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Mercer School

2690 W Margaret St.
Mercer, WI 54547

Office: 715-476-2154

September, 2019

Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 30, 2019

Mercer School District

 

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

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Bob Davis, Jim Hannemann, Sue Loth, Micki Holmstrom and Jeff Nehring.

 

OTHER PERSONS PRESENT:  Interim District Administrator, Sheri Kopka, Bookkeeper, Tricia Thompson, Denise Thompson, Sharon Drawz, Mary Ann Sabec, Dick & Ginny Kemplin, Kathy Hannemann, Tom & Doris Marsel, Kelly Kohegyi, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Pegg, Natalie Allen, Amanda Kopka, Dorothy Bangle, Mark Higby, Deanna Pierpont, Vic Saeger, Dorothy Wahner, Dick Thiede, Debra Patton, Mary Klopatek, Deanna Huybrecht, Nancy Lundquist, Shirley Kessler, Raven Miller, Dick Hassberg, Linda Seal, Haley Allen, Zoe Botes, Jessica Klopatek, Molly Hohner, Ella Torkelson, Robyn Schoeneman, Aubrey Schoeneman, Sally Begalle, Kadence Knipp, Debbie Hohner, Becky Bettin, Norb Brossmer, Sue Benzel, Ron Grams, and Ricky Kelly from the Iron County Miner.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT:

Mary Klopatek asked the board to hire a temporary substitute for the high school history position and then re-hire Mrs. Hohner in the fall of 2019. Also, asked board to hire Mrs. Hohner as an aid for the remainder of this school year.

 

Kelly Kohegyi expressed her concerns with asking people to volunteer their time to work at the middle school sporting events.

 

Ron Grams spoke in support of Mrs. Hohner

 

APPROVAL OF BOARD MEETING MINUTES:  Motion by Jeff Nehring, seconded Jim Hannemann to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes from Monday, August 26, 2019 and Special Board Meeting Minutes from Wednesday, September 4, 2019 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

APPROVAL OF TREASURER’S REPORT:  Motion by Jeff Nehring, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to approve the Treasurer’s report as presented. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

APPROVAL OF DISTRICT PAYMENTS:  Motion by Micki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve vouchers 59470 thru 59569 (general account) and 11381 thru 11394 (activity account) in the amount of $ 135,532.70. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

 

BOARD REPORTS:

 

PRESIDENTS REPORT:  Submitted and read by Bob Davis

 

ADMINISTRATORS REPORT:  Submitted and read by Sheri Kopka

 

ATHLETIC REPORT:  Submitted by Mr. Miller and read by Sheri Kopka

 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM REPORT:  Submitted by Holly Duensing and read by Sheri Kopka

 

CESA #12 MEETING REPORT:   Submitted and read by Jim Hannemann

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

 

Recommendations on policy changes

Upcoming WASB regional meeting in Minocqua

Status on Advisory Committee

 

ACTION ITEMS:  Motion by Miki Holmstrom, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve Auto Payroll Deposit Policy #6510 as presented. After some discussion. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Jeff Nehring to approve Employee Handbooks as presented. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Sue Loth, seconded by Jeff Nehring to approve fund transfers from Fund 60 to Fund 21 and Fund 71 per GASB 84 Summary. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jeff Nehring, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve fund transfer regarding Fund 60 reconciliation. All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jeff Nehring, seconded by Jim Hannemann to approve payment of McKinstry invoice #20027939 as presented.  All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Sue Loth to acknowledge and accept, with regrets, the status of Mrs. Debbie Hohner’s teaching contract as being void as of 9/11/2019.  After discussion on this relative to the action taken by the DPI relative to the status of the teaching license.  All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jeff Nehring, seconded by Jim Hannemann to give permission to the interim- administrator to pursue and hire a 7-12 Social Studies Teacher All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Jeff Nehring to convene into closed session pursuant to §19.85(1)(c), Wis. Stats., 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: District Assessment Coordinator position. Pursuant to §19.85(1)(f), Wis. Stats., to consider 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 except where par. (b) applies which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person referred to in such histories or data, or involved in such problems or investigations. Specifically, to discuss matters related to District Testing Allegations/Investigation.  Roll call vote, Micki Holmstrom – Yes, Bob Davis – Yes, Jim Hannemann – Yes, Sue Loth- Yes, Jeffrey Nehring- Yes, all ayes motion carried, 5-0. Convened into executive session at 6:46 PM p.m.

 

 

RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION:  Motion by Jim Hannemann, seconded by Micki Holmstrom to return to open session, All ayes, motion carried 5-0. Returned to open session at 7:56 p.m.

 

Motion by Jim Hannemann to compensate in the amount of $7000.00/year in monthly increments for Amanda Kopka as the District Assessment Coordinator. Motion amended by Jeff Nehring, seconded by Sue Loth to provide compensation in the amount of $7,000.00/year for the District Assessment Coordinator.  Comment by Board President-Bob Davis that this was not total “incremental compensation of $7,000.00”, but was a compensation level equivalent to what the position has paid in the past.  Present compensation for the position was $3,500.00 per year, this $7,000/00 was an increase of $3,500.00 per year to present compensation for the position.    All ayes, motion carried 5-0.

 

No further action was taken.

 

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

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.