At the January 23 Fillmore Central School Board meeting, the board committee assignments were set for 2024 with no changes. Deb Ristau and Shelly Topness will continue to serve on the Community Education committee, Jennifer Pickett on Continuing Education, Sue Sikkink and Topness on Meet and Confer, Craig Britton, Topness and Sikkink on Negotiations; Jim Love, Pickett and Aaron Bishop on Policy; Sikkink on System Accountability, Ristau on Staff Development, Britton, Pickett and Love on Vendor Negotiations; Britton, Love and Bishop on Facility Focus; Britton, Sikkink and Ristau on Budget; Love on Technology, Pickett and Bishop on Curriculum/Calendar, and Pickett, Love and Bishop on Vocational Studies. Bishop will continue to serve as the MSBA Liaison, Britton on MSHSL/Three Rivers Conference, Pickett on the Special Ed Advisory Council, and Ristau and Topness on the Extra-curricular Advisory board.
First Southeast Bank of Harmony, First State Bank of Fountain, F&M Community Bank of Preston and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund were set as the district’s depositories. The Fillmore County Journal was set as the official newspaper, KTTC and the Fillmore Central website and Facebook page as the official stations for school closings, and Knutson, Flynn, & Deans as the official school district legal counsel. Keeley Todd, Darla Ebner and Heath Olstad were given authority to wire transfer funds and purchase Certificates of Deposit. The regular school board meetings will continue to be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. alternating between the high school and the elementary buildings. Official notices will be posted at the elementary office, the district office and the high school office.
There are multiple job openings available in the daycare and SAC program. Ristau noted that she had been asked by a parent about the change in SAC hours. Superintendent Heath Olstad said that he had been aware of the change, but will obtain more information on the reason behind it for the board.
Aimsweb testing has been completed at the elementary building. Two fifth grade teams competed and did well at Math Wizards with some of the students winning individual awards. I Love to Read Month is coming up in February with lots of fun activities planned for the elementary students.
The spring sports sign-ups are under way. One Act Play was scheduled to perform on January 23, but had to postpone the performance due to illnesses. The annual Red Cross blood drive was held at the high school with the student council assisting the Red Cross staff with the drive. Many students and community members donated blood.
Lily Miller was hired as a SAC aide. Sonia Bockoven’s hours were increased in the media center. The resignation of Teacher A was approved.
The activity and course fees were approved with a fee of $25 per student for Clay Target and $20 per student for Food Chemistry.
The Alternative Learning Program for summer was approved with one day a week of learning for eight weeks during June and July. Marsha Dowe Indahl will be the teacher for the program and if more than five students sign up per session, a paraprofessional will also need to be hired.
An open enrollment request was approved. The board accepted donations made to the district from the final quarter of 2023 with gratitude.
The boiler system at the high school stopped functioning correctly about a month and a half ago. A part had to be ordered and is projected to arrive in three to five weeks. The fire alarm at the high school was triggered in the evening of January 22 due to low pressure in the sprinkler system and boiler. A burst pipe was found to be the source and, thanks to the hard work of a number of individuals and local companies, was able to be repaired right away.
The next Fillmore Central school board meeting will be held on February 27 in the elementary meeting room. Due to potential playoff games for girls and boys basketball that same evening, the meeting was moved from 6:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.