School Board Happenings

Regular School Board Meeting May 20, 2024

Superintendent Dr. Chris Reuter provided a District Administrator Update mentioning the Kennedy Middle School Commencement which will be held in the Field House at Germantown High School, Germantown High School Graduation on June 2nd, senior Grace Weyda received the Kohl Fellowship Award, and thank you to the Germantown Community Scholarship Fund for providing 117 students with scholarships.

The Germantown School District Student Representative provided an update on what is happening in our schools:  AMY BELLE: The school year is winding down and the highlights are the Kindergarten concert, numerous field trips, and the all school trip to Camp Minikani. COUNTY LINE:  Fourth graders went on a field trip to Madison and are completing their MAP testing, the the PTA organized Marathon & Donuts with Grown-Ups, and the PTA provided a fun-filled week for teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. MACARTHUR:  The PTA held their FUN RUN which raised $35,000 to give back to the school to enhance student’s educational experiences, 2nd graders will visit Riveredge, 5th graders will visit Retzer Nature Center, 1st graders will explore the zoo, and talent show auditions are underway for the end of May event.  ROCKFIELD:  Students are completing MAP testing, learning about Creativity as this month’s character trait, and working towards an all-school incentive to participate in a thirty-minute activity of their choice. Students will also enjoy the PTA-sponsored Day of Awesome and will take an all school field trip to Camp Minikani. KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL:  The Principal’s Council composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students met to discuss the school’s strengths, areas for improvement, and ideas for change. This year’s 8th grade promotion ceremony will be held in the Fieldhouse at Germantown High School. Many fun end-of-the-year activities are planned.  GERMANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL:  Students participated in Junior Prom, Senior Ball, and AP exams. Good luck to those in spring sports entering the championship season. Clubs and activities are holding end of year meetings. Best of luck to the high school seniors!

Mr. Russ Ewert shared the Committee Appointments for the 2024-2025 school year. The Finance Committee will be chaired by Michael Loth, joined by Tom Barney and Eric Brown. The Personnel Committee will be chaired by Eric Brown, joined by Tracy Pawlak and Kim Higginbotham. The Policy Committee will be chaired by Tom Barney, joined by Eric Brown and Kim Higginbotham. The Negotiations Committee will be chaired by Russ Ewert, joined by Brian Medved and Tracy Pawlak. The Buildings & Grounds Committee will be chaired by Tracy Pawlak, joined by Brian Medved and Michael Loth with the Community Representative to be determined. The Teaching & Learning Committee will be chaired by Kim Higginbotham, joined by Brian Medved and Tracy Pawlak. Tom Barney will be the Legislative Liaison. Eric Brown will be the MATC Representative. Kim Higginbotham will be the WASB Delegate Assembly at the Convention. Tracy Pawlak will be the CESA #1 Annual Convention Delegate. Tom Barney will be Technology. Russ Ewert will be Marketing/Communications. Tracy Pawlak will be Park & Recreation Commission. Possible addition of a Board Member to the Village Planning Commission. 

Mr. Andy Eisenbach from County Line School introduced three 5th grade students who shared their reflections about their time at County Line School. 

The following citizens spoke: Jack Van Hoof regarding SOAP Club, Christine Binder spoke regarding employee concerns, Jennie Hetzel regarding (1) the SOAP Club and (2) transparency and lack of communication, Annaleah Seebach regarding SOAP Club. 

Motion by Pawlak, second by Higginbotham to approve Consent Agenda Items A-E. Mr. Nowak highlighted the teacher resignations and teacher contracts. Dr. Reuter highlighted the donations. Motion carried. 

Pawlak provided an update from the May 6, 2024 Buildings & Grounds Committee Meeting mentioning the work order report, long range facility planning, and the budgetary questions of interest.

Higginbotham provided an update from the May 6, 2024 Teaching & Learning Committee Meeting mentioning the Kennedy Middle School reading pilot update and resource recommendation which was given a positive recommendation to the Finance Committee and the Kennedy Middle School schedule. 

The Teaching & Learning Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the 2024-2025 Kennedy Bell Schedule. Discussion on how the schedule was developed. Motion carried.

