School Board Notes

School Board Meeting Notes – 11/16/16

Please note that these are unofficial school board meeting notes taken by an AFE board representative.

High School Room 47, 7:00 pm

School Board members present:  Doug Armstrong, Kristin Bencik, Pam Woodard, Anne Kearney, Kristin Yunker, Jennifer Dragseth, Sandy Saltzstein

Top three concerns:

  • New Roof
  • New Computers
  • New Courses


The evening began with a closed meeting for an investment litigation update then opened for the following meetings:

Building and Grounds Committee Meeting- the Board received details regarding repairs and updates planned for this school year including a new roof above the HS pool & English wing which is expected to cost $470,000. Total facility maintenance to cost $605,018.

Technology upgrades include wireless AP replacement for the district, selected grade level elementary desktop replacements as well as iPad replacement/upgrade, Chrome book replacement at the MS and HS totaling $232,000. The Board will vote on the approval of the proposals and make a budget adjustment at the next regular meeting on Dec 14th. Funds are available in the operating reserve.

Instruction Committee introduced new courses for next year to support the Project Lead the Way (STEM) classes as well as to offer a high-level physics/Calculus III course to serve students (WFB and area students) who have maxed out of the current offerings. Current staff is qualified to teach these new classes. MS design and construction courses will be converting to Project Lead the Way Gateway courses for grades 6-8. Plans for offering the locker shelf project as an after school activity were shared by Mike O’Connor, to everyone’s relief.

The Calendar Committee is continuing work, will share more next time. Looking at possible change to the elementary trimester schedule.

Human Growth and Development Committee has completed review of high school curriculum and is satisfied with the current content. Planning to further examine the elementary program.

All handouts for the meetings including details on Buildings and Grounds and Technology improvement plans and new courses can be found here:

For a full transcript of our board member’s notes, please click here.