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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

July, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mercer School District

 

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 5:01 p.m. by Board President, Bob Davis.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Micki Holmstrom and Jim Hannemann

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  Interim District Administrator, Sheri Kopka, Business Manager, Tricia Thompson, Debra Patton, Nancy Lundquist, Kelly Kohegyi, Sharon Drawz, Doris & Tom Marsel, Dick and Ginny Kemplin, Adam Kussard, Denise Thompson, Debbi Hohner, Shirley Kessler, Mary Ann Sabec, Ed Alvey Sr., Matt Schoeneman, Dorothy Wahner, Bill & Joyce Brundage, Linda Seal, Mary Klopatek, Norb Brossmer, Jeff Nehring, Vic Ouimette, Zach Wilson, Sue Benzel, Brian Baltz, Hedda Patzke, Sue & Dick Pegg, Adam Miller, Dorothy Bangle, Amanda Kopka, Paul and Sue Loth, Patt Moses, Rick Dooley, Barbara Shackleton, Ann Baxter, Deanna Pierpont, and Ricky from Iron County Miner.

 

APPROVAL OF REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, June 24, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

APPROVAL OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis to approve the Special Board Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, July 16, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Bob Davis, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented.  Prior to motion approval Mr. Davis provided an update on financial status relative to some key fund balances for the attendees) YTD vs Budget.   All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

APPROVAL OF DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve vouchers 59356 thru 59428 (general account) and 11365 thru 11378 (activity account) in the amount of $ 95,385.56.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann approve Early College Credit Program applications as presented. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve update of Graduation Requirement Policy #5460 as presented. All ayes, motion carried 3-0

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, to approve hiring of the 7-12 English Teacher, Sue Guenard. Motion amended Jim Hannemann to include for the submitted and approved base compensation of $47,000 plus $5,000 as the Reading Specialist. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

At this time the Board held an open mic session for the candidates for the board position appointments to speak.  After introductions each candidate was asked questions and provided answers.  The board issued ballots and a ballot vote was taken and submitted to the clerk with each Board members signature.  The clerk tallied the ballots and announced that a majority ballot had been cast for two individuals, Mr. Jeff Nehring, and Ms. Sue Loth, to fill the two vacant school board positions until the upcoming general spring election.  Appointees were informed that they had five days to decline their selection by submitting in writing, their intent to do so to the School Board Clerk. Furthermore, they were directed to stop at the Business Manager’s office at the school district and sign their “oath” paperwork once they had received their certificates of appointment which possibly could take up to 8 days.   

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Motion by Bob Davis, seconded by Jim Hannemann to convene into Executive Session 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 exercises responsibility, the Board of Education may move into closed session for the purpose of discussing:  

  

To consider employment, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the school district has responsibility, specifically related to District Staff Contracts:   

Temporary Administrators Contract.

Business Manager Contract

Buildings and Grounds Director Contract

Teacher Contracts

To deliberate or negotiate the terms of an agreement related to the provisions of health care insurance coverage, where the competitive and bargaining reasons require a closed session and to consider medical histories of specific persons which if discussed in public would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect and violate privacy interests related to medical information of specific individuals based on recent activities.

Health insurance coverage.   

Roll call vote, Micki Holmstrom-Yes, Bob Davis-Yes, Jim Hannemann-Yes, motion carried 3-0. Convened into closed session at 6:29 p.m. 

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to return to open session.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.  Returned to open session at 7:48 p.m.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to offer Ms. Sheri Kopka an Interim District Administrator contract effective August 1, 2019 thru June 30, 2020 pending necessary revisions as discussed in closed session, for a salary of $90,000.00. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

As a matter of record no action was taken on the Business Manager and Buildings and Grounds contracts.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to allow Board President Bob Davis to pursue action required to resolve health insurance requirements.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis to execute a revised teaching contract with third grade teacher Mrs. Kristin Powers in the amount of $47,230.00 for 2019-20. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to adjourn the meeting.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.