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November 16, 2020

Variety of reports presented

School Board members received a flurry reports at its Nov. 16 meeting including:school board meeting_type

  • Information Technology Services updates from Information Technology Manager Ryan Miller;
  • Section 504 policies and procedures from Special Services Supervisor John Peterson;
  • K-12 curriculum alignment, high school course additions and scope-sequence changes from Instructional Services Supervisor Catherine Drago and Teachers Kristen Lee, Robert Pechanach, Nick Roth, Jackie Weiss; and
  • Open Enrollment recommendations from Educational Services and Human Resources Director John Roubik.

2021-22 budget timeline accepted

The School Board approved the district’s 2021-22 budget timeline that includes:

  • Dec. 2 – Employee forum to solicit input prior to development of the budget;
  • Feb. 5 – Administrators submit budgets;
  • March 15 and April 19 – Opportunity for community to provide input on the budget prior to School Board meetings;
  • May 17 – School Board approves final draft of the budget; and
  • July 19 – Annual meeting where citizens approve tax levy.

School Board election calendar released

The schedule for the 2021 spring election was released. Terms are up for School Board members Dawn Van Aacken, who holds the Lisbon seat, Brian Schneider, who has the Menomonee Falls seat and Rebecca Zingsheim, who has the Butler seat.

The election schedule includes:

  • Jan. 5 – deadline for candidacy declaration and nominations papers;
  • Feb. 16 – primary election if needed;
  • April 6 – spring election; and
  • April 26 – taking of office.

District gets clean financial audit

Business Services Assistant Superintendent Shelly Reilly reported that the district received a clean audit from Reilly, Penner & Benton certified public accountants. In a letter to the School Board, the auditors noted discrepancies in recording of student activity transaction and recommended educating staff to verify that the district is following appropriate constraints that govern district finances. Reilly said the issues were addressed.

Personnel action

In personnel matters, the School Board:

  • ratified an agreement with United Lakewood Educators. The agreement, which was ratified by teachers on Nov. 9, includes a 1.81% base salary increase and $645 increase per teacher, prorated by full-time equivalency, in supplemental compensation. In addition, the overload rate for additional full-section instruction increased from $3,000 to $4,000. This does not apply to teachers who are on a replacement contract or plan of assistance. Position adjustments for identified staff were also approved;
  • approved a 2.5% total aggregate salary compensation adjustment for associate kitchen employees, custodial and maintenance staff, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants and confidential support staff. Administrator received a 2.22% increase. Employees who are part of the nongroup unit, which included various positions such as technology interns, seasonal staff, substitute employees, diagnosticians and summer school employees will increase 2-3% increases in hourly and daily rates;
  • approved a 2-year contract with Superintendent Paul Mielke, Ph.D.;
  • accepted the resignations of Woodside Associate Kitchen Employee Priscilla Rollmann effective Dec. 22, Maple Avenue Special Services Paraprofessional Jessica Aschenbrenner effective Nov. 24, and District Technology Support Specialist Jonathan Kornbeck effective Dec. 2; and
  • approved the appointments of Stacy Stengel as Maple Avenue associate kitchen employee effective Dec. 1, Jennifer Vande Hei as district clerical paraprofessional effective Nov. 5, and Kevin Lawson as district data and assessment specialist effective Dec. 7.