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April 26, 2021 at 6:30 PM - Regular Meeting

Agenda
1. Call to Order
Description:  This is a meeting of the Board of Education in public for the purpose of conducting the School District's business and is not to be considered a public community meeting.
 
2. Roll Call
3. Public Notice
Description:  The meeting was noticed by way of publication in the Waterford Post of Friday, April 23, 2021, and by posting in the District Office and on the District's website. Minutes from the February 22, 2021 board meeting were published in the Waterford Post on Friday, April 2, 2021. These minutes were also published on the District's website.
 
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Commencement of Board Terms
Description:  School board members elected at the spring election take office on the fourth Monday in April.
 
5.A. Oath of Office
Description:  On or before the fourth Monday in April, any school board member elected or re-elected to the office at the spring election shall take and file the official oath. The school district clerk has the authority to administer the Oath of Office. 

Mr. Engler and Mr. Purtell shall stand and recite the following:  I, [NAME], having been elected to the office of School Board Member of the Waterford Union High School District, but have not yet entered upon the duties thereof, swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Wisconsin, and will faithfully discharge the duties of said office to the best of my ability. So help me, God.
 

5.B. Board Reorganization
Description:  Section 120.05(1)(c) of the WI State Statutes notes that  In the case of a school board with more than 3 members, the school board shall annually elect a school district president, vice president, treasurer, and clerk from among its members at a school board meeting held on or within 30 days after the 4th Monday in April.  Current officer positions are as follows: Don Engler, President; Mike Schoenfeld, Vice President; Dennis Purtell, Treasurer; Nancy Klemko, Clerk; and Doug Schwartz, Director. The election of board officers can be made by a verbal vote or by paper ballot.
 
5.C. 2020-2021 Board Meeting Dates
Description:  Attached are two lists of proposed board meeting dates for the upcoming school year. The first list follows the established schedule of the fourth Monday each month with a few exceptions to avoid schedule conflicts with holidays.  Also provided for Board consideration is a list of calendar dates that fall on the 3rd Monday of each month to avoid conflicts with other area schools and municipal board meetings that are also held on the fourth Monday each month.. 
 
Attachments: (1)
5.D. Board Committees
Description:  Annually in May, the Board President will assign members to the various existing committees. Board members may wish to discuss the committee assignments. The previous committee assignments for the current school year are as follows.
  • Building and Grounds: Engler, Klemko
  • Finance:  Purtell, Schoenfeld
  • Personnel:  Klemko, Schoenfeld
  • Athletic Code of Appeals: Purtell, Schwartz
  • Curriculum and Policy: Purtell, Schwartz
6. Consent Agenda
6.A. Treasurer's Report
Attachments: (2)
6.B. Minutes of the March 29, 2021 monthly board meeting
Attachments: (1)
6.C. Minutes of the March 29, 2021 Executive Session
6.D. Minutes - April 7, 2021 Special Board Meeting
Attachments: (1)
6.E. Minutes of the April 7, 2021 Executive Session
6.F. New Hires 
Description:  The following individuals have been offered a contract for the 2021-2022 school year. 
6.F.(1) Elizabeth Mielke - WSEC Physical Therapist .75 FTE/ Early Childhood Support .25 FTE
6.F.(2) Taylor Juran - Family and Consumer Sciences (1.0 FTE)
6.F.(3) Craig Kohn - Science Teacher (1.0 FTE)
6.F.(4) Rodger Luttio - Music (Band) Teacher (1.0 FTE)
6.F.(5) Jennifer Minikowski - Science Teacher (1.0 FTE)
6.F.(6) Michael Omo - English Teacher (1.0 FTE)
 
7. Student Recognition
Description:  The Administration would like to recognize and congratulate students who have qualified for state level competitions or who were recipients of other prestigious level awards.
 
