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Fillmore Central ready for new school year

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton

The Fillmore Central School Board met on July 24, 2012. Dean of Students Chris Mensink said the asbestos removal is done at the elementary school and they are ready to start the new year. They have moved a few classrooms around, and now all preschool rooms are located downstairs.

The board discussed several changes in personnel for the 2012-2013 school year. A resignation from Lisa Sackreiter, Vocational Ag/FFA teacher at the high school was approved. A new hire was approved in her place, Jennelle Thorman.

It was approved to hire Bryan Lee as a paraprofessional at the Root River Program. Melissa Simonson was also approved for a therapist position at the Root River Program. Director Micki Breitsprecher explained that the contract with Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center will be up October 1, and that is when Simonson’s contract will begin. She also explained that Simonson is currently short eight credits from getting her professional license, and she will need a supervisor at .2 FTE until she finishes. Breitsprecher suggested the district help with expenses to allow her to finish her education, and Simonson will forgo pay raises to make up for that expense.

Special Education Service Contracts were approved for Autism Consultant Services with Laurie Rogers and Visual Impairment instruction with Austin Public Schools, both for the Root River Program.

Maternity leave was approved for Carrie Mathison, high school art teacher, for 19 days.

Harmony Transit Contract

The contract with Harmony Transit was approved. Keith said they talked with Mark Scheevel and have decided a way to reduce one whole route, which will save the district $18,000 a year. They are also going to be monitoring the shuttle service to see what can be cut from that route.

Keith informed the board of some upcoming expenses, including a new radio for the buses, due to the state mandated changes in bandwidth. The district will be sharing the cost for those.

Other Business

The board approved a request for early kindergarten start for a child whose birthday is October 2. Olstad was confident it was the right decision for this child.

The online store was approved, so parents can pay for many things online. Parents can also pay school lunch accounts online, and there are family accounts now instead of individual student accounts.

The board also approved the following items:

•The handbooks for K-6, 7-12, Root River Program, and Coaching

•Membership in the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA)

•Budget for the Food Service, with an increase in lunch prices as regulated by the USDA

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