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Kingsland Schools hear concerns, transfers property


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room. All school board members were present in addition to Superintendent McDonald.

Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the October 21, 2013 meeting, additional authorized signature for Theresa Zwart, contracts, policy review and policy adoption.

In Public Thank You and Recognition a thank you was given to Brett Oeltjen for a donation of gutters for the FFA greenhouse. A thank you was also given to the high school students for a donation of mums for the front flower garden. Superintendent McDonald recognized the volunteers who helped with the Vision and Hearing re-screening and thanked them for volunteering their time.

In Public Comments Lynn Kidd, of Wykoff, Minn. expressed to the school board that he is upset about the consideration of closing the school in Wykoff. Kidd stated that the City of Wykoff had been promised years ago that the school would not be closed. In Kidd’s estimation Wykoff’s participation financially to the school district last year totaled $877,800 and he feels it would be easier and more cost effective to spend thousands on the Wykoff school instead of millions on the Spring Valley school. Kidd had additional ideas on how to utilize the space in the Wykoff school building which would free up space at the Spring Valley school building.

Representatives for the FFA reported on their corn drive which raised $2,200. Six members traveled to Louisville, Ky. from October 28-November 1, 2013 for the national convention. A new project is the Ag Literacy Project. Seven members will go to Good Earth Village in Spring Valley from December 6-8, 2013.

The drama club being in its first year has been busy with officer meetings. There are nine official members in the drama club with others planning to officially join the club soon. The drama club’s first activity was an open house attended by approximately 20 students. The next activity will be tip night at the Pizza Place on November 26, 2013. Practice for the one act play has begun.

Finance/Facilities met on November 4, 2013 where they discussed minor changes in the audit, the need for a new clock and bell system, the alarm system, and the need for repairs on hot water pumps.

Curriculum/Personnel met on November 11, 2013 and had a short meeting where the discussed Project Lead The Way and had an interactive demonstration.

Policy/PR met October 28, 2013 covering the first and second readings of the policy review, the community education policy structure, the possibility of partnering with the First National Bank for bus trips, parking policy, and principal evaluations.

Principal Priebe reported that the KES and KMS fall conference was well attended. PBIS training for KES team was held November 7-8, 2013 in Mankato, Minn. The “Give Thanks, Give Back” food drive was be held November 18-22, 2013. Students will be taking donations and have been challenging each other to see who can raise the most donations. Winter has begun and students spend 20 - 30 minutes per day outside and should be dressed appropriately.

Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is coming soon. With this program, beginning in January 2014, dads can volunteer in school in a variety of ways. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Priebe spoke about social media saying it is the goal of Kingsland to inform, educate, and demonstrate what is going on at the school and urges everyone to “like” Kingsland on social media. Progress continues with the Professional Learning Committee having met 10 times thus far.

Principal Hecimovich reported that the Veterans Day program had a great turnout and the kids were fabulous and very respectful. A site visit was held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by a group from Hutchinson, Minn. who are interested in Kingsland’s programming. The discussions continue with the deep underground research facility in Lead, South Dakota.

Hecimovich discussed the need to look at parent teacher conferences and end of semester testing. In PLTW a laser engraver is being tested. In R.U.R. Bruce Rohne and Hecimovich attended a meeting on November 13, 2013. In P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies) there was a good turnout at the Halloween Day activity.

ASVAB assessments were on November 21, 2013. Open Campus has started and is going well with students using the opportunity when they need to.

Assigned funds were discussed which is money that has been put away for the school’s use. Truth in Taxation will be discussed at the next meeting. Auditors have visited Kingsland school.

Tom Speltz, Athletic Director, gave his fall activity report stating that all winter teams are now practicing. Basketball has great numbers with 52 members of the boys basketball team and enough members of girls basketball to have all five teams filled. There are two individuals wrestling and eight girls practicing on the dance team.

Speltz spoke of Coach Fenske’s resignation giving his thanks and appreciation to Fenske. There are ongoing discussions about a possible football cooperative with LeRoy - Ostrander. This year’s one act play will be a production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” and Speltz commented that it takes a lot of people to put on a play. The booster club is discussing the possibility of donating new banners for the gym.

Superintendent McDonald reported attending the World’s Best Workforce legislation meeting on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 where Minnesota Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Steve Dibb presented. Give to the Max Day which was held November 11, 2013 had a number of organizations involved and Kingsland competed with Fillmore Central with Fillmore Central coming out slightly ahead.

SEMLAC (South East Minnesota Learner Achievement Collaborative) had a great in-service at Kingsland with over 400 teachers attending. On October 29, 2013 there was a conversation with the Mayo Clinic and also Sanford Research in Lead, South Dakota. A potential pilot program is being investigated with the Video Guidance Cooperation.

Superintendent McDonald attended a Midwest Facility Masters conference at the Wisconsin Dells. Spoke with MASSP on November 20, 2013. New Century Academy of Hutchinson, Minn. toured Kingsland. The school psychologist has resigned.

The school district is no longer using the tennis courts in Wykoff and the school has the opportunity to transfer the property back to the City of Wykoff. It was suggested that Kingsland purchase 40 iPads. Superintendent McDonald stated that Kingsland has good technology funds. Two robotics advisors were approved.

The school board approved the transfer of the tennis courts (lots 55, 56, and 57) in Wykoff, Minn., back to the City of Wykoff with a Quick Claim Deed stating that the property is no longer needed for school district use.

The school board approved a second Spanish class trip to Costa Rica as proposed by Spanish teacher Molly McMahon. The trip will take place in the Summer of 2015. The nomination of board member Deb Larson for the Southeast Board of Directors Cooperative was approved. With the nomination Deb becomes a candidate. The Facility Use Policy was approved as presented.

The resignation of John Fenske was approved thanking him for his 28 years of outstanding service to Kingsland. The hire of a long-term substitute for an Early Childhood Special Education teacher was approved. Aaron Thauwald was accepted as junior high basketball coach. The hire of Mary Tilden as school psychologist was approved. Karen Cleveland as Osterud representative was approved. The purchase of 40 iPads at $479 each totaling $19,160 and 40 cases totaling $1781 for a grand total of $20,941 was approved.

The Facilities Committee is still studying information and has no recommendation yet. The audit results were reviewed with two deficiencies noted which is common and the minor changes that were needed were done.

The next Kingsland school board meeting will be held Monday, December 16, 2013. Meeting adjourned.

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