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Kingsland School Board wraps up 2012-13 and looks forward to 2013-14

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, June 17, at 6:30pm in the Kingsland Conference Room. Members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Steve Tart, and Gwen Howard. Absent: Troy Asher. Also present was Superintendent McDonald.

The first order of business was the approval of the consent agenda items including the review of the May 20, 2013 minutes, June 2013 bills, special education director contract, policy review, and policy adoption. Motion to approve consent agenda items carried.

In Public Thank You and Recognition the VFW and Steve O’Connor were recognized and thanked for a $500 Robotics donation for next year. The Millers were thanked for supporting the staff appreciation lunch with a donation of $250. The American Legion received thank you for a $500 Scholarship donation and a $500 donation towards the Robotics team for next year. Donations for the new scoreboard were received from several parties including Essig Agency - $2,000, Fowler’s - $2,000, KABC - $6,000, Security State Bank - $2,000, and Valley Home Improvement - $2,000.

The Finance/Facilities Committee met on June 3, 2013. Steve Tart reported the committee’s update on revenue and update on the 2013-14 budget. The Finance/Facilities committee also discussed the Health Care Reform Act and what it entails. A panic button will be installed in June 2013 in all three schools as a safety precaution. The committee discussed building projects, upgrade options, and fire code upgrades.

The Curriculum/Personnel Committee met on June 10, 2013. Deb Larson reported that interviews had been conducted, the tenured teachers list was discussed, and discussed the hiring of a third Kindergarten teacher. The English language curriculum is finished.

The Policy/PR Committee met on May 28, 2013. Kristin Beck reported that the committee discussed first and second readings of policy reviews, public relations, and also held a discussion on the weekly calendar and any changes that should be made.

Athletic Director Speltz reported on spring activities. There are 69 students signed up for spring sports, which is 25 percent of 7-12 grade enrollment. This number is disappointing and has been on the decline for the last two years. The goal of the athletic director is to be better than 25 percent. The fall season is not far away due to the new conference that has been formed the season will start earlier this year. The first football game will be August 23 against Wabasha-Kellogg.

The new scoreboards were installed on June 5, 2013 and have several features that are a nice improvement. The spring musical “The Pea in the Mattress” at the end of April had rave reviews with record attendance. There are a couple new head coaches on board including Jackie Whitacre as head volleyball coach and Megan Newbold for dance team. There are still coaching positions to be filled. Speltz thanked the school board saying after his first year it is great to have a supportive administration and school board.

Business Manager Todd Netzke gave a budget update. Kingsland is at 84.6 percent of revenue collected. Cash in bank is up about $800,000 from last year. Student numbers have decreased from 711 to 706. Overall revenue is up $46,264.

High School Principal James Hecimovich gave an update on Project Lead The Way. Some teachers have had training for PLTW. Workshop week was a success with four days of training.

Chris Priebe, Pre-K-6 Principal, reported there will be MDE training June 26, 2013. Electronics have been returned and checked in. Mr. Priebe stated it is time to close up the 2012-13 school year and start opening up for the 2013-14 school year.

Priebe reported on the elementary implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies (PBIS). There will be training for the PBIS team August 8-9, 2013. The Professional Learning Community (PLC) is preparing for a few trainings this summer.

Kingsland has been selected to be a K-5 Elementary PLTW pilot site. The Gateway program will extend to Kindergarten. This is quite an honor for Kingsland. Priebe will be communicating in regards to the elementary and middle school schedules in July. The results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) have been compiled and were discussed.

Superintendent McDonald gave sincere congratulations to the class of 2013. The staff luncheon on June 3, which was new this year, was well received. A facilities study was discussed with a staff meeting held on May 28, 2013 giving staff information.

Mr. McDonald discussed the fact that Kingsland was selected for the PLTW pilot school which will begin next year making Kingsland a premiere STEM school. Kingsland is one of three schools selected in Minnesota to be pilot schools.

Students performed exceptionally well in the PLTW college end of course assessments. Forty students achieved college credits in MnSCU and the University of MN. Seventeen freshmen received college credits which is very impressive.

MSBA Summer seminar will be held Monday, August 5, 2013 and will be a one day seminar. Google Docs training will be held in July with committee members encouraged to attend.

Eight new hires were approved. Three resignations were accepted. One extended probationary period request was approved. One request for a leave of absence was denied as it was not in the best interest of the students.

The health and safety policy was discussed. The policy was approved last year and needed to be approved for this year and was approved. The three year health and safety budget was approved as presented. The student teacher agreement with Southwest State University was approved. The fall coaching list was approved as presented. Approved the hire of a third Kindergarten teacher. Approved the Fiscal 2014 budget as presented.

Staff members approved for tenure included Chris Priebe, Jennifer Campbell, Niki DeBuhr, Andrew Brouwer, and Linda Wangsness.

Meeting adjourned.

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