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Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH Magazine

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Athletic Director Tom Speltz discusses the possibility of a Dance Team at Kingsland. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland conference room with a full agenda. All members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald.

All consent agenda items were approved including February 2013 bills. A public thank you was given to Red Essig for a donation of two hundred dollars for Project Lead The Way. Finance/Facilities committee met and discussed school safety. They have also been in touch with Custom Alarm for possible services, discussed boiler maintenance, and air conditioning problems that are being addressed. The committee has also been looking for quotes for an electronic message sign. The committee reviewed efficiency, discussed re-organization, and reviewed capital outlay expenditures.

The Curriculum/Personnel Committee met February 11, 2013. The Special Education Director spoke about funding and staffing, and the committee discussed Driver’s Education providers. The committee made note that the Spring musical is in need of a pianist and a musical director.

The Policy/PR Committee met January 28, 2013 and reviewed policies, discussed a monthly newsletter, and ways to better promote Kingsland. Business management included work on the 2013-14 budget.

Principal Hecimovich spoke about the Project Lead The Way meeting which was to be held the following day, February 21st. He also discussed College In Schools (CIS) and explained that CIS students went through the Riverland registration process. Discussed KHS registration course offering for 2013-14. Snow week was held with activities such as dress up day, wacky tacky Thursday. The Ag Olympics are scheduled to take place on Friday, February 22nd. Snow week ends with a ski trip to Welch Village on Saturday, February 23rd.

Kingsland’s TEKnights first robotics will be competing in Duluth at the Northern Lights Regional Competition on March 7-9, 2013. PLTW business partners will meet on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

Principal Priebe discussed training at PEM on formative assessments collaboration with colleagues in the SEMLAC cooperative, and Kingsland Professional Learning Community (PLC). Ipads will be going out to the third grade soon. Parent meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 to give parents an opportunity to understand the process.

Present numbers projected for the 2013-14 school year are Kindergarten - 60 students, First Grade - 53 students, Second Grade - 57 students, Third Grade - 38 students, Fourth Grade - 53 students, Fifth Grade - 41 students, and Sixth Grade - 42 students.

Tom Speltz, Athletic Director, discussed the expenses if Kingsland were to start a Dance Team. Total first year expenses would be approximately 25,762.00, with the main expense being uniforms.

Superintendent McDonald announced that Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH magazine in the Spring. EDTECH is a nationwide technology magazine. They spend a day at KHS obtaining material for the article.

The school board approved starting a monthly newsletter which will be in available in both electronic and paper forms. Superintendent McDonald discussed having an electronic message sign installed. There has been a “sign fund” established with approximately 11,000 - 12,000 dollars in the fund thus far. Quotes are being collected and more information will be provided at the March meeting.

Three resignations were accepted for Key Club advisor, 7th Grade volleyball coach, and pre-school Para-professional. Hiring of two High School Special Education Para-professionals were approved. The hiring of a school psychologist was approved. Key Club advisor was approved. Spring coaching staff was approved. An adjustment to the Administrative Assistant position was approved.

The next meeting will take place Monday, March 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room.

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