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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

At the Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board recognized Ken Lasure for his 23 years as principal in the school district and congratulated him on his upcoming retirement.
  • The Board approved two updates to the MS/HS student handbook
  • The Board heard the Achievement Gap Reduction Report from Mr. Lasure.
  • The Board approved having two seasons for the Vallettes and their sponsors - a performance season and a competition season.
  • The Board was updated on the ongoing facility remodeling projects.  At this time we have a new roof being put on the MS/HS, new parking lot lights being installed, and the greenhouse is being fixed.  We will soon be working on new boilers, repairing concrete problem areas, installing a new dryer, and updating server room ventilation at the MS/HS.  A number of other planned projects are also on the horizon.
  • The Board was updated on recent salary schedule discussions with teachers.  No decisions on salary schedule updates are expected until we know the status of the State budget.
  • The Board held a first reading of the updated Wellness Policy.
  • The Board approved revisions of the 2016-17 budget.
  • The Board approved starting a 4K wrap around program to allow for educational care for children in our 4K program during the portion of the day when they are not in 4K.
  • The Board approved remaining members of WASB for 2017-18.
  • The Board approved hiring Sarah Blegen as a 2nd grade teacher for 2017-18.

Monday, May 22, 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 Nate Hannack about upcoming events including new officers for 2017-18, next year's homecoming theme (Cardinal Directions), and working on the pinkout theme for next October.
  • MS/HS principal Gretchen Cipriano reported on staffing (all teachers are hired for 2017-18), senior local scholarships, and foreign exchange students in the school this past year.
  • The Board recognized SVHS for achieving a silver medal ranking from US News and World Report for the fifth consecutive year.  SVHS was ranked in the top 5% of schools nationally.
  • Elementary principal Ken Lasure gave an update on elementary staffing and scheduling for 2017-18.
  • The Board approved increasing a present 1/2-time 4K position to full-time for 2017-18.
  • The Board was updated on the status of the 2016-17 budget.  The budget is tracking as expected.
  • The Board approved open enrollment applications from 26 students to open enroll into the Spring Valley Schools and 20 students to open enroll out.
  • The Board approved membership for SVHS in the WIAA for 2017-18.
  • The Board approved a veteran project proposal from Sharon Fox for induction, training, and mentoring of paraprofessionals.

Monday, May 8, 2017

At the Board meeting

At the special meeting of the Spring Valley Board of Education this evening:
  • The Board discussed Board meeting procedures and Robert's Rules of Order.  We will try to get a representative from WASB to come to Spring Valley to discuss Board operations.
  • The Board was updated on the process for interviews for the new elementary school principal and discussed questions to be asked during interviews.  The Board will interview finalists on May 15th.
  • The Board discussed regular meeting times.  Future Board meetings will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • The Board approve wages for pool staff for the summer of 2017.
  • The Board approved the bid to replace boilers at the MS/HS from Ahern.
  • Items that will be included on the May 22 regular Board agenda include personnel items, a veteran project proposal to consider, recognition of SVHS scholar athletes, recognition of Spring Valley High School for US News and World Report ranking, open enrollment approvals, WIAA membership consideration, and other items that may come up between now and May 22