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October 22, 2018

8/3/2018 9:12:00 AM
Construction package receives board OK

The Barneveld school board approved a bid package for steel and concrete Wednesday that was higher than it would have been pre-tariffs.
The bid package came in at $952,735 which was bumped up over $150,000 because of tariffs. Board member Tad Owens, who has been among those overseeing the project, said prices are now locked in so they should not go higher. He added that quotes the board receives now are only good for 15 days.
"We were fortunate to have gotten in before the prices went up on asphalt," he said.
The board spent time on bus drop off and traffic patterns for the school year while construction is going on. They decided it is a work in progress and will continue the study.
The board heard a school safety report from board member Jeremy Oyen who attended a two day seminar earlier this summer. He said that Barneveld received a government grant as phase one of funding, and that in some of the safety issues discussed Barneveld is already compliant.
Brett Stousland, district administrator, told the board that districts with more than one building can receive grants for each site and he is trying to see if the Barneveld district could somehow be eligible.
In preparation for the August 20 annual meeting, the board reviewed the proposed agenda which Stousland said is basically the same year after year. The board approved the proposed agenda.
The board reviewed a request from a teacher for five days off for a life event. The teacher would be attending a christening of a god child which would be held out of the country.
The new policy for such a request is now handled by the board, and Brad Zander made a motion to deny. The motion died for lack of a second.
Tami Bowser then moved to grant the request and it passed 4-3 with Amy Hugill, Rhonda Mullen, Tami Bowser and Randy Oimoen voting in favor while Tad Owens, Brad Zander and Jeremy Oyen were opposed.
Stousland updated the board on the fund balance. He noted that at the last meeting the board approved placing $50,000 in Fund 46 and $102,000 will be placed in fund balance. Potential uses could be for a server and/or infrastructure needs.
Stousland told the board that the position vacated when Phyllis Marx retired has yet to be filled. That involved intervention with reading and math. He said the intent is to put someone in the position to provide help to students requiring it and he wants to find the right person.
"We are deciding if we need someone to act as an academic coach or use a classroom teacher," Stousland said. "We need to evaluate our needs."
Registration for the new school year will take place August 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the IMC. There will be supplies available along with tables where information can be obtained from the PTO, Booster Club, Scouts and SMILES. School pictures will also be taken that day.
The board discussed three first readings for policies.
The policy concerning board vacancies included discussion on where notices should be placed. Board members suggested that such a notice should go in the Shopper and The Dodgeville Chronicle.
The promotion policy received extensive discussion. Bowser said she feels the 1.67 grade point average needed for promotion is too low and should be 2.0.
"The 1.67 just is not good enough,"she said.
Owens said he feels the district grades high so maybe it is ok at 1.67.
Bowser asked that 2.0 be added to the policy for the second reading.
That led to a discussion of summer school and the role it plays in getting students who have an F for the last quarter back to a D-. Last year, just under 10 students used the summer school to raise their grade and once it was raised they did not attend summer school anymore. Members are concerned that some students may let the last quarter go because they know they can make it up in summer school.
Stousland said he would get the middle school team together and discuss.
There was also a statement that Saturday school was effective when that was an option.
Under the policy noted as student solicitations, Zander suggested a wording change. Instead of freedom from religion he suggested the term the first amendment as it means that same thing.
The board also discussed the co-curricular policy which was up for a first reading. Zander said one change is that offenses now accumulate instead of being forgiven with a year without an offense.
When asked by an audience member about the math position, Stousland said it has been filled by a candidate from Chicago whose wife has accepted a job in Madison. He said he is still working on a school nurse as one is needed to verify immunizations in the first 45 days.

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