The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the High School Auditorium on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. The meeting was called to order by President Brooke Kulzer at 6:30 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Kysa Marten –yes; Lanette Johnson-yes; Brian Meyer-yes; and Brooke Kulzer –yes. Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Dr. Becky Styles, Director of Pupil Services Jessie Thorson, and Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Scott Newton, Lindsay Thomas and Julie Bender also attended the meeting.
A Brian Meyer/Lanette Johnson motion was made to approve the consent agenda without the request to pull any items out for discussion. Motion Carried.
Adopt the agenda
Approved minutes of the Regular Meeting held on January 27, 2021
Hires, Resignations, and Recognitions.
Resignation: Ryan Wood, Business Ed Teacher
Recognition(s): Cody Anderson, OES Custodian
A Kysa Marten/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with ACH numbered 202000199 - 202000276, hand payable check 94579 and computerized checks numbered 177076 - 177291 for a total of $1,110,620.95. Motion Carried.
School Board Committee Reports presented by Lanette Johnson. CiftonLarsonAllen presented the 2019-20 Fiscal Audit, the Board review Committee Policy 0155 with no changes as this time, Superintendent Mark Luebker reviewed new and revised board policies, Business Manager Lynette Edwards reviewed budget projections & hypotheticals, and Technology Diretor Karleen Partak did a technology update. The technology department was recently awarded the TEACH Grant that will allow the District to update network infrastructure in the High School. Also aged Promethean Boards are being replaced with either ActivPanels or projectors as the budget allows, working on a rotation schedule for aged network infrastructure, rotation of staff and student devices and classroom technology.
A Kysa Marten/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the two Early College Credit Program applications. Motion Carried.
A Lanette Johnson/Kysa Marent motion was made to keep Board Meetings times at 6:30 p.m. Motion Carried.
A Brian Meyer/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the 2019-2020 Fiscal Audit. Motion Carried.
Director of Instruction Dr. Becky Styles presented information on the Osceola Virtual Academy (OVA) for the 2020-21 school year. At the start of Semester 2 (January 27) 73 students were enrolled. The Board will review OVA for the 2021-22 school year at the March 10 School Board.
Middle School Principal Amanda Meyer presented by Adam Spiegel: OMS completed all winter MAP testing and are a few weeks into a new WYN and intervention groups working on specific skill growth. This data will also be sent home to families. We saw a lot of growth. Transition plans for our 8th grade students are underway in preparation for the 8th grade parent night. February 11th is our Winter Fun Day. We have adjusted schedules to allow an afternoon full of fun activities. Choices included swimming, bingo, movies, games, sledding, volleyball, etc. A huge thank you to Renee Salewski and student council members for all their hard work planning the activities, prizes and hallway decorating.
High School Principal Adam Spiegel: OHS is in the process of wrapping up course requests for next year. Thank you to Lori Maypark, Bryan Marks, Nate Gehring and Sara Henke for all their work. The state mandated ACT test is scheduled for March 9th. Proctors will be trained during in-service day. The virtual 8th Grade Parent Night is scheduled for March 8 will be recorded for parents who were unable to attend. Then on March 9th the 8th grade class will come to OHS for an elective class course fair. Students who are taking AP Biology and AP Stats starting next year will be able to earn a college credit without taking an AP test through UWRF. Prom 2021 is scheduled for on May 8th at the Croix View Farm.
High School Assistant Principal Scott Newton: We are headed into the postseason for our basketball teams. The girls basketball team will travel to Hayward on February 12 and boys basketball will also travel to Hayward on February 16. Link Crew is planning a fun snow tubing trip on March 5 for the freshman class with the Link Crew Leaders. The WIAA will be coming out with a spring season athletics guideline soon for each individual sport. Spring coaches are in the process of completing sign-ups and scheduling contact days prior to the season.
Business Manager Lynette Edwards: Today was the first Appreciation Station for all district staff where they are provided with treats. The Appreciation Station will continue bi-weekly for the remainder of the school year for staff. Friday, February 12 all staff will be updated on the status of Summer 2021 projects and the Elementary Facility planning and process. The IT Department has been awarded a $59,000 TEACH Grant to be used for network upgrades in 2021-22.
Intermediate School Principal Julie Bender: Wellness Week was postponed and potentially rescheduled for the week of February 22. The Winter Book Fair will take place the week of February 22. The eWallet option will be available again for students. Teachers at OIS have been digging deeper into winter data from FastBridge. A huge thank you to Mindy Havlish and Abby Rodke for all their hard work. Friday, May 14 is track and field day at OIS.
Director of Pupil Services Jessie Thorson: Thank you to Jim Steffen and the Knights of Columbus for a donation to the special education department from their Tootsie Roll Drive. The special education team is currently working on a plan for these funds. Continuing to work with staff to increase their knowledge and the use of FastBridge as an assessment tool. In the special education department we have 44 groups being monitored at OES, 34 at OIS and 26 at OMS. Also working with School Counselors and School Psychologists on applying for a mental health grant. We are in the initial planning phases. Currently the team has identified Professional Development, School Climate and Parent & Community Involvement.
Elementary School Principal Lindsay Thomas: OES kicked off Pennies for Patients. Big thank you to Mr. Aytay and the OHS drumline for coming over and walking the halls to get us started with our fundraising efforts. OES is in the midst of virtual Child Development Days. In-person meetings have been set for those with continued concerns. A virtual Q&A will be held on February 25 for incoming 4K families. COVID has hit the OES team hard these past two weeks and we are thankful for the team for being so flexible, accommodating and understanding as we navigate through staffing shortages, student/classes out of the building and the shifting of students to best serve them. Currently working on our spring concern plans.
Director of Instruction Dr. Becky Styles: Summer school planning is underway. New ELA standards are out and the new math standards draft has been released. Friday, February 12 is a staff- in service day.
Superintendent Mark Luebker: Last week was bus driver appreciation week, thank you to all our bus drivers and transportation department for all the work! If you have not had the chance to read the Osceola Sun, there is a nice write up from one of our bus drivers.
The next Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. in the Osceola High School Auditorium. A public audience will be allowed for this meeting and the room will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. All visitors will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Visitor Screening.
The next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the Osceola High School Auditorium. A public audience will be allowed for this meeting and the room will be set up to follow social distancing guidelines. All visitors will be required to fill out a COVID-19 Visitor Screening and a facial covering.
Brooke Kulzer announced the passing of long time employee Roger Martell. The Board and Administrative team will send a memorial on Roger’s behalf.
A Kysa Marten/Lanette Johnson motion was made to adjourn. Motion Carried.
Pete Kammerud, Clerk