Board meeting agendas are posted at the Longfellow Administration
Center and on the District’s website at least 24 hours
before a scheduled meeting. Special provisions apply in
case of an emergency meeting.
Order of Business
The order of business at a regular meeting of
the Wausau Board of Education usually is as follows:
-Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
-Spotlight on Education
-Consent Agenda: Approve minutes, staffing, payment
of bills, and donations to the District
-Committee Board Referrals
-Closed Session, if necessary
The Board of Education
The Wausau Board of Education consists of nine
community members elected by the citizens of the District.
Board members are elected at-large and serve overlapping terms
of three years. Board members receive a yearly salary established
at the District's Annual Meeting.
The School Board acts to establish policies that govern the
operation of the Wausau School District. It has final control
over local school matters limited by the state legislature,
the courts, and the will of the people as expressed in School
The Board of Education takes action on matters only in formal
session with a majority of members present. The Board President
serves as the spokesperson for the School Board’s position
on all items related to the public schools.
The Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Education is empowered to select
the Superintendent of Schools as its chief executive officer
to administer the operations of the schools. It is the responsibility
of the Superintendent to bring reports and recommendations
on the work of the School District to the Board.
The Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
of Schools serves as Secretary to the School Board as well
as Deputy Clerk.
There are three standing committees, two of which are committees of the whole for the School
Board. The committees are: Education/Operations, Policy,
Resolution and Legislation, and the Audit of the Bills Committee. The makeup of each committee is determined by the School Board President. The
President also determines the chairperson of each committee
and serves as an ex officio member of the committees. Committee
meetings are held to provide greater opportunities for in-depth
study of programs. State statutes require that each School
Board committee meeting be posted in accordance with the Wisconsin
Open Meeting Law, Stat. 19.85. Committee meetings of the Board
of Education are open to the public. Periodically, the Board
may establish ad hoc committees for a specific task. These
meetings are also posted in accordance with the Wisconsin
Open Meeting Law.
Addressing the School Board
Individuals wishing to address the Board of
Education may do so by signing the Open Forum sheets at the
information table at most School Board Meetings. The sheets
ask for name, address, and a brief statement about the item
being presented. These sheets will be collected prior to the
Open Forum. At the discretion of the presiding officer, those
who have signed up to speak on a specific agenda item may
be called upon when that item is being considered. Speakers
must state their name and address upon addressing the Board.
A time limit for presentations will be determined by the Board
Citizens attending Board Meetings will not be permitted to
interfere with the orderly conduct of the session. Speakers
are expected to treat others with respect, confining their
remarks to School District issues. The President may terminate
a speaker’s privilege to speak if the speaker persists
in improper conduct or remarks. No person addressing the School
Board should initiate charges or complaints about individual
Board members or employees of the District. Such charges or
complaints should be presented directly to the Superintendent
of Schools or designee.