A resignation from Superintendent Richard Keith effective June 30, 2020, was approved at the September 24 Fillmore Central School Board meeting. “I want to thank Dick for everything he’s helped us with,” school board member Ross Kiehne said. “But it’s not over yet, you gotta help us until June,” he added, laughing.
Principal Heath Olstad reported that the enrollment numbers currently stand at 327 for K-6 and 293 for 7-12. Eighty-five students are enrolled in special education services.
The back-to-school conferences at the elementary school went well with all but two families attending. This is the second year that the school has held the conferences instead of the stop-and-drop open house. “I have not received any negative feedback in the last two years. It’s all positive,” said Olstad. September 16-20 was Homecoming week. “It was overall a very positive week. The cheerleaders led the pep fest very well and the students had a lot of fun throughout the week,” Olstad commented.
A resignation was received and approved from School Readiness aide Heather Stockdale. Josh Jones was hired as the head baseball coach, John O’Connor as the head softball coach, Aaron Mensink as the girls golf coach, Brad Holton as the boys golf coach, Jackie Whitacre as the one-act play and head speech coach, Vicki Musel as the assistant dance coach, Andrew Pederson as the strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Janssen as the seventh grade boys basketball coach, Andy Todd as the eighth grade boys’ basketball coach, Chad Musel as the ninth grade boys basketball coach, Eric Breitsprecher as the JV girls basketball coach, Jason Schwarz as the ninth grade girls basketball coach, Devan Iddings as the seventh grade girls basketball coach, and Blaise Sass and Walker Ward as assistant wrestling coaches. The position for the eighth grade girls basketball coach is still open. Fifteen minutes per day were added to paraprofessional Shelly Sexton’s hours. Teachers Joni Mehus, Sarah Holten, and Carrie Mathison were approved to teach independent study courses.
Open enrollment requests from four students who wish to attend Fillmore Central were accepted. The first readings of board policies 516, 534, 601, 603, 616, 620, and 721 were approved with changes that reflect new legislation. Policies 414 and 415 were passed with no changes. Nine requests were received from teachers for graduate credit reimbursement and nine for salary schedule lane changes. All of the requests were approved. The proposed 2020 levy was approved at the maximum amount. A foster care transportation agreement was approved, which is required in order to receive federal Title I funding. Superintendent Keith met with Kevin Olson from Fillmore County Human Services to develop the agreement. A resolution supporting an application to the Minnesota State High School League for activity funding was approved.
The next Fillmore Central School Board meeting will be held at 7 a.m. on October 22 in Preston.