7.A. Kylie Welker -  Olympic Womens' Wrestling Team Runner-Up
Description:  Kylie Welker is a WUHS junior who attends the JEDI program. Kylie recently finished runner-up in the Olympic Wrestling Team trials for her weight class.  Highlights of her accomplishments include:
  • 2016 U15 Pan-Am Bronze Medalist
  • 2017 U15 Pan-Am Champion
  • 2017 Yoshida Saori Cup Champion
  • 2018 Klippan Open Bronze Medalist
  • 2019 UWW Cadet National Champion & Outstanding Wrestler
  • 2019 UWW Cadet World Bronze Medalist
  • 2019 St. Petersburg International Tournament Champion
  • 2019 Berlin International Open Champion
  • 2019 Folkstyle National Champion & Outstanding Wrestler
  • 2020 Klippan Open Bronze Medalist
  • 2020 WNO Contender
  • 2020 UWW Junior National Finalist
  • 2021 Olympic Trial Finalist
  • 2021 National Team Member
     
7.B. Brooke Ruland, Bryce Ruland, Brant Balfanz - Powerlifting
Description:  Brooke Ruland set a new state record in powerlifting. Coaches are Andrew Cresswell, Amy Hatch, and Andi Martens.
 
7.C. Sophia Schoenfeld - Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Excellence Scholarship 
Description:  The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 317 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for Wisconsin students, teachers, and principals. Awards of $10,000 scholarships will be given to 200 graduating high school students who have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve. WUHS senior Sophia Schoenfeld has been named one of the 2021 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Student Excellence Scholars and has been asked to attend the meeting to be recognized for this outstanding achievement.
 
8. Resident Comments
Description:  At this time the board would like to invite any member of the audience to stand with comments about items of interest or concern that do or do not appear on the agenda this evening. Please begin by stating your name and address. It would be appreciated if you would limit your comments to three minutes so that we can keep the meeting moving in a timely fashion and allow others an opportunity to speak. We ask that you remember that Wisconsin law prohibits us from discussing specific employees or their job performance. Thank you for your support of our school district.
 
9. Information Items
9.A. Student Council Report
Description:  The Student Council Sergeant at Arms will update the recent activities of various student co-curricular clubs. 
 
9.B. SRO Officer Update
Description:  School Resource Officer Mike May will be in attendance to speak about his role at WUHS and goals for the future.
 
9.C. Special Education Update
Description:  Sandy Asmussen, Director of Special Education, will give an overview of the special education services provided at Waterford Union High School and the schools in the Waterford Special Education Cooperative. Mike Rosandich, School Psychologist and incoming Director of Special Education, will also be present at the meeting to meet the Board. Mr. Rosandich will assume the Director of Special Education role on July 1.
 
9.D. 2021-2022 Continuous Improvement Scorecard Report
Description:  Continuous Improvement Team member Christina Taylor will share the continuous improvement plan for the 2021-2022 school year.  The plan focuses on four pillars:
  • Learning and Academic Achievement
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Safe Learning Environment
  • Stakeholder Engagement
The board will have the opportunity to ask questions Ms. Taylor and take action to approve at the next regular meeting.
 
Attachments: (2)
9.E. Wellness Incentivization Plan
 
Attachments: (1)
9.F. Administrative response to a request for information on mask mandate relief.
Description:  The mask mandate remains in place at WUHS.  Principal Foster will respond to board inquiries related to what other school districts are doing with masks, under what circumstances masks can be released, and the latest guidance from the CDC and CRCHD.
 
Attachments: (1)
9.G. Purchase of Driver's Education Vehicle
Description:  On average, the District spends just under $8,500 per year to lease a Drivers's Education vehicle.  The quote for a 2021 Equinox finds the payback period to be three years.  If the District were to keep the Driver's Education car for five years, the cost savings would be roughly $17K to own versus lease.
 
Attachments: (2)
9.H. Annual Updates of Athletic Coaches' Handbook, Club and Activity Advisor Handbook, Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
Description:  The Athletic Coaches' Handbook, Club and Activity Advisor Handbook, and Co-Curricular Code Handbook are attached for Board review. All updates were editorial date changes, editorial grammar changes, and format changes (moved from Word to Google Doc).
 
