School Board Happenings

Regular Board Meeting: June 27, 2022

Board members Medved, Soderberg, Barney, and Reinemann spoke about their experiences at the Germantown High School graduation ceremony.  

Superintendent Stousland led discussions regarding the 2022 GHS graduates. GHS Dean of Students David Smith gave a report to the Board on the 2022 GHS graduates regarding academic skills, career skills, life skills, engagement with families, graduate profile, and company partnerships.

Soderberg led discussions on school security and items he feels the Board and lawmakers should consider and improve upon, with continued Board discussion.    

During citizen comments, Medved recognized Michael Loth and Tom Barney for 10 years of service to the District.

Motion by Reinemann, second by Soderberg to approve the May 9, 2022, Closed Session; May 23, 2022, Board of Education; May 23, 2022, Closed Session; May 26, 2022, Closed Session; May 31, 2022, Closed Session; June 13, 2022, Closed Session; and June 13, 2022, Closed Session minutes. Motion carried.

Reinemann led discussions updating the Board from the June 13, 2022, Personnel Committee meeting.  

Motion to the full Board with a positive recommendation from the Personnel Committee to modify the insurance eligibility for part-time teachers from .5 FTE to .75 FTE beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. It does not require a second. Board discussion. Motion carried.

Motion to the full Board with a positive recommendation from the Personnel Committee for the elimination of hourly pay for mentees for their involvement in the Mentor Program for new teachers. It does not require a second. Motion carried.

Motion to the full Board with a positive recommendation from the Personnel Committee to reduce the cash in lieu amount for eligible employees from $4,100 to $3,700 beginning in August 2022. It does not require a second. Motion carried.  

Barney led discussions updating the Board from the June 13, 2022, Finance Committee meeting.  Altendorf came forward to discuss the resolution before the Board, mentioning that it is required to come directly to the Board, and that is why it is not coming from the Finance Committee with a positive recommendation. Motion by Barney, second by Pawlak to approve the RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A TAXABLE TAX AND REVENUE ANTICIPATION PROMISSORY NOTE FOR CASH FLOW PURPOSES IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $4,100,000. Motion carried.

Motion to the full Board with a positive recommendation from the Finance Committee to use up to $57,167.57 of the ESSER III Part A allocation for UV lighting. It does not require a second. Motion carried.

Motion to the full Board with a positive recommendation from the Finance Committee to approve the CESA #1 contract amendments for the 2021-2022 school year. It does not require a second. Motion carried.  

Ewert led discussions updating the Board from the June 13, 2022, Teaching & Learning Committee meeting. Reuter continued with brief discussions.

Barney led discussions updating the Board from the June 27, 2022, Insurance Committee meeting stating that USI has narrowed the candidates, that the Business Office should not have to hire additional staff to do claims processing, and that any savings cannot be reallocated for at least the first three years in order to build reserves. USI should have a recommendation ready to present to the Committee next month and then the Committee to the Board.

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on teacher contracts. Motion by Reinemann, second by Barney to approve the 1.0 FTE regular contract for Chris Timm at $62,500 and the part-time contract for Susan Otto at $26,800. Motion carried.

Director of Teaching and Learning Chris Reuter led discussions on the search to fill the Director of Teaching and Learning position. Motion by Ewert, second by Pawlak to approve the hire of Jake Misiak as the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Germantown School District and provide him with a two-year contract for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. The salary for the 2022-2023 school year will be $128,000. Friendly amendment that his first year will be prorated, with July 14, 2022, being his first contracted day. Motion carried.

Director of Teaching and Learning Chris Reuter led discussions on the contract for the Germantown High School Assistant Principal position. Motion by Reinemann, second by Soderberg to approve the hire of David Smith as Assistant Principal at Germantown High School and provide him with a two-year contract for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years. The salary for the 2022-2023 school year will be $88,000. Motion carried.

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on the final 2022-2023 Professional & Technical, Support Staff, and Administration wage adjustments. Motion by Soderberg, second by Reinemann to approve a 3% pay rate increase as presented for the 2022-2023 year effective July 1, 2022. Motion carried, Soderberg-yes, Medved-yes, Reinemann-yes, Ewert-yes, Barney-abstained, Pawlak-yes.

Director of Technology, Justin Baumgartner led discussions on the resolution. Motion by Pawlak, second by Reinemann to approve RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AND APPROVING EQUIPMENT SCHEDULE E TO THE MASTER LEASE AGREEMENT NO. 2016199117 WITH AMERICAN CAPITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC., AND RATIFYING ALL PRIOR SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION RELATING TO THE AUTHORIZATION OF THE MASTER LEASE AGREEMENT AND EQUIPMENT SCHEDULE. Motion carried.

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions, with Director of Pupil Services Todd Lamb continuing discussions on the coordinator positions being brought to the Board. Motion by Reinemann, second by Barney to approve the posting and filling of a 1.0 FTE Pupil Services Coordinator position and a 1.0 FTE Special Education Coordinator position beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Board discussion. Motion carried.

Director of Pupil Services Todd Lamb led discussions on the IEP Diagnostic contracts. Motion by Reinemann, second by Soderberg to approve the contracts as presented. Board discussion. Motion carried.

Director of Pupil Services Todd Lamb led discussions on the Extended School Year contracts. Motion by Soderberg, second by Pawlak to approve the contracts as presented. Motion carried.

Superintendent Stousland led discussions by stating the donors and donations given. Motion by Soderberg, second by Reinemann to thank the donors for their generosity and approve the donations as listed. Motion carried.

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on supplemental contracts. Motion by Reinemann, second by Barney to approve the 2022-2023 Supplemental Teacher contracts as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by Reinemann, second by Pawlak to adjourn. Board members thanked Dr. Stousland for his time here and for everything he has done in the short period of time in Germantown. Motion carried.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.


UPCOMING MEETINGS: 
Regular Board Meeting — July 18