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There will be Drama at Kingsland


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

The Kingsland School Board met on July 15, 2013 Photo by Barb Jeffers

By Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met July 15, 2013 in the conference room at Kingsland High School. All board members were present with the exception of Steve Tart and Deb Larson. Also present was Superintendent McDonald.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved. July 2013 bills were approved. Policy review of first readings was approved. Policy adoption of second readings was approved. Board member compensation of 2013-14 school year was approved. Mileage rate was approved. Name of official newspaper was approved. The banks as official depositories of school district funds was approved. Payment of monthly bills was authorized. Authorized the Superintendent to invest school district funds as per law. Authorized the district office to use electronic funds transfer. 2013-14 miscellaneous fees were approved. Legal firm was designated. Posting places as district office, Wykoff, Minn. building, and Kingsland website were approved.

In Public Thank you and Recognition the BP Foundation was thanked for a donation of $920 to the girls softball account. A thank you was also given to Elliot Grandall for the purchase of sound equipment for Wykoff. There were no public comments.

The Finance/Facilities Committee met on July 1. The committee received training on Google docs and discussed possible election dates. The committee received an update on buildings and grounds. A panic button will be installed soon. Asbestos removal is in progress. Tom Speltz came to the meeting to discuss basketball uniforms. Several jerseys were lost as students thought they were theirs to take home. These uniforms need to be replaced. A new sound system is being discussed. The committee discussed starting a drama club at Kingsland. The backboard of a basketball hoop is broken and need to be fixed.

The Curriculum/Personnel Committee met July 8. The committee received an in-service on Google docs. New hires were announced. Interviews for the Wellness Coordinator position were completed. Kingsland will be a PLTW pilot program. Reviewed Capital summaries.

Policy/PR Committee met on June 24. First and second readings were discussed. The committee met with Spring Valley City Council members as well as mayors from Spring Valley, Minn. and Wykoff. Reviewed academic ineligibility. Tom Speltz spoke to the committee about photos.

The business manager gave a budget update. Kingsland is getting ready for an audit on August 5, 2013. There are some billings yet to be done for tuition and also some June receipts to look at. There is $342,960 in the expenditure budget with other items still to be paid. Kingsland is currently roughly $250,000 under budget.

In the superintendent report McDonald stated he and other members of the school board attended two public meetings and had good discussions. Superintendent McDonald stated that there is a need to communicate with the public as we go forward with plans for improvements. College credit courses were discussed with 63 exams given and 41 passed for college credit. Fifteen ninth grade students earned college credits. On June 19 the team worked with the evaluation tool.

Kingsland students will be on ABC Channel 6 News. Teacher evaluation in-service will have their next meeting on August 20, 2013. Principal evaluations were reviewed with the Personnel Committee. Superintendent McDonald welcomed Todd Lechtenberg who has 11 years experience with the Accounting Department at Mayo Clinic. Todd will also be working in Lyle, Minn.

Kingsland will be a pilot site for PLTW and due to this teachers will receive training in Indianapolis, Indiana with all costs being paid by PLTW. There are 24 states participating in the training. Substitute teacher pay was discussed with Superintendent McDonald stating that Kingsland wants the best quality subs and the pay should be looked at. Food price costs have went up slightly. Kingsland needs to move toward the state average on prices for breakfast and lunch.

In new business one resignation was accepted. New hires were Lindsey Tart - 8th Grade Volleyball coach, Jacob Vetter - middle school Physical Education teacher, Greg Schaitel - Elementary Special Education teacher, Reeny Asprey Smith - Speech Language Clinician, and Amber Uhlenhake - Wellness Coordinator.

The Kingsland School Board approved the formation of a Drama Club. The Reading Corps Program was approved. The meeting date and time of the school board meetings will remain the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm Approved the pay of substitute teachers for the 2013-14 school year to be at the rate of $100 per day. The breakfast and lunch program prices will increase 10 cents for the 2013-14 school year. Extracurricular fees for the 2013-14 school year were approved. The preschool fees for the 2013-14 school year were approved. School Aged Child Care fees for the 2013-14 school year were approved. The Facility Rental Fees for the 2013-14 school year were approved. The Call for Milk, Bread, & Gas/Fuel Bids was approved. The first readings of the handbook were approved as presented. Approved a Facility Study Session on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 6pm to 8pm.

The next meeting will be August 19, 2013. The school board then went into a closed session before adjourning the meeting.

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