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Kingsland Task Force update


By Jeff Erding

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland Facilities Task Force

LOOKING OVER THE HORIZON: an update on the efforts of the Kingsland Facilities Task Force to reach consensus on the present needs and future configuration of the Kingsland District.

Please note this is not to be considered the official record of proceedings; rather a factual record of the discussions and findings to date from the notes and recollections of a task force member.

Information contained herein is presented with the intention of providing citizens of the Kingsland District with the most accurate information possible as an aid to making informed decisions.

The group, composed of a diverse group of volunteers and district employees, was formed after a recent proposal by the district dministration to abandon the Wykoff facility in favor of a K/12 facility at the Spring Valley site was met with staunch opposition by citizens from both towns. Three main points comprised the reluctance by many to authorize the multi-million dollar construction needed to accomplish a one site facility:

1) The debt from the 2008 construction is not sufficiently retired.

2) Closing the Wykoff Facility would violate the intent of the consolidation agreement reached by the formerly separate districts in the early 1990’s.

3) Most importantly, a K/12 one-site facility is thought by many to be not in the best interest of the students since many well documented studies indicate segregating 6th thru 8th grade students from contact with 9 thru 12 significantly enhances the psychological and academic development of the younger group at a difficult and vulnerable time of their lives.

The school board wisely decided to form a study group to sort through the issues and advise a course action. The official list of objectives is:

1) Build a priority list of deferred maintenance items.

2) Build a list of educational improvements for each building.

3) Discuss building name of middle school vs. intermediate school.

Serving on the committee are school board members, Gwen Howard and Troy Asher; administration representatives, superintendent John McDonald, high school principal Jim Hecimovich, elementary principal Chris Priebe; John Dols, newly hired building and grounds director; teachers, Emily Biske, Niki DeBuhr, and Rachel Burt. People with construction and building design and maintenance .....
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Kingsland school to upgrade fitness room

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board held a regular meeting on Monday, October 20. In attendance were Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and superintendent John McDonald. The meeting was called to order, and the Board led the Pledge of Alle ..... 
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Kingsland School Board takes care of business

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Though school is out of session, the Kingsland School Board completed a list of agenda items at the June 16, 2014 meeting held in the Kingsland conference room. School Board members Troy Asher and Steve Tart were absent. Consent Agenda items app ..... 
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Kingsland approves interim athletic director

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

An extensive agenda awaited the Kingsland School Board on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the regular school board meeting held in the Kingsland Conference Room. Consent Agenda items were approved. The following donations were recognized: American Legion ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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Kingsland early childhood programs

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland School Age Child Care (SACC) Kingsland School Age Child Care (SACC) is the childcare program located on site in the elementary school in Spring Valley. This program serves students preschool through 5th grade 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost ..... 
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Information and opinions given at Kingsland community meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The community meeting and facilities discussion held at the Kingsland High School Cafeteria on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 was well attended with school board members, administration, Kingsland staff and residents reviewing a large amount of information ..... 
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2 ..... 
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Kingsland Schools receive petition, sets community meeting

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

With a petition in hand, Lynn Kidd, of Wykoff, Minn. addressed the Kingsland School Board and announced, “I have 230 signatures from people who walked into my office to sign this petition to recall the motion that was made to close the middle scho ..... 
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