The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on October 9, 2019. The meeting was called to order by President Craig Brunclik at 6:03 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik –yes, Brian Meyer – absent; Rosanne Anderson-yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Dr. Rebecca Styles, Director of Pupil Service Leah Voelker along with building principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender, Lindsay Thomas also attended the meeting.
A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve the consent agenda without any items removed for further discussion. Motion Carried.
Adopt the agenda
Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held on September 25, 2019
Hires, Resignations, and Recognitions.
Hire(s): Sarah Larson, OMS Asst. Cook, Mandi Schmidt, OIS Regular Aide (PE Asst.), Lorraine Anderson, Bus Driver
A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with ACH-201900037-201900050, computerized checks numbered 176704-176834 for a total of $864,695.84. Motion Carried.
School Board Committee Report: Brooke Kulzer presented on the September 25th; Lisa Voisin from Baird provided a presentation on Tax Levy & Mill Rate and Bob Schmidt presented on capital improvement projects. Mark Luebker presented on the October 9th meeting; Discussion on the School Farm and Forest. We met with the Horst Rechelbacher Foundation to see if there is potential for partnerships, we will continue to look at options for the school forest and farm and will have more discussion at the November board meeting. Other items discussed was a Technology Update from our Co-Directors Karleen Partak and Bryan Marks, staff meal reimbursement and a District Wide Data review presented by Dr. Styles and our building principals. The State Report Card will be available later this month.
A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve Third Friday in September Pupil Count; September 20, 2019. The School District of Osceola total headcount is 1675. After adjustments factoring in Franconia School District students, open enroll in & out students gives us an adjusted headcount is 1582. Motion Carried.
A Rosanne Anderson/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve that staff meal reimbursements will match the Wisconsin Dells per diem rates. Motion Carried.
A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve OMS Student Council Fundraiser for 2019-2020. Motion Carried.
2019-2020 Budget Overview was presented by Lynette Edwards. The 2019-2020 preliminary budget was provided along with options for the tax levy. The Board will adopt the 2019-2020 budget and set the tax levy at the October 30, 2019 meeting.
A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the Osceola Youth Baseball donation of $500 for the infield groomer that was purchased earlier this year. Osceola Youth Baseball had nearly 30 teams and 275 participants in their program. The Board would like to thank them for their partnership. Motion Carried.
Dr. Styles: The Osceola Community Health Foundation granted OHS $2,500 for vaping education/prevention, intervention and cessation programming at OHS. The September in-service time was incredibly productive in all the buildings. Thank you to our admin team and teachers putting their all into the day. Mark and I are currently working with The Acreage for collaboration on staff in-service days. The school and district report cards are out for internal review and will be available to public this month. OHS is bolstering their academic and career planning for all students. This is a state mandate and the state provides the software called Xello for all students’ grades 6-12. As an admin team we are documenting our eMLSS (Equitable Multi-Leveled Systems of Support) protocols in all buildings.
Dr. Styles presented for Mr. Newton: OHS is currently piloting an online social-emotional curriculum with groups of students and is going well. Students have a choice in what curriculum to take and also have a reward tied in for completing. We are looking into educational/support pieces for students who are caught with vaping devices/tobacco. Maddie Link qualified and competed in the WIAA Sectional Golf Tournament. She finished her high school career on a high note with a score of 106. Mikayla Quigley and Ella Salewski qualified for the Sectional Tennis Tournament in the doubles bracket, they play tomorrow in Eau Claire. Conference meets for Cross Country is next Thursday in Somerset, both the boys & girls look to be very competitive. We have 51 boys currently signed up for basketball and will need to schedule 4 levels of play! The School play this year is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Musical Cinderella; shows run the weekends of November 1-3 and 8-10. WE have two high school students who auditioned and were invited to represent us at the Wisconsin School Music Association event on October 24-25 in Madison. Renee Vorndran is the Band and Brecken Styles in the Treble Choir. Renee had made it every year she had auditioned since 6th grade.
Mrs. Meyer presented for Mr. Spiegel: Parent Teacher Conferences are tonight, it’s hard to believe we are through our first semester. Teen Screen (formally known as YSchreen) is taking place this week. This is a great opportunity for us to gain insight on our freshman as they transition to high school. Our juniors went on college visit yesterday, we had a great turn out. College visited were UW Eau Claire, St Cloud, Chippewa Valley Technical College and the University of Minnesota. WE completed our first all school Academic and Career planning activity today in homeroom and it went well.
