The Kingsland School Board held a “work session” meeting on October 5. Board members in attendance included Jackie Horsman, Noella Lund, Natasha Howard, Maranda Emig, and Kyle Rader, as well as Superintendent Jim Hecimovich, Principal Scott Klavetter, Athletic Director Mark Fitzpatrick, and Business Manager Amber Herbrand. Tiffany Mundfrom was absent. During these “work sessions,” the board discusses issues, but generally does not take formal action on agenda items until the second meeting of each month.
Superintendent Hecimovich and Athletic Director Mark Fitzpatrick explained the situation regarding ticket distribution and pricing for this fall’s football games. Hecimovich shared that, “The Southeast Conference activity directors and superintendents met on Tuesday, September 28. Ticket fees are going to be temporarily raised to $6 for all attendees. This applies to students and adults. No discounts and/or free access for senior citizens. No season passes also. The temporary raise to $6 is to cover the lost revenues from gate receipts. Only 250 spectators will be allowed entry.” Hecimovich stressed that this price increase is happening at all of the conference’s schools, and is not specific to Kingsland.
Hecimovich’s report continued, “The visiting team will be given 100 tickets for their fans, and the remaining 150 tickets are for Kingsland… all tickets will be sold ahead of the game, avoiding gate sales. No concessions will be sold.”
The board also heard from Superintendent Hecimovich regarding the current COVID case trend. He shared that, “Our COVID cases for the county were trending downward until recent projections have them tipping upward again. Scott (Klavetter) and I were hopeful we could move our students to full in-person instruction by MEA Week (October 15-19). As of now, we are going to monitor the county numbers for a couple more weeks before a final decision is made. Whatever decision is made, parents will be provided with a one-week heads-up in order for them to plan accordingly.”
Hecimovich shared that the learning model parameters have the following guidelines, based on the number of cases per 10,000 population:
• 0-9, In-person learning for all students
• 10-19, In-person for elementary; hybrid for secondary students
• 20-29, Hybrid learning for all students
• 30-49, Hybrid for elementary; distance learning for secondary students
• 50+, Distance learning for all students
Business Manager Amber Herbrand’s report showed the current revenues and expenses. She also shared that the unofficial indication is that the USDA will extend free meals until the end of the school year.
Scott Klavetter submitted his K-6 Principal’s Report, which stated in part, “The SMEC school districts have decided not to gather collectively for shared staff development on October 19 as originally planned, due to the pandemic. Mr. Hecimovich and I will put together plans for local staff development activities here at Kingsland instead.”
Building and Grounds Director Jason Thompson’s report included that, “We have been deaing with a roof leak in the gym now for several weeks. Schwickerts has patched six holes in the roof membrane on their last two visits. I’m optimistic that issue is behind us.” He also reported that Michael Green has been hired as Kingsland’s new maintenance specialist.
Hecimovich stated that the “traffic-calming sign will soon be installed along County Road 1. He said he talked with County Engineer Ron Gregg, and Ron agreed that the county staff should install the sign, rather than Kingsland staff.
The board approved a leave of absence for Maryanne Meyers (paraprofessional). Becky Bicknese submitted a report on Community Education, which included that enrollment is currently 25 each in the 3/4 Preschool, as well as in 4/5 Preschool.
The Kingsland Board’s next meeting will be a regular meeting on October 19, at 6 p.m.