Monday, April 24, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular monthly meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  •  Peter Coyne was elected Board President
  •  Andy Johansen was elected Board Vice President
  •  Brian Wang was elected Board Clerk
  •  Alan Faber was elected Board Treasurer
  •  Brian Wang was elected as WASB delegate to the State Education Convention
  •  Alan Faber was elected as representative to the CESA #11 annual meeting
  •  was elected as Board representative to the Spring Valley Education Foundation Board
  • Matthew Schreiber and Peter Coyne will represent the Board of Education at the high school graduation ceremony
  • Student Council President Grace Larson reported that STUCO is wrapping up for the year and getting ready for new officers and representatives, spring carnival is coming up on Friday, and STUCO members participated in the state conference.  Nate Hannack was elected region 1 president for WASC.
  • Elementary Principal Ken Lasure reported on upcoming summer school plans
  • The Board approved the courses and staffing plan for summer school 2017
  • MS/HS Principal Gretchen Cipriano reported on new courses proposed for 2017-18
  • The Board approved the new MS/HS courses as proposed.
  • The monthly budget report shows that the budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board reviewed the elementary principal interview and selection process.  We have a large number of applicants for the position and will start the process of choosing those to be interviewed.  First round of interviews will take place with elementary representatives to the  district leadership team and administrators.  Finalists will then be selected to be interviewed by the Board and administration.
  • Wages for pool staff for the summer of 2017 topic was tabled.
  • The Board approved having Hartung Electric install destratification fans in the MS/HS gymnasium, MS/HS boiler replacement bids are due on Friday and will be presented at the next Board meeting, and expanding the weight room into the present training room will be further explored.
  • The Board approved keeping health insurance rates flat for 2017-18.  Our employees have been good consumers of health care, and we have not had an insurance rate increase in three years.
  • The Board approved the resignation of Mike Kvalheim as MS/HS science teacher at the end of the current school year.
  • The Board approved hiring Matthew Krych as MS/HS Spanish teacher for 2017-18

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education last evening:
  • The Board approved ideas from the little league for improving a practice field on school property.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2017-18 budget.  It is still early in the process and we don't know about state funding yet, so assumptions and possibilities were discussed.
  • Agenda items for the April 24 regular Board meeting will include Board organization, Board meeting dates and times for 2017-18, CESA #11 Representative to the annual meeting, WASB delegate to the State Education Convention, Board members at graduation, facility update, MS/HS course offerings, summer school program and staff contracts, possible personnel actions, and other items that may come up between now and April 24th.
  • The Board accepted the retirement of Ken Lasure as elementary school principal and approved posting for applications for the principal position.

Monday, March 27, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board recognized Spring Valley teachers who have attained National Board Certification:  Karen Fesenmaier, Alice Monet, Ryan Kapping, Debbie Bowman, and Rob Bosshart.  This is quite an accomplishment!
  • The Board recognized the Spring Valley - Elmwood wrestling team on another great season including a conference championship and a trip to the team state wrestling meet.
  • HS Student Council President Grace Larson reported on upcoming STUCO events including elections and the March Madness Bracket Challenge.
  • Elementary Principal Ken Lasure reported on the elementary's early learning emphasis.
  • The pupil non-discrimination report was given. Policies and practices appear to be in good shape.
  • The Board heard the monthly budget report.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board approved bids for roofing, concrete work, and lighting at the MS/HS.
  • The Board approved the CESA #11 shared services contract for 2017-18.  We annually contract with CESA #11 for services that we are unable to provide ourselves and services that are coordinated with a number of other districts.
  • The Board approved summer help for custodians and technology as they have in the past.
  • The Board approved a proposed Veteran Project proposal.
  • The Board was reminded of the upcoming Joint Finance Committee budget hearing on April 19th in Ellsworth.

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