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Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes March 8, 2021

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Call to Order
Sharon Reilly called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Kohler Public Library. Zach Pethan called roll. The following board members were present: Amy Harms, Carl Nonhof, Sharon Reilly, Tarra Mikolyzk and Zach Pethan.

Statement of Public Notice
March 5, 2021

Approval of Agenda
Mrs. Mikolyzk moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Persons Requesting to Address the Members of the Board
Sharon Reilly read former Dr. John Egan’s letter expressing support for both questions of the proposed referenda.

Referenda Committee Report
The campaign is in full swing. The final mailings will be sent at the end of the month. The next community session will be March 10, 2021. Board members have been going door to door to talk to constiuents and answer any questions.

Board President’s Report (Sharon Reilly)
There will be a board workshop on May 24 with Louise Blackenheim to discuss board roles and responsibilities with the new superintendent.

Lead Administrator’s Report Report (Dr. Cindy Payne)
Sheboygan County has a downward trajectory but is still in the High Range. Last 2 weeks 4.9% test positivity which is low, but the burden is still high at 183 per 100,000.

Our own data continues to look very good. We have not had a positive case since December.

Currently we have approximately 80% of our staff with at least one COVID-19 vaccine and anticipate the other 15-20% having their first dose in the next two weeks. I anticipate all staff who wanted a vaccine to be fully vaccinated by mid April. This will be very helpful to keeping school in person five days a week as staff who are 2 weeks past their vaccine completion will not have to quarantine if they are a direct contact. I am very pleased with the high participation rate.

As of March 1, we have all our students who want to be in-person 4K-12 attending 5 days a week. So far, we continue to see low absenteeism.

We currently have just under 10% of our students ES-HS 100 percent virtual. We are requesting that parents provide a medical reason if their child is not being successful in the virtual format and they do not want their child to attend in person for the 4th quarter.

We will be conducting our child find screening this year virtually and will follow up with any children with in person testing if needed.

We have added another full day of clinical counseling thru the PATH program and now have 2 days to offer our students. This was based on demand.

Elementary Principal Report (Lisa Greene)
Mrs. Roeber’s 4th grade class was the recipient of $100 grant award from Studentreasures Publishing Company. They created a class book with essays around the title “If I Were the President.” Using the Studentreasures is a great way to inspire young writers to go through the publishing process of which many of our teachers take advantage. 

The 3rd quarter is flying by! We are encouraging as many students to return to in person learning as possible for the 4th quarter.  We feel that being here at school for the 4th quarter will help foster a smoother transition to the next grade level, especially with our 5th graders.  The Elementary school has 24 students still in the virtual learning format.  We have all our first graders back at this time! Our breakdown consists of 6 classrooms with no virtual students, 6 classrooms with only 1 virtual student and 6 classrooms with 2 or more virtual students.

Although the 4th quarter officially starts on April 8, we would like students who are returning to in person learning to return to school on Monday, April 4 following our Spring Break for a better curriculum planning timeline.

As of last Thursday, we expanded our classroom cohorts to grade level cohorts for outdoor recess with (as expected) an amazingly positive response. What this means is that students can now play with grade level friends in another class and no longer have to play in an assigned area. We are all so incredibly happy about this!

High School Principal Report (Nick DeBaker)

ACT Day Tomorrow
Tomorrow is the annual state ACT test date. We have our Juniors all set up and ready to go. This year looks a little different as we were unable to use the previous facility. This year we will have them testing here in the village gym. We can’t wait to see what this group of students can do as they have battled through a challenging year for students. 

Scheduling Update
We have been continuing our work with our scheduling consultant. The conversation with staff and students have been put into action as we develop the ideal schedule. Based on feedback from staff and students we have begun to place our master schedule into a modified block schedule. There are many moving parts and non-negotiables that have to fit to make it work. I am confident that we will as we work through the details. The overall goal is to support our students and staff and create an environment that is conducive to 21st century learning. 

First Week Back!
We just completed our first week of ALL of our students in the building all 5 days of the week. It was great to see everyone in the building. The students have done a great job with our mitigation strategies which gives me confidence in our ability to stay safe and stay in person 5 days a week. 

Educator Effectivenss Teacher Growth Model of Evaluation
Lisa Greene gave an overview of Educator Effectiveness.

