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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 Larson pointed out an omission in the minutes of the previous meetings, so that will be corrected and the corrected minutes will be submitted for approval at the January meeting. The other Consent Agenda items were unanimously approved, including December bills, first reading of policies 710-713, and second reading of policies 706-709. Superintendent McDonald then gave public thanks regarding food donations for staff provided by Essig Agency, Spring Valley Women’s Auxiliary, and the Wellness Program. He also thanked Kingsland School Parents group for donation of a digital camera, and the Early Childhood Family Education advisory council (ECFE) for their work at the Santa breakfast.

Mr. McDonald then thanked retiring staff member Rick Rowe for nearly eighteen years of service. McDonald shared that, “He always has a smile on his face, focuses on our kids, has our facilities in good order, and has done a great job for us.” A plaque was presented to Mr. Rowe, and all board members came forward to thank him.

In Public Comments, the board heard from Jeff Erding, representing Citizens United for Kingsland. His comments included a request for communication and transparency, stating in part, “…citizens want existing buildings repaired and used. Does the board intend to honor the wishes of the petitioners and get input from Facilities Task Force Construction Professionals as stated in the petition? If not, why not?”

He also queried, “For months, we have been hearing that two board members and Mr. McDonald are working to determine the causes of losses to open enroll. Will we hear a report tonight? If not, when?” In conclusion, he asked why the board has not accepted the offers by Citizens United to offer assistance and input. He then requested answers to these questions, in writing, by December 24 if possible.

Another citizen, Lynn Kidd, then addressed the board, stating in part, “School board members, you’ve got to realize, after all these meetings we’ve had,… you folks were elected by the district, by the people, and you were elected to do things that the people would like to have, not by Mr. McDonald’s agenda, but by the people .....
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Kingsland eyes single site plan in Spring Valley

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on September 22. Members present were Kristin Beck, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Troy Asher. Superintendent McDonald gave a presentation to the board regarding information discussed ..... 
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New principal of Saint Johns Lutheran School

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Mr. Kevin Meyer was installed as the new principal of Saint Johns Lutheran School on Sunday, July 12 during the regular Divine Service at Saint Johns LCMS of Wykoff, Minn. Mr. Meyer was born in Spring Valley, Minn., and grew up as a member of St. ..... 
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Kingsland personnel and calendar changes ok’d

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Kingsland School Board met on June 15 in regular session. Members present included Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Ann Oeltjen, Deb Larson, Doug Plaehn, and Superintendent John McDonald. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the consent ag ..... 
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Kingsland SAC participating in Summer Food Service Program

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Kingsland Summer School Age Child Care is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, at no charge and meet n ..... 
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Facility use and budget discussed at Kingsland

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on May 18 at 6:30 p.m.; all board members were in attendance. Topics with the most discussion included the Facility Plan, and budgets for the current fiscal year and next year. Randy Lutz, represen ..... 
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Kingsland Key Clubber elected Lieutenant Governor of Region 7C

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

Jacelyn Horsman, a sophmore at Kingsland Public Schools, was elected Lieutenant Governor of Region 7C over the weekend when she attended the Minnesota Dakotas Key Club district conference for Key Club International in St. Cloud, Minn. Jacelyn will ..... 
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Kingsland K-6 school year starts with two Pre-Assessment Days

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

March 16, the Kingsland School Board met in regular session. In attendance were Doug Plaehn, Ann Oeltjen, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Superintendent John McDonald. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of the ..... 
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Kingsland to join GMLOS Track Cooperative

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Education

On January 21, a regular meeting of the Kingsland School Board was held; all members were present, including new member Ann Oeltjen, who replaced outgoing member Steve Tart. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by unanimous ap ..... 
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