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February 28, 2022 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 on Friday, February 25, 2022, and by posting in the District Office, at Entrance #19, and on the District's website. Minutes from the December 12, 2021 regular meeting and the minutes from the special board meetings of January 12, 2022 and January 17, 2022 were published in the Waterford Post on Friday, January 28, 2022. These minutes were also published on the District's website.
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Consent Agenda
5.A. Treasurer's Report
Attachments: (1)
5.B. Meeting Minutes - January 24, 2022 Regular Board Meeting
Attachments: (1)
5.C. Staffing Updates
5.C.(1) Letter of Retirement - Holly Knurr, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
5.C.(2) Letter of Retirement - Michael Harmeling, Social Studies Teacher
5.C.(3) Sick Leave Bank Request
Description: 

Employees who have exhausted their sick leave may submit a request to the Board of Education to qualify as a recipient of the Staff Sick Leave Bank. Prior to submission, the District reserves the right to request documentation from a physician to verify a sick leave request. If the Board of Education grants approval, then District employees may voluntarily transfer up to three days of their unused sick leave into the Sick Leave Bank.

Staff member Derek Machan has exhausted his sick leave and requests qualification as a recipient of the Staff Sick Leave Bank.  The District recommends approval.

5.D. Overnight Field Trip Requests (April-July, 2022)
Attachments: (1)
5.E. Early College Credit/Start College Now - Summer/Fall 2022
Description:  Included in this packet is a list of WUHS students who have submitted a Letter of Intent to attend classes at a four-year university or at a technical school this summer or fall.   
5.F. Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients
Description: 

Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or independent institution in the state.  This year's recipients are Abigail Stultz and Gaylord Carson.

Attachments: (1)
5.G. Technical Excellence Scholarship Winners
Description:  This year, WUHS is able to offer two (2) Wisconsin State Technical Excellence Scholarships to graduating seniors based on their Career &Technical Education course credits, Career & Technical Student Organization participation, and their CTE gpa after seven semesters. Recipients are Riley Corey and Hannah Schroeder who will be attending the meeting. 
Attachments: (1)
6. Student Recognition -  State Qualifiers 
6.A. State Bowling Tournament - Madison Pozek
6.B. Varsity Dance Team
Description:  The Varsity Dance team recently qualified for the 2022 Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) Varsity Dance State Competition held February 5 in LaCrosse. Team members include: Allison Applebee, Emma Baumeister, Brianna Engel, Lauren Esch, Kennedy Hancock, Brynn Hendrickson, Kristina Poltrock, Caileigh Schaefer, Faith Stencel, Corinne Street, Hailey Van Buren, Hannah Whitman, and Sarah Whitman.

 
6.C. Technical Excellence Scholarship Winners
Description:  This year, WUHS is able to offer two (2) Wisconsin State Technical Excellence Scholarships to graduating seniors based on their Career & Technical Education course credits, Career & Technical Student Organization participation, and their CTE GPA after seven semesters. Recipients are Riley Corey and Hannah Schroeder who will be attending the meeting. 

The scholarships are only for use at a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) located within the state. The value of the scholarship is up to $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition for six semesters.
Attachments: (1)
6.D. Academic Excellence Scholarship Recipients
Description: 

Academic Excellence Scholarships (AES) are awarded to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest grade point average in each public and private high school throughout the State of Wisconsin. The value of the scholarship is $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition at a participating University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, or independent institution in the state.  This year's recipients are Abigail Stultz and Gaylord Carson.

7. 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.
8. Information Items
8.A. Student Council Report
Description:  The Student Council Sergeant at Arms will provide an update on the recent activities of various student co-curricular clubs. 
8.B. Enrollment Report
Description:  Attached to the board's agenda for review are enrollment numbers for the school years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.  Although the high school enrollment is slightly down from last year to this year, the overall K-12 Districts enrollment is slightly up.  The net open enrollment of students leaving the District to students arriving in the District increased from a positive gain of 10 students to 11.  The District considers enrollment, in general, to be flat or slightly increasing, suggesting that staffing levels should remain generally flat for next year.

 
Attachments: (1)
8.C. Budget Assumptions
Description:  In developing the budget, the District makes key assumptions.  The Board has the opportunity to influence the assumptions below prior to developing the preliminary budget.  

Assumptions Made:

Flat Enrollment.
Open Enrollment net plus 10 students.
0% Shared Revenue Increase
0% Per Pupil Categorical Aid Increase
Property Value Increase of 2.5%
4.7% Salary Increase.
5% Benefit Increase.
5% Transportation Increase.
2% Utility, Insurance, and Food Service Increases

 
8.D. Early Retirement Option
Description:  The District used language that allowed an employee to retire at age 50 with 25 continuous years of service.  In doing so, the employee would receive the full benefit afforded to them as a regular retiree at age 55 with 15 years of continuous service.  

The District seeks board input on a proposal to allow an employee to receive a one-time termination benefit for employees between the ages of 50 and 55 with 25 continuous years of service to receive 100% of their accrued HRA benefit in the form of a 403(b) contribution, 20 continuous years would receive 75%, and 15 years would receive 50%. The 403(b) will be distributed over six years beginning January 1 of 2023.  

If the board desires to pursue an early retirement option, the District will seek input and make a final recommendation at the March 21 board meeting.
8.E. ESSR III - Safe Return to In-Person & Continuity of Services Plan Public Comment
Description:  The District seeks public comment on the remaining LEA funds of $843,142 that may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, ARP ESSER funds may be used to develop strategies and implement public health protocols on reopening and operating schools to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff, as well as:

• coordinating preparedness and response efforts with State, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19;
• training and professional development on sanitizing and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases;
• purchasing supplies to sanitize and clean the LEA’s facilities;
• repairing and improving school facilities to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards;
• improving indoor air quality;
• addressing the needs of children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth;
• developing and implementing procedures and systems to improve the preparedness and response efforts of LEAs;
• planning for or implementing activities during long-term closures, including providing meals to eligible students and providing technology for online learning;
• purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, connectivity, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment) for students that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including students from low-income families and children with disabilities;
• providing mental health services and support, including through the implementation of evidence-based full-service community schools and the hiring of counselors
Attachments: (1)
8.F. Neola Policy Updates - Vol. 30 No. 2
Description:  Attached are the most recent updated policies from Neola for Board consideration and review. These will be presented at the next regular meeting for action.
Attachments: (2)
9. Items For Board Action
9.A. New Fund 21 Activity Account - BalloonFest
Description:  The District will reintroduce BalloonFest as a one-day event on July 16th.  The full cost of the event is estimated to be $3,200 and will be offset by revenues generated by sponsorships.  To track revenue and expenditures, an activity account will be used in Fund 21.  Fund balances may carry over from year to year.  No operational levy will be used to fund the event.
Attachments: (1)
9.B. 2022-23 and 2023-24 School Year Calendars
Description:  Copies of the proposed school year calendars for the next two school terms are attached. 
Attachments: (2)
10. Superintendent's Report
10.A. Referendum Update
11. President's Report
12. Adjourn from Open Meeting

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