At the September 26 Fillmore Central School Board meeting, the board learned that he Lanesboro School Board had approved the cooperative agreement with Fillmore Central for the dance team which is coached by Kari Berg. Practices will begin in October and preliminary numbers for each district show 12-13 students interested in participating.
A resignation from seventh grade boys basketball coach Aaron Janssen was approved, as well as a maternity leave for paraprofessional Stacie Wendel.
Megan Speer was hired as a paraprofessional at the high school and Allison Braaten as a long-term paraprofessional sub. Kelly Doherty was hired as a daycare aide and Jessica Koenig as the float aide position at the daycare.
Cheerleading and dance coach Kari Berg requested permission from the board to hire Elisha Himli as her assistant coach. The board approved the hire.
Special Education Service Contracts with SMEC for a school psychologist and an emotional behavior disorder teacher.
Additional paid time was approved for paraprofessionals Jennifer Lindstrom, Dylan Isola, Heidi Kingsley, Sam Martin, Tara Morem, Sarah Peck, Heather Shupe, and Shelley Wahl due to van transportation needs.
Sarah Basket and Sarah O’Connell will be coaching the Math Wizards team.
As stated in the master agreement, certified staff members are allowed to be reimbursed for up to four hours of approved or required graduate work. So far, this year, five requests for graduate credit reimbursement has been received, along with three requests for salary schedule lane changes. The board approved all of the requests.
The board approved the maximum amount for the 2017 levy which is payable in 2018. The final levy amount will be voted on at the Truth in Taxation meeting in December.
Several open enrollment requests were approved from both the Minnesota Open Enrollment program and the Iowa Minnesota Interstate Enrollment program.
Two quotes were received to have a railing installed at the high school on the walkway ramp from the new parking lot. The low quote from Preston Iron Works was accepted by the board.
A quote from Niagara Builders in the amount of $99,844 was approved by the board for the building of the Harmony storage building that will be constructed near the community center.
The boilers at the high school are currently only able to be run at full fire. An inspection over the summer indicated that continuing to run them like that will eventually burn them up. The control system needs to be upgraded to allow the boilers to be operated manually instead of on an automatic system. A quote for the project from Winona Heating & Ventilation was approved.
The light poles at the Preston football field are in poor condition and are a potential safety hazard. The City of Preston has already disconnected power to them. The board approved a quote from Morem Electric to remove the lights and poles from the Preston football field, fill in the holes, and seed the areas with grass.
A quote from Pro Acoustics was approved to install a sound system and speakers at the baseball field.
The board reviewed the first reading of board policies 620 regarding credit for learning and 903 regarding visitors to school district buildings and sites.
Enrollment for grades K-6 currently stands at 356 students, which is up from 348 last year. There are 278 students enrolled in grades 7-12. Fifteen students are attending ¾ preschool and 35 are in preschool. Seventy-five children are registered in daycare with a wait list of 10, and 70 for the SAC program with more registrations coming in.
A full-time position is available in the infant room at the daycare. There are also several openings for part-time van drivers.
The next Fillmore Central School Board meeting will be held on October 24 at 7 a.m. in Preston.