Summary of Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Board Meeting
April 7, 2015

The education meeting of the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Board of Education was called to order by President Tom Steiner in the library at 7:16 P.M. Board members present were Bill Barhyte, Lynn Jaeger, Cole Marshall, Tom Steiner and Dean Troyer. Also in attendance were Dr. George Steffen, District Administrator, Michelle Brown, District Business Manager, Ted Gavlin, Principal, Tracy Donich, Curriculum Director, Pat Elrod, Maintenance Director, Rhonda Jahns, Recording Secretary, Mary Fenske, Mike Fenske, Tina Ghislain, Jeanette Grogan and Sue Pigney.

Following the Pledge to the flag, the Board approved the agenda for this meeting.

Curriculum Director, Tracy Donich explained how the Writers' Workshop program works. She explained how it develops a "growth mindset," and she exhibited examples of actual student work (with names removed) demonstrating growth in writing, vocabulary, structure, length and detail from fall to March.

During the Administrator's Report, Dr. Steffen reported that second grade teacher, Meghan Pinsoneault had given birth to a son, Colin Patrick, on April 3rd. Mother and baby are doing well.

Dr. Steffen reported that Red Out Day was very successful and raised $6,070 for the American Heart Association. He explained about new after-school clubs which began the week of April 6th – 21 students are in Engineering Club, 13 are in Drama Club, and 10 are in Chess Club. He asked if any Board members wished to serve as a delegate at the CESA 2 Delegate Convention on Tuesday, May 19th at the Innovation Center in Whitewater.

During Board Member Comments and Communications, Tom Steiner reported on proposed legislation which would allow high schools to start the school year before September 1st. Lynn Jaeger thanked teachers and staff members who participated in the District Administrator search process.

During Committee Reports, Dean Troyer summarized the Special Projects Committee meeting held on April 6th. Cole Marshall reported that the Building & Grounds Committee also met on April 6th, but deferred further reporting because much of the Committee's work was on this evening's Board agenda.

The Board then took the following actions:

  • Awarded a contract for roof replacement to Carlson-Racine Roofing
  • Awarded a contract for grass-cutting to Bristol Lawn Mowing
  • Awarded a contract for an environmental consultant to conduct a site investigation and prepare a Work Plan to METCO
  • Approved a four-year contract with Dousman Transport
  • Approved a contract with Teachers on Call, a substitute teacher calling service
  • Employed Lacey Ruth as a long-term substitute teacher in first grade
  • Approved placing a District contribution of $500 into each full-time teacher's Health Reimbursement Account for retirement
  • Approved purchase of a refurbished wrestling mat for an after-school wrestling club
  • Selected a final design for the electronic school sign
  • Awarded the contract to construct a walking/running path behind the school to Mellen Septic
  • Voted to reject a buy-out offer of a ground lease from Cricket Wireless

During Citizen Comments, Jeanette Grogan expressed concern regarding the darkening effect of fluorescent light covers in some classrooms. Dr. Steffen was directed to look into this matter.

At 9:03 P.M. the Board voted to go into Executive (closed) Session to deliberate or negotiate the purchase of public properties and for personnel matters.

The Board returned to Open Session at 9:35 P.M. and voted to approve an Amendment to Offer to Purchase, Addendum, and an Escrow Agreement.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:37 P.M.