During the Kingsland School Board meeting on August 15, Superintendent Scott Klavetter updated the board on the latest guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) regarding persons who have tested positive for COVID. He summarized that the change is “good news for us” as far as how Kingsland will need to track and manage absences.
Regarding the previous CDC guidance, Klavetter explained, “They were recommending, in a positive case, that you stay home for five days and then return to school or work, days six to 10, wearing a mask.” He went on to explain the new guidance, which was announed last week, is, “The CDC has come out and updated their guidance to say you can return to school or work after five days, in a positive case, and they’re removing that mask mandate for days six to 10.” Klavetter said he is still awaiting formal notification from the state, but added, “Hopefully all of this will amount to less class time missed for students this year.”
The board acknowledged two donations (Jerome Donney $500 to the Robotics Club, and KABC $400 to Junior Knightettes). The board also acknowledged a strong showing of sponsorships for the HUDL program (video of Kingsland athletics and events). Sponsorships noted included from Kruegel Gas Service ($100); Chevrolet/Buick of Spring Valley, Ace Hardware, First State Bank of Spring Valley, First National Bank of Spring Valley, MinnWest Bank, LKQ (formerly Thompson Motors, Wykoff), Anonymous family donor, Spring Valley Dental Center ($200 each); Mundfrom Builders, Mettler Family Chiropractic, State Farm Insurance/Mark Biermann, Valley Lanes, Greg and Rita Malone, Bloomfield Mutual/Grinnell Insurance, Ody’s Country Meats, Rack’s Bar & Grill, Kingsland School Parents ($500 each); and Property Brokers of Minnesota/Tiffany Mundfrom, Essig Agency, Home Federal, AMD ($1,000 each). Activities Director Laurie Hendrickson noted that this brings the total sponsorships to $10,200. Klavetter pointed out that this pays for the entire year’s services through HUDL, and gives a head start toward next year.
The board considered bids for milk for the upcoming school year. Overall, the bid from Prairie Farms was lower than the bid from Kemps, and the board voted to accept Prairie Farms’ bid. The board also considered two fuel bids, from Kwik Trip and Baudoin Oil Company. Klavetter compared the rates, and the board selected the lower bid (Baudoin Oil).
Laurie Hendrickson submitted a written report that included participation numbers for fall sports. It stated, “Football is starting Week 2. Registration numbers are at 40 but junior high doesn’t start until 8/22 so I will be updating those numbers. Cross Country started practice today. Preliminary registration numbers are currently at 13 but there will be more… I know there are some missing. Volleyball, same thing, preliminary numbers with current registrations at 28. I will update those.”
The Transportation Report, submitted by Dusty Tart, included, “I have been trying to find some vans. Our two big vans we ordered got canceled. I have dealers getting bids and prices around for us… On August 2, all of our drivers went to SMEC for a half day learning on the new rules from the DOT and car seat safety. Thanks to SMEC for hosting this event…. Lastly, we are gearing up for another great year. I should have routes put together by end of this week and finalized and ready to put out to community no later than the 23rd.”
Klavetter reminded the board of the staff breakfast that will be served 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, and encouraged board members to attend. Kingsland’s next school board meetings will be a “work session” on Wednesday, September 7 at 6 p.m., and a regular meeting on Monday, September 19 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome.