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Kingsland shares enrollment data


Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Education

Brent Stinson tells of Positive Behavior Support at Kingsland. Photo by Rich Wicks

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on January 20. Members Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Troy Asher, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald were present. Deb Larson was absent. The consent agenda items were passed unanimously, including first reading of several policies (Bullying, Fund Balances, Vending Machines, and Head Lice Protocol) and second reading of several policies (Extracurricular Transportation, Video Recording on School Buses, Video Surveillance other than on Buses), Student Activity Accounting, and Record Retention).

Next, Superintendent McDonald gave public “thank you’s” to the Osterud Foundation for $16,740 toward scholarships, KSP for swings, Kiwanis Club for clothing donated, Virgina Jahn for help at the Knowledge Bowl, and to those who helped with Tech volunteering. No one had signed up to address the board in Public Comments. Two FFA students gave a short update on events in their club.

Dan Armagost then spoke to the board on the district’s Special Education services, including explaining that SE services has actually generated revenue of approximately $12,000 which is a result of providing some services to other districts. He also explained about the Extended School Year program, and the funding and guidelines that go along with it. He said the district has managed to open this up to all who need this option.

Written reports were submitted by Principal Hecimovich, Athletic Director Steve Hauser, and Building & Grounds Director John Dols. Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg then gave a summary of the status of Kingsland’s budget for the current year. He said Revenues are about $2.2 million so far, which is roughly $103,000 higher than at this time last year, and he explained that “Our revenues are starting to come back up”. Expenses are at about $2.6 million right now, but Lechtenberg said, “That’s not unusual. Being $400,000 short is not an alarming number” and he explained that this is due to the system in which a school district’s expenses start before the beginning of the school year, and revenues always lag behind due to the state’s funding mechanism, but he said revenues catch up in the spring. He also shared that overall Expenses are roughly $60,000 lower than at this point last year. He gave a brief timeline for the FY2016 Budget Revision.

Superintendent McDonald updated the board on the MASA Legislative Platform. It in .....
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Letter about Here come the lawsuits...

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

Letter about Here come the lawsuits... To the Editor, This article would fail all Snopes fact checks. These are merely opinions by a group of anti new school supporters. School board minutes that you also publish will reflect the truths. So while ..... 
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Letter about Ms. Nyenhuis commentary...

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

Letter about Ms. Nyenhuis commentary... To the Editor, There are some accurate statements in the commentary submitted by Ms. Nyenhuis in the January 11 issue of the FCJ, along with some fallacies that are real doozies. Nothing unusual about that. ..... 
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One Moment, Please... More bees, less balls

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

My wife and I had the pleasure of attending the Fillmore Central Spelling Bee this past week. Our daughter, a 5th Grader, was a finalist in her class, so this was her first year in the competition. There were five or six students selected from gr ..... 
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The Minnesota Initiative Foundations: A Greater Minnesota success story

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

2016 is a big year, not only for the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), but our five sister foundations, as well. In 1986, at the height of the farm crisis, the Minneapolis-based McKnight Foundation was seeking a way to help revitalize ..... 
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A bridge too far

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

The idiom “a bridge too far” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a step or act that is regarded as being too drastic to take”. With the 2016 Iowa caucuses a week away, I can only describe the direction of the polls as disturbing. There ..... 
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What it will take to address income inequality

By Lee Hamilton

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

When the history of this year’s presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk about income inequality. Surely that makes this a watershed moment. The issue ..... 
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Trehus draws crowd in Spring Grove

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in All Features

Despite sub-zero temperatures and a wind chill advisory, a crowd estimated at 100 braved the cold to attend a campaign kick-off event for Thomas Trehus at the Spring Grove American Legion on Saturday, January 16. Those in attendance were treated to ..... 
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National American Legion Commander to visit Preston

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

If you are a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of American Legion, you will want mark your calendar for noon on Thursday, February 4, 2016. On this special day, National American Legion Commander Dale Barnett and St ..... 
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