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The MTSD Board of Education will begin hosting hybrid board meetings this month! The Board’s first hybrid meeting will be held on June 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Homestead High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) and on Zoom. The Board and district leadership team look forward to returning to a meeting format that allows both in-person and virtual engagement from community members. This format will allow those viewing the meeting remotely the same level of participation as those attending in-person. Allowing for equal access to the meeting by all participants, regardless of in-person or virtual attendance, is a priority for the Board and we look forward to ensuring all members of the public are able to participate in meetings in their preferred format. 

In case you missed it! The Board conducted its final virtual Working Board Meeting on Monday, June 7. The video of the meeting can be accessed here

Please contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us with any questions regarding the Board of Education meeting schedule or upcoming agendas.

The MTSD Board of Education will begin hosting hybrid board meetings this month! The Board’s first hybrid meeting will be held on June 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Homestead High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) and on Zoom. The Board and district leadership team look forward to returning to a meeting format that allows both in-person and virtual engagement from community members. This format will allow those viewing the meeting remotely the same level of participation as those attending in-person. Allowing for equal access to the meeting by all participants, regardless of in-person or virtual attendance, is a priority for the Board and we look forward to ensuring all members of the public are able to participate in meetings in their preferred format. 

In case you missed it! The Board conducted its final virtual Working Board Meeting on Monday, June 7. The video of the meeting can be accessed here

Please contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us with any questions regarding the Board of Education meeting schedule or upcoming agendas.

At the Board of Education’s Regular Business Meeting on May 17, 2021, the Board welcomed comments and remarks from meeting participants following the Discussion of the District's Pandemic Plan and Response to COVID-19. Thank you to those community members who joined the May 17 meeting and to those who provided remarks. In alignment with Board Policy 9125, MTSD officials have prepared follow-up information on the topics presented by members of the public during the meeting.

The MTSD Board of Education appreciates the active engagement from stakeholders!

At the Board of Education’s Regular Business Meeting on May 17, 2021, the Board welcomed comments and remarks from meeting participants following the Discussion of the District's Pandemic Plan and Response to COVID-19. Thank you to those community members who joined the May 17 meeting and to those who provided remarks. In alignment with Board Policy 9125, MTSD officials have prepared follow-up information on the topics presented by members of the public during the meeting.

The MTSD Board of Education appreciates the active engagement from stakeholders!

At the Board of Education’s Regular Business and Organizational Meeting on April 26, newly-elected board members took office, all members publicly signed their code of conduct and ethics policy, and the Board elected officers to a one-year term. Consistent with all business meetings of the Board of Education, there was an opportunity for participants to provide comments during the Citizen Communication and Comments portion of the meeting agenda. Thank you to those community members who joined the April 26 meeting and to those who provided remarks. In alignment with Board Policy 9125, MTSD officials have prepared follow-up information on the topics presented by members of the public during the citizen comment portion of Monday’s meeting. 

Thank you to all those actively engaged with the MTSD Board of Education!

At the Board of Education’s Regular Business and Organizational Meeting on April 26, newly-elected board members took office, all members publicly signed their code of conduct and ethics policy, and the Board elected officers to a one-year term. Consistent with all business meetings of the Board of Education, there was an opportunity for participants to provide comments during the Citizen Communication and Comments portion of the meeting agenda. Thank you to those community members who joined the April 26 meeting and to those who provided remarks. In alignment with Board Policy 9125, MTSD officials have prepared follow-up information on the topics presented by members of the public during the citizen comment portion of Monday’s meeting. 

Thank you to all those actively engaged with the MTSD Board of Education!

Are you interested in serving your community as a School Board Member?

Join the current MTSD Board President and Vice President on December 2 for a virtual workshop to learn more about serving the community as a member of the Board of Education. The Board of Education is made up of seven citizens elected at large by voters in the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Are you interested in serving your community as a School Board Member?

