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Kingsland Board elects chair & officers


Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board met on January 4 for election of officers. Members present included Chair Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard, and Ann Oeltjen, as well as Superintendent John McDonald. Absent was Kristin Beck.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and call to order, Doug Plaehn was nominated to retain his position as board chair. No other nominations were offered, and the board voted unanimously to re-elect him. Asher and Beck were each nominated for vice-chair, with Asher winning by a three to one vote. Larson was the sole nominee for clerk, and Howard was the only nominee for treasurer. Both were elected unanimously.

Sub-committee appointments were discussed, and the following appointments were made. Larson will serve on LMC/Meet & Confer. Beck will serve on MSHSL and Early Childhood/Community Ed. Oeltjen will head the Standards/Discipline and Vocational Ag committees. Howard will serve on Special Needs, Labor, and Legislative Liaison. Asher will serve on Pupil Transportation and Systems Accountability/WBWF. The chair and vice chair will serve on Negotiations (Superintendent/District-wide), and the chair and treasurer will serve on Negotiations (Principals and Classified). There was discussion about the Cable Access subcommittee, and whether or not it is still needed. It was decided that Plaehn will serve on this, in case there is eventually a need.

Next, there was discussion about the schedule of meetings. Currently, there is usually one regular board meeting per month, and three sub-committees, each on a separate day. Plaehn encouraged the board to consider ways to schedule meetings that would be more user-friendly to the public, since there have been requests for more transparency and communication. He also pointed out that board meetings are open to the public, and meeting minutes are available as well. There was discussion of possibly holding two regular school board meetings per month, with the first being “more informational” and the second being “more formal action”. After discussion of the scheduling challenges, this idea was dropped.

Asher suggested regrouping the sub-committees into two, rather than three groups. After discussion of the pros and cons, it was decided to schedule Finance/Facilities/Personnel regularly on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. (with Howard, Asher, and Plaehn attending). Curriculum/Policy/PR will regularly meet on the first M .....
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New student loan repayment counseling available in Minnesota

Mon, Jan 4th, 2016
Posted in All Education

Minnesota, which ranks 5th in the nation for student debt, is taking action to help student loan borrowers who are struggling to make their payments. To help student loan borrowers and their families, LSS Financial Counseling received a two-year ..... 
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Citizens United seeks answers & communication

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session December with all board members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard, and Ann Oeltjen) as was Superintendent John McDonald. In the Consent Agenda items, Deb La ..... 
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Citizens United seeks answers & communication

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session December with all board members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard, and Ann Oeltjen) as was Superintendent John McDonald. In the Consent Agenda items, Deb La ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves 2016 levy

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met on December 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school media center. The minutes of the November 24, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved, along with the monthly bills and claims. The 2015 paya ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves 2016 levy

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met on December 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school media center. The minutes of the November 24, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved, along with the monthly bills and claims. The 2015 paya ..... 
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Fillmore Central approves 2016 levy

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met on December 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school media center. The minutes of the November 24, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved, along with the monthly bills and claims. The 2015 payable 201 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board splits on Project Oversight Committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Education

The R-P School Board waded through a full agenda and a scheduled Truth in Taxation meeting at the Monday, December 21 meeting. The majority of conversation related to the Project Oversight Committee, a new committee aimed at streamlining the ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board reviews 2016 levy

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board met on December 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. Treasurer Lolly Melander gave the treasury report. The Lanesboro school district currently has a bank balance of $181,339.41. The board reviewed the 2016 levy certification. Eac ..... 
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