Attachments: (3)
10. Items For Board Action
10.A. Employee Handbook Revision - Working during contractual hours.
Description:  The issue of whether a teacher may engage in a private business on their personal days is not dictated or controlled by statute as a matter of law, but rather, the District’s applicable leave policies govern permissible conduct during the paid leave. Based on the school attorney's review of the District’s current policy governing personal leave, the use of personal days to engage in a business directly violates the District’s personal leave policy.  Specifically, Sections 12.02-12.03 of the District’s 2020/2021 Employee Handbook (Rev. 11-23-2020) provide, as follows:
 
12.02     Reasons for Personal Leave
Personal leave may be used for compelling personal obligations which cannot reasonably be conducted outside of the employee's workday.
 
12.03     Personal Leave Day Restrictions
The personal leave day will not be granted during the first or last two weeks of a semester, on a parent-teacher conference day, or an in-service day without prior approval from the District Administrator. Personal leave during these periods may be approved for personal business that cannot be rescheduled for a different time at the discretion of the District Administrator or his/her designeePersonal leave shall not be used as vacation or to engage in activities for which the employee will receive compensation from any source. Compensation shall not include payment or reimbursement of expenses. In addition, personal leave shall not be used to attend Association membership meetings or legislative rallies, to engage in job actions such as picketing or demonstrating, or to participate in activities designed to embarrass or discredit the District.
 
The practice of taking personal leave to receive compensation has been permitted in the past despite the language in the current policy.  The District’s past practice of allowing personal days to be used for a business conflict with the Employee Handbook policy and will need to be reconciled. 

A recommended change in language would permit a staff member to drive the bus while coaching, host a club meeting during the school day as an advisor, substitute teach during a preparatory period, and provide timing services for WUHS hosted events.  However, an employee would not use personal leave for providing compensated services from an entity outside of WUHS.    
 
10.B. Approval of Contract for Service for a Director of Building and Grounds.
Description:  The Waterford Graded School District is offering concurrently to both boards a service contract. WUHS receives support through services provided by their Director of Building and Grounds, Josh Wensing.  The contract for service for the remainder of this school year is $7,032 in salary, and for 21-22, the salary is not to exceed $27,234.
 
10.C. Approval of Insurance Plans for 21-22 rate increase of 0% along with a dual choice HSA option.
Description:  Information on the dual choice option will be presented at the board meeting.
 
10.D. Approval of Teacher Salaries for 2021-2022.
Description:  Teacher salaries were adjusted to market comparables or the consumer price index, whichever was more.  Starting salary for teachers with a bachelor's was also adjusted upward by $1,000 to better start teachers' at the market comparable.  The overall increase for teachers at 2% is higher than the consumer price index of 1.23%.  When looking across all staffing levels, including the WSEC, the final salary increase for all certified employees was 2.68%.
 
10.E. NEOLA Policy Updates
Description:  Attached are numerous policies that have been updated by NEOLA, along with an overview explaining the changes. These policies will be presented to the Board for action at the April meeting. 
 
Attachments: (1)
11. Superintendent's Report
Description:  Academics:
  • The US News ranked Waterford Union as the 60th best high school in Wisconsin, and Niche ranked our staff 5th for having the best teachers in Wisconsin.
  • Students are in the midst of ASPIRE testing, and ACT results are coming in.
  • Teachers are opting into the Modern Classroom Project to bring hybrid, asynchronous, mastery learning to WUHS classrooms.
  • WUHS will apply to be a model PLC school during the 2021-2022 school year.  
     
12. President's Report
 
13. Adjourn from Open Meeting
 
14. Reconvene in Executive Session under State Statute 19.85 (1) (c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility,
 
14.A. Salary of Director of Communications and Marketing 
 
14.B. Salary of Superintendent
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