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Wykoff resident speaks out against Kingsland Board’s proposed closure of middle school


Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

On October 21, the Kingsland School Board voted unanimously to close the middle school location in Wykoff and move to a single site school in Spring Valley. Along with the closure would come a referendum that would need to be approved to expand the current Spring Valley site. This decision was based on a recommendation to the Kingsland School Board by a special 13-facility member committee that discussed options for three and a half hours. The members of the committee were board members, teachers, activities and grounds directors and district administration.

Members of the committee are Doug Plaehn (board chairman), Gwen Howard and Deb Larson (school board members), elementary teacher Tara Holmen, middle school teacher Emily Biske, high school teachers Andrew Brouwer and Jen Orth, transportation director Kevin Klomps, district tech manager Bob Tieffencacher, athletic director Tom Speltz, High School Principal Jim Hecimovich, Middle and Elementary School Principal Chris Priebe, grounds and maintenance director Scott Stockdale, business manager Todd Lechtenberg and Superintendent John McDonald.

The committee was given a total of five options by the architectural firm, TSP, hired by the district to recommend facility use exploration. The first two options included making repairs at the Wykoff location including an option that would not implement a referendum, but instead would implement the use of capital facilities bonds or alternative facilities bonds. At a cost of $116,427 of operating capital funds over 10 years, this would be a tax-neutral choice. Alternative facilities bonds would mean taxes would be impacted. A $100,000 homestead would see $85.74 a year increase.

Another option presented would require a referendum at $6,066,782 with a tax implication of voter approved bonds at $64.60 and alternative facilities bonds at $85.60, totaling $150.34 annually on a $100,000 homestead. While the first option is for the middle school location only, the second would encompass both the Wykoff and Spring Valley sites.

The remaining three options would involve a single site campus in Spring Valley and the closure of the middle school in Wykoff. The first of these three includes educational improvements, the construction of a field house (an indoor sports arena), new locker rooms and a walking track. This plan would come in at $12,820,731 with an impact of $114.64 in taxes on a $100,000 homestead over 20 yea .....
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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, mi ..... 
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Kingsland School receives gift of Stars & Stripes

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All Sschool board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items were approved. In Public Recognition and Than ..... 
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State Commissioner of Education visits Kingsland

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers Kingsland Schools received a very special visitor on Monday, September 9 when Minnesota State Commissioner of Education, Brenda Cassellius, stopped by to tour the middle school and high school. Ms. Cassellius first toured the mid ..... 
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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald. Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review ..... 
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There will be Drama at Kingsland

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald. Minutes of t ..... 
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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

By Barb Jeffers The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superinten ..... 
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6th grader receives letter from President Obama

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Twelve year old Zachary Queensland has been interested in history, especially World War II, and learning about the US presidents since he was in 2nd grade. He is currently a 6th grader at Kingsland Middle School in Wykoff and his interest has grown ..... 
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Austin of Wykoff receives SMSU Scholarship

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Education

Marshall, Minn. -- Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., is proud to announce that Kelsey Austin, daughter of Tim and Cindy Austin of Wykoff, Minn., has been selected to receive an Alliss Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic yea ..... 
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