Board of Education Regular Meeting Norway-Vulcan Area Schools October 8, 2012 300 Section Street Norway, MI The Board of Education of the Norway-Vulcan

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Board of Education




Regular Meeting

Norway
-
Vulcan Area Sc
hools




October 8
, 2012

300 Section Street

Norway, MI


The Board of Education of the Norway
-
Vulcan

Area Schools met in regular session

on

Monday
,

October 8
,
201
2

President

Candy Brew presiding.


Board Members Present:







MEMBERS PRESENT

Candy Brew
,
President;

Richard Galotta;

Vice
-
President,

Mary Pat Madigan, Secretary,

Al Schultz, Treasurer,
Tami

Miller
,

Grant Carlson
,


Wendy Matti
a;

Trustees.




Board Members Absent:








MEMBERS ABSENT

none


Administrators Present:







ADMINISTRATORS

Louis Steigerwald
, Superintendent





PRESENT

Joseph Tinti, 7
-
12 Princip
al


Administrators Absent:







ADMINISTRATORS


Chuck Pellegrini, Facil
ities Manager





ABSENT

Dwight Castelaz, Athletic Director

Brad Grayvold, K
-
6 Principal













O
thers Present:








OTHERS PRESENT

Michelle Larsen, Deborah Davis, Robert Madigan,

Norma Raboin, Paul Raboin, Jackie Backlund,

Deana Anderson, unknown

signature, Kristin Royer,

Dejah Burch, Bridget Finn & Jennifer Houtari


The meeting was called to order at 6:3
2

P.M.

by
President
,

Candy Brew

followed by

the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
.


57
.

Motion by
A. Schultz

supported by





AGENDA APPROVAL
S

T
. Miller

t
o approve
agenda

as presented
.


M
otion Approved
7
-
0








58
. Motion by
A. Schultz

supported by





CONSENT AGENDA

R. Galotta

to approve consent agenda.


a. Approval of Regular meeting minutes


from meeting held on
September 10
, 2012


b. Approva
l of

Manifest/Treasurer’s Report


Motion A
pproved
7
-
0



Correspondence:










Isle Royal Trip & Letter from City of Norway


Publ
ic Participation:

Norma Raboin


Action/Discussion/Information Items


59. Motion by A. Schultz supported by W. Mattia



CLOSED

SESSION

to move into closed session to discuss

discipline hearing for Student 2012
-
1. Moved

into closed session @ 6:50 p.m.


Motion Approved 7
-
0


60. Motion by W. Mattia supported by R. Galotta

to expel Student 2012
-
1 for the remainder of

the 2012
-
2013 s
chool year.


Motion Approved 7
-
0


61. Motion by W. Mattia supported by M. Madigan



OPEN SESSION

to return to open session. Returned to open session

at 8:21 p.m.


Motion Approved 7
-
0


Informational Only


Presentation by Emily St. Vincent & Brett Houle on

M
iddle School Isle Royal Trip


Middle/High School Report
-
Joe Tinti/Sam Vanderlin


Elementary Report
-
(read by) Lou Steigerwald


62. Motion by G. Carlson supported by W. Mattia

to approve audit report read by Dianne Rostagno


Motion Approved 7
-
0




63. Motio
n by W. Mattia supported by A. Schultz



CLOSED SESSION

to move into closed session for negotiation

updates. Moved into closed session at 8:30 p.m.


Motion Approved 7
-
0












RETURN TO

64. Motion by T. Miller supported by A. Schultz



OPEN SESSION

to

return to open session at 8:40 p.m.


Motion Approved 7
-
0


65. Motion by T. Miller supported by M. Madigan



TITLE I TUTOR

to hire Mary Beth Paul as a Title I after
-
school

tutor


Motion Approved 7
-
0


66. Motion by W. Mattia supported by M. Madigan

to hire
Julie Barthels as a Title I after
-
school

tutor


Motion Approved 7
-
0


Superintendent’s

Report


By the time of our next regular Board meeting the

Presidential Election will have come and gone and

results will be in. For our district the bond

election ite
m on the ballot is very important.

I will use this evening’s report to touch on

some of the most frequently asked questions I

have heard about the bond.


Because we are at a time of historically low interest

rates, we are able to sell about $2.9 milli
on worth

of bonds and keep millage rates where they are currently.

This means there would be no change in the taxes assessed

to property owners in order to undertake the planned

improvements to our facilities.


The overall rate which districts assess
in order to

pay back bonds is based upon property values. We have

been fortunate that, in our area, recent property values

have not seen the declines that have happened in other areas.

Now that the economy seems to be recovering, it is our

hope that

we will not see a negative change in property values.

Should there be a fall off in property value, the district

would be required to adjust rates in order to pay off the

bonds at the interest rate that was promised. Current

projections do not forec
ast such declines.


The refurbishing of the high school gym will include a

tear out of the old floor and a replacement of the

current bleachers with new bleachers on either side

of the gym. The new floor in the gym will be what is

called a “floating” s
tyle floor which will provide a

much more favorable surface for athletes. Floating

floors are able to flex upon impact. The current floor,

under which there is only a layer of cork, is installed

onto the concrete below it. This results in the very

hard playing surface in the high school gym.


The old metal bleachers have large gaps underneath the

benches. Not only are these gaps dangerous, they allow

for items to frequently dropped underneath them. This

creates an area underneath the stands tha
t is difficult

to clean due to the support rails and lack of headroom

as one nears the lower part of the bleachers. The new

bleachers will not have such gaps, will feature lower

rises in the steps to ease climbing, will not require

folks to climb so
high for available seating, and will

provide more of a stadium style feel with bleachers on either side.


Other plans include needed updates for safety reasons to

our high school chemistry lab. Improvements to building

security by re
-
organizing main en
trances, adding electronic

pass
-
key style locks, replacement of doors which have become

fatigued and latch poorly, and upgrades to internal communication

systems. We also plan to realize cost savings to the district

by updating all of the lighting thr
oughout the building in

order to install more efficient lighting which will also

use significantly less electricity.


There will be two community forums in regard to our bond.

Both forums will include the same information so that if

one forum is not c
onvenient, folks interested in learning

more can attend at a different time. The first forum is

on October 17, at 6:00 p.m., with a second on October 29

at 6:00 p.m. Both forums will be in our school library.


With so many important issues on the ball
ot, everyone who

is eligible should vote on November 6.


Happy early Halloween and we will see you at the polls!











There being no further business before the




ADJOURNMENT

Board, President Candy Brew adjourned

the meeting at
8:57

P.M.


















________________________
_
________


Louis Steigerwald
, Superintendent





__________________
__
______





___________
_______________________


Candy Brew
,
Presi
dent





Mary Pat Madigan

, Secretary