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Kingsland School Board recognizes retirees

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Superintendent McDonald presents retiree Karen Cleveland with an appreciation gift. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All School Board members were present in addition to Superintendent John McDonald.

Consent Agenda items were approved which included the review of the April 15, 2013 meeting, payment of May 2013 bills, and first readings of policy reviews.

In Thank you and Recognition the School Board recognized four staff members that are retiring and presented each of them with a gift of appreciation. The first being Shelly Cornell, paraprofessional, with over 15 years experience. The second retiree is Karlene Hatleli, teacher, with 27 years experience. Karen Cleveland, teacher, with over 41 years experience will also retire. The final person retiring is Marilyn Erdman, teacher, with over 35 years experience of experience. Superintendent McDonald spoke very highly of each of these individuals and thanked them for their years of dedication.

A thank you was given to Matt Rowe of BP for a donation of three hundred dollars towards playground equipment. A second thank you was to Red Essig of Essig Agency for a $250 donation to the FFA for the National Convention. A final thank you was given to the Horticulture Club for the flowers around the building.

In the Student Council/FFA report two FFA members were present to report on the ECFE Barnyard which they assisted the elementary teachers organize. Many animals were brought in for the children to experience up close. A summer Ag program will be offered. A vegetable garden will be planted with produce going to the food shelf. There will be two summer tours and an Officer’s Retreat. The members reported that everyone was happy with how they did at State.

The Finance/Facilities Committee met on May 6, 2013. Various subjects were discussed including the ten year outlay projection and the music program curriculum. The revised budget was discussed as well as the six cent meal reimbursement. The possible purchase of an electronic message sign was also discussed.

New hires were discussed by the Curriculum/Personnel Committee at their previous meeting. The Policy/PR Committee met on April 22, 2013 and discussions consisted of policy review of first readings, the School Board studying session, and a preview of the May Kingsland newsletter. In the Business Manager report the preliminary 2013-2014 budget was explained and discussed.

Principal Hecimovich reported on Project Lead The Way. A Business Partnership meeting was held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 which was a big success. In the CIS (College in School)program the online English course has wrapped up with all members receiving A’s for their work. In the Ramp up to Readiness (RUR) program, Bruce Rohne and Jim Hecimovich will be attending training on August 7, 2013. An update was given on Federal programs, NWEA Assessments, and KHS Registration Course offering for the 2013-14 school year. Kingsland Graduation was held May 24, 2013.

Principal Priebe reported to the School Board that the iPad collection for grades 3-6 has begun and MCA testing has also begun. MAP testing for grades 2-6 has been completed. The interviews are complete for Grade 1 and elementary/intermediate teacher positions. The Middle School structure will be evaluated for next year.

In the Superintendent’s Report Mr. McDonald attended the Spring Valley Area Community Foundation Banquet and additionally reported that Kingsland received a Certificate of Achievement from the City of Spring Valley. The District Assessment Team attended a workshop on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

In Old Business the School Board will have a study session on Wednesday, May 26, 2013. The Capital Outlay Project was approved. A discussion was held on whether an electronic message sign should be purchased in the amount of $40,200 less donations of $11,782 meaning the total expenditure to the district would be $28,418. The motion failed.

In New Business four new hires were approved and one resignation was accepted. The primary food contract was approved for Indianhead Foodservice after a sealed bid process. A bid for asbestos removal was approved. The School Board also approved implementing the GRASP program. The board approved having an audit performed and also approved an extension for contracted services with Procare for speech services into June. A resolution of non-renewal was approved for two staff members. A leave of absence request died for lack of a motion. Approval was given to take unused items to auction.

Meeting adjourned. The next regularly scheduled Kingsland School Board meeting will be held on June 17, 2013 at 6:30pm.

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