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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

September, 2016

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

 

Mercer School District

 

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

 

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

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  District Administrator, Erik Torkelson, Denise Thompson, Nancy Lundquist, Pat Moses, Rick Duley, Bill Gust, Adam Kussard, Vic Saeger, Dan Kiedrowski, Scott Lundquist, Sharon Drawz, Dorothy & Jim Wahner, Adam Miller, Raven Miller, Josh Reed, Sheri Kopka, Matt Schoeneman, Robyn Schoeneman, Sue Schenk, Kathy Tutt, Joyce & Bill Brundage, Shannon & Dorran Hiller, Mary Ann Sabec, Dick & Ginny Kemplin, Jim & Kathy Hanneman, Bernadine Byrnes, Linda Seale, Dave Sino, Mary Klopatek, Doug Kaiser from FYI and Ernie Moore from the Iron County Miner.

 

APPROVAL OF BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, August 22, 2016 as presented.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

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

 

APPROVAL OF DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to approve vouchers 56040 thru 56122 (general account) and 10633 thru 10643 (activity account) in the amount of $ 106,528.33. Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

ACTION ITEMS:  Motion by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, seconded by Noel Brandt to approve the second reading of Policy #5430 Student Class Rank/Grade Point Computation Policy.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Noel Brandt to approve the Tractor Purchase as discussed with Adam Kussard, Head Buildings and Grounds Director in the amount of $26,500.00.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

Motion by Kelly Kohegyi, seconded by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom to adopt and modify  Policy #140, Section 144.2-Board Member Ethics as discussed. Individual board member conduct discussion. Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:  Jim Hanneman asked about the budget meeting and budget process and the Community Service Fund.  Kathy Tutt talked about how the school is an integral part of this community and we should all work together for what is best for this community and school. She complimented the school board on doing a good job. Adam and Raven Miller talked about the incident at their home and they were disappointed that Christa Reinert being an elected board member and their boss has not tried to apologize for this situation.  The Miller’s said, that Mercer is a great community and school and they hope that everyone can concentrate on the positives mentioned by the previous lady.  Bill Brundage complimented the board on doing a great job and for holding this discussion in an open and transparent manner.  Pat Moses complimented Mr. Torkelson on his philosophy that our student’s education comes first.  She is concerned about the ACT scores for Mercer and the entire state. Mr. Torkelson explained in detail that the ACT test is now a part of the accountability report card and that everyone is asked to take the ACT test, not just college bound students.  He explained that since college bound students and those that are not going to college take the test, the average score is down.  He assured those in attendance that the ACT scores of college bound Mercer students are high enough to get them into any college that they want to go. He invited Pat Moses to come in anytime to discuss in more detail as he, too, is passionate about the subject of the ACT test. Pat Moses explained that Christa’s questioning has helped her to understand things better and she felt Christa should have been here to hear the discussion. Dorothy Wahner would like to hear Christa’s comments of why she pulled her children from our school and was wondering if she will have an opportunity to reply. Denise Thompson responded to a comment about sports.  She stated the fact that we have so many sports and why we are so passionate about it is because our kids don’t have anything in this town to do, they have sports.  This is their excitement and when they get involved with it, they stay out of trouble.  It also brings parents and the community members out and it’s a great thing to have the support of our community as we have great kids.  Deanna Pierpont asked for any other public comment 3 times, no other public comment.

 

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 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: District Administrator Contract.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.  Convened into executive session at 6:50 p.m. 

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, seconded by Noel Brandt to return to open session.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.  Returned to open session at 7:30 p.m.

 

Motion by Micki Pierce-Holmstrom, seconded by Noel Brandt to table the District Administator Contract until all board members are in attendance.  Roll call vote, all ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion by Noel Brandt, seconded by Kelly Kohegyi to adjourn the meeting.  All ayes, motion carried 4-0.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.