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Fillmore Central to bring back Cross Country


Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Education

The last time Fillmore Central had students involved in Cross Country was 2008-2009. At that time, there was only one student participating.

Recently, nine students expressed interest in starting the program again, which would be shared with Lanesboro Schools. Athletic Director Chris Mensink has spoken with Lanesboro, and they are willing to share the program again. The board approved a resolution to apply for a combined program.

Board member Deb Ristau asked what the low number should be, if some students decide not to participate. It was agreed that five would be a good number of students. Ristau expressed concern that the students and their families should be made aware that the program will not be offered if there are less than five students signed up.

Personnel Changes

Several resignations and hires were approved at the meeting. The resignation of Holly Kanengieter as Community Ed. Director was approved, with thanks for her seven years of service. Brady Grewe, high school health and physical education teacher resigned from his position. The high school English teacher resigned as newspaper advisor, and Vicki Nelson resigned as Junior Class Advisor.

The termination of non-tenured teachers Connie Lindstrom and Barbara Cihak was approved.

Aaron Mensink was approved as Senior Class Advisor, with Deb Ristau as Assistant Senior Class Advisor. The position of Junior Class Advisor was taken by Jenelle Thorman.

Gatlin Woellert and Taylor Case will be working as staff in the summer rec. program.

Nancy Broadwater was hired as Early Childhood Special Education Extended School Year paraprofessional. She will also be the van driver for six days this summer. Kelsey Ristau was hired as Special Ed. Teacher to begin in the fall. She will also be the ESY (Extended School Year) Special Ed. Teacher for the summer.

Head coaches were also approved for the 2013-2014 school year. Chris Mensink will be head football coach; Denise Case, volleyball; Melissa Kiehne, cheerleading;, Aaron Mensink, boys basketball; Sara Tollefsrud, girls basketball; and Jim Love, wrestling. Levi Olstad will be coaching the Junior High Knowledge Bowl team.

Angi Kaase was hired to up to 120 hours this summer to create a new district web site. Kaitlyn Aug and Courtney Schroeder were approved to work in SAC on an on-call basis.

Contracts Approved

The extended contract for Dean of Students Chris Mensink was discussed. Every year the board gives him an extra ten days in his contract for duties performed during the summer months. Board member Deb Ristau asked about the extra 10 days, as well as the stipend he is given each month, along with his regular teaching contract. She commented that his position had been tweaked several times over the years, and wondered if there was a way to clean up the contract and combine everything. There was some discussion about the previous dean receiving a stipend as well. The board approved an extra five days for Mensink this summer, and will be looking at the contract for the next year, which starts July 1.

Special Education Director Micki Breitsprecher had a three-year contract approved. Board member Emily Ellis shared some concerns about the contract, which shows Breitsprecher at the same salary as the principal by the third year. Chairperson Ross Kiehne explained that some of her duties have been extended, and they are utilizing more of her talents. He added that the negotiations committee felt it was warranted. He said 34 percent of the salary is paid by the Root River Program, and the remaining 66 percent is split between Fillmore Central and Kingsland.

The contract for Stanely Stutzman, who will provide Child Therapeutic Support Services this summer at the Root River Program, was approved.

Principal Report

Principal Heath Olstad stated the local banks will be continuing the mini-grant program for the 2013-2014 school year. F&M Community Bank in Preston, Minn. Harmony State Bank, and First State Bank in Fountain contribute around $11,000 in mini grants each year.

The Senior Awards Night was on May 13, and more than $42,000 of local money was given to students. Olstad expressed gratitude for all of the organizations and individuals that help students with their college expenses.

Budget Adjustments

The board approved the budget for 2012-2013 with adjustments. Keith explained that revenues were increased, and expenditures decreased. Kathy Whalen, Business Manager, said the Health and Safety spending was less, and more was spent in technology. There was no literacy aid in the original budget, which was $30,000, as well as $33,000 in general education aid. Special Ed. Aid was also higher than they thought it would be.

Other Business

The board approved the change in breakfast/lunch prices with a 10¢ increase on everything.

Membership in the Minnesota Rural Education Association was approved.

Homebound instruction was approved for a high school student for the summer, up to 15 hours per teacher.

The June meeting was changed to Monday, June 17 at 6:30pm at the Elementary School in Preston.

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