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Kingsland School receives gift of Stars & Stripes

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Marlene Niemeyer and Larry Niemeyer present a flag to the Kingsland School Board. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All Sschool board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald.

Consent agenda items were approved. In Public Recognition and Thank You recognition was given for monetary donations for the courtyard project to the Osterud/Winter Fund ($1,500), Fillmore County Water and Soil Conservation ($1,800), and Spring Valley Area Community Foundation ($3,000).

Two board members, Gwen Howard and Troy Asher, were each recognized with a plaque for completion of Phase I, II, and III of training from the MSBA. Superintendent McDonald commended Howard and Asher for their hard work and accomplishments. Stacy Rath presented a check in the amount of $15,545 and reported on the Booster Club activities.

Three representatives from VFW Post #4114 were in attendance to graciously donate a flag for the conference room where school board meetings are held. Post Commander Nathan Pike, Larry Niemeyer, and Auxiliary President Marlene Niemeyer presented the school board with a large flag on a flag stand. Following the presentation the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Finance/Facilities Committee reported having met on September 3, 2013 at which time they were updated on projects, toured the offices to see changes made, went over finances, discussed enrollment, equipment needed, and tennis courts.

Curriculum/Personnel met September 9, 2013 where hires, a resignation, and a maternity leave were discussed. A discussion was held on the redesigning of the ECFE program, the new school year and building and facility updates were given.

Policy and PR met on August 26, 2013. The website updates look great and are more user-friendly. The committee talked about Brenda Cassellius and her visit to Kingsland. The committee discussed putting ads in local papers that will be printed soon.

Principal Hecimovich stated it has been a great start to the new school year. PLTW will have a business partnership meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. PLC had a great first Wednesday together. CIS online registration for the English classes at Riverland will be completed. RUR new program has begun. Deadlines were met for the federal programs. Assessments have been reviewed. Homecoming festivities will be held The week of September 23-27, 2013. Royalty has been selected.

Principal Priebe reported that elementary school picture retakes will be on September 19, 2013. Priebe said it has been a great start to the school year and thanked the parents for helping kids with the transition. The area road construction has created challenges with some students having to leave early to compensate for delays. PLC teams met on September 11, 2013. NWBA/MAP fall testing in reading and math will be held September 13 - September 27, 2013 for all K-6 students. K-6 students are using ipads responsibly and two parent meetings have been held.

Language Arts Curriculum teachers and students are learning to use the Think Central online materials with iPads. Some wrinkles have been ironed out. PBIS-KES-KMS staff have been getting students to fully understand what the expectations are of the program. Students are given tickets then receive rewards including one student who chose to cut Priebe’s tie in half as a reward.

The business manager requested the school board certify the maximum levy proposal in the amount of $1.8 - 1.9 million which is 7 percent lower than last year. The final levy will be brought before the School Board at a later date.

Superintendant McDonald reported a very good start to the school year. ACT results have come out and Kingsland continues to increase scores each year. There will be a STEM Summit on November 11, 2013. Spotlight on education teams are getting started. REAP (Rural Education Achievement Program) Grant for early learners will be received in the amount of $21,198. Superintendant McDonald noted that approximately $40,000 has been brought in due to the hard work of staff. The 4 Star Parent Aware Program was discussed.

The visit from Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius went well and Cassellius was very impressed with Kingsland. Enrollment has been declining over the last 16 years, and this year’s enrollment will be the same or possibly a little more.

In Old Business, a list of fundraisers will now be available at the end of the year instead of each fundraiser having a representative attend school board meetings. A list of providers of shared services is now available. The Facilities Committee will hold a third study session on Monday, September 30, 2013.

In New Business, the REAP Grant has been approved. Two new programs are the 4 Star Parent Aware Program and the Pathway to Scholarships Program. Parent Aware is a rating program where parents can find assistance.

A kindergarten camp will be held to help kids transition from pre-school to kindergarten. $17,500 in grants have been received due to the hard work of Becky Bicknese, Priebe, and the office staff.

There will be a homecoming bonfire following the homecoming game. There will be supervision and the fire department will be on hand. A permit has been secured for the bonfire.

Lane changes were approved. An ECFE position to change from 0.5 to 0.6 for increased programming and responsibility was approved. An increase in the contract for vision services as there has been an increased requirement for programming for children with needs was approved.

A Truth in Taxation meeting was set. Seniority list was approved as presented. New hires include the winter coaching staff, a route bus driver, a high school paraprofessional, a van driver, and extra-curricular assignments. A request for maternity leave was approved.

The Wall of Honor Committee met and have chosen Mitch Lentz as the recipient. Superintendant McDonald stated, “Mitch has done great things for the district but stands in the background.” He deserves the award. There will be a celebration before the homecoming game.

The proposed tax levy in the amount of $1.8 million was approved. The next meeting will be held Monday, October 21, 2013. Meeting adjourned.

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