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Kingsland School Board performs double duty

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

The Kingsland School Board met on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland Conference Room for a Truth in Taxation meeting followed by a regular school board meeting at 6:45 p.m. All school board members were present with the exception of Gwen Howard. Superintendent McDonald was also present.

The Truth in Taxation meeting involved discussing the proposed tax levy. The school board approved the proposed tax levy in the amount of 1,912,401.87. Meeting adjourned.

The regular meeting was then called to order followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Consent agenda items were approved including Minute Review of the November 18, 2013 meeting, December 2013 bills, Principal/Stockdale contracts, Art Club Guidelines, Policy Review, and Policy Adoption.

In Public Thank You and Recognition school board member Deb Larson was recognized for receiving the Director’s Award from the Minnesota School Board Association for completing 100 or more hours of service. A Thank You was given to the SMF Mutual Insurance Company for Grant money donated. The Osterud Foundation was recognized for a grant in the amount of $1,500. $2,372 was received to help fund the PLTW Elementary Pilot Grant and a $10,000 installment has been received, which concludes the $65,000 PLTW Grant.

There were no public comments. In student reports, representatives from the FFA reported that there have been several events lately including participating in the U of M contest. FFA fruit sales were successful.

In Spotlight on Education, the second grade teachers explained to the school board that they have been working on common assessments. The teachers then demonstrated a program they have been using with the kids by having each school board member take a math test on iPads.

Finance/Facilities met December 12, 2013 and had a discussion with Custom Alarm, looked at facility software, discussed LeRoy declining to form a football cooperative, and received an update from the business manager.

Curriculum/Personnel met on December 12, 2013. The contract for the head custodian is almost done. Mr. Priebe gave an update on position openings. The special education director spoke about the need for a paraprofessional. A bus driver position will be posted as well as an Art Club advisor. Superintendent McDonald spoke to the committee about the My Foundations program.

Policy/PR met on November 26, 2013 and discussed the first and second readings and also discussed the World’s Best Workforce.

Hecimovich was absent but had turned in a written report in which he discussed the My Foundations Program stating that Kingsland High School is looking into this program.

Priebe reported that the “Give Thanks, Give Back” Food Drive November 18 - 22, 2013 was successful raising 775 lbs. of food for the Spring Valley Food Shelf. Knights of the Round Table Food Drive November 18 - 27, 2013 at KMS raised an additional 467 lbs. of food for the Spring Valley Food Shelf. KES raised 597.12 lbs. December 9 -14, 2013, which was donated to Kiwanis representatives. KMS and KES band/choir concerts in December 2013 went well.

Efforts by Kingsland to increase and improve the use of social media were reported by KAAL Channel 6 news on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Members of the “social squad” include Ms. Uhlenhake, Ms. Emig, Ms. Rohr, Mrs. Halloran, and Mr. Priebe. Winter Break will be December 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014 with the students returning to school on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Todd Netzke reported that he will be looking into the Health and Safety Review and what is spent. The operating capital will be reviewed. They will start looking at a revised budget for Fiscal Year 2014. Have started researching planning software and will bring to the Finance/Facilities committee in the future. Would like to be able to look 3-5 years into the future for planning purposes.

Superintendent McDonald reported he attended the 28th Annual AESA Conference in San Antonio, Texas in December 2013. Compliance from the MDE was received. The Alternative Learning Project, Video Guidance, and Distance Technology were discussed. The World’s Best Workforce One Plan which creates “virtual classrooms” for students was also talked about.

The new format for principal evaluation which needs to be in place this year according to state statute was approved along with the superintendent evaluation with the overall consensus being positive.

Recognition was given to Alton Sikkink who has driven school bus for over 20 years and his retirement was approved. Motion carried to hire Kathy Kappers as an instructor with the Alternative Learning Program. The Minnesota Management and Budget announcement that that state will have a budget surplus for fiscal year 2014-15 was mentioned. Current law requires any surplus be used to repayK-12 schools meaning Kingsland will be receiving funds.

Superintendent McDonald explained the World’s Best Workforce program. The board approved a paraprofessional position for the middle school. An Interventionist position was approved which will be a non-union position for Grades 4, 5, and 6. This position will be for the remainder of the school year and then the position will be re-evaluated.

The next regular school board meeting will be held January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting adjourned.

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