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Board to examine fundraising restrictions

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
January 9, 2010
— Children could not be forced to sell subscriptions or participate in any other school-related fundraising under new regulations the Janesville School Board will consider Tuesday.

“Students shall not be required to participate in any campaign to raise funds for any purpose,” the new language in the regulation states.


Students still could be asked to volunteer, however.


The board discussed the issue last fall after board President DuWayne Severson said he had heard a complaint that students in a middle school class had been given sales quotas and that some were singled out in front of their peers for not selling, or not selling enough.


Severson said Friday he likes the approach the administration has come up with, and he expects principals will now review the regulations with fundraising groups such as parent organizations.


“So if a child, family, what have you, wants to say, ‘No,’ that’s the end of it,” Severson said.


Severson said he didn’t think the rules would hurt fundraising efforts.


“Most families participate, and that’s fine, but it provides an opportunity for people to say, ‘I wish not to participate,’” Severson said.


“The main thing is, there’s no pressure on kids and no pressure on parents,” Severson said.


Other additions to the regulation, which Severson also endorsed, are:


n “No quotas may be set for individual students or groups.”


n “All activities shall be managed so they safeguard the welfare of participating students.”


- “Particular care, particularly at the elementary level, will be given to minimize the pressure on students to solicit or contribute to fundraising activities.”


- “Activities associated with the fundraiser shall not infringe on instructional time.”


The administrative regulations do not require a board vote, but board members could suggest additions or changes to the policy. Or, board members could propose changes to the board policy that governs student fundraising.


The policy as it stands requires principals to approve any fundraisers by school clubs, sports teams or other organizations.


State law requires written permission from parents for students younger than age 12 to participate in fundraising. Students younger than age 9 must be accompanied by someone at least 16 years old.


ON THE AGENDA


The Janesville School Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St. Tuesday’s agenda includes:


- Discussion of the creation of a “foundation development director position.”


- Possible approval, on the consent agenda, of the district’s participation in the state’s application for the federal Race to the Top program.


- A first reading of revisions to the district policy governing expulsions.


- Discussion and possible action regarding development of a plan to deal with the district’s liability to the Wisconsin Retirement System.


- A five-minute report on the Rock County Fury girls high school co-op hockey team.


- A five-minute report on the use of district facilities by the Rock County Gladiators semi-pro football team.


- Announcement of the hiring of a district comptroller, Peter Grender, who begins Jan. 18. Grender will receive an annual salary of $82,000. He is a state-licensed school business administrator with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in school business management from UW-Whitewater. He has worked as an accountant for the state Department of Natural Resources and served a school business manager internship with the Middleton-Cross Plains School District in 2008-09. He was one of 21 applicants for the position.



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