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Fillmore Central hears Community Ed. report

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Education

Fillmore Central Community Ed. Director Holly Kanengeiter gave the school board an annual report during the board meeting on May 22, 2012.

Kanengeiter reported that the One Block at a Time Day Care has 75 registered children right now, and they are licensed for 80. They have purchased all new cribs due to new federal regulations, and implemented a new Mother Goose curriculum.

SAC (School Age Care) currently has 55 registered students. They average 25 students per day during the school year and 35 a day during the summer. ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) conducted three classes per week per session, and averaged 14 children per session. They also held many special events and had successful father/daughter and mother/son events.

The School Readiness pre-school program also had a lot of students this year, and transportation was provided for 30 kids throughout the year.

Summer Recreation will be different this year, as Harmony and Preston will no longer have separate programs. There will just be one Fillmore Central program now, with transportation provided between the towns.

Kanengeiter noted that when she began six years ago, Community Ed. lost approximately $75,000 that year. This past fiscal year, the Community Ed. program made $24,000. This is a turn-around of almost $100,000 in six years.

Curriculum Committee

Board member Craig Britton, speaking for the Curriculum Committee, said they met recently and reviewed options for scheduling at the high school next year. At the last meeting, Principal Heath Olstad made some suggestions on how to change the schedule to include math and English classes all year long.

Britton said the committee looked at a few options and decided the schedule should stay the same this coming school year, with more math review sessions added in. This will give them more time to look at schedule changes for the next year.

Root River Program

Micki Breitsprecher, Director of the Root River Program, informed the board that when their contract with Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center ends on June 30, they are not going to renew. Breitsprecher said they would save a lot of money by hiring their own full-time therapist, a .2 FTE Mental Health Professional, and a .2 billing person.

Staffing Changes

Keith recommended they decrease the hours of Jeff Thompson, technology director from .5 FTE to .2 FTE. Right now his time is shared with Spring Grove schools. The board approved hiring an additional full-time employee for technology support as the district moves forward with increasing technology for the students.

The board accepted the resignation of Sandy Hurley from the daycare. They also accepted the resignation of Christina Bothun from special ed. and Courtney Long from daycare.

Also approved was the hire of April Royet for a daycare lead teacher float position. Levi Olstad was hired as a high school math teacher. Brady Grewe was hired as a Phys. Ed/Health/DAPE teacher.

Chris Mensink was hired as the new Athletic Director. Summer Rec. staff was also hired.


Coaches were approved for fall sports. Tom Siebanaler will be assistant football coach, Aaron Janssen 9th grade football, Tim Ostrom 8th grade football, Tris Tollefson 7th grade football, and Travis Malley Assistant volleyball. Coaches for B squad football, 8th grade volleyball, and 7th grade volleyball will still need to be hired.

Other Business

The board approved the increase of school lunch prices over the next three years. Keith explained the USDA regulations say schools must get their price up to $2.46 per meal.

Kindergarten assessments were done, and they are expecting 55-57 students in kindergarten next year.

The board also approved the following items:

•the early start calendar for the 2012-13 school year, with the first day being August 20

•membership in the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA)

•participation in the Student Assurance Services program

•contracts for classified staff

•special ed. staff for the summer

•extended contract for Dean of Students Chris Mensink

•elimination of the district administrative assistant position

The next meeting date was changed to Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm.

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