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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

October, 2016

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

 

Mercer School District

 

CALL TO ORDER:  The meeting was called to order at 5:29 p.m. by Board President, Deanna Pierpont.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Deanna Pierpont, Christa Reinert, Kelly Kohegyi, Micki Pierce Holmstrom, and Noel Brandt.

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  District Administrator, Erik Torkelson, Business Manager, Lori Boltz, and most of the people present from the Budget/Annual Meeting.

 

APPROVAL OF BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Noel Brandt to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Tuesday, September 27, 2016 with correction.  Roll call vote, Deanna Pierpont-yes, Christa Reinert-no, Kelly Kohegi-yes, Noel Brandt-yes and Micki Pierce-Holmstrom-yes.  Motion carried 4-1.

 

APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

APPROVAL OF DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Kelly Kohegi to approve vouchers 56123 thru 56212 (general account) and 10644 thru 10664 (activity account) in the amount of $ 132,374.59.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

ACTION ITEMS:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to set the 2016-17 tax levy at $2,254,394.00.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Noel Brandt to approve the Resolution for Short Term Borrowing as read.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Kelly Kohegyi to approve the 2016-17 Middle School Athletic Programs as read.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Christa Reinert to accept the resignation of Assistant Cook with regrets.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  Hedda Patzke wanted to know test score results, however Mr. Torkelson told her they are still embargoed at this time.  Mary Ann Sabec commented on school board member policy last month when Christa wasn’t in attendance and seem to be attacking her and wanted to know if this happens when other board members act inappropriately.  Deanna explained that we were modifying the Board Member Ethics policy and that this policy covers all board members.  She then questioned why a few months ago Nancy Lundquist was not allowed to speak and Board President, Deanna Pierpont explained that it was not on the agenda and the incident happened outside of school. President Pierpont apologized to Nancy Lundquist for not allowing her to read her letter at the August board meeting stating “I should have let you read your letter.”  Jeff Weber commented, regarding board member conduct, every board member should take a look at their conduct and check yourself with the bullying policy.  Kathy Tutt commented on the video camera placement and is hopeful at the next meeting we would take into consideration changing the video camera to looking at the board instead of the public.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to convene into executive session per Wisconsin statutes 19.85 (1) (c) considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the government body has jurisdiction or exercise responsibility, and (f) considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or problems or the investigation of charges against specific persons, the Board of Education may move into closed session for the purpose of discussing: District Administrator Contract.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.  Convened into executive session at 6:07 p.m.

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to return to open session.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 5-0.  Returned to open session at 7:04 p.m.  

 

Motion by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, seconded by Noel Brandt to give the administrator a 2% pay bonus retroactive 5 years in lieu of not taking a pay increase for 5 years.  Roll call vote, Noel Brandt-yes, Deanna Pierpont-yes, Christa Reinert-abstain, Micki Pierce-Holmstrom-yes and Kelly Kohegyi-abstain.  Motion carried 3-0 with 2 abstentions.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, seconded by Noel Brandt to adjourn the meeting.  All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:06  p.m.