MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF THE RIVER RIDGE BOARD OF
EDUCATION OF THE RIVER RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT, GRANT COUNTY, WISCONSIN:
January 9, 2013
The regular meeting of the River Ridge Board of Education was called to order by President Bill
Mergen on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. Roll call was taken with the following members
present:
Karla Irish
Kerri Schier
Bill Mergen
Chad Breuer
Tish Burmeister
Lea Breuer
Bob Mathre
Also present were District Administrator Lee Pritzl, Business Manager Carol Harris and staff members
Shawn Chatfield and Deb Martin.
Lea Breuer presented proof of posting showing notice of the meeting posted on January 4, 2013,
at 1:07 p.m. at the River Ridge High School and Middle School and the post offices in Bagley,
Bloomington, Glen Haven, Mt. Hope and Patch Grove. The motion was made by Tish Burmeister and
seconded by Bob Mathre to approve the posting. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Item IV. APPEARANCES
There were no appearances.
Item V. MINUTES
The motion was made by Karla Irish and seconded by Kerri Schier to approve the
December 12, 2012, Regular and Closed Meeting Minutes. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Item VI. CONSENT AGENDA
The following General Fund expenditures were reviewed: Dennis Baumann, 90.00; Janet A.
Block, 163.17; Emil E. Bohringer Jr., 42.74; Jeffery J Clausen, 60.00; Christopher Earle, 139.86; Nancy
Fassbinder, 13.00; Robert Ferraro, 90.00; Ryan Fox, 139.86; Angela George, 21.00; Jeffery L. Graewin,
162.62; Carol A. Harris, 56.89; Clay Koenig, 132.09; Tracy L. Krueger, 55.00; Rodney Lewis, 66.05;
Sandra C. Mergen, 139.86; Virginia Neeley, 132.60; Patch Grove Postmaster, 73.04; Pecatonica High
School, 65.00; Barbara Ploessl, 6.00; Logan Prochaska, 139.86; Ryan Reilly, 60.00; Scott Reilly, 40.00;
Nicole Schonhoff, 145.41; Daniel T. Sedgwick, 60.00; Ronald J. Sedgwick, 40.00; Kory Stalsberg,
145.41; Joel Stieber, 55.00; Kerry Thornton, 357.42; Richard Wachter, 60.00; Westby School District,
150.00; Wade Winkers, 192.03; A.T. & T., 30.76; American Time & Signal Co., 87.70; B.L. Murray
Inc., 56.79; Bloomington Stop & Go, 9.34; Blue Note Band Instrument Repair, 139.00; Boscobel
Refrigeration & Electric Inc., 207.50; Busch Music, 320.00; C.D.W. Government Inc., 1,200.34;
C.E.S.A. #3, 439.93; Capital Newspapers, 123.50; Dependable Solutions, 3,976.94; Earthgrains/Sara
Lee Bakery Group, 188.57; Fishnick Dairy, 179.08; Follett Library Services, 29.69; Follett Software
Company, 2,727.52; G.F.C. Leasing, 40.68; Gordon Flesch Company Inc., 1,199.91; GTM Sportswear,
600.00; Harder Corp., 688.55; Hermsen’s Inc., 878.87; Highsmith Education Station, 17.30; Hobart
Service, 230.42; Honeywell Inc., 105.81; Howe Printing Company Inc., 63.70; Infomart Inc., 40.00;
Inpath Devices, 1,540.85; J.W. Pepper & Son Inc., 56.99; Johnson Block & Company, 1,650.00;
Kepharts Music Center Inc., 55.30; LBS Automotive Services LLC, 7.79; Mas Bakery, 321.00; Morris
Newspaper Corp. of WI, 132.23; National Mississippi River, 75.00; New Horizons Supply Co-op,
140.89; Okey’s Market, 24.20; Patch Grove Postmaster, 1,065.75; Piggly Wiggly PDC, 16.40; Prairie
Farms Dairy, 3,325.69; Price Equipment Sales Inc., 94.45; River Ridge HS Pupil Act, 263.45; River
Ridge MS Pupil Act, 5.00; S.N.A., 42.25; S.S.E. Music, 173.50; School Specialty Inc., 268.52; Sharp
Electronics Corporation, 157.70; Specialized Data Systems Inc., 170.00; Sysco Baraboo LLC, 6,555.34;
T.D.S. Telecom Inc., 1,328.35; Telesolutions Consultants LLC, 2,711.71; Tierney Brothers Inc., 358.75;
Town & Country Sanitation, 425.00; W.A.R.C.O. Transportation Inc., 55,322.82; W.A.S.B. Inc., 66.00;
WE Energies, 3,750.78; Yeomans Inc., 12.95; Scholastic Inc., 72.42; Woodworkers Supply Inc., 100.09;
A.F.L.A.C. 484.82; A.F.L.A.C. Group, 1,451.87; Ameritas, 168.00; Capital Bank & Trust, 80.00;
Citizens Bank, 28,124.86; Clare Bank, 1,950.00; Edward Jones Investments, 100.00; Employee Flexible
Benefit Account, 1,426.94; Employee Insurance Fund, 140,939.54; Horace Mann Companies, 80.58;
Horace Mann Life Insurance Companies, 1,908.22; Minnesota Life Insurance Company, 1,328.20;
Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue, 6,505.13; Gordon Flesch Company Inc., 69.03; Prairie Catholic Schools,
300.00; Spahn & Rose Lumber Co., 113.05; Jeff Thornton, 1,140.48; Ameritas, 168.00; Capital Bank &
Trust, 80.00; Citizens Bank, 27,551.94; Clare Bank, 1,950.00; Edward Jones Investments, 100.00;
Employee Flexible Benefit Account, 1,089.44; Employee Insurance Fund, 3,463.91; Horace Mann Life
Insurance Company, 1,908.22; Jefferson Pilot Life Ins. Company, 107.00; Madison National Life,
1,862.25; National Insurance Co. of WI, 1,183.12; W.E.A.C., 700.97; Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue,
6,342.33; Wisconsin Retirement System, 29,543.84; Alliant Energy/WPL, 5,572.66; Amazon/GECRB,
714.54; Thomas R. Block, 60.00; Jeffery J. Clausen, 40.00; Carol A. Harris, 49.12; Lancaster School
District, 120.00; Mink Plumbing Heating & Electric LLC, 1,159.16; Pitney Bowes Corp, 359.10; Lee
Pritzl, 390.55; Andy Riechers, 90.00; River Ridge Petty Cash, 2.35; River Ridge Special Checking,
154.82; David Timmerman, 55.00; U.S. Cellular, 203.55; Steve Williamson, 80.00; Cardmember
Services, 810.01; Carl Orr, 60.00; Piggly Wiggly PDC, 34.39; Wal-Mart Community, 663.46; Wal-Mart
Community BRC, 133.56.
The following General Fund revenues were reviewed: C.E.S.A. #3, 628.00; State of
Wisconsin, 839,262.00; State of Wisconsin, 12,527.68; State of Wisconsin, 2,436.18; State of
Wisconsin, 41,110.69; State of Wisconsin, 500.00; River Ridge Reading Wolf Pack, 50.00; Con Agra
Foods, 31.14; Cooks, 24.06; R.R.A.P.T., 198.72; River Ridge HS Pupil Activity, 13,703.22; State of
Wisconsin, 35,474.00; U.S. Dept. of Education, 2,640.41; General Mills, 1,245.60; Benefit Plan
Administrators, 1,000.00; West End Salvage, 371.10; Cooks, 84.29; River Ridge Reading Wolf Pack,
50.00; State of Wisconsin, 13,378.84; State of Wisconsin, 4,170.72; State of Wisconsin, 10,102.99;
Citizens Bank, 17.54; Citizens Bank, 52.28; Anchor Bank, 2.09; BMO Harris Bank, 0.91; Clare Bank,
38.99; People’s State Bank, 15.50; People’s State Bank, 28.46.
The following Insurance Fund expenditures were reviewed: Benefit Plan Administrators,
13,482.77; Benefit Plan Administrators, 108.08; Benefit Plan Administrators, 7,576.10; Benefit Plan
Administrators, 1,296.00; Benefit Plan Administrators, 12,044.86; Benefit Plan Administrators,
1,125.03; Benefit Plan Administrators, 5,092.32.
The following Insurance Fund revenues were reviewed: Benefit Plan Administrators, 3,276.58;
Bardon Insurance Group, 13,997.17; Joe Devlin, 463.92; Linda Havemeier, 945.00; Barbara O’Leary,
158.00; David Breuer, 1,908.00; Sandra Johnson, 157.00; Bardon Insurance Group, 563.27; River Ridge
School District, 140,939.54; Lisa Breuer, 732.70; River Ridge School District, 3,463.91; People’s State
Bank, 39.00; Clare Bank, 0.67.
The following Debt Fund revenues were reviewed: People’s State Bank, 3.66.
The following Scholarship Fund revenues were reviewed: People’s State Bank, 19.56; Clare
Bank, 14.91; Anchor Bank, 11.30; Citizens Bank, 4.19; Clare Bank, 0.92; People’s State Bank, 1.02;
People’s State Bank, 0.19.
The motion was made by Kerri Schier and seconded by Chad Breuer to approve the Consent
Agenda, which included the following items:
A. The Finance Committee Report was presented by committee member Carol Harris. The
General Fund was up $429,000. The Insurance Fund ended the month at $247,000 which was an
increase of approximately $125,000. Tish Burmeister presented the list of gifts and grants to be
accepted by the board. General Mills Box Tops for Education donated 1245.60 to be split
according to pupil count over the elementary, middle and high schools for educational needs;
RRAP donated $198.72 for the fourth grade field trip transportation to Cannons and Redcoats;
Benefit Plan Administrators Company donated $1,000 toward the Run the Ridge Fitness Trail;
Karen and Terry Page donated $150 toward the payment to the 2012 Timberwolf Scholarship
recipient; River Ridge Music Boosters donated $506.78 toward the music trip transportation to
the Overture Center in Madison in October; an anonymous donation of $500 toward the payment
to the 2012 recipients of the Above and Beyond Scholarship; Martin Schwartz Funeral Homes,
Inc. donated $50 to the River Ridge Reading Wolf Pack RIF (Reading is Fun) program.