Join the current MTSD Board President and Vice President on December 2 for a virtual workshop to learn more about serving the community as a member of the Board of Education. The Board of Education is made up of seven citizens elected at large by voters in the Mequon-Thiensville School District. Members are elected to three-year overlapping terms, with elections for at least two seats held every year. The Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education provides oversight that enables our public education system to successfully achieve the ideals and goals set out in the Strategic Plan. The Board of Education utilizes a governance model to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. At this informational workshop, community members will learn more about the District’s governance model and strategic framework, the time commitment and responsibilities of being a Board Member, and how to file paperwork with the District to run for a seat on the Board in the upcoming Spring Election (April 6, 2021).

Please sign up to participate in this virtual opportunity!

On Monday, October 5, the MTSD Board of Education will engage in a Working Board meeting. Working Board meetings present the Board an opportunity to give feedback to the Administration on topics under development and prior to any formal presentation. Included on Monday’s agenda is a discussion of the District’s Communications Plan associated with the Referendum Project and a discussion and analysis of Fund 80 - the District’s Community Service Fund. 

On Monday, November 2, the MTSD Board of Education will engage in a Working Board meeting. Working Board meetings present the Board an opportunity to give feedback to the Administration on topics under development and prior to any formal presentation. Included on Monday’s agenda is a discussion of the Schematic Design phase of the District’s Referendum Project and a discussion of the 2021-2022 Curriculum Proposals. 

Unless otherwise noted, Working Board meetings do not include the opportunity for public participation. Citizens are always welcome to write or phone the Superintendent or Board with their comments. The meeting will be hosted virtually and begin at 6:00 p.m. 

In case you missed it: The Board conducted its Regular Monthly Business meeting on Tuesday, October 27. The video of the meeting can be accessed here.

Please use this Google form to sign up for virtual meeting access at least two hours prior to the posted start time: https://bit.ly/2Fc30YY.

A full schedule of Board of Education meetings for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at: https://www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/board. Please contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us with any questions regarding the Board of Education meeting schedule or agenda.
 

For those who were not able to attend the MTSD Board of Education's regular business meeting on Monday, September 21, please click here to view a full recording. Anyone who needs closed captioning services for the video should contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us. 

Board of Education Business Meeting Video - 9/21

For those who were not able to attend the MTSD Board of Education's regular business meeting on Monday, September 21, please click here to view a full recording. Anyone who needs closed captioning services for the video should contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us. 

Working Board Meeting and Burden

At the Board of Education’s working meeting on Monday, September 14, district administration shared an update on the Mequon-Thiensville School District’s current response to the ongoing pandemic. Included in the presentation was an update on the community spread of COVID-19, which is a key decision-making factor in the district’s continued ability to implement the option of On Campus instruction for our students.

Working Board Meeting and Burden

At the Board of Education’s working meeting on Monday, September 14, district administration shared an update on the Mequon-Thiensville School District’s current response to the ongoing pandemic. Included in the presentation was an update on the community spread of COVID-19, which is a key decision-making factor in the district’s continued ability to implement the option of On Campus instruction for our students. Community spread is measured by burden by our local health department and in the Mequon and Thiensville zip codes. Since the start of the month, burden has been trending upward, recently rising above 250 in the 53092 zip code. In alignment with the local health department’s decision framework, when burden reaches 350, the school district will need to assess whether a transition to Instructional Scenario D: Distance Learning for All Students is necessary for the health and safety of our students, families, and staff members.

The MTSD Board and administration encourage residents of our communities to do their part in controlling the spread of COVID-19, ensuring that our children continue to have the option of learning in our classrooms and on campus. Please wear a face covering while in public spaces, limit social gatherings, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, adhere to self-isolation and self-quarantine procedures - and encourage your neighbors to do the same. 

Remember, we are all in this together! 

Business Board Meeting on Monday

On Monday, September 21, the MTSD Board of Education will host its monthly Business Meeting. The meeting will be hosted virtually and begin at 6:00 p.m. Included on the agenda is an opportunity for Board Members to discuss an important safety and security component of the school district’s Referendum Project - the analysis of traffic patterns at each of our sites.

Business Board Meeting on Monday

On Monday, September 21, the MTSD Board of Education will host its monthly Business Meeting. The meeting will be hosted virtually and begin at 6:00 p.m. Included on the agenda is an opportunity for Board Members to discuss an important safety and security component of the school district’s Referendum Project - the analysis of traffic patterns at each of our sites.

