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Kingsland presented with Patriot Award


Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland School Board member Doug Plaehn receives the Patriot Award from Norm Hecimovich and nominator Jim Hecimovich. Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board held their monthly meeting on April 15, 2013 in the Kingsland conference room. All members were present with the exception of Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald.

In the first order of business consent agenda items were approved including April 2013 bills and policy adoption.

In public thank you and recognition, military veteran Norm Hecimovich was honored to present two Patriot Awards at the school board meeting. One Patriot Award was presented to Superintendent McDonald and the other was presented to the school board. Each board member and Superintendent McDonald also received a pin. Norm is the father of High School Principal Jim Hecimovich who has been active in the military and expressed the Kingsland schools support he has received when he has been called to duty. The Patriot Award comes from the Department of Defense and recognizes employers for the support they provide to the nominator.

Superintendent McDonald recognized the Robotics Team saying the entire school is “very proud of them” adding the group did “extremely well” and are looking forward to next year. Mr. McDonald congratulated the coaches, mentors, sponsors, and the kids.

Kingsland School has been given a School Finance Award. Kingsland has received this award several years in a row which is impressive. A thank you was given to the sponsors for the full page of Kingsland news in the Fillmore County Journal. These sponsors included Essig Agency, Greg Davids, First State Bank, and Sunshine Foods. An additional thank you was given to Cindy Gallea, a competitor in this year’s Iditarod, who gave a presentation to the Fifth graders.

The FFA report included news that 20 members will be attending the Region 8 banquet on May 5 and 33 people (10 teams) will be attending the State Convention on April 28. Finance/Facilities Committee met on April 3. One item of discussion was the sign fund. Curriculum/Personnel Committee met on April 8. Kindergarten round-up was held April 16. Teacher evaluations are finishing up. Policy/PR Committee met March 27. Policies for second reading were reviewed and the committee also viewed and discussed the Kingsland ad in the Fillmore County Journal.

The Business Manager report included an update on the budget and a review of the preliminary 2013-14 budget. 3.5 million of the 6 million dollar budget is paid in salaries. Principal Hecimovich reported on Project Lead The Way. Classes being added are Civil Engineering and Architecture along with Human Body Systems. College In Schools is working with the Art Department regarding Riverland approval and course offerings.

Sophomore registration wasMonday, March 29. Two separate Safety Awareness Trainings: the first training was April 17 and featured Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson and Officer Whitacre of the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Dept. giving a presentation. The second training will be held April 24 where a mother will speak about the tragic loss of her daughter. Principal Hecimovich noted that with prom coming up it is a good time for safety awareness.

April 18 was the VREP Showcase. A severe weather drill was held on April 18 at 1:45 p.m. Prom is Saturday, May 4. Baccalaureate program will be May 15 at 7p.m. Principal Priebe discussed MCA testing which is coming up April 23-May 3. Kingsland is offering parents to come in and give students a last-minute pep talk. Kindergarten preschool open house was held April 16. Family bingo night was well attended on Friday, April 12. Pre-K - 6 scheduling for 2013-14 school year is nearly complete.

In the Superintendent’s report, Mr. McDonald discussed electronic textbooks and how some schools are developing their own textbooks electronically. Kingsland is working with RCTC and Riverland College on technical course credits. SEMLAC in-services will be held at Kingsland next school year on October 21. Superintendent McDonald was invited to speak at the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association (MPMA) conference on Thursday, April 11. Mr. McDonald discussed the SE Minnesota Professional Learning Communities and stated he is excited for this opportunity next year.

Superintendent McDonald congratulated Kingsland and its teachers on being featured in EDTECH magazine. The Omnibus bill being considered in the House and Senate could lead to all day Kindergarten. The Fiscal year 2013 revised budget was discussed. Kingsland is in good fiscal health. The electronic message sign was discussed. There has been $11,700 donated and another $29,000 has been set aside for the sign. More information will be given at the May meeting.

Three hires were approved. A contract adjustment was approved. One resignation was approved. One retirement was recognized and approved. The Key Club will be attending a convention in St. Cloud sponsored by the Kiwanis. The Kingsland Dance Program was approved at an estimated expense of $25,762.00 for the first year. The school board approved purchasing a mat for the wrestling team in the future. Youth Summer Soccer Program is partnering with the Rochester Family Y. The cost is $45 per student. Calendar adjustments were approved. The Superintendents contract was approved.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

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