The main event for the Monday, December 18 Kingsland School Board Meeting was the Truth in Taxation presentation, an event which was open to the public. Business Manager Julie Schreiber presented a summary of the Kingsland school district’s use of tax revenue, its levy history, and factors determining its proposed 2024 tax levy. The fiscal year 2024 proposed levy amounted to roughly $2.9 million, an increase of 2.3% over the 2023 levy.
Following the Truth in Taxation meeting, student representatives from the drama club came to share some information about their organization. The club, open to 7th-12th graders, performs plays and holds events throughout the year including a Halloween season haunted house, a variety show, and a spring show. This year’s spring show, generally performed over Mother’s Day weekend, is set to be a musical. The club also competes in One Act play competitions with local schools in which plays are rated by a panel of judges. One Act competitions are held on Saturdays in January, and subsections are usually held at Lourdes High School in Rochester.
Thank yous and recognitions included the following: KABC for donating $1,500 to the band department and $2,550 to the football trip to the state championship game, Casey’s General Store for donating $300 to Kingsland High School, and Rita Malone for donating $20 to the preschool program.
One new hire was made since the last school board meeting; Danielle Lannin as a special education paraprofessional.
The board also approved the 2024 senior class trip. As in years previous, the senior class will be visiting Wisconsin Dells. This year’s destination will be Wilderness Resort, and chaperones who accompanied previous senior class trips will be returning to their posts.
Following the senior class trip approval, the board made its final approval of the 2024 tax levy with consideration to the information presented during the Truth in Taxation meeting. The levy will now be presented to county auditors.
Next, the board approved the continuing contract teacher seniority list. This is a list containing the names of Kingsland teachers, their first day working for the school, and their valid teaching certifications. The list is used to compare teachers’ seniority should budgetary reductions necessitate downsizing, first cutting teachers newest to the job. If seniority were equal, cuts would be made based on valid certifications held. Monday evening’s approval of the list was simply a verification of the information therein.
As the final item of business for Monday’s meeting, the board appointed Scott Mulholland as a representative to the Osterud-Winter Foundation board of trustees. The Osterud-Winter foundation is a local organization with a history of providing grants and scholarships to Kingsland schools. Other organizations that have received grants from the Osterud-Winter foundation include Spring Valley Cemetery, Spring Valley Public Library, Wykoff Commons, Kingsland Community Food Program and others.
Kingsland School Board meetings are regularly held in the Kingsland Elementary School conference room at 6 pm on the third Monday of each month. The next work session/organizational meeting will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2024. The next regular board meeting will be held Monday, January 15, 2024.