Board recognizes police chiefs

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The Board of Education recognized retired police chiefs Chuck Foulke (Middleton) and Tom Janssen (Cross Plains) along with their successors, Troy Hellenbrand (Middleton) and Troy Ruesga (Cross Plains), at its regular meeting on Monday, June 22.

Board president Annette Ashley presided over the meeting at the District Services Center, while other Board members participated remotely. The School Board has held six virtual meetings since mid-March.

Foulke retired in December 2019 after working for 33 years in law enforcement, all in Middleton. Janssen retired in January 2020 after working for 34 years in law enforcement. He joined the Cross Plains Police Department in 2005. Ruesga has previously worked in Elk Mound and Darlington, while Hellenbrand started in Columbus in 1994 and joined the Middleton Police Department in 1999.
 
"On behalf of a very grateful District, we want to say thank you,'' Superintendent Dana Monogue said. "We're excited to continue to collaborate and strengthen our already strong partnerships.''

Board member Paul Kinne, who is also president of the Middleton Police Commission, also spoke about the work Foulke and Hellenbrand have done for the community.    

In other news from Monday's meeting:

* The Board announced that its July 13 and July 20 meetings will be held virtually.
   
* The Board discussed what staff listening sessions will look like for the upcoming school year. The School Board has held at least four listening sessions with staff before regular meetings for more than five years.
 
Members wondered if virtual listening sessions could also be available next year to increase participation. Members also wondered if returning to having some sessions at schools before or after school might help increase attendance.  
 
* The Board approved approved the 2020-21 Hazardous Transportation Plan.  
 
Administrative policy currently requires that the District provide transportation to and from school for all students who reside within 1.1 miles or more from the school in their attendance area. After consulting with the Village of Cross Plains and City of Middleton police departments along with the Dane County Sheriff's Office, four schools -- Glacier Creek, Park, Pope Farm and MHS/CSCS -- had decreases to their hazardous areas due to municipal improvements such as sidewalks, walking paths and road completions.  
 
Ames noted there can be instances where students within 1.1 miles of school should be bused rather than walking. She noted there are multiple areas near Pope Farm where students live within 1.1 miles of the new school, but there is no consistent sidewalk or an easy way to cross a busy road. Once approved a plan is sent to DPI in order for a district to receive aid.  
 
* The Board approved the intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Cross Plains and the City of Middleton for school resource officers. The Board also approved an agreement with the City of Middleton for crossing guard services. There were no changes to any of the agreements from a year ago.
 
* The Board approved a resolution authorizing and approving a master tax-exempt lease/purchase agreement with Saulsbury Hill.
 
The District received multiple bids earlier this month for financing for technology equipment. Saulsbury Hill provided the low bid with an interest rate of 2.158 percent. The District typically enters into a 5-year lease purchase agreement for equipment and-or vehicles with a lifespan of more than five years.  
 
* The Board approved the public depositories for 2020-21.  
 
The Board is required annually to designate financial institutions or investment entities to serve as official depositories for MCPASD. In 2020-21 they are: State Bank of Cross Plains (primary depository), Wisconsin Investment Series Cooperative (cash flow management and reinvestment of bond proceeds), Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank (purchasing card program), Morgan Stanley (Wisconsin OPEB Trust), American Deposit Management (local investment fund for funds needed on short-term basis), and Saulsbury Hill (lease-purchase finance escrow).
 
* The Board approved budget changes for 2019-20. Two times a year, in February and June, the Board approves a routine accounting procedure to utilize budget transfers to balance accounts. The majority of the current budget transfers result from the reallocation of grant funds and unanticipated staff changes.
 
* The Board approved athletic tournaments in Fund 96 as fundraisers. This action permits the profits from WIAA athletic events held at MHS to be accounted for in Fund 21 instead and be carried over from year to year. Funds raised through hosting of tournaments are largely used toward capital expenditures that enhance the facilities that host the tournaments.

* The video from Monday's meeting is available on the District's YouTube Channel.