Principal Heath Olstad gave the spring sports update to the board at the June 24 school board meeting. All spring sports have wrapped up for the year. Congratulations were extended to the girls golf team for becoming the Section Champions and for taking seventh place in state. Madison Scheevel placed second overall. Congratulations were also extended to the 4×400 relay team for taking third and the 4×200 team for placing seventh. Emma Breitsprecher took fourth in the 100 yard hurdle and third in the 300. Kassidy Broadwater placed 10th in the pole vault.
Principal Olstad reported that good progress is being made on the football field project.
A resignation from custodian Roger Jevne was approved. Shanda Thurston was hired as the daycare director, John O’Connor as the JV boys basketball coach, and Madison Scheevel as the ninth grade volleyball coach. Traci Bigalk was hired as the high school custodian. A three-year contract extension for Heath Olstad as principal was approved. A maternity leave beginning in December for Sheila Goetzke was approved. The board also approved tenure status for Kaitlyn Steichen, Joe Rye, Matt Patterson, Brandi Mayer, Angie Kennedy, and Sheila Goetzke.
The board reviewed and approved a quote in the amount of $101,251.91 from Schmidt Goodman for the furnishings for the high school after the renovations are completed. Superintendent Richard Keith noted that the quote will later be revised to be lower as the furnishing needs are actually less than originally anticipated.
Four quotes were received for the new sound system for the football field. After comparing the two lowest quotes, Superintendent Keith recommended that the board approve the $10,533.33 quote from Pro Acoustics, which includes seven speakers, a headset microphone, a hand-held wireless microphone, and all of the necessary amplifier wiring and mounting rack. The board approved the quote.
The district’s memberships with the Minnesota Rural Education Association, Minnesota School Board Association membership and the Southeast Service Cooperative membership were renewed. The food service contract with Taher was also renewed.
Proposals from three different health insurance providers were received and the board reviewed a comparison of all three. The teachers all currently have Public Employees Insurance Program or PEIP, and it was recommended to make PEIP the health insurance provider for the rest of the district employees as well. The board approved the change. The school’s property and liability insurance from MIST was renewed for the 2019-2020 school year. A quote in the amount of $18,013 for workman’s compensation insurance with Accident Fund National Insurance Co. was approved for the upcoming school year.
A year-end check run was pre-approved to reduce year-end accounts payable items.
The school is required to submit its Long-Term Facilities Maintenance plan to the state by July 31. The board reviewed the 10-year expenditure plan, the projected 10-year funding, and a letter of assurances before approving the LTFM plan so it can be sent to the state.
The substitute teacher pay for 2019-2020 was increased to $130 for a full day and $65 for a half day. The substitute secretary pay, substitute paraprofessional pay, and substitute custodial pay were each increased from $12 to $13 per hour.
Superintendent Richard Keith was designated as the local education agency representative and homeless liaison.
The student activity fees, admission fees, and sports season passes were all approved for the upcoming school year with no changes.
The paraprofessional handbook was changed to include clarification on PTO usage and cell phone usage. Paraprofessionals will now have to use PTO before taking unpaid time off and are not allowed to use their cell phones in the presence of students. There were no changes to the coaching or faculty handbooks. Several additions were made to the K-6 and 7-12 handbooks to address issues that popped up in the last school year and to clarify and update other policies.
The proposed operating budget for the 2019-2020 school year was reviewed. It was noted that the proposed expenses could change with the projects at the high school and football field that are currently taking place. The revenue for the budget came to a total of $9,285,546 and the expenses to $10,824,467. The proposed food service budget from Taher was also approved.
The first reading of the board policies was approved, most with no changes. Policies 419, 532, 603, 616, and 722 had minor revisions.
The next Fillmore Central School Board meeting will be held on July 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary meeting room.