Nearly 100 Fillmore Central students are currently participating in choir, which is an encouraging number, but also means that the district needs to increase the number of risers that the members of the choir stands on during their concerts. The existing riser has three steps and is not big enough. A representative from Wenger, the company the risers were originally purchased from, met with the administration to discuss options. The company will be able to add a fourth row to the current set of risers without having to replace the existing ones. Safety rails will also need to be added. The Fillmore Central School Board approved the purchase at their October 24 meeting.
While looking for options to ensure that the students standing on the fourth row of the risers would be seen with the stage gym lighting, it was discovered that the lights are no longer working in conjunction with the control panel and power boxes. The current stage lighting equipment will need to be replaced. Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with a quote for the project from Sim Sound & Video and will be obtaining another one from a different vendor several days after the board meeting. Generally, he would wait until all the quotes had been delivered before asking the board to approve one, but as the next concert that will take place in the high school gym is on December 1, he asked the board’s permission to allow him to accept a quote from a vendor as soon as both have been received to allow the work to begin immediately. The board approved his request.
The board approved the second readings of policies 620 regarding credit for learning, and 903 regarding visitors to school district buildings and sites. There were no changes to policy 620, but information on building-level procedures and tracking device procedures were added to policy 903.
Emma Breitsprecher was hired as an after-school and non-school days staff member at SAC, and Elisha Himli was hired as the assistant dance coach. Andrew Peterson was hired as the weightlifting head coach, which is a new position in the district. The winter coaches were also hired and are as follows: Aaron Mensink as the head boys basketball coach, Andrew Pederson as the junior varsity boys basketball coach, Tris Tollefson as the ninth grade boys basketball coach, Jeffrey Dick as the eighth grade boys basketball coach, Andy Todd as the seventh grade boys basketball coach, Levi Olstad as the head girls basketball coach, John O’Connor as the junior varsity girls basketball coach, Eric Breitsprecher as the ninth grade girls basketball coach, Ethan Lapham as the eighth grade girls basketball coach, Brandi Mayer as the seventh grade girls basketball coach, Joe Cullen as the head wrestling coach, Paul Snell as the assistant wrestling coach, and Jim Love as the volunteer assistant wrestling coach.
An open enrollment request from an eleventh grade student from Lanesboro was approved by the board.
The board approved the purchase of a 2018 Ford Transit 10-passenger van at the price of $26,906.56 to replace one of the current vans used for student transportation. They also approved the purchase of a 2018 Ford F250 pickup in the amount of $26,721.41 to use for snow removal and to haul equipment using the school’s trailer. Both vehicles are from Nelson Auto of North Branch, Minn. The district will also purchase a commercial grade snowplow from Ironside Trailers in Harmony to be installed on the front of the new pickup in the amount of $5,190.
As the board approved the vehicle purchases, Superintendent Keith asked for and received their permission to sell the current pickup.
The district’s old handicap van was sold via A to Z Repair for $9,000.
The board reviewed quotes from several companies to replace the furniture in the elementary meeting room to make the room more versatile for different types of meetings. They approved the quote from Innovative Office Equipment.
The certified teacher seniority list was reviewed and approved by the board.
The One & Done fundraiser raised a total of $7,382.
The vision and hearing screening was held on October 4. The district wished to thank the following volunteers: Fillmore County Public Health, Carol Johns, Cindy Ofstedal, Marietta Buchholz, Denise Paulson, Nancy Byrne, Colleen Carlson, Heather Stockdale, Sandy Amundson, Cheryl Schumacher, and to Brenda Ristau for coordinating the event
At the September board meeting, it was noted that there was a full-time position available in the infant room at the daycare, but that was not correct. However, there is a part-time teacher assistant position open in the SAC program.
The next Fillmore Central school board meeting will be held on November 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center.