The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education for the School District of Osceola was held in the Boardroom on April 3, 2019. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Timm Johnson at 6:30 P.M. with roll call taken: Pete Kammerud – yes; Craig Brunclik -yes; Timm Johnson – yes; Rosanne Anderson- yes; and Brooke Kulzer -yes. In addition, Superintendent Mark Luebker, Business Manager Lynette Edwards, Director of Instruction Becky Styles, Dean of Students Arvid Maki, Director of Pupil Services Leah Voelker along with Building Principals Adam Spiegel, Amanda Meyer, Julie Bender and Lindsay Thomas attended the meeting.
A Pete Kammerud/Craig Brunclik motion was made to approve the complete consent agenda with a requests of pulling out retirements made by Pete Kammerud.
Hires, Resignations, and Retirements
Resignation(s): Michael Waltzer, OHS Asst Cook
Recognition(s): Michael Waltzer, OHS/OIS Custodian
Hire(s): Scott Newton, OHS Assistant Principal, Bruce Spry, OES Custodian Supervisor, Katelynn Meyer, OMS Certified Aide, Erin Kahnke, School Psychologist
Retirements: Earl Paulson, Bus Drive 20 years, Peter Gwiazdon, OES Custodian 13 years
A Pete Kammerud/Rosanne Anderson motion was made to approve retirements. The Board thanked Earl and Pete for their years of service at the Osceola School Distict. Motion Carried.
A Craig Brunclik/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve the payment of bills from General Fund with hand payables checks numbered 94531 through 94538 and computerized checks numbered 175068 through 175088 and 175177 through 175231 and HRA 1182-1187 for a total of $673,241.22. Motion Carried.
Rosanne Anderson reported on the Committee meeting: Becky Styles presented on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and John Gauper along with Carol Bulman from SF Insurance reviewed Health & Dental renewals.
A Rosanne Anderson/ Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve HealthPartners health insurance renewal, presented by Mark Luebker. Motion Carried.
A Pete Kammerud/Brooke Kulzer was made to approve HealthPartners dental renewal, presented by Mark Luebker. Motion Carried.
A Brooke Kulzer/Rosanne Anderson was made to approve Early College Credit Program and Start College Now Applications presented by Adam Spiegel. 17 applications were approved. Motion Carried.
A Craig Brunclik/Brooke Kulzer motion was made to approve Official School Board election results. Presented by Mark Luebker. The Board of Canvassers met at 4:00pm with results of Brian Meyer received 1320 votes, Pete Kammerud received 1310, and Jan Carlson received 918. Brian Meyer and Pete Kammerud will both serve a 3 year term starting April 22,2019. Motion Carried.
A Rosanne Anderson/Pete Kammerud motion was made to approve the Official Referendum election results. Presented by Mark Luebker. The Board of Canvassers met at 4:00pm with results of 1018 Yes votes and 1237 No votes. The Board would like to thank the Osceola Proud group along with community members/staff for their effort in the referendum. Motion Carried.
Becky Styles: Thanked Timm for his years as a School Board member.
Mrs. Bender: Forward testing started this week, thank you to our Tech team for supporting us. Author visit from Laurel Snyder will be on April 17th. OES at 9:00am and OIS at 10:15am. OIS Spring Concert will be Friday May 10th.
Ms.Thomas: A big thank you to the Osceola PTA and volunteers for organizing such a great and successful carnival. OES sold the most raffle tickets and earned a movie and popcorn prize. Student Henry B. will be principal for a day on April 9th. Thank you to Kristin Boileau, Kerri Stener, Marcia Carlson, Heidi McNitt and Kaitlyn Carlson for hosting and leading professional development opportunities for staff. We are rolling out a new way to do class list creation; this process has started and is going well!
Mr. Spiegel: State FBLA competition is next Monday and Tuesday, 7 students will be competing. State Forensics competition is next Friday, 24 students will be competing. ASPIRE testing for grades 9 and 10 will take place April 10 and 11. This test is being added to the state report card scoring, to show growth from grades 9 to 11. Thank you to Mr. Meyer for taking care of the state required social studies Forward testing of sophomores and citizenship testing of our seniors. Powerlifters had a great performance at Nationals last weekend. Course requests are complete and we’ll begin determining section numbers and building a schedule asap. We can anticipate some problems in meeting requests for certain courses. We have more request than we have staff, but we are glad our students want to get a well rounded education. The second annual Mattress Fundraiser to support the OHS Choir is Sunday April 7th. Prom is schedule for Saturday April 27th.
Ms. Meyer: Forward testing started on Monday--thank you to Becky Styles, Charlene Ogren, Kari Erickson, Arica Stensven, Tech team, and teachers for organizing the schedule, student supports, and technology needed for this. Summer school planning is nearly complete; thank you to Bonnie McMartin for all her behind-the-scenes work. Congratulations to our DI team as they head to state! 7th grade spring reward day is on Friday that will focus on a community-building breakfast as well as an Outsiders dress up day and movie. 7th and 8th grade track and field started; there are over 100 students signed up and their home meets are 4/9, 4/23, and 4/30--come support them!
Mr. Maki: We’ll be meeting soon with Tom Brock from the Mental Health Task Force to talk about how to continue offering what is now being called Teen Check, formerly Y-Screen, the mental health screening of our freshmen. The proposal is for the Task Force to cover the management of the screening and all follow-up as they have been doing, but to ask each district to cover the cost of the counseling professionals brought in for the day. The 4th Annual Polk County Suicide Awareness walk is Saturday May 18th, and each school is being challenged to set up a fundraising team page. The Joint Finance committee is inviting testimony regarding nicotine, smoking, and vaping issues at UW-River Falls on April 15th. Mary Boe at Polk County Public Health is offering to coordinate testimony.
Mrs. Voelker: Grade-Level Transition: Administration, Counselors, High School and Middle School Special Education Staff met to discuss students with special needs that will transition to a new school in the fall. Focus of planning including scheduling, class placements and points-of contact for parents and students. A transition meeting night will be held April 11th for incoming high school students to meet with the high school special education staff.Similar planning will be taking place between Intermediate school and Middle school Staff as well as Elementary and Intermediate staff, in the coming weeks. Elementary staff has been working with Julie Betchkal from CESA 11 to improve our Preschool Inclusion strategies (Indicator 6). Work included identifying more inclusive practices to services young students with disabilities as well as being able to assign student the appropriate environmental code for reporting purposes.
Mr. Luebker: Thank you to Timm Johnson for your 36 years as a School Board Member.
The next scheduled Community Meetings is Thursday March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the OIS Media Room.
The Board Retreat/Special Meeting is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the Boardroom.
The next scheduled Committee Meeting is Wednesday April 24, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Boardroom.
The next scheduled regular Board Meeting is Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Boardroom.
Timm Johnson is thankful for his time as a School Board Member where it has been real privilege and pleasure. He is proud and would like the community to know how we took a school district and turned it into a great school district.
A Craig Brunclik/ Pete Kammerud motion was made to adjourn. Motion carried
Pete Kammerud, Clerk