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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

May, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

Monday, May 28, 2019

Mercer School District

 

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

 

At this time Mr. Davis read a letter from Karl Anderson that was given to Clerk, Micki Holmstrom prior to the meeting indicating Mr. Anderson’s immediate resignation from the Mercer School Board

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Micki Holmstrom, Bob Davis and Jim Hannemann.

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  District Administrator, Erik Torkelson, Business Manager, Tricia Thompson, John Ashley, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Association of School Board, Sharon Drawz, Tom & Doris Marsel, Dick and Ginny Kemplin, Hedda Patzke, Kathy Hanneman, Paul and Sue Loth, Bill & Joyce Brundage, Mary Ann Sabec, Sheri  , Deanna Pierpont, Nancy Lundquist, Shirley Kessler, Dave and Louise Minisan, Dorothy Bangle, Vic Ouimette, Kelly Kohegyi, Norb Brossmer, Denise Thompson, Debbie Hohner Hohner, Mary Klopatek, Jessica Klopatek, Ella Torkelson, Ann Baxter, Sue Benzel, Pat Bush, Dick Hasburg, Norm McKindles, Deb Patton and Ernie Moore from Iron County Miner. 

 

APPROVAL OF APRIL BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, April 22, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

APPROVAL OF APRIL TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Bob Davis to approve the April 2019 Treasurer’s report as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

APPROVAL OF APRIL DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve vouchers 59144 thru 59274 (general account) and 11309 thru 11328 (activity account) in the amount of $ 167,629.87.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

 

ACTION ITEMS:

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Him Hannemann to accept Karl Anderson’s resignation from the Mercer School Board. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to appoint Jim Hannemann as the Chair of the Safety Committee and Bob Davis as the Chair of the Building and Ground Committee.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis, to approve the resignation of 6th grade teacher Amy Schmidt.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the 2019-20 Shared Services CESA #12 contract as presented by the District Administrator. After some discussion, all ayes, motion carried 3-0. 

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to accept the course option request as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion and amendment relative Video Recordings of School Board Meetings (from April Meeting) by Mr. Hannemann was dropped to the floor after discussion pursuant to lack of policy and lack of legal requirements by the district/board to provide service of recording board meetings for posting purposes as motioned. 

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

 

Denise Thompson spoke about meeting times of School Board meetings in the past, Pulic Comment placement on agenda and cost of CESA services.

Vic Ouimette spoke in regards to the ad that was run in the paper for the school board vacancy.

Louise Minisan thanked faculty and students for the road clean-up they performed in Mercer. She was very proud of their community service.

Deanna Pierpont brought attention to the fact that Kelly Kohegyi had received an award from the WIAA for 30 years of service. She also spoke about school board meeting start time and CESA Cracker Barrel.

Sue Loth spoke of her qualifications for being voted in to fill one of the vacant school board positions. She was an educator for 25 years, a swim teacher for 9 years and also has owned and operated her own business.

Bill Brundage spoke about official resignation date of Mr. Brandt, video recording of board meeting creating a possible liability to the district.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to convene into executive session per Wis. Stats. sec. 19.85.(1)(c), (e)and (f):

 

1.  To consider employment, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the school district has responsibility, specifically related to individual teacher contracts;

 

2. To deliberate or negotiate the terms of an agreement related to the provision 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.

Convened into executive session at 6:48 p.m.

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Bob Davis to return to open session.  All ayes, motion carried 3-0.  Returned to open session at 7:15 p.m.

 

Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve Teacher Contracts as presented which are reflective of a 3% base wage increase.   All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to allow our District Administrator the latitude to negotiate the settlement agreement and release with our 2016 health insurance provider. All ayes, motion carried 3-0.

 

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.