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Kingsland prepares for 2013-14 school year

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

By Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present along with Superintendent McDonald.

Consent Agenda Items were approved including the minutes review of the July 19, 2013 meeting, August 2013 bills, Policy Review and Policy Adoption.

In Public Thank You and Recognition Superintendent McDonald stated that the Building and Grounds Crew have been working tirelessly in many areas of the school in order to be ready for the beginning of the school year. McDonald commended the maintenance staff for all of their hard work.

Finance/Facilities Committee met and discussed the yearly tax information, discussed the possibility of purchasing a new car and van along with new tires for vans. The committee also talked about the sound system. The mayor of Wykoff, Minn. has contacted Kingsland about the possible purchase of the tennis courts in Wykoff. This topic must be looked into before any decision is made. Facility planning options were also a topic of discussion for the Finance/Facilities Committee.

Curriculum/Personnel Committee met on August 12, 2013. Many issues were discussed including hires and resignations and updates were reviewed for school readiness and building facilities.

Policy/PR reported having met on July 23, 2013 and discussed first and second readings and academic eligibility policy. The committee was given presentations photography companies including Lifetouch. The decision was made to stay with Lifetouch which offers online ordering and quick turn-around time.

Changes in the handbook were discussed as well as plans to update the Kingsland website. The committee also talked about enrollment at Kingsland.

In the Business Manager’s Report the school board was shown a budget overview with any questions being answered by Todd Lechtenberg.

Principal Hecimovich reported that several members of the class of 1973 were given a tour of the school which they enjoyed. Hecimovich also reported on PLTW, CIS, and RUR. Ramp Up to Readiness has a few changes this year in the curriculum. Application for MDE is due on September 1, 2013. Fall sports will be underway with the first games beginning soon.

Elementary Principal Christopher Priebe reported that elementary teachers received two days of training in Mankato , Minn. on August 8 and 9, 2013. The will be a back to school Open House on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. K-3 students will have PLTW class this year. Kingsland Middle School teachers will teach multiple subjects to the same group of students at each grade level.

Superintendent McDonald reported that Brenda Casselius will visit Kingsland on September 9, 2013. MDE results will be coming soon. Fall PAC meeting was on July 29, 2013. The school webpage will take on a new look and will be more informational. McDonald visited with Dr. Atewologun who is the new President of Riverland Community College. Kingsland has received a four star rating from the Parent Aware Program. McDonald made note that the tennis courts in Wykoff have not been used in a very long time and there is no plan to use them in the future as of right now. Google training is a work in progress. Kingsland has been invited by Rochester, Minn. schools to participate in the State of Education which will highlight STEM education.

In Old Business, Sampson Dairy had the bid approved for milk, Bimbo bakeries bid was approved, Boudoin will be the provider of gas and fuel, Lunch prices adjusted from $3.25 to $3.35. Activities Handbook approved as presented.

Facility planning is not ready to take any action at this time. A resignation was accepted, one resignation was denied, and three new hires were approved.

Next meeting will be September 16, 2013. Meeting adjourned.

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