Mrs. Voelker: Special Education Enrollment- we have passed our October 1st child count, preliminary look would indicate a slight increase in students from last years’ count. However, we have some move ins and outs that they paperwork is still not finalized for. During the September staff in-service we had Fastbridge come in to train staff which is our progress monitoring tool. Brandon Tilkens will become certified at the end of this month as our new NVCI trainer and will then be able to help with staff recertifications. Brandon Tilkens and I will participate in Section 504 training in River Falls. Tess O’Briend-Heinzen Lawyer from Boardman and Clark will cover 504 criteria and eligibility, 504 due process, and updates on ADHD and ADD.
Mrs. Meyer: We recently celebrated National Custodian Day, thank you Jim and Bruce! Next weeks is National Bus Driver Week; thank you to all of our bus drivers. WE had a great September in services with a focus on our book study and our Educator Effectiveness process. Last Friday our 8th graders went on their academic field trip to the St. Croix River Boat and learned about the river, important landmarks and how the boats operate. Tonight our 8th graders had an opportunity to go to a pumpkin patch, this is an outing organized by our 8th grade Student Council members. Fria is our all school Fall Party from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Student will be able to enjoy crafts, games, a capture the pumpkin tournament, concessions, and much more. Thank you to our Student Council for organizing and to the staff members who volunteer to support this fun opportunity for our students. Fall sports are wrapping up; they all had fun and succefful seasons. Thank you to all our coaches who dedicate so much time and energy to their teams. Hex 2 will begin Monday. Work Hard, Play Hard implemented starts next week for our 7th and 8th grades. 6th graders have already started.
Ms. Thomas: We had our first ALICE drill of the year today. It went really well! We made it out of the building and all students seated at the auditorium in 18 minutes. Our staff and students totally rocked it. We will be debriefing tomorrow morning to make it even better. As part of our PBIS celebration for September, students decorated kindness rocks and we will have a rock garden near the entrance at OES. The October celebration is to take a large decorated class rock to Osceola businesses. They are amazing rocks and we are excited to continue to build the school/community relationship. We had our 1st and 2nd grade data digs on September 27th; it was very productive and meaningful time. We not only looked at data trends, but also used that data to update WYN groups and guide instruction in classrooms. PreK and K will have their data digs at our October in-service. We will once again be participating in Dairy Days this year; it will be October 23rd. It’s always a fun day for the students. National custodian day was October 2nd; thank you to Bruce, Scott, David and Michael for your hard work and commitment to the safety of our students and the cleanliness of our schools. Also a thank you to Steve and the bus drivers for getting our students to and from school safely.
• Ms. Thomas presented for Mrs. Bender: We are in our 6th week of WYN- utilizing 2 different WYN times per day (ELA and Math)- started the Tuesday after Labor day. We had a night of successful parent teacher conferences this week. We tried something new with 4th and 5th grade this year because of the departmentalization. Parents were given the opportunity to sign-up for 10 minutes slots with both ELA and Math teachers. 4th graders visited Forts Folle Avoine to further their knowledge of Native Americans and the Fur Trade which is a part of our Wisconsin History curriculum. While there, students learned about how Woodland Indians lived, survived relying on nature and about the fur trade. In addition, students visited a one room schoolhouse, a black smith, and a logging museum. Our 3rd graders visited the Heritage Center in New Richmond to learn about what life was like many years ago. They also attended Johnny Appleseed at the Old Gem Theater. Last week was National Custodian Day; thank you Randy and Randy! Next week is National Bus Driver Week- thank you to all.
Lynette Edwards: We are currently waiting to hear from auditing firm-CLA about our audit. The District Office is working on Breakfast & Benefits event for all staff that will take at the March 6 in-service. We will have a variety of vendors, businesses, organizations available to talk with our staff about a variety of items related to our benefits and overall employee wellness.
Mark Luebker: In recognition of National School Board Week; we appreciate all your support and working together for both the staff and students. Our school and community recently was faced with a tragic loss of a student, Isaiah Munn. A huge thanks to all our staff/school counselors for working with our students and community during this hard time. Isaiah will be missed dearly.
Craig Brunclik: Thank you to all those that created cards, posters and cupcakes in recognition of School Board Week.
The Board will be attending the WASB Strategies to Retain & Compensate Teachers Workshop Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake, WI.
The Board will be attending the WASB Region 1 Regional Training Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake, WI.
The next scheduled committee meeting is Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom.
The next scheduled regular Board Meeting is Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom.
A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried
Pete Kammerud, Clerk