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

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.