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Fillmore Central receives donation from the Milk Fun[D] Run

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Harmony Education

By Jade Sexton

Michael Johnson presented the Fillmore Central Community Foundation with a donation of $2,300 at the regular school board meeting on June 17.

Johnson, a dairy farmer, explained he had heard about the need for money to help students who are not able to afford milk for milk break. He organized a Milk Fun[D] Run to raise money, which was held in Fountain on June 8. Around 102 people attended.

“It was awesome to see,” said Johnson. “There were a lot of young families and kids in strollers. It was a good day, and a nice run down the trail.”

Johnson said they are hoping to do the Milk Fun[D] Run again next year and hopefully make it an annual event. He mentioned expanding it to include raising money for other needs.

Student Handbooks

The first reading of student handbooks for K-6, 7-12, Coaches, and Root River Program were approved. Dean Chris Mensink outlined a few minor changes made in the K-6 handbook, which included change in language for admission fees, teacher requests, electronic equipment, and a change in snack, milk and lunch prices. For the coaches handbook, Mensink changed some wording about letters and pins to make it more clear, and added information about the need for coaches to complete CEU (Continuing Education Units) and to be certified for a head coach position.

Principal Heath Olstad spoke about some changes in the 7-12 handbook. He explained that with the four-period day, students were required to have 30 credits in order to graduate. If students did not take band or choir, they could still get eight credits per year, in grades 9-12, which would total 32 credits.

Now with the schedule changing to an eight-period day, students will get seven credits per year, which will come to only 28 credits. He proposed making changes to how many credits certain classes are worth. He suggested that students coming into 12th grade be required to have 29 credits, 11th graders 28, 10th graders 27, and 9th graders 26 by the time they graduate. The number would then remain at 26.

He said they are still playing with the numbers, and the students will still be taking all of the required courses. He lowered the credits for classes that are only a quarter, like PE and health, as there will be less time in the classroom. Classes will be changing to 45-50 minutes from 75 minutes.

Board member Emily Ellis asked for clarification on the eight-period day, and asked about the blended schedule with block classes. Olstad said there will be seven classes a day with one hour for lunch, band/choir, and study hall. They will try to make a more blended schedule as the years go on.

Ellis asked about what other schools require for credits, and Olstad said it is different at every school, and some schools give a credit for a semester and others for the year in one class. Certain classes will have shorter times, but math and English will have more time, and will be year-long. He stressed that the school isn’t actually requiring less of the students, and they are well within the required minutes spent in class.

There was also some discussion about the senior trip policy in the handbook. Olstad said the policy has always been that once a student starts their senior year, if they get a consumption charge, they are not allowed to go on the senior trip. He suggested they change the word “consumption” to “alcohol, tobacco, or drug charges.”

Ellis asked about other crimes and their effect on someone’s ability to go on the trip. Olstad explained they are going by the Minnesota State High School guidelines of good conduct.

Personnel Changes

The assistant technology director position was terminated, as there will be a full-time director hired. The shared technology director position was also terminated. Neil Lundgren was hired as the full-time technology director.

The position of director of building and grounds was terminated as well. Each building will now have a lead custodian.

It was approved to hire summer Title I teachers Jolene Nelson and Mary Beth Ostrom and paraprofessional Nancy Broadwater. They will work ten days this summer at three hours a day.

The hire of Angi Kaase was approved for the community education director position. Also approved was the hire of Andrew Pederson in the PE/Health/DAPE position at the high school.

The list of fall coaches was approved. Travis Malley is coaching B-squad volleyball; Ashley Case, 9th grade volleyball; Kelsey Ristau, 8th grade volleyball; Melissa Simonson, 7th grade volleyball; Kyle Rundquist, Assistant Varsity Football; Andrew Pederson, B-Squad Football; David Broadwater, 9th grade football; Tim Ostrom, 8th grade football; Tris Tollefson, 7th grade football; and Jim Love, volunteer assistant football.

Three-year contracts for both Superintendent Richard Keith and Principal Heath Olstad were approved.

Fees and Substitute Pay

Substitute pay was kept the same for the next year. The substitute teacher pay is the same at $100 per day and $50 per half day. Substitute secretary pay and substitute paraprofessional pay is $8.00 per hour. Substitute van drivers are $8.75 per hour, and substitute custodian pay is $9.50 per hour.

Activity fees, admission fees, and sports season pass fees will also remain the same as last year, with the exception being football. Olstad explained the change in conferences, the fees for varsity football games will be $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

Operating Budget

The operating budget for the 2013-2014 school year was approved. Bookkeeper Darla Ebner explained it was a projection based on what she knew as of that day. She had not received the food service budget until that morning, so that was not included. There are things, like legislative decisions, that are still uncertain. The Health and Safety budget remained the same as last year. There was a three percent increase for certified staff and a two percent increase in staff development.

Other Business

In his principal report, Olstad outlined what the graduating seniors are planning to do in the fall. Of the 41 students that graduated, 12 are planning to attend a four-year college, and 18 a two-year college or technical school. Olstad said this is the first time there have been more students opting for a two-year school.

Mensink said he has notified families of students interested in participating in Cross Country, and approached Lanesboro Schools, who will be discussing it at their June board meeting.

The board approved the following items:

•An open enrollment request for a Kindergarten student from Mabel-Canton

•The purchase of a new oven from Rochester Supply for $7,880

•The Health and Safety Policy Budget and the Food Service Budget for 2014

•The Head Start lease for 2013-14, for 10 months instead of 12.

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