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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

April, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

Monday, April 22, 2019

Mercer School District

 

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Board Vice President, Karl Anderson.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Karl Anderson, Micki Holmstrom, Bob Davis and Jim Hannemann with Noel Brant absent.

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  District Administrator, Erik Torkelson, Business Manager, Tricia Thompson, Sharon Drawz, Tom & Doris Marsel, Dick and Ginny Kemplin, Hedda Patzke, Kathy Hanneman, Pat Moses, Rick Duley, Paul and Sue Loth, Colette Anderson, Bill & Joyce Brundage, Mary Ann Sabec, Sheri Kopka, Amanda Kopka, Gary Schlais, Terri & Kyle Dibelius, Julie Hoffmeister, Quintin Hoffmeister, Marie Pinzl, Deanna Pierpont, Nancy Lundquist, Shirley Kessler, David McNutt, Dave and Louise Minisan, Dorothy Bangle, Mark Higby, Opal Roberts, Vic and Joan Ouimette, Joe Kohegyi, Kelly Kohegyi, Tracy and Jim Baker, Anthony Stella, Tony Nelson, Bill Gust, Adam Kussard, Kay and Norb Brossmer, Thomas Tollakson, Denise Thompson, Deanna Huybrecht, Adeline Huybrecht, Jake and Kate Saarnio, Dean Gustafson, Brad Bettin, Chris Holmstrom, Steve Altman, Tanner Hiller, Deanna Byrnes, Tommy Hohner, M. Evelyn and Ernie Moore from Iron County Miner. 

 

APPROVAL OF JANUARY BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Bob Davis, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, January 28, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, February 26, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF MARCH BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Bob Davis to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, March 25, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF JANUARY TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Bob Davis, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve the January 2019 Treasurer’s report as presented.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the February 2019 Treasurer’s report as presented.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF MARCH TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Bob Davis, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve the March 2019 Treasurer’s report as presented.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF JANUARY DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve vouchers 58877 thru 58982 (general account) and 11243 thru 11260 (activity account) in the amount of $ 157,531.14.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve vouchers 58983 thru 59093 (general account) and 11261 thru 11279 (activity account) in the amount of $ 105,180.89.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

APPROVAL OF MARCH DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Bob Davis to approve vouchers 59805 thru 59170 (general account) and 11280 thru 11308 (activity account) in the amount of $234,016.07.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to elect the following slate of officers. Bob Davis as President, Karl Anderson as Vice President, Jim Hannemann as Treasurer and Micki Holmstrom as Clerk.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

At this time Bob Davis took his seat as the President.

 

Jim Hannemann was appointed as the CESA #12 Annual Meeting Delegate.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Karl Anderson, to approve the 2019-2020 School Calendar.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Bob Davis to approve video recording and posting of the monthly school board meetings on the school web site. Motion amended by Jim Hannemann to include having the recording posted within 3 to 5 days of all meetings to include school board meetings as well as committee meetings in accordance with state laws. After some discussion. Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Bob Davis to table the Recording and Posting of monthly Board meetings to the May board meeting, to review policy and statute requirements, and to possibly check other school districts to determine if there are best practices established for said actions.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Karl Anderson to accept Noel Brant’s resignation from the school board with regrets.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0. Bob Davis indicated after reading the resignation, that the board will follow state statute requirements in filling the vacancy per policy.  

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to change the Regular Board Meeting date in May to Tuesday, May 28, 2019.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

 

Paul Loth spoke about the accomplishments of both the Robotics and Forensics Teams. Hedda Patzke asked about the process by which the school board vacancy will be filled. 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis to convene into executive session per Pursuant to Wisc. Statutes 19.85 (1), (c) considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercise responsibility, and (f) considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary data of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons, the Board of Education may move into closed session for the purpose of discussing:

 

a. Under Wis. Stats. Sec. 19.85 (1)(c) and (f) Preliminary consideration of teacher contract renewal, non-renewal, layoff or staff reduction in hours and consideration of the issuance of preliminary notices of nonrenewal, layoff, reduction in force, pursuant to Wis. Stats. sec 118.22(3);

 

b. Under Wis. Stats. Sec. 19.85 (1)(g) to confer with legal counsel who is rendering oral or written advice with respect to discussions in which it is or is likely to become involved, to include DPI Fund 80 matter.

 

Convened into executive session at 6:07 p.m.

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Jim Hannemann to return to open session.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.  Returned to open session at 7:37 p.m.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Karl Anderson to act to accept the proposed settlement agreement for DPI Case #18-OLS-01 pending final revision and execution.   All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion by Karl Anderson, seconded by Jim Hannemann to adjourn the meeting.  All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:41 p.m.