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Kingsland snow day plan tested


Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met November 21 in regular session, with all members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously approved the consent agenda items, including first and second readings of a number of policies, and several staff resignations and hirings, as well as the winter coaching assignments.

Principal James Hecimovich gave a report of the “trial run” of the new Flexible Learning Day. This is the plan Kingsland put in place to allow education to continue on “snow days” and other such days when school is canceled. He summarized that overall, Kingsland had “mixed results” because of the widely varying participation numbers from various classrooms, which he said ranged from around 25% to 100%. But he stated, “I think it was a fairly successful dry run,” and he added that in this area, teachers usually know of predicted major snowstorms a few days ahead, so teachers will be able to plan ahead for Flexible Learning days, in most cases. Hecimovich also updated the board on the Targeted Services Memorandum of Understanding, and the board then voted to approve it.

Business Manager Amber Uhlenhake gave a budgetary update, and showed the current year-to-date revenues and expenses, stating, “There’s basically nothing outstanding to report.” The board heard a summary of the recent audit performed by the firm of Clifton Larson Allen. The representative said Kingsland received a “clean audit report,” with only two minor deficiencies. In discussing the General Fund Revenues, he pointed out that almost 83% of Kingsland’s funding comes from state sources, “So you see how dependent on the state of Minnesota you are, and how volatile those numbers are.” The board voted unanimously to accept the audit as presented.

The board heard public thanks given by Superintendent McDonald. He acknowledged Cheyanne Kolling, Ashlee Falk, and Anna Krahn for helping at the vision and hearing screening and Cheyanne Kolling for helping at the re-screening. McDonald also thanked Watchdog Launch volunteers Judy Rose, Jodi Miller, Kelly Opseth, Emily Leonard, and Jackie and Jacelyn Horsman. Thanks also went to the Kingsland School Parents group for providing meals during conferences, and to Randi Kallas of the Post-Bulletin for honoring Laurie Applen as September’s Teacher of the Month. McDonald gave .....
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Spring Valley street project nears completion

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 14, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and city administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. ..... 
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Spring Valley hears Kingsland referendum plans

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, October 24, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent. Kingsland Super ..... 
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Kingsland wrestling falls

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met October 17 in regular session, with all members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously approved the conse ..... 
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Spring Valley allocates $25K to veterans’ home

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley city council met in a brief regular session on Monday, October 10, 2016. Members in attendance were Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Tony Archer and Bill Bires were absent. The co ..... 
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Spring Valley sewer rates to rise 5%

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 26, 2016, with all members in attendance (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The council approved minutes of the previo ..... 
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Kingsland sets tax levy

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Kingsland School Board met September 19 in regular session. All members were present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously ..... 
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Spring Valley 2017 levy set

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 12, 2016. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. The council appro ..... 
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Spring Valley Capital Improvement plan discussed

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, August 22, 2016. All members were in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The council approved minutes of the previous me ..... 
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