The Board discussed proposed upgrades to the softball field at the MS/HS.  They would like more cost information before making decisions on this.
  • The Board approved the bid from Per Mar for an upgraded access control system at the MS/HS.
  • The Board approved a proposal to purchase some new equipment and furniture for the SVE library.  
  • The Board approved updating iPads for grades K-2 and purchasing new Chromebooks for grades 3-5
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  The budget is nearly finalized and auditors will be coming in next week.
  • The Board approved updated salaries for teachers, support staff and administrators for 2017-18.  
  • The Board approved academic standards for 2017-18 - we will be using the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards except in the area of science where we follow the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • The Board approved a second reading of the updated Wellness Policy.
  • Agenda items for the August 7 special meeting will include personnel items, potential softball field upgrades, and a WASB representative will work with the Board on meeting procedures.