The Kingsland School Board met in regular session August 21, with all members in attendance: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Ann Oeltjen, Jackie Horsman, Tiffany Mundfrom, and Heather Betts, along with Interim Superintendent James Hecimovich.
Hecimovich informed the board that the city of Wykoff is interested in obtaining a baseball field which Kingsland no longer uses in that city. He added, “What we would propose,… we would be very interested in donating it to the city, but the only caveat would be, of course they would need to maintain the field, cut the grass,… but we would ask that they plow the parking lot when they do the city streets… for as long as it’s a viable facility.” He explained this would save Kingsland many hours/dollars, since there would not be a need to send someone to Wykoff to clear the lot every time it snows. He will talk with Wykoff city staff about this idea.
Hecimovich also explained to the board about an option regarding the DCD program. He said in special education, there is a cap regarding how much funding a school can get, and Kingsland is nearing that cap. He told of a nearby school that recently exceeded their cap, and was in a significant budgetary bind because of the costs of providing services to those students. He said, “So Dan (Dan Armagost of SMEC) worked with them and had the kids become SMEC students… so there was no loss in revenue. So he’s proposing that we do that with our Level 3 here at Kingsland… Dan said he’s willing to come and speak to the board about it sometime.” Hecimovich summarized saying, “So I think it’s a win-win.”
Kingsland’s “Wall of Honor” event will be moved to November 3 this year, so that it will be a “stand alone” event. There was discussion about selling the bus garage in Wykoff, but the board chose to wait until spring to consider this. The board voted to accept the milk bid from Hastings Creamery, and the fuel bid from Baudoin Oil Company. There were no other bids for Kingsland’s milk or fuel for the 2017-2018 school year.
Hecimovich gave public thanks to Laura Gudmundson, Polly, Peggy, and Karroll for summer weeding and packing. He also thanked IBM for a $2,000 donation to Robotics, and to Spring Valley Area Sportsmen’s Club for a $2,595 donation to purchase shells for the trap team.
No visitors had signed up to address the board. The board approved the consent agenda items, which included resignations (Jason McNamara, paraprofessional; Jessica Jurgens, second grade teacher; Alex Gleason, SACC Assistant), hirings (Mary Scott, Title 1; Tonia Gardner, grade six), and lane changes (Jacob Vetter, BA to BA+15; Paul Eckheart, BA to BA+15; Kristal Brogan, MA to MA+15; Aaron Thauwald, BA+30 to MA).
The Policy/PR/Curriculum subcommittee will meet September 7 at 5 p.m., and the Finance/Facility/Personnel subcommittee will meet September 11 at 6 p.m. The meeting adjourned about 6:55 p.m. The next regular board meeting will be Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room. As always, the public is welcome.