School Board Happenings

Regular Board Meeting: November 21, 2022

Superintendent Dr. Chris Reuter provided a District Administrator Update mentioning that state report cards were issued and Germantown School District scored a 77.3 and exceeds expectations, the music concert programming for November and December in all of our schools, and winter sports season has begun. Happy Thanksgiving to the Board, Community Members and Parents. 

The GSD Student Representative shared updates on what is happening in our schools. AMY BELLE students have enjoyed being outdoors, have worked hard on character education and respect, and will now focus on gratitude.  COUNTY LINE students will be giving a presentation to the Board. ROCKFIELD students ended October learning about what it means to be responsible, 1st and 5th grade students went on a field trip, and this month students will learn about gratitude. MACARTHUR students will focus on gratitude this month, along with working on developing skills like emotion regulation, positive self-talk and stress management. KMS just finished up their production of Willy Wonka Jr which was a huge success and many students represented different groups in the Germantown Christmas Parade. GHS senior students have started to sign athletic commitment letters to their future schools, Wall of Sound celebrated the ended of their season with an Indoor Showcase, Dramatic Impact did an amazing job with their production of Clue, the cross country team had two runners compete at the WIAA state meet, girls swim and dive had 10 athletes advance to the WIAA state championship meet, the Warchix had an amazing competition at Franklin, and winter sports have officially begun.

County Line Principal Andy Eisenbach introduced 5th grade students and their teachers to share a recent field trip experience. The students shared that they traveled to Upham Woods for a camping trip. While on the trip they stayed in cabins and shared fun meal times which was a great opportunity to get to know others and share many responsibilities. One of the fun activities was an Amazing Race which taught them how to work together as a team to solve challenges, protect nature, and to build trust. During a survival skills class, the students learned how to use a flint and steel and build a small shelter using logs. They waded into the Wisconsin River and observed various pond creatures in their natural habitat. Campfires, campfire songs, archery and canoeing were a few more experiences the students were able to enjoy. Thank you to the PTA, the 5th grade teachers, Mr. Eisenbach, the chaperones, and the School Board for allowing them the opportunity to go on this field trip.

Director of Pupil Services Todd Lamb shared a recap of school donations that have been received and how they have been used to benefit our students. 

During citizen comments the following people spoke: Amy Brehmer, six (6) GHS students, Ellen Goltry.

Motion by Reinemann, second by Barney to approve the October 10, 2022 Board of Education Meeting Minutes. Motion carried.

Motion by Barney, second by Reinemann to approve the October 24, 2022 Budget Hearing and Annual Meeting Minutes. Motion carried.

Reinemann provided an update to the Board from the November 7, 2022 Personnel Committee Meeting mentioning the co-curricular study, winter and spring coaching contracts and Destination Imagination advisor contracts, addition of an Ice Fishing Club, and the elimination of the Medicare Supplement Plan. 

The Personnel Committee brings forward with a positive recommendation to approve the Winter and Spring coaching contracts and Destination Imagination advisor contracts. Does not require a second. Brief discussion. Motion carried.

The Personnel Committee brings forward with a positive recommendation to approve the addition of an Ice Fishing Club for the 2022-2023 school year. Does not require a second. Board discussion. Motion carried.

The Personnel Committee brings forward with a positive recommendation to approve the elimination of the Medicare Supplement Plan. Does not require a second. Motion carried.

Loth provided an update to the Board from the November 10, 2022 Finance Committee Meeting mentioning the approval of the October vouchers, an ESSER update, the review of the variance report, and the Facility Usage Agreement with the Village of Germantown. 

The Finance Committee brings forward a motion to move forward with a positive recommendation to the full Board to approve the 2022-2024 Facility Usage Agreement with the Village of Germantown. Does not require a second. Board discussion. Motion by Barney, second by Reinemann to table. Board discussion. Motion carried (Loth - no). 

Pawlak provided an update to the Board from the November 10, 2022 Building Committee Meeting mentioning an update on work order requests and how the process works and an update on the original walk-thru lists. 

Ewert provided an update to the Board from the November 15, 2022 Teaching and Learning Committee meeting, mentioning updates on the curriculum reviews for 6-8 math, 6-12 world languages, and K-8 reading and human growth and development and the updates in policy recently passed. Brief discussion. 

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on a 2022-2023 Teacher Resignation. Motion by Reinemann, second by Ewert to approve the resignation of Buffi Wargolet and thank her for her service to the students, their families and the Germantown School District and approve posting and filing the vacancy. Brief discussion. Motion carried. 

Director of Human Resources Mike Nowak led discussions on the 2022-2023 Teacher Contracts. Motion by Pawlak, second by Ewert to approve the 1.0 FTE limited-term contract for Amelia Emmerich at $22,525 and the 1.0 FTE limited-term contract for Nathan Wollenweber at $32,948. Motion carried.

Superintendent Dr. Chris Reuter led discussions on the donations received. Motion by Reinemann, second by Barney to approve all donors and thank them for their amazing generosity to our schools and students. Brief discussion. Motion carried. 

Superintendent Dr. Chris Reuter led discussions on the Overnight Travel Request from Germantown High School. Motion by Pawlak, second by Reinemann, to approve the overnight travel request for the Germantown Warchix students and advisors to travel to Disney in Orlando, Florida from February 15-20, 2023 as presented. Motion carried.

Motion by Reinemann, second by Ewert to enter into closed session pursuant to Sections 19.85(1)(d) and 19.85(1)(c). Motion carried with a unanimous roll call vote.

A recording of the meeting can be viewed here.


UPCOMING MEETINGS: 
Regular School Board Meeting — December 19, 2022