Board selects Area 1 representative

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The Board of Education selected Sheila Hibner to replace Katy Morgan as the member from Area I.

Hibner, Kyle Clower, Courtney Emerick, and Laura Erickson each submitted paperwork and addressed the members at the start of the regular meeting on Monday, June 28 about why they wanted to serve the final year of Morgan's three-year term. Hibner will be sworn in at the July 19 meeting.

In other news from Monday's meeting:

* The Board approved the revised District Code of Conduct. The Board reviewed the revised code at its meeting on June 14.

Superintendent Dana Monogue noted the Code of Conduct hadn't been reviewed in several years and that practices have evolved over last decade. She noted punitive approaches can be used when warranted but the goal is to use restorative practices whenever possible. A group of District staff met over several months to review the Code of Conduct and develop an updated version.

* The Board approved the wage compensation plan for the 2021-22 school year. The plan includes wage increases for all employee groups. The Board reviewed the compensation plan at its meeting on June 14. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Lori Ames provided a brief summary of the compensation plan, noting it would cost about $2 million.

* The Board approved the public depositories for the 2021-22 fiscal year. They are: State Bank of Cross Plains (primary depository), Bank of Montreal/BMO Harris (purchasing card program), PMA-CESA 6 Wisconsin OPEB Trust, and American Deposit Management (local investment fund for funds needed on a short-term basis and as reinvestment of bond proceeds).

The School Board is required annually to designate financial institutions and-or investment entities to serve as official depositories for the District.

* The Board approved athletic tournaments in Fund 96 as fundraisers. MHS hosts a number of athletic tournaments  each year and Fund 96 is used to account for the revenues and expenditures related to these tournaments. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction allows districts to use profits as fundraisers. The funds would be used, in large part, for capital expenditures that enhance the facilities hosting the tournaments.

* Two residents addressed members in-person. One commended the District for professional development of staff related to equity and race and how it helps all students. Another who volunteers in MCPASD schools commended educators for helping children learn more about multiple cultures and empathy and becoming critical thinkers. One written comment was also submitted.

Simrnjit Seerha shared an update on the recent CESA 2 conference for board delegates that she participated in. Bob Hesselbein noted members will use individual microphones starting with the July 19 meeting and the meeting video will be available the day after the meeting.

* As part of the Superintendent report, Monogue noted the summer school program started smoothly June 21 at Kromrey. More than 200 students are being served with the focus on literacy. Monogue also commended commended Percy Brown, Mandi Sersch-Morstad and summer school principals Brandon Tewalt and Jordan Roupp for their efforts.

Monogue also eviewed also changes to the District's administrative team, some of which were scheduled to be approved as part of School Board business later in the meeting.

Monogue reminded members that the Middleton Common Council will recognize MHS state championship teams and National Merit scholarship winners in July. CSCS educator Vicki Shaffer received the 2021 Legacy Award at GSAFE's 25th annual Celebration of Leadership over the weekend. Monogue also introduced Shannon Valladolid, who officially started as Director of Information and Public Relations on Monday.