B. The Buildings and Grounds Committee report was given by Bill Mergen. The Buildings and
Grounds Committee met with ADG via Skype on January 9. ADG presented preliminary
information from the walk-throughs that were conducted at both sites. Preliminary results
indicated that certain areas of the HVAC system at the middle school will be looked at further.
The boiler at the middle school is also beyond its life expectancy. ADG indicated that at the
high school, the HVAC system needs better air flow in certain areas. They are also looking to
have air quality studies done at both sites. ADG will be compiling the preliminary information
and will have a full report this spring. The committee also heard from Mr. Pritzl regarding the
hail damage to the roof at the Patch Grove site. They have received quotes from contractors and
the district will be contacting the insurance company in the near future.
C. The Policy Committee indicated that they have reviewed the policies in sections 300, 400 and
500. They will be making further recommendations regarding which policies need further
review.
D. There were no employment recommendations.
E. There were no employment resignations.
On a voice vote, the motion carried.
Item VII. REPORTS
A. Mr. Pritzl completed his review of the open enrollments out of the districts. The staff made
contact or attempted to make contact with those that are open enrolling out of the district. Mr.
Pritzl is comfortable with the results of this review and feels the results of the study are fair and
accurate.
B. Mr. Pritzl gave a Safety Committee update. They are looking at the long-term safety plan
and the crisis plan. Neither of the buildings is designed for safety. Security and access are issues
that need to be addressed. The committee is looking at what the logistics are if a crisis plan has
to be implemented. Another issue that needs addressing is the reunification process if a crisis
were to occur.
C. Mr. Pritzl and the board reviewed the superintendent evaluation tool and will be using the
Likert Scale with the 5–1 rating scale.
D. Mr. Pritzl updated the board regarding registration. Registration is currently ongoing. They
have accelerated the registration process to study the possibility of moving the 7th and 8th grade
to form a 7-12 secondary education structure.
E. Carol Harris gave the update on the Insurance Task Force. The 12 members met on
December 17. The task force is currently working with the TPA that the district uses. Marc
Paulson from BPA will be giving a presentation on different options on Monday, January 14, at
4:00 p.m.
F. The motion was made by Kerri Schier and seconded by Lea Breuer to approve the
administrative contract for Carol Harris pending changes to her contract to reflect the indirect
compensation section as to follow and match the language in the Employee Handbook regarding
insurance premiums. On a roll call vote, the following voted yes:
Karla Irish
Kerri Schier
Bill Mergen
Chad Breuer
Tish Burmeister
Lea Breuer
Bob Mathre
The following voted no: none. The motion carried.
The motion was made by Chad Breuer and seconded by Bob Mathre to approve the
administrative contract for Rodney Lewis pending the changes to his contract to reflect in the
“Benefits” section, Items 6 and 8 as to follow and match the language in the Employee
Handbook regarding insurance premiums. On a roll call vote, the following voted yes:
Karla Irish
Kerri Schier
Tish Burmeister
Lea Breuer
Bill Mergen
Chad Breuer
Bob Mathre
The following voted no: none. The motion carried.
The motion was made by Kerri Schier and seconded by Tish Burmeister to approve the
administrative contract for Amy Mezera pending the changes to her contract to reflect in the
“Benefits” section, Items 6 and 8 as to follow and match the language in the Employee
Handbook regarding insurance premiums. On a roll call vote, the following voted yes:
Karla Irish
Kerri Schier
Bill Mergen
Chad Breuer
Tish Burmeister
Lea Breuer
Bob Mathre
The following voted no: none. The motion carried.
G. The motion was made by Chad Breuer and seconded by Bob Mathre to approve the Support
Staff Seniority List dated January 8, 2013, as presented. On a voice vote, the motion carried.
The motion was made by Karla Irish and seconded by Tish Burmeister to approve the
Professional Staff Seniority List dated January 8, 2013, as presented. On a voice vote, the
motion carried
Item VIII. INFORMATION
A. The upcoming board meeting schedule is listed below:
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The Finance Committee Meeting will be held on February 11 at 5:15 p.m.
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The district calendar meeting will be held on January 10 at 3:30 p.m.
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The Insurance Task Force meeting will be held January 14 at 4:00 p.m.
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The February regular board meeting will be held February 11 at 6:00 p.m.

The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet on February 11 at 4:00 p.m. ADG will
be available during this meeting.
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The State School Board Convention will be held January 22-25.
B. Future board meetings items will include the consideration of a possible two-year school
calendar, retirement information and board discussion regarding upcoming administrator
evaluation.
C. The motion was made by Tish Burmeister and seconded by Bob Mathre to adjourn. On a
voice vote, the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
______________________________
Lea L. Breuer, Clerk
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