Board Update

From the Desk of Cassandra Schug - Week of 11/30/15

Scheduled Meetings

Special Board Meeting - December 7, 2015 (Financial Modeling) - 5:30 p.m.

Educational Services - December 8, 2015 - 7:30 a.m.

Policy Review - December 9, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. - Mary Hubacher attending

Combined Human Resources/Fiscal Management (Healthcare Discussion) - December 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

Planning Committee - December 15, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.

Board of Education - December 21, 2015 - 6:00 p.m. (Closed Session at 5:30 p.m.)

Winter Break Begins - December 21, 2015

Policy Review - January 13, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

Human Resources - January 18, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

School Board Convention - January 19-22, 2016

Board of Education - January 25, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.

Fiscal Mangement - January 27, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.

As always, please let us know if you cannot attend a meeting . . . Thank You!

Community Meetings/Functions/Conferences for November

This is a snapshot of some of the community events and conferences I am scheduled to attend this month. If you are interested in joining me at one of these meetings or events, please let me know – many are open to you.

List Schedule Here:

December 3 - CESA Superintendents' Meeting in Whitewater

December 3 - Branding Commission

December 3 - RMS Orchestra Concert

December 4 - Jefferson County Interagency Council

December 5 - Presentation at UW-Madison

December 7, 14, 21 - Rotary Meeting

December 10 - Library Board Meeting

December 14 - Rotary Board Meeting

December 14 - Legislative Breakfast

December 14 - City Council Finance Meeting

December 17 - Apple Executive Briefing

December 17 - Joint Review Board

December 17 - Douglas Holiday Concert

December 18 - Business and Education Collaborative in Madison

December 28 - January 1 - Family Vacation

Compensation Study

We are continuing to work with MRA for our upcoming Special Board Meeting. Please let me know if you have any additional specific questions that you would like us to prepare for on Monday night.

Superintendent Evaluation

A reminder that we will go into closed session at 5:30 p.m. prior to the December Board Meeting for the purpose of my evaluation. As always I look forward to this opportunity to hear your thoughts and feedback so that I can continue to refine my work for the District.

Policy Review

At our last Policy Review meeting, we discussed the Equal Educational Opportunities policy and that we may need to make revisions to this policy to address discrimination regarding gender identity. Because this is an issue that has generated a great deal of discussion around the state and country, we wanted the Board to have an understanding of the concerns and how we might best address them to be in legal compliance. We have invited the Board's attorney, Mary Hubacher, to attend our Policy Review meeting on December 9th to discuss our Equal Educational Opportunities policy with the Board and recommended revisions to our current policy. I would encourage any Board member with an interest or concern regarding this issue to attend this meeting. I have also attached a copy of the recommended revised policy language. Below is a link to an article discussing the resolution reached between the US Department of Education and Township High School District 211 in Illinois regarding transgender discrimination.

Settlement Reached with Palatine, Ill., Township High School District 211 to Remedy Transgender Discrimination

School Board Convention

WASB School Board Convention is rapidly approaching - January 19 through the 22nd. I am excited that we have many Board members planning to attend for part or all of the convention. You are all welcome to attend evening engagements as well - even if you are not able to attend during the day. This is a great opportunity for the Board to learn together, and the Board also has some opportunities to socialize during these days and evenings.

On Tuesday, January 19th, the Board will get together for dinner with Mary Hubacher. On Wednesday, January 20th, the Board is invited to attend the Baird reception at the Harley Davidson Museum, and on Thursday, January 21st, Buelow Vetter will be hosting a school law program and reception at the Hilton that we will also have the opportunity to attend. Jody will be coordinating these events as we get closer to convention.

Human Resources and Fiscal Management

Another reminder that we will again be hosting Willis and WPS at a combined HR and Fiscal Meeting. This meeting will be on December 14th and it will begin at 5:00 p.m. Any Board member with an interest in health care options is encouraged to attend.
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Cinderella Cast

The Fairy Godmother, Cinderella, and The Prince visited many students across the District bringing out smiles everywhere!