Board Update

From the Desk of Cassandra Schug - Week of February 8, 2016

Scheduled Meetings

Special Board Meeting- February 8, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. (Detachment and DAPES)

Educational Services - February 9, 2016 - 7:30 a.m.

Policy Review - February 10, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

Human Resources and Fiscal Management - February 15, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

Special Board Meeting - February 17, 2016 - 5:30 p.m.

Board of Education - February 22, 2016 - 6:00 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:

February 4 - CESA Superintendents' Meeting

February 4 - CEO Roundtable

February 5 - Webster Idol

February 8 - Professional Development Day

February 8 - Legislative Breakfast

February 8 - Rotary Board Meeting

February 10 - Leadership Watertown - Education Day

February 11 - Library Board Meeting

February 12 - Dialogue for Student Success

February 16 - City Council Meeting - Presentation

February 18 - Regional Superintendent Meeting

February 19 - Madison Business Education Collaborative Meeting

February 20 - Trivia Night

February 21 - Wisconsin Singers

February 25 - Branding Commission

February 26 - Jefferson County Interagency Council

March 2 - Wake Up Watertown

March 3-6 - Women in Education Leadership

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Congratulations to the State Champions in High Kick - the Blue Revue!

The Watertown Blue Revue brought home a well-deserved Division 1 State Championship! Huge thanks and congratulations to the coaches and the team! Congratulations to Linnea Nagel and Jana Strobel - all the parents and fans - and to the girls for their many hours of practice and rehearsal.

Consumer Price Index

WERC announced that CPI will be .12% for collective bargaining agreements.

Policy Review

The Policy Review committee is continuing to review the meeting regulations and case law regarding transgender and gender nonconforming students as a part of the committee's discussion on the Equal Educational Opportunities policy and the recommended revisions to this policy to address discrimination regarding gender identity. This discussion will continue at next month's meeting, and the Board's attorney will be present to address Board questions and concerns.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy.

Voucher Impact

There has been quite a bit of discussion at the Assembly level regarding changes to Act 55 and the funding for vouchers. Speaker Vos brought forward two amendments to Assembly Bill 751 that have since been pulled. Assembly Bill 751 is a bill on which the SAA had been neutral; it is regarding vouchers for students with special needs and attempting to close some loop holes in current legislation. AB 751 was proposed by Representative Jagler, but he did not support the amendments to the bill. However, based on my discussion with Representative Jagler, we should anticipate them coming back in some form.

I was also requested to prepare a letter to the Good Shepherd School Board, which I did, explaining vouchers and the possible impact on the WUSD. This is challenging because the impact will depend on how many students and schools will utilize vouchers, and it will also depend on if the funding formula is changed to charge back to the school district both those students currently in our seats and moving to voucher schools and the students that are currently in the seats of the parochial schools or just the students currently in our seats. We will continue to wait to see what amendments will be proposed on this issue.

We have 3 schools in the area which have applied for vouchers now in Watertown - Good Shepherd, Maranatha Baptist Academy, and Lakeside Lutheran. The cost to the District at $7,214/student could conservatively be $100,000 - 5 students at each school for a total of 15 students accepting vouchers. If the program continues to expand, and 25 students at 11 parochial schools were to accept vouchers, that number could grow to just under 2 million dollars. That number would be added to the 1.6 million we spend annually on open enrollment. We will continue to work to understand this impact and watch for legislation on this issue. - Private School Voucher Financial Impacts - Taxpayers Pay for Area Voucher Students

Special Board Meeting

We will use the February 17th Special Board meeting to follow up on the healthcare conversations that we have been having the last few months. Willis and WPS will be attending and facilitating discussion with the Board key take aways from the last two meetings as well as next steps. Additionally, at the Board's request, I have arranged for the HR Director and Physician's Assistant from West Bend to attend the meeting.

Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions on this meeting and/or next steps on healthcare. Also please let me know if you have any specific requests for Willis or WPS for their presentation.

Special Board Meeting - Detachment and DAPES

We will have a Special Board meeting on February 8th to consider a family request to detach from the WUSD and join the Oconomowoc School District. We have not done a detachment hearing since 2011, but the procedures will include a presentation from the family and from the District regarding the request. The Board will then need to adopt a resolution to deny or accept the request to detach. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the hearing.

I have connected with Richard Zimman who is prepared to do a 20-minute presentation to the Board on DAPES - the District Administrator Performance Evaluation System - that we discussed at the December meeting. After the Detachment hearing, we would hear from Richard Zimman; I have scheduled him to appear before the Board at 6:30 p.m.

If you are interested in reading about DAPES before the February meeting, you can find more information here