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Kingsland School Board hears audit report

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in All Education

By Barb Jeffers

Kingsland School Board met Monday, October 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the District conference room. All School Board members were present, along with Superintendent McDonald. There were many items on the agenda which needed to be addressed. All Consent Agenda items were approved. Public thank-you and recognition items included recognizing Bp for the donation of $1230.00 for the girls basketball program. A thank you was read to Bill and Arlene Johnson for a donation of $60.74 to the popcorn fund. Another recognition was a check in the amount of $25,000 from Project Lead The Way, which is the amount received over a period of three years. A Thank you was given to Lori Bicknese for the donations for the scholarships. Qualifying seniors can receive $1,000.00 scholarships.

Two representatives for the Spring Valley and Wykoff FFA were in attendance with their report. Their corn drive was a success, and the horse judging team received first place. Starting October 25, the FFA will start selling fruit and other items as a fundraiser.

The School Board Committees gave reports. The Finance/Facilities committee met on Oct. 3, and discussed facilities issues including the future needs of the central office structure. The Curriculum/Personnel committee met on Oct. 9 and discussed curriculum advisory boards, ipads, and were updated on Project Lead The Way. The Community Education interviews are done. Policy/PR Committee met Sept. 24 and reviewed policies. There was a discussion about the student use of the café. Business Manager Kathy Beevers discussed the upcoming Truth in Taxation hearing. A flu shot clinic was held and 160 people received the vaccination with 73 of them being Kingsland staff members.

Kathy Beevers then introduced Douglas Blanshan, C.P.A., from the accounting firm of Clifton Larson Allen, of Austin, Minn., who did the 2011-12 audit. Mr. Blanshan stated that Federal Aid is down, and Kingsland enrollment has dropped from 873 in 2008 to 704 in 2012. He stated that the district is in very good shape as far as fund balance, which is very important.

Principal Priebe discussed Project Lead The Way, College in Schools, and Ramp Up for Readiness. Mr. Priebe also stated that the cold and flu season is here and an email has been sent out with information on how to stop the spread of the disease. School View is now available and has gotten positive feedback. Superintendent McDonald spoke about several subjects including NWEA assessments which are wrapping up, and the Visit with a Veteran event coming up Nov. 12 where students can have breakfast with a Veteran, and all Veterans from the community are welcome to attend.

A leave of absence was approved for Kathy Beevers as Business Manager. A maternity leave request was approved. A pre-school teacher and a School Psychologist were hired. The psychologist will be at the school two days per week. The contract for the Special Education Director was approved. The Audit report was approved.

Next meeting will be Monday, November 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

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