Review of District Finances
The Finance Committee met March 8, 2021 and reviewed the monthly revenues and expenditures.  The Committee also reviewed the final audit report for the 2019-20 school year.  The audit was performed by Corson, Peterson & Hamann S.C. and included an opinion that the financial statements of the District present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the District and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Consent Agenda

Approval of February 8, 2021 minutes
Approval of Invoices
Report of the Finance Committee
No report
Report of the Policy Committee
Recommendation to approve new and revised policies
Recommendation to review and discuss purpose of board committees and revise bylaw accordingly

Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Action and/or Discussion Items

Approve revised policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee and waive the second reading
Mrs. Mikolyzk moved to approve the following revised polices and waive the second reading:
po0100 – REVISED BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – DEFINITIONS
po0131.1 – REVISED BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BYLAWS AND POLICIES
po0144.4 – REVISED BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – INDEMNIFICATION
po0145 – REVISED BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – SEXUAL AND OTHER FORMS OF HARASSMENT
po1213 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT SUPERVISION AND WELFARE
po2411 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – SCHOOL COUNSELING AND ACADEMIC AND CAREER PLANNING
po2416 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT PRIVACY AND PARENTAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION
po2416.01 – DELETE POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – PARENTAL/POLICE ACCESS TO ( ) LIBRARY
po2430 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – DISTRICT-SPONSORED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
po3112 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BOARD-STAFF COMMUNICATIONS
po3213 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT SUPERVISION AND WELFARE
po3220 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STAFF EVALUATION AND EDUCATOR EFFECTIVENESS
po3340 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
po3531 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – UNAUTHORIZED WORK STOPPAGE
po4112 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BOARD-STAFF COMMUNICATIONS
po4213 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT SUPERVISION AND WELFARE
po4340 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
po4531 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – UNAUTHORIZED WORK STOPPAGE
po5113 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – OPEN ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (INTER-DISTRICT)
po5511 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – DRESS AND GROOMING
po5517.01 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BULLYING
po5540 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – THE SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES
po5540.01 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE
po5830 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT FUND-RAISING
po5895 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
po6605 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – CROWDFUNDING
po6610 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – STUDENT ACTIVITY FUND
po7230 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – GIFTS, GRANTS, AND BEQUESTS
po7550 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – COOPERATION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
po8405 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM
po8451 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)
po9130 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – PUBLIC REQUESTS, SUGGESTIONS, OR COMPLAINTS
po9700 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – RELATIONS WITH NON-SCHOOL AFFILIATED GROUPS
po9700.01 – REVISED POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES
 po6114 – REVISED POLICY – SPECIAL RELEASE – EDGAR 2.0 – COST PRINCIPLES – SPENDING FEDERAL FUNDS
 po6325 – REVISED POLICY – SPECIAL RELEASE – EDGAR 2.0 – PROCUREMENT – FEDERAL GRANTS/FUNDS

Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve new policies as recommended by NEOLA and the policy committee and waive the second reading

Mrs. Mikolyzk moved to approve the following new polices and waive the second reading:
po0143.2 – NEW BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BOARD MEMBER INFORMATION REQUESTS
po0144.5 – NEW BYLAW – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – BOARD MEMBER BEHAVIOR AND CODE OF CONDUCT
po1211 – NEW POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 – WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION
po2522 – NEW POLICY – VOL. 30, NO. 1 –  LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS 

Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Discussion was held. All ayes. Motion carried.

Review and discuss purpose of board committees (bylaw 0155—Committees)
Discussion was held. The board will review and discuss at the committee of the whole on March 22, 2021.

Approve the 2021-2023 administrative contract and MOU for Lisa Greene, Superintendent

Mrs. Mikolyzk moved to approve the 2021-2023 administrative contract and MOU for Lisa Greene, Superintendent. Mr. Nonhof seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Approve the 2021-2023 administrative contract for Nick DeBaker, MS-HS Principal

Mr. Nonhof moved to approve the 2021-2023 administrative contract for Nick DeBaker, MS-HS Principal. Mrs. Mikolyzk seconded the motion. All ayes. Motion carried.

Adjournment
Dr. Harms moved to adjourn. Mr. Pethan seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned at 6:50 pm.

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