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EV-W School Board Nov. 13, 2012

School Board Proceedings

Eden Valley-Watkins

Public School #463

November 13, 2012

The Board of Education met in regular session on November 13, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. with Frank Eder, Shelley Kern, Sarah Kuechle, Julie Meyer, Bob Stenger and Superintendent Mark Messman present. Members absent:  JoAnn Rademacher, Jeremy Willner.  Cathy Wuertz, Assistant Business Manager, was present to take notes in Business Manager Nick Thielen’s absence.

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Frank Eder.

The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The revised agenda adding Accept Cathy Wuertz resignation and changing Recommendation to Hire Cathy Wuertz as Business Manager-contract pending negotiations to contract at table was approved on a motion by Bob Stenger and seconded by Shelley Kern.  Motion carried unanimously.

The consent agenda was approved on a motion by Shelley Kern and seconded by Sarah Kuechle.  Motion carried unanimously.

Items included in the consent agenda:

-Approved the minutes of the October 22, 2012, Regular School Board Meeting

-Approved a revised classified contract with Jessica Piram from
4 to 5 hours/day effective 9-4-12

-Approved an extra curricular contract, Jeremy Monson, Jr. High Girls Basketball Coach, Grp 7,Yr 1

-Accepted a donation of $120.00 from Eagle Boosters for 3 Honor Choir students

-Accepted a donation of $500.00 from Eagle Boosters for Band/Choir trip

-Accepted a donation of $600.00 from Eagle Boosters for Study Island program

-Accepted a donation of $250.00 from Eden Valley Lions Club, Inc. for Bremer IMPACT program

-Accepted a donation of $1,174.50 from Eden Valley Lions Club, Inc. for Study Island program

-Notice of following Board Committee Meeting(s)  (Board Room unless noted) 

Construction Meetings on Wednesdays at 10:00 am in KA Trailer

Policy Committee on November 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Administrative Negotiations with Business Manager TBD

Curriculum Advisory (PER) November 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Community Education Advisory on November 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Rob Pederson arrived at 7:05 p.m.

The November 13, 2012, bills, checks #55154 through #55273 electronic tax payments and P-card purchases, totaling $1,204,602.12 were presented and approved on a motion by Sarah Kuechle and seconded by Julie Meyer.  Motion carried unanimously.

GENERAL FUND 343,924.70





A complete list of the bills is available in the District Office. 

The following items of business were transacted:

1. Superintendent Mark Messman went over November enrollments with 925 students enrolled.

2. Nancy Schulzeteberg from the audit firm of Kern, DeWenter and Viere, Ltd., presented the audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.  The board approved the audit report on a motion by Sarah Kuechle and seconded by Julie Meyer. Motion carried unanimously.

3. Member Shelley Kern introduced the Resolution Canvassing Returns Of Votes Of School District General Election and moved its adoption:

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 463 as follows:

1. It is hereby found, determined and declared that the general election of the voters of the district held on November 6, 2012, was in all respects duly and legally called and held.

2. As specified in the attached Abstract and Return of Votes Cast, a total of 4,740 voters of the district voted at said election on the election of four school board members for four year term vacancies on the board caused by expiration of term on the first Monday in January next following the general election as follows:







The motion was seconded by Member Bob Stenger and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Shelley Kern, Bob Stenger, Julie Meyer, Sarah Kuechle, and Frank Eder; and the following voted against the same: None; and the following were absent: JoAnn Rademacher and Jeremy Willner; whereupon said resolution was passed. The complete resolution is on file in the District Office.

4. The Board approved the Annual Assurance Of Compliance With State And Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination on a motion by Shelley Kern and seconded by Julie Meyer. Motion carried unanimously.

5. The Board accepted the resignation of Cathy Wuertz as Assistant Business Manager effective January 4, 2013, on a motion by Bob Stenger and seconded by Shelley Kern. Motion carried unanimously.

6. The Board approved the recommendation to hire Cathy Wuertz as Business Manager effective January 7, 2013, and approved her administrative contract on a motion by Sarah Kuechle and seconded by Bob Stenger. Motion carried unanimously.

7. Building project update was given by Superintendent Mark Messman. Manufacturers will clean the kitchen floor in the elementary cafeteria to our satisfaction or will redo the floor this summer.

8. American Education Week (November 12-16) was discussed and activities were reviewed.

9. Superintendent Mark Messman discussed with the Board updates and options on employment vacancies. The Speech Clinician position has been filled and contract will be at the December 3 board meeting for approval.

10. Fall Athletic Activity Report was given by Dave Schneider and included discussion of football, volleyball, cross country, hockey, gymnastics, basketball and wrestling.

11. The following board committee reports were given: 

Sunshine Committee report was given by Shelley Kern.

IMPACT (Bremer Grant) Committee, per Julie Meyer, had nothing new to report.

Policy Committee report was given by Superintendent Mark Messman.

Negotiations Committee report was given by Frank Eder.

12. Elementary Principal Rob Pederson reported on elementary happenings, events and staffing/student concerns at the elementary level including railroad safety lyceum, new teacher hire (Becky Hiltner), American Education Week, conferences, skits for bully prevention, family night, Title I dollars, and other new hires and/transitions.

13. Superintendent Mark Messman reported for Secondary Principal Bruce Kiehn on secondary happenings, events and staffing/student concerns at the secondary level including conferences, staff development, College In Schools, Xmas for kids, railroad safety lyceum, PER dates, work on class schedules, and meetings with three vendors on online learning.

14. Superintendent Messman reported on the following issues:  November School Board Election, MSBA Board Training Opportunities & Timelines, MASA P-card System and Rebate, November 5 & 16 staff development days, updated emergency closing procedures, principal/teacher evaluations, and other items.

15. JoAnn Rademacher arrived at 8:25 p.m.

16. Items for December 3 meeting’s agenda:

Building Project

Truth In Taxation

Approval of Seniority Lists (Classified and Certified)

Change in meeting time of December 3 board meeting from
7 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m. on a motion by Julie Meyer and seconded by Bob Stenger. Motion carried unanimously.

JoAnn Rademacher


Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012.