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Mon, May 28th, 2012
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Kathy Moeller receives special recognition for her 28 years with Kingsland. Photo by Barb Laganiere

The Kingsland School Board had a full agenda on May 21, 2012. Superintendent John McDonald and all school board members were present. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Doug Plaehn. Consent agenda items were approved. A discussion was held on policy review. Deb Larson explained the consensus on Policy 533.5 would be better off being put in the Handbook under Guidelines and Procedures, so the Administration would be able to adjust the policy as necessary. Motion carried. A June first meeting will be held for the first reading of the Handbook and a second and final reading will be held July second.

Doug Plaehn had a thank you for Kelly Opsett for sending in an application and subsequently receiving 400 books for the school. A second thank you was given to Kwik Trip for donating

bananas, eggs, etc. for the Whitewater experience, and also to parent volunteers who attended the trip with the Seniors.

A special recognition was given to Kathy Moeller. Mrs. Moeller has taught first grade at Kingsland for the past 28 years. Superintendent McDonald presented Mrs. Moeller with a recognition award and wished her well. He stated that “there is no more noble service than teaching.” Mrs. Moeller said she appreciated her years at Kingsland.

Student Council reported they are working on filling positions for the 2012-2013 school year. FFA reported about the State Convention. Student teams competed and had a banquet. Officers for the school year have been installed.

School board committees reported. Peggy Merkel stated that work is ongoing to get the courtyard fully usable for the children. Audit was discussed and the same firm of Cliffton, Larson, and Allen will be used again this year, with a slight increase in their fee.

Apple iPads were discussed and the cost of the lease is slightly lower than anticipated. Summer weight training will occur. Steve Tart stated that the Curriculum/Personnel committee met on May 14. There are a coaching and a teaching position open. They looked at administrative structure. Is class size adequate for teachers? Met with Mr. Horn at Mayo about programs. 280 iPads were delivered last week.

Policy and PR committee reviewed policies in two separate meetings. The sports season is winding down. Sub-section baseball, track and softball are ongoing. Seniors left May 21 for Whitewater experience and will return on May 22.

Superintendent McDonald reported that there will be an increase of 7.5 percent in health insurance premiums. Spring Valley Area Foundation banquet was held. Information was shared about the Gateway program. Mr. Hecimovich visited Byron school to view “reversed teaching.” Project “Lead the Way” was hosted on May 14.

An additional fundraiser for the Costa Rica trip was approved. The students will be selling wooden key chains and magnets throughout the school year to raise money for the trip. The garage sale fundraiser was a success with 800 dollars being raised.

Multiple Measure Rating (MMR) was discussed. MMR is a new way of recording data and will change the way schools will be rated. This information goes public on May 22. All schools will be given an annual MMR.

Resignations approved were: Carl Eberle - Special Education Teacher, Rachel Linkenmeyer - Paraprofessional, Larry Gondert - General Maintenance, Tracy Sigl - Special Education teacher, and Kelly Peschel - Paraprofessional.

New Hires approved were: Brad Reiter - Life Science teacher, Heather Lawson - ECFE Paraprofessional, Belinda Klomps - Summer maintenance custodian, Maranda Emig - Technology Integration Specialist, Erin Cady - Special Education teacher, Samantha VanGorp - ECFE Special Education teacher.

Maternity leave request by Rachel Burt was approved.

Discussion of Girls Basketball coaching position. With lack of motion to hire anyone, a motion was made to re-post the position. Motion carried.

Approval of John Fenske as Head Boys Basketball Coach.

Motion was carried to hire for a position of Special Education Tutoring position.

Capital Outlay Expenditures were approved for the 2012-2013 school year.

Motion carried to pay Summer School teachers and Paraprofessionals.

Motion carried for Cliffton, Larson, and Allen to be Audit firm for the 2012-2013 school year.

Superintendent McDonald then discussed the purchase of the Partch property. He stated there had been ongoing negotiations with Minnie Partch. The price agreed on was 92,500. The well was tested and came back ok. The septic is presently being tested. If there are any problems found with the septic, the price can be re-negotiated. Motion made by Larson, seconded by Beck to approve the purchase. Motion carried. Superintendent McDonald stated that the Building Grounds Fund has an adequate amount of funds to pay for the purchase of the property.

Mr. Dodge has accepted a position in Osseo, WI and will be leaving. A meeting will be held for the school board workshop.

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