Please use this Google form to sign up for virtual meeting access at least two hours prior to the posted start time. A full schedule of Board of Education meetings for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at: https://www.mtsd.k12.wi.us/board. Please contact Amanda Sievers at asievers@mtsd.k12.wi.us with any questions regarding the Board of Education meeting schedule or agenda.

Over the last month, some community members have brought forth several concerns and accusations against the Mequon-Thiensville School Board as a whole, individual members, and district administration. The Board takes these concerns and allegations very seriously.

The Board has always grounded its decision-making process in law and policy. We have conducted an extensive and thorough review of our decisions and decision-making processes leading into the school year. In our ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and in keeping with our high standards, the Board requested that the District’s legal counsel conduct an independent investigation into the claims made.

The Board has received and discussed the District’s legal counsel’s findings and upon thorough review has accepted them.

We share the following information from our legal counsel regarding recent allegations.

A Statement from the Board of Education

Dear Members of the Mequon-Thiensville School District Community:

Over the last month, some community members have brought forth several concerns and accusations against the Mequon-Thiensville School Board as a whole, individual members, and district administration. The Board takes these concerns and allegations very seriously.

The Board has always grounded its decision-making process in law and policy. We have conducted an extensive and thorough review of our decisions and decision-making processes leading into the school year. In our ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and in keeping with our high standards, the Board requested that the District’s legal counsel conduct an independent investigation into the claims made.

The Board has received and discussed the District’s legal counsel’s findings and upon thorough review has accepted them.

We share the following information from our legal counsel regarding recent allegations.

An allegation that an individual board member’s participation in a vote regarding the Decision-Making Framework created a conflict of interest based on the member’s private business. The board member in question owns a tutoring business:

After conducting an independent investigation and analysis, legal counsel determined that the board member’s participation on the Board, and specifically in the decision to adopt the Decision-Making Framework, does not present a conflict of interest based on the factual circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, the fact that the board member's tutoring business contracts directly with parents and/or guardians of a student. In addition, there is no contractual agreement between the business and the District, nor is there evidence one is being considered, and thus no negotiating, bidding, or exercise of discretion exists on the part of the board member.

Moreover, the Board’s action was not to reopen schools virtually, but rather to approve a framework to inform transitioning between instructional scenarios based on changes in community data surrounding COVID-19.

An allegation that the Superintendent and other members of the Board had a conflict of interest when they supported the Decision-Making Framework because they were aware of a board member’s private business:

For their part, the action of the Superintendent in recommending the Decision-Making Framework and the action by the other board members in approving the Decision-Making Framework did not create a conflict of interest for them based on the fact that they were aware of the board member's private business. There is no evidence that either the Superintendent or the other board members acted in any way to provide a financial benefit to the board member.

The Board allegedly violated Board policy 5345 because it allegedly did not consider the social and emotional well-being of students when adopting the Decision-Making Framework that resulted in the schools initially opening virtually.

While the Board and District’s administration took into account the social and emotional well-being of students, the Decision-Making Framework takes into account not only their social and emotional well-being but also their physical well-being.

The Board's decisions reflect the utmost concern for our students and staff members. We will continue to implement measures that provide a safe, equitable, and engaging climate that values the physical, social, and emotional well-being of students, which includes staffing and programming to provide guidance, counseling and school social work support, no matter whether that support is in-person or virtual. Additionally, the Decision-Making Framework allows District Administration to swiftly transition between learning scenarios, as was done as recently as September 8, 2020. Moreover, we will continue to receive feedback from our students, staff members, and families and implement the appropriate measures to the benefit of our students and staff members, where necessary.

The decisions made in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year were extremely difficult. We will continue to ground our decision-making in law and policy while ensuring transparency, accountability and an unwavering commitment to high standards. The Board welcomes continued dialog with our constituents as we work through the many issues we all face in navigating the challenges posed by COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

MTSD Board of Education

Shelley Burns, Board President

John Daniels, Board Treasurer

Wendy Francour, Board Vice-President

Erik Hollander, Board Member

Akram Khan, Board Member

Chris Schultz, Board Member

Paula Taebel, Board Clerk