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Kingsland approves high academic rigor open campus program

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on October 21, 2013 in the Kingsland Conference Room at 6:30 p.m. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance consent agenda items were approved. These items included the board agenda, minutes review, October 2013 bills and policy review and adoption. One additional consent agenda item was the approval of Todd Lechtenberg as an additional authorized signature.

In Public Thank You and Recognition Superintendent McDonald thanked Southeast Service Coop for a School Health Pool Incentive Grant in the amount of $3,850 which will be used for health and wellness activities, SMIF for a $6,000 check to continue the renovation of the Courtyard, the Salvation Army for a donation of $800 for the school milk program, and the VFW for a $150 donation for facility use which will go into the district funds. Superintendent McDonald also recognized and thanked the volunteers who helped with the Vision/Hearing testing.

There were no public comments. In the Spotlight on Education Report several members of the High School Professional Learning Committee and the First Grade Professional Learning Committee were on hand to explain what has been accomplished since beginning in the middle of September and also explained what they want to accomplish the rest of the school year.

In Finance/Facility the committee met on October 14, 2013 and received an update on the levy, discussed equipment that needs updating, looked over the facility use policy, received an update on a boiler leak, reviewed two estimates and discussed the need for asbestos removal, and talked about looking into a new lock and bell system.

Curriculum/Personnel committee met on October 14, 2013 and discussed applications, winter coaching positions, spoke about allotted time for substitute teachers, and approved writing a description of the Art Club.

Policy & PR met September 30, 2013. Dave Philips was present to provide additional information on advertising for Kingsland. Tom Speltz was also present to discuss the football program. Just For Kix and community education were discussed. The fee for this year will waived. The Kingsland website was reviewed.

Principal Hecimovich began his report by saying it has been an emotional time at Kingsland with two different staff members suffering the loss of a family member. Hecimovich stated that Homecoming was well attended and thanked everyone for their participation and help.

An exciting opportunity is being discussed which would be the involvement in the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory in Lead, SD. The location is an old mine which is over a mile deep and is a research facility studying matter, anti-matter, and dark matter, according to Hecimovich.

Kay Haugerud has been working with kids about texting safely. An update on athletic eligibility was given.

Hecimovich presented the High Academic Rigor Open Campus Program for approval by the school board. The open campus would apply to only juniors and seniors and only to those taking three or more PLTW classes. Approximately 35 students would qualify and there will be rules and regulations including a signed permission form from parents which would need to be notarized or signed in front of a school official.

Twelve students passed the GRAD Assessment. PLTW met Tuesday, October 1, 2013 and are working with Riverland for classes. In Ramp Up to Readiness the first workshop has been completed. Rewards are being given for the Positive Behavior In Schools (PBIS) program with staff and teachers alike receiving award tickets. Parent-Teacher conferences are coming up.

Principal Priebe reported on the Professional Learning Communities. PLC Leadership team attended training on September 25, 2013 from SEMLAC at SSC. In NWEA/MAP it was reported that all K-6 fall student scores for reading and math are accessible in TIES and on the NWEA website. i-Pads in grades 3-6 are being brought back and forth from home. Think Central is being used for grades 3-6.

PLTW training for K-3 pilot will be October 2-4, 2013 in Indianapolis. In School Readiness a procedure was created to offer preschool scholarships for families in need. In the PBIS program KES and KMS teams are meeting weekly to develop and maintain structure for rewarding behavior. New displays at both buildings for tickets and weekly tally sheets from each classroom. A Thank You to SATA was given for donating the displays.

FFA/Student council representatives reported that fruit sales have begun. Members will leave for the convention on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Two teams are competing and two people are receiving degrees. The Corn Drive was discussed. The concession stand is doing well. Members are participating in the PALS program and going to schools. Members helped pack over 7,000 meals which will be going to either Colorado or Africa.

Building & Grounds report included information on the levy which has been submitted. The levy was under $2 million. Budgets have been loaded in the smart system. The finished audit will be presented at the November 2013 meeting. Auditors will arrive on November 18, 2013.

Superintendent McDonald reported on the opportunity in the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory. Multiple Measure Rating (MMR) 2013 results were given with Kingsland landing somewhere in the middle. The State of Minnesota Unrestricted Fund Balance was discussed and Kingsland will have funds coming in.

A SEMLAC meeting on October 21, 2013 was attended where over 400 teachers were present. McDonald stated it was a very “worthwhile” day. Attended MASA conference. Presented at PLTW conference. Southland school has shown an interest in joining the GMLOK wrestling program.

In Old Business, the Capital Outlay Addition, the equipment which was outdated and sold now needs to be replaced. The school board approved the replacement of the equipment. Approved to negotiate the possible sale of the property adjacent to the Wykoff Fire Department and bring recommendations to the school board at a future meeting. Winter coaching positions were approved.

In New Business newspaper advertisements were approved, designated Chris Priebe as LEA Representative for Title I and Title II replacing Hecimovich. Approved one new hire. A motion to implement the High Academic Rigor Open Campus Program was approved. A Facilities recommendation was made to move toward a single site.

The next school board meeting will be held Monday, November 18, 2013 in the District Conference Room. Meeting adjourned.

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