McFarland School District News
2-18-08 School Board Minutes
Minutes of the Closed Session and School Board Meeting Held February 18, 2008
Meeting called to order by School Board Vice President Jim Moeser at 6:33 p.m. in the Small Conference Room, McFarland District Office
Present: Jim Moeser, Don Schutt, Kathy Siegmann, Jeff Mahoney, Scott Brown
Absent: Arlyn Halvorson, Tom Allen
Motion by Schutt, second by Siegmann to go into closed session under WI State Statute 19.85(1)(f), considering financial, medical, social or personal histories or disciplinary status of specific persons, preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems. The board discussed consideration of shared personnel and related compensation with
Motion by Siegmann, second by Schutt to return to open session at 7:04 p.m. Motion carried.
At 7:04 p.m., School Board Vice President Jim Moeser called the regular meeting to order in the School Board Room, McFarland District Office
Present: Arlyn Halvorson (at 8:17 p.m.), Don Schutt, Jim Moeser, Kathy Siegmann
Absent: Tom Allen
Administrators Present: Scott Brown, Roberta Felker, Penny Simmons, Dave Witte, Phil Meissen,
and Tom Mooney.
Student Representatives: Caroline Karanja and Audra Cohen
Motion by Schutt, second by Siegmann to approve the following consent agenda items:
- Minutes of the February 4, 2008 School Board Meeting
- Approval of General Fund Vouchers #136519 through #137322
- Professional Staffing Recommendations:
* Resignation: Sara Everson, CEELC Just 5 Teacher
Paul Rush, School to Career Coordinator
* Retirements: William Garvey, IMMS & MHS Instrumental Music Teacher
Mary Lechten, MHS Special Ed Teacher
Motion carried 3-0.
Student Council Report – Student Representatives Caroline Karanja and Audra Cohen reported on current and upcoming Student Council events.
Superintendents Report –
A. Madison Open Enrollment Decision
B. Valentine Gala – Education Foundation
C. Update on IMMS Playground Site Work
D. Update on Stormwater Utility
E. Private Pay Transportation Meeting
F. Important Dates
G. Recent District Photos & Events
Public Comments – none
School Board Reports:
- Business Manager’s Report given by Jeff Mahoney. Jeff provided us with an open enrollment and primary school update.
- Time Utilization Report - Administrators and group members gave an update to the Time Task Force Initiative’s progress.
Arlyn Halvorson arrived at 8:17 p.m.
Motion by Schutt, second by Siegmann to approve action on the following amended orchestra proposal: the
orchestra program would begin as a co-curricular at grade 5 for the 2008-2010 school years. Beginning with the
2010-11 school year and forward, assuming a minimum enrollment, the proposal assumes the district will incorporate
the orchestra program as part of the curriculum and allocate the appropriate staffing and resources, subject to a
resource reallocation or funding through the new staffing process.
Motion carried 4-0
Motion by Schutt, second by Halvorson to approve action on snow day proposal as presented.
Motion carried 4-0
Upcoming Reports: March 3, 2008 - New Teacher Induction/Dane County New Teacher Project
School to Career Report
Motion by Halvorson, second by Schutt to adjourn. Motion carried 4-0 and meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m.
Acting District Clerk