Monday, May 7, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board heard about comparative costs for remodeling the present Spring Valley Elementary School, constructing a new SVE on the football/baseball field site, and constructing a new SVE on the MS/HS site.  The actual costs will not be as depicted, but the comparable costs should be valid.  Next steps will be to examine the program and refine potential costs.
  • The Board heard about the new School Safety and Security Grant that we will be applying for.  We hope to be able to put safety film on our windows (interior and exterior windows), update our camera and alarm systems, purchase radios, and other safety upgrades.
  • The Board approved the possibility of paving the back parking lot.
  • The Board reviewed procedures for updating Board policies.
  • Items for the May 21, 2018 regular Board meeting will include approving open enrollment applications, considering continuing WIAA membership, consider salary recommendations for next year for certified and support staff, personnel recommendations, consider a date change for a Board meeting next year, and other items that may come up between now and the Board meeting.
  • The Board accepted the resignations (at the end of the school year) of Matt Krych, Spanish teacher, and Kelly Houlton, RN.

Monday, April 23, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • Peter Coyne was elected Board President
  • Bobbie Jaeger was elected Vice President
  • Brian Wang was elected Clerk
  • Al Faber was elected Treasurer
  • Board meeting dates for 2018-19 were approved
  • Brian Wang will be the Board's delegate to the WASB Convention in January
  • Al Faber will be the Board's representative to the CESA #11 annual meeting
  • Brian Wang will be the Board's representative to the Spring Valley Education Foundation
  • Guy Leach and Bobbie Jaeger will represent the Board at graduation on May 26th
  • The Board recognized Taylor Falde and Jeff Brooke for their quick action and help with a medical emergency on a bus.
  • The Board recognized the SVE Young Author winners
  • SVHS STUCO President Nathan Hannack reported on new STUCO officers for 2018-19 and a recent regional meeting in Green Bay.
  • SVE Principal Dan McGuire discussed summer school and summer school staffing with the Board
  • The Board approved summer school contracts for staff for this summer
  • MS/HS Principal Gretchen Cipriano discussed new course offerings with the Board
  • The Board approved new course offerings for the MS/HS
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2018-19 budget.  There are no surprises and the budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board discussed an anonymous reporting app for students called STOP!T.
  • The Board approved the bid of Backwoods Electric for replacement lights at the MS/HS
  • The Board approved the bid of Masse's Floor Coatings to epoxy the locker rooms at the MS/HS
  • The Board approved a new access/egress door at the bus garage to be constructed.
  • The Board approved hiring hiring Jalissa Bankston as elementary art teacher and Meghan Ottman as Cardinal Kids' Club coordinator.

Monday, April 9, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board approved hiring Clifton Larson Allen as our auditor for the next five years.
  • The Board approved continuing our health insurance with ANIC, taking a two-month premium holiday this year, and lowering premiums by 5% for next year.
  • The Board was updated on the status of our Orange Frog/Happiness Advantage program.  New events at the elementary were discussed. There will be one day trainings on May 18 and May 19 for interested students, staff, community members and Board members.
  • The Board briefly reviewed the recent staff climate survey.  The District Leadership Team will be using the results of the survey to target their efforts over the next year.  At first glance it appears that the areas that they would like to work on are Information sharing and information communication and holding people accountable.
  • The Board was update on upcoming building renovation plans at the MS/HS including parking lot, locker room floors, security system, camera system, secure entrance, and window film.  We plan to apply for the new School Safety Grants when the application is finalized by the Department of Justice.
  • Items on the agenda for the April 23, 2018 regular Board meeting will include an update on the facility use policy (including use of the kitchens), new cafeteria tables at the MS/HS, bus garage door bids, MS/HS curriculum change recommendations, school security grant items, and other items that may come up between now and April 23.
  • The Board reluctantly accepted the retirements of Alice Monett and Luann Traynor at the end of the school year and thanked her for her many years of excellent service to our schools and our children.

