Owen-Withee Board Wrap

Owen-Withee Board Wrap

4 mins
August 17, 2020

 by Bob Houts

The Board Wrap is a wrap up of the items discussed at the regular monthly meetings of the School Board of the School District of Owen-Withee. It is not meant to be “official minutes” of the meetings, but rather a source of information for interested parties. 

Closed Session

as Per 19.85 (1)(e) – Competitive Bargaining Reasons – The Board heard presentations from Bogseth bussing and Burnett Transportation on their offers to provide busing for the District.  Both companies had excellent points that offered the District opportunities.  The Board voted 5-2 to award the bussing contract to Dylan and Wally Bogseth of Bogseth Bussing. 

Regular Meeting – 7:00 PM 

New Business 

Discuss/Approve Resolution for Building Referendum – Jason Plante from Market & Johnson was on hand to present to the Board the cost estimate for building the cafeteria/kitchen/community multi-purpose room as well as the Ag/Tech addition. Cost of the project will be $5,039,005. With the $1,923,412 from a FEMA grant being deducted from the cost, the remaining that will come from the District is $3,115,593.  

The Board will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, August 17 at 7:00 PM to approved borrowing of $3,150,000 and going to a November referendum for the same amount. 

Discuss/Approve Student Handbooks – Principals Julie Van Ark and Matt Cihlar presented the 20-21 student handbooks to Board.  No changes were made to this year’s handbook.  The Board approved the handbooks on a 7-0 vote. 

Discuss/Approve resignation of Heidi Lenz – 2nd Grade – Heidi resigned her teaching position to start an equine therapy business at her home. The Board approved her resignation 7-0, wishes her well in her new business and thanks her for her years of service to the District. 

Discuss/Approve Short Term Borrowing Resolution – On a 7-0 vote the Board approved a $1.5 million loan for short-term borrowing to meet the operational needs of the District.  The loan is from Forward Bank at a rate of 3.0%. 

Discuss/Approve Change the dates of October Board Meeting to Monday, October 21 – The Board decided to leave the regular meeting in October on the 2nd Monday of the month as usual. Typically, we delay this meeting until later in the month so that we have all data needed to set the tax levy for the year. Because of the referendum this year, we will not know that actual tax levy until November 4th at the earliest. On a 7-0 vote, the Board did approve moving the Annual Meeting from October 19 to October 12, 2020. 

Discuss/Approve Use of Space Agreement with Clark County Community Services for 2019-20 – On a 7-0 vote, the Board approved renewing the contract with Clark County Community Services to provide mental health service to our students in our facility.  

Discuss/Approve Substitute Teacher Pay for 2020-21 – The Board voted 6-1 to approve increasing substitute teacher pay from $105 per day to $110. 

Discuss/Approve Purchase of Teacher laptops – On a 7-0 vote, the Board approved using a GEERS grant from the state to purchase laptops for teachers.  With the impending school year involving virtual learning and possible closures, there is a real need to upgrade the equipment that our teachers need to provide this type of educational opportunities. 

Discuss/Approve Bus Contract – The Board reported out that they had voted 5-2 to award the bussing contract to Bogseth Bussing. 

Administrators’ Reports   

Elementary –

Thursday, August 13 will see teachers having the opportunity to do some professional development in the area of Google Classroom and SeeSaw for delivering online curriculum.  Professional Development will also be delivered to teachers as we continue the implementation and expansion of the ARC Reading program this year. Thursday, August 20 will be the Elementary Open House.  Appointments will be scheduled this year to reduce the number of people in the building at one time.  The all-day Summer School will be held August 2427. 

Middle/High School –

The administrative team participated in the virtual Redefining Ready conference on August 6. Summer School will be held on August 24-27.  Registration forms for summer school can be picked up in the entryway of the school , can be completed online.  The block schedule, approved as part of the Reopening Plan, has been revised. Passing periods will be reduced from 4 minutes to 3 minutes, and the blocks themselves will be increased from 90 to 92 minutes. The first day of Cross Country practice will be Monday, August 17 with volleyball and football starting on September 7th. Orientation will be held on August 20th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. 

District –

The Board was made aware of the situation with our football numbers.  With a majority of our players being freshmen and sophomores, playing a full varsity schedule will be difficult, if not impossible.  The Board was notified of the need to adjust our 2020 schedule to create a safer environment for our players. 

The next regular School Board meeting will be held on Monday, September 14th, at 7:00 PM in the IMC.

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