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Information and opinions given at Kingsland community meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff 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.

With a scheduled start time of 7 p.m., district residents began filing into the cafeteria approximately 30 minutes prior. Handouts were provided with identical information as what would be shown on the large viewing screen so residents would have the information to take home with them. Blank note cards were also handed out so attendees could write down any questions they had. Those note cards were then gathered and read aloud one at a time by Kingsland’s administrative assistant Amber Uhlenhake later in the meeting. One or more members of the school board or the administration would then answer the question to the best of their ability. Following the questions there was an open microphone for any person wishing to make a statement or ask further questions.

School board chairperson Doug Plaehn opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and stated that the school board’s goal for the meeting was to provide the information that the board has been talking about and studying over the last 18 months.

Before beginning the facilities discussion Plaehn spent a few minutes highlighting some of the achievements of Kingsland Public Schools. In Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Kingsland received its certification about a year ago, being the first and currently the only school that is certified in Engineering, Biomedical, Science, and Gateway. Kingsland is one of four schools in Minnesota that is piloting a 4th and 5th grade curriculum as well.

Kingsland offers 70 college credits in the College in Schools (CIS) program. If a Kingsland student has the ambition, he or she can earn a two year AA degree. Kingsland’s One-to-One Technology has gained national notoriety. An iPad or netbook has been put in the hand of every student in grades 3-12 and iPads are available to children in Grades K-2.

The discussion then turned to enrollment numbers. Peak enrollment was the 1997-98 school year with 1,033 students. School year 2008-09, which was the last year that Kingsland had the 7th and 8th graders at the middle school, enrollment dropped to 696 students. Enrollment hit a low point with the 2012-13 school year with 609 students. Currently enrollment at Kingsland i .....
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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff 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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Betty Timm

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Betty Timm, 90, of Wykoff, Minn., passed away peacefully Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Spring Valley Senior Center. She was born Aug. 7, 1923, in Forestville, Minn., to Lulu (Jeffers) and Charles Schwartz. She lived most of her life in the rural W ..... 
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Stephen Leo Glady

Tue, Mar 4th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Stephen Leo Glady, age 69, of rural Wykoff, Minn., died Sunday evening, March 2, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Stephen was born January 17, 1945, in Wykoff the son of Leo and Esther (Mensink) Glady at his great-aunt’s, Mrs. Anna Shep ..... 
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Health care and Obama care...

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Karen Reisner’s February 17 editorial acknowledged Obama Care is “not yet a work of perfection”. Kind of like saying the Captain of the Titanic made a “small error of judgment” by steaming at top speed through an area kno ..... 
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Kingsland Schools receive petition, sets community meeting

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff 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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Cindy Gallea to compete in 12th Iditarod

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Features

While some people in this area complain about the cold and the snow of winter, there are others whose passion depends on such conditions. Cindy Gallea of Wykoff, Minn. has a passion for dog sled racing or “mushing” and the snow we now have in ..... 
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Randy L. Meyer

Tue, Feb 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Obituaries

Randy L. Meyer, age 54, of rural Wykoff, Minn., passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, February 10, 2014, at his residence. Randy was born September 25, 1959, in Rochester the son of Kermit and Louella (Albrecht) Meyer. He was raised in the Fil ..... 
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Kingsland discusses impact of snow days

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All members were present with the exception of Steve Tart. Superintendant John McDonald was also present. Following the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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