Monday, March 19, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • SVHS STUCO President Nathan Hannack updated the Board on recent and upcoming student council happening including fundraisers, an upcoming leadership conference in Green Bay, and planning for a Spring Carnival in mid-April
  • The Board congratulated Spelling Bee Champion Joy Webb and Runner-Up Brady Bednarek and Geography Bee Champion Blayne Gregg and Runner-Up Madelyn Shafer
  • The Board was updated on school safety and crisis planning, procedures, and meetings from ES principal Dan McGuire and MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano
  • There will be no action on a possible cell phone signal amplifier pending discussions with the Village regarding the current cell phone tower on the water tower.
  • The Board approved an update to the middle school mathematics curriculum starting with 6th grade next year.
  • The Board reviewed the March 14 and March 15 community listening sessions regarding the Spring Valley Elementary School facility
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2017-18 budget.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board approved the renewal of the CESA #11 shared services contract for 2018-19
  • The Board approved the bid from Asphalt Maintenance for repaving the parking lot at the MS/HS
  • The Board accepted the retirement of Jim Herold at the end of the 2017-18 school year and thanked him for his many years of outstanding service as a teacher and coach
  • The Board approved hiring Ryan Kapping as middle school track coach

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

At the Board Meeting

  • The Board learned that SVHS Valedictorians for the graduating class will be Julian Davis and Carley Laffin.  Salutatorian will be Tessa Cipriano.  Seniors graduating with honors will be Kallie Stone, Craigen Anderson, Michael Laffin, Tyler Leach, Taylor Moyer, Nathan Hannack, and Brianna O'Brien.
  • Congratulations to the 5th Grade Battle of the Books champions who represented Spring Valley at the state competition.  Those team members were Sam Miller, Will Schmitt, and Alex Peterson.  Also, thanks to Renee Dykhouse and Nicole Lamb for coordinating this year's battles.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2017-18 budget.  The budget is tracking as planned with no surprises to this point of the year.
  • Dr. Haack updated the Board on our insurance quotes for next year.  The quotes came in with virtually no increase, and given that we have a fund balance in this area, a rate decrease is anticipated for next year.
  • 2018 pool fees will remain the same as 2017.
  • The Board approved having School Perceptions perform a community survey regarding the future of the elementary facility.  That survey will take place after community listening sessions gather general feedback.
  • The Board approved putting the district's audit out to bid as this has not been done in quite a while.
  • The Board reviewed an administrative rule regarding guests to the prom.
  • The Board set dates for community listening sessions regarding the future of the elementary facility.  Those dates and times will be March 14 and March 15 at 7:00 pm at SVE.
  • The proposed special Board meeting for March 5 has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be the regular monthly Board meeting on March 19.
  • The Board was updated on the next steps in our Orange Frog project.  Dr. Haack and Brandon Walczak will be attending a Training in Flint, Michigan and will seek to train a group from our district shortly after that.

Monday, February 5, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board was updated on the timeline for a possible facility referendum to renovate or replace the existing elementary school.
  • The Board was updated on renovation plans for this spring and summer for the middle school/high school including updating lighting to LED, tiling locker room floors, resurfacing the parking lot, correctly draining the grease pit, and upgrading the security system.
  • We will be doing a staff climate survey again this year.
  • The Board discussed their recent self-evaluation and set goals for the coming year.
  • The Board approved hiring Lynn Johnson as building and grounds supervisor.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

At the Board Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board was updated on preparations for the upcoming Winter Carnival Week by SVHS STUCO president Nathan Hannack
  • The Board commended 30 Spring Valley faculty and staff who attended the Orange Frog workshop over winter break
  • SVE principal Dan McGuire reviewed the 5th grade DARE graduation and updated the Board on Orange Frog projects at SVE.  
  • MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano updated the Board on the transition from exams and the end of 1st semester last week to the start of 2nd semester and schedule changes this week.  The transition has been smooth.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2017-18 budget.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • Dr. Haack gave a report on employee health insurance.  Our employees are using our insurance wisely and staying healthy.  We will be putting insurance out to bid for 2018-19 in the near future.
  • Brian Wang and Dr. Haack reported on their attendance at the WASB Annual Education Convention.  One of the major themes they looked at from the convention was communication.
  • There are two people - Brian Wang and Peter Coyne - running for two seats on the Board so there will not be a primary. The regular spring election date is Tuesday April 3.
  • The Board approved space determinations for open enrollment in for 2018-19.
  • The Board approved a second reading of the Academic and Career Plan policy.
  • The Board was reminded of the upcoming joint Board member/administrator meeting at CESA #11 on March 21.
  • The Board regretfully accepted the retirement letter from maintenance supervisor Steve Lynum and thanked him for his many years of service to the Spring Valley Schools and our community.