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Kingsland School District explores idea of additional bus route

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Members of the high school Professional Learning Community report to the Kingsland School Board. Pictured are left to right: Steve Tart, Paul Wilson, CJ Boerger, and Jennifer Orth. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland School Board met on March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. All school board members were present.

Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, minute review of the February 19, 2014 meeting, March 2014 bills, policy review and policy adoption. The board also approved the contract for Principal Chris Priebe.

In Public Thank You and Recognition the board recognized St. Jude’s Medical Hospital for a donation of $5,000 for the Robotics Team registration fee. A thank you was given to Pheasants Forever and representatives Neal and Cindy Hinners for a $325 donation to the Trap Team. The Tootie Foster Scholarship was recognized for a $2,500 donation which goes to deserving seniors. State Farm Foundation and Ross Heusinkveld were recognized for a donation of $500 dollars.

In Public Comments resident Lynn Kidd approached the board to ask if the school board would be discussing what the agenda or format will be at the Community Meeting Tuesday, March 25, 2014, to which Doug Plaehn replied, “It is not currently on our agenda.” The board then moved on to the next item of business. Kidd commented to the Fillmore County Journal that he would like to urge residents to attend the Community Meeting on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Kingsland High School Cafeteria.

The FFA representatives reported that they have four teams going to state and two individuals. FFA week which included a barnyard, Ag Olympics, pancake breakfast, coloring contest and bowling was a success. Officer interviews for the 2014-15 team were held March 18, 2014 with a vote being held on March 20. The Chapter Banquet is April 21, 2014. The State Convention is April 27-29.

In Spotlight on Education, 3rd grade teachers gave a presentation and discussed math curriculum, I Can Statements, intervention groups, and explained how they are preparing for the MCA’s. Some classes have now gone paperless by having students do work on iPads. The KHS Math PLC group discussed their S.M.A.R.T goal and how they are trying to improve their NWEA MCA math scores.

Finance/Facilities committee met and had a conference call discussing the financial planning modeler. The initial cost would be $4,950 plus a yearly fee. The committee had a presentation on the senior class trip and also discussed adding a bus route. It would cost approximately $35,000 a year to have another bus route plus the cost of a new bus if one were to be purchased at a cost of roughly $85,000. The board received a budget update and reviewed the capital outlay update as wel as reviewed the 2014-15 revenue projections. Also, the board received an update on the school calendar and discussed the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program through Best Buy.

Curriculum/Personnel met on March 10, 2014. Brianna Musel reported on a proposed senior class trip to Chicago to be held in May. The BYOD program was discussed. Curriculum companies are presenting to the Social Studies Department. A staff member is interested in trying out a course in Science and Engineering to see where it might lead to future classes in the area. The board looked into setting up a space for the new Food Science class that will be offered next year. A report with a comparison chart for offerings from the different special education district consortiums was received. They also discussed snow make up days, drafts of next year’s school calendar, and the middle school schedule and transportation. A resignation was turned in for the Activity Director position.

Policy/PR met on February 27, 2014. Policy reviews were discussed. Becky Bicknese from Community Ed attended the meeting to talk about renting the facility on Sunday mornings for four hours to hold their church services. They would be responsible for clean up. The school would not be sponsoring or promoting this in any way. This item will be discussed at a future meeting after more information has been obtained. There was an update on the 403(b) grievance. Received information on the BYOD program. A Branding and Marketing committee is being formed by the school..

Mr. Hogberg reported about the success of the solo/ensemble contest at Riverland. Eleven schools participated. Students helped work and clean up as Kingsland was in charge of the event. The Kingsland band received two excellent ratings, seven superior ratings and a brass ensemble received best in site. Vocally KHS received four excellent ratings, 16 superior ratings, and three best in sites. He also reported on the success of the Junior High 5-8th grade solo/ ensemble contest.

Principal Hecimovich reported on the formation of an At Risk Student Committee with eight members currently. He also gave an update on the Sanford Deep Underground Research Facility. Registration surveys were taken by students to show their interests in classes for next year. In First Robotics the team competed in the Northern Lights Regional Competition. The team did not fare as well as last year as there were technical difficulties.

Ten students paid to take the Accuplacer tutorial My Foundations to help them prepare for the Accuplacer test. Hecimovich met with a representative from Riverland to discuss course offerings. A blood drive will be held on March 26. Mid-semester is coming up. A large group contest will be held on April 2, 2014. Discussion on the school calendar took place with Hecimovich asking to have more snow days built in. Hecimovich stated his support for the Senior Class trip.

Principal Priebe reported on the Kindergarten and Preschool Open House. Read Across America week was a success with many activities. An update on PBIS program was given. Knights of the Round Table raised over $600 in Pennies for Patients. The W.A.T.C.H. Dogs program continue to strengthen. Whitewater trip is coming up.

Superintendent McDonald discussed legislative action and achievement gap reductions. April is Month of the Military Child. Branding and Marketing Committee has had a good response.

After much discussion the board approved the school calendar for 2014-15 school year. The last student day will be Friday, May 30, 2014 and the last teacher day will be Thursday, June 5, 2014.

The Bring Your Own Device program with Best Buy was discussed. Personnel from Best Buy will attend a future school board meeting to provide additional information.

Mr. Priebe and Mr. Hecimovich presented information on Wednesday early outs and the progress of the PLC and RTI teams.

Other business

•Approved resignation of Lorin Hove as van driver.

•Approved resignation of Joanne Williams as KMS cook.

•Approved resignation of Tom Speltz as Activities Director.

•Approved hire of Angela Forland as Special Education long term sub.

•Approved hire of Kyle Weinmann as Junior High Track Coach.

•Approved hire of Aaron Thauwald as Assistant Track Coach.

•Approved hire of Spring Coaching list as presented.

•Approved Senior Class Trip.

Approved three year contract with Mediacom for technology and internet support.

•Approved fiscal year 2014 revised budget.

The next regular scheduled school board meeting will be held April 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

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