The Special Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on February 3, 2020. The meeting was called to order by President Craig Brunclik at 7:00 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik –yes, Brian Meyer – yes; Rosanne Anderson-yes; and Brooke Kulzer –yes. Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Dr. Rebecca Styles, Director of Buildings & Grounds Bob Schmidt, Director of Pupil Services Leah Voelker, Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Scott Newton, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender, Lindsay Thomas, Kids Klub Director Michelle McManamy, Food Service Director Susan Mayer, Transportation Director Steve Leslie, Co-Director of Technology Karleen Partak & Bryan Marks attended the meeting.
A Brooke Kulzer/Pete Kammerud 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 January 27, 2020.
A Brooke Kulzer/ Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve Question 1 Priorities for Operational Referendum. $0 School Tax Increase-Operational Referendum. Priorities would include Educational Programming & Curriculum-Classroom Resources for Students (textbooks, software, classroom materials, technology devices) Curriculum offerings for students (world language, interventionist and all day 4K option), Transportation & Safety (1 new bus, repairs of current buses) Staffing (attract & retain high quality staff, cost-of-living increase) and restore custodial position that will also allow additional building access for community needs. Discussions included that if we are able to offer all day 4K, parents will still have the option for either half-day or full-day 4K. Currently we run 6 sessions of half day. For our custodial positions, we are down two staff from 5 years ago and current staff are needing to clean more spaces. We also want to be able to add more community hours to our facilities but would need custodial help to do so. Important message to the community is there will be a $0 dollar school tax increase for both questions. With aging school buses we are now on a 17 year rotation which requires more cost in repairs on current busses. 7 years ago we spent $30,000 on repairs where last year we spent $98,000 on repairs. With a successful referendum, we will purchase one bus per year and also provide additional dollars to our repair budget. Lynette Edwards also presented the Baird Forecast Model and pointed out the Average Impact to a $100,000 home: Current Year (2019-20) $920. Projected Year 1 (2020-2021) $893 and Projected Year 2 (2021-2022) $867.
A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve Question 2 Priorities for Facility Needs Referendum. $0 School Tax Increase-Facility Needs Referendum. The overall list for facility projects that was started in 2014 is now at a total of over $17 million dollars. From that list, we narrowed priorities down to $10 million. These priorities would include secure entrances, security cameras, boilers, chillers, energy savings projects, etc. at Osceola High School, Middle School and Intermediate School. The Maintenance & Custodial Team are confident they are able to complete many of those projects in-house instead of contracting out to save money. Motion Carried.
The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boardroom.
The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom.
A Brooke Kulzer/ Brian Meyer motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried
Pete Kammerud, Clerk