Loth provided an update from the May 6, 2024 Finance Committee meeting mentioning the approval of the April vouchers; the April variance report; the GoFan Sponsorship Program; and the approval of the Germantown High School soccer shelters, the Yamaha Grand Piano for the Performing Arts Center, the E-rate network and battery equipment, the 2024-2025 District copy paper purchase, the CESA 6 math center agreement, the chromebook purchase, the roof replacement, asphalt replacement and repairs, and the middle school reading resource. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the purchase of two shelters for the soccer field from Keeper Goals in the amount not to exceed $24,500, funded using Fund 21, Donations. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the purchase of a Yamaha Grand piano C7X from Hartland Piano in the amount not to exceed $52,400, funded using Fund 21, Donations and Fund 80, Community Service Fund. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the purchase of E-rate network and battery equipment for up to $109,072.16, based on funds available from CDWG as the winning bid for the RFP. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the purchase of white and color paper for $30,192 from Contract Paper Group as the winning bid for the RFP. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the proposed agreement with the CESA 6 Math Center for an amount not to exceed $29,300. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the purchase of 120 Touchscreen Chromebooks, corresponding Google licenses, and 4 charging carts from BDJ Tech for an amount not to exceed $47,170.00 using Common School Library Aid. Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the replacement of: Rockfield roof Section C3, using Performance Roofing, in the amount not to exceed $72,764; MacArthur roof Section C, using Langer Roofing, in the amount not to exceed $72,300, funded out of the Capital Improvements budget (Fund 41). Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the asphalt mill & pave full depth on County Line’s north lot, using ALL PRO Asphalt Paving Inc., in the amount not to exceed $111,659.00 funded out of the Capital Improvements budget (Fund 41). Motion carried. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a positive recommendation to the Full Board to approve the StudySync Resource by McGraw Hill and the 6-year agreement for an amount not to exceed $150,047.77. The approval of the StudySync resource shall include all components essential to meeting Wisconsin ELA Standards and excludes stand-alone SEL Lessons until an SEL review is conducted to determine the lessons' utility and alignment. Motion carried. 

Board President Russ Ewert led discussions on the 2024-2025 Board of Education Meeting Schedule mentioning that Committee meetings and Board meetings will now be primarily on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month to allow community members to attend Village meetings. Motion by Pawlak, second by Higginbotham to approve the 2024-2025 Board Meeting Schedule as presented. Motion carried.

Superintendent Dr. Chris Reuter led discussions on the Administrator Contract for the County Line Elementary School Principal position which included information on the interview process. Motion by Pawlak, second by Brown to approve the contract presented and hire Mrs. Kelly Schultz as the principal of County Line Elementary School. Motion carried. 

Activities Director Sara Unertl led discussions on the addition of four new co-curricular groups at Germantown High School: Chess Club, Martial Arts Club, Scripture Observation Application Club (SOAP), Students Modeling a Research Projects Team (SMART); and two new co-curricular groups at Kennedy Middle School: Future City Club and HOSA. Discussion regarding the application process for an interested group. Motion by Higginbotham, second by Pawlak to approve the additional co-curricular groups, funds for groups, and advisor costs as presented. Motion carried. 

Director of Teaching & Learning Jake Misiak led discussions on summer school contracts. Motion by Brown, second by Medved to approve the summer school contracts as presented. Motion carried. 

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on the certified teaching staff wage increase for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Board discussion on the negotiations process. Motion by Pawlak, second by Medved to approve a 4.12% pay rate increase and the outlined distribution for certified teaching staff as presented for the 2024–2025 fiscal year, effective July 1, 2024. Motion carried. 

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on the 2024-2025 professional technical, support staff, and administration wage increase. Motion by Pawlak, second by Loth to approve a 4.12% pay rate increase for Professional Technical, Support Staff, and Administration (excluding the District Administrator) as presented for the 2024-2025 fiscal year, effective July 1, 2024. Motion carried. 

Motion by Medved, second by Loth to approve the early retirement of Joel Farren, Germantown High School Principal, effective June 30, 2024 and post the open position of GHS Principal and also thank him for his 22 plus quality years of service and all that he has done for our District. Motion carried. 

Motion by Loth, second by Pawlak to approve a 4.12% pay rate increase for the District Administrator for the 2024-2025 fiscal school year, effective July 1, 2024. Motion carried.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS: 

Regular School Board Meeting — June 10, 2024