March 20, 2017

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Superintendent’s Report for the Regular Meeting

Monday, March 20, 2017

at 5:30 pm

District Office Board Room - LCASD

325 Meulemans St.

Little Chute WI  54140




The mission of the Little Chute Area School District is dedicated to fostering a community of learners where we meet the academic, social, and emotional needs of ALL students.

Agenda

  1. Call to Order

  2. Pledge of Allegiance

  3. Roll Call

  4. Approval of Agenda

  5. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting - February 27, 2017

  6. Public Forum

  7. Communications:


  1. Student Council Representative Update: High School Senior Kendra Schumacher will be in attendance to summarize her monthly report, included for your review.


  1. Financial Statements/Audit Report: Mr. Abe Eisen, CPA,  from Erickson & Associates will be in attendance to present financial statements and the audit report from 2015-16.

  2. Trauma Informed Care Update: Director of Pupil Services Laura McCormick will be in attendance with high school teacher Sara VanRossum and intermediate/middle school counselor Tracy Schmidt to give us an update about the recent work of the Little Chute Trauma Team. Their presentation is included for your review. Ms. McCormick, Mrs. VanRossum and Mrs. Schmidt originally presented the concept and background information to the Board at the May 23, 2016 meeting.

  3. Administrative Reports: Administrators will be in attendance to answer questions about their reports, included here with your Board materials.

Elementary - Mr. Jim Neubert
Intermediate/Middle School - Mrs. Lori VanHandel
High School - Mr. Tony Bird
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment: Mr. Kurt Krizan


  1. Technology Task Force Update:  Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Mr. Kurt Krizan, along with Board member Joe Roehl will update the Board regarding the past two Technology Task Force Meetings.  


  1. Value-Added Salary Advisory Committee Update: Along with committee members Bill Peerenboom and Leon Biesterveld, I will give a brief update about the work of this committee, which has been meeting twice per month. The most recent meeting was March 16th and the committee will continue to meet in April and May.

  2. Lucy Calkins Writing Curriculum Adoption: At our last meeting on February 27th, Kurt Krizan and 6th grade Teacher Rachel Gloudemans presented the rationale and recommendation to adopt the Lucy Calkins Writing Curriculum for implementation during the 2017-18 school year. Their presentation from the last meeting is included for your review. Tonight we will be seeking approval. (Total cost $9,186).


  1. Analysis of Revenue Limit/Spending in the Fox Valley: Business Manager Karen Moore has put together a DPI per pupil revenue sheet comparing school districts in the Fox Valley. Ms. Moore will be reviewing the revenue comparison sheet with the Board tonight.  See the link for review of the revenue sheet.  


  1. Update to Professional Development Rule 537:  Administratively, we have updated our Professional Development Rule 537. Rules direct how Board policy is administered. For review, Board members can view the updates to Rule 537 here. Mr Krizan and I will be available for questions regarding the updates.

  2. Physical Education/Strength & Conditioning Instructor Middle/High School:  With the retirement of Jill Head as our middle school health and practical living instructor, administratively, we are recommending a “revision” of middle/high school health/physical education teacher job description to accommodate a revised job description for the creation of a middle/high school physical education/strength and conditioning instructor.  This position revision would not increase our current FTEs in the District regarding the number of professional educators.  What it does is shift a current high school physical education/health teacher to the intermediate/middle school as a full-time health teacher (replacing Jill Head) and replacing that physical education/health teacher with a professional educator that is certified in physical education, health and strength and conditioning.  The link to the job description can be found here.     

  3. Referendum Update:  During this Board Agenda item I will take the opportunity to update the Board on several community meetings where the administrative team has presented.  I would like the Board to share some feedback at this time regarding what members are hearing from constituents.  

  4. Finalization of Long Term Care Suit:   As shared with us (by our legal counsel) on January 18, 2017, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of Little Chute Area School District, affirming last year’s Circuit Court's ruling that dismissed the claims of Wisconsin Education Association Council ("WEAC") and thirty-seven retirees of the District.  Specifically, the Court of Appeals held that the District's decision to terminate its WEAIT group Long-Term Care ("LTC") policy in June of 2013, did not violate the terms of previous Collective Bargaining Agreements ("CBAs") between the District and the Little Chute Education Association ("LCEA") because all of the CBAs from 2001 and on "included clear anti-vesting language."  


WEAC and the thirty-seven retirees had 30 days to appeal the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision (as of January 18, 2017).  The 30 day window has long passed with no communication from WEAC (or retirees) regarding their intentions with their lawsuit.  With that understanding, I was informed by the District’s legal counsel that the lawsuit brought against the District in the fall of 2013 is over-- with the District prevailing that it never violated any terms of previous Collective Bargaining Agreements between the District and the Little Chute Education Association.  See the link for a copy of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision.    


  1. Youth Options 2017-18: Included for your review is a listing of students and courses for the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.

  2. Little Chute Charter Schools - Career Pathways Academy, Second 5-Year Contract: We received notice on March 13, 2017 that the revisions for the Career Pathways Contract renewal through June 30, 2021  were approved and that the contract has been filed with the WI Dept. of Public Instruction.


  1. Book Discussion: Evicted:  Poverty and Profit in the American City -  During tonight’s meeting, we will discuss the following two questions

        1. Besides affecting an individual family, what are the consequences of evictions for schools and communities? How can a single eviction destabilize multiple blocks in one neighborhood?


        1. Do you agree or disagree with Desmond’s views on home? “The home is the center of life—a refuge from the grind of work, pressure of school, menace of the streets, a place to be ourselves. Home is the wellspring of personhood, where our identity takes root; where civic life begins; America is supposed to be a place where you can better yourself, your family, and your community” (page 293). How does unstable housing prevent attainment of this kind of life and how does this kind of life impact the way students of poverty approach school?


  1. Pupil Non-Discrimination Report:  As per state statute, every five years school districts are required to complete and submit a pupil non-discrimination report - 2015-16 school was our year to complete the report. Director of Pupil Services Laura McCormick will be in attendance tonight to review the findings from the report and seek Board approval of the report during the action portion of tonight’s meeting. This link includes a copy of the report Mrs. McCormick will be reviewing.

  2. Letter of Intent to Resign: Mrs. Olsen, 8th grade science teacher at the Intermediate/Middle School, has submitted her letter of intent to resign at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

  1. District Finances: Bills and Claims: A listing of bills and claims is included here. As always, Karen and I are available at your convenience to answer any questions.

  2. Action:

  1. Checks for Payment: We are asking for approval of check numbers check numbers 75647-75783 and EFT disbursements in the total amount of $642,910.60.

  2. Lucy Calkins Writing Curriculum Adoption 2017-18: We are recommending approval as presented. The total cost is $9,186.


  1. Physical Education/Strength And Conditioning Instructor Middle/High School- Job Description: Administratively, we are seeking approval as presented.


  1. Youth Options: Administratively we are recommending approval of the Youth Options students, as presented, for the fall of 2017-18 school year.

  2. Donation: Trumpet (valued between $350-$400) to the Band Department from Frank and Dort Vanderwyst.

  3. Pupil Non-Discrimination Report: Administratively, we are recommending approval as presented.

  4. Letter of Intent to Resign: We recommend acceptance, with regret, of Mrs. Olsen’s letter of intent to resign at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

  1. Adjournment

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