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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Education

Patrick Ralston, a representative from Best Buy, presents information on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program to the Kingsland school board at the April 23, 2014 meeting. Kingsland will be piloting this program during the next school year for the junior and senior classes. Photo by Barb Jeffers

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald.

Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, policy review and policy adoption. The minute review of the March 17, 2014 meeting was not approved until further review.

In Thank You and Recognition, Joanne Williams was thanked for her many years of service as she retires as a KMS cook. The board wishes her well and plans to recognize her at a future school board meeting. The Essig Agency donated 250 dollars to the robotics team, KABC - Tootie Foster Scholarship in the amount of 550 dollars, Custom Alarm donated 150 dollars to the soccer program, Emig Family for a 50 dollar donation to the robotics team, and the VFW donated 200 dollars to the trap team. A Thank you was given for each of these donations. Superintendent McDonald recognized staff for Professional Administrative Assistant Day which was April 23, 2014. He commended them on the important work they do for Kingsland.

FFA representatives reported that the state convention is coming up and 28 students will be attending and eight teams participating. The Ag Literacy Program will be held May 7, 2014 at Sunset Terrace in Rochester, Minn. The FFA annual banquet was well attended with 137 people attending. The mock crash went well and the representatives thanked everyone for their support.

In Spotlight on Education the KHS PBIS and fourth grade teachers gave a presentation to report on their activities which included differentiated math classes.

Finance/Facilities met on April 7, 2014 and recapped the facilities meeting. Enrollment numbers were looked at. Todd shared the new budget with the committee and the committee discussed the 2015 fiscal year budget. Scott discussed items which needed to be included in the 2015 budget.

Curriculum/Personnel met on April 16, 2014. The committee had resignations that were turned in and discussed hire recommendations. Micki Breitsprecher reported on the vision/deaf/hard of hearing contracts and discussed school positions. Updates were given on office personnel. The activities director position and the recommendation at this time was discussed to open it up at a one - third at will position. Superintendent McDonald reported on the change coming with the Administrative Assistant position. School Psychologist and Occupational/Physical Therapist interviews have been held.

The Curriculum/Personnel committee discussed a presentation from Best Buy which occurred the evening of the school board meeting. Computer science and engineering is moving forward and there will be a math elective at Kingsland next year. The spring testing schedule has been handed out and reviewed. The feasibility of adding an additional school bus was discussed.

The Policy/PR Committee met on March 24, 2014. A discussion was held on Kingsland’s community food program which offers nutritious meals and snacks for students in need to take home for the weekend. The bags are given out discreetly and no school dollars will be used for the program. The contract with Elevate Life Church was reviewed and the recommendation was to have the church use only the cafe and not the gym. The first branding and marketing committee meeting was held April 1, 2014.

Principal Hecimovich discussed MCA III assessments which will be held from April 29 - May 2, 2014. He also discussed the mock crash that included a mock funeral and trial which occurred April 16-17, 2014. A statewide tornado/severe weather drill was held on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Prom will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014. A PTLW Business Partnership Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The senior class trip will be May 14 - 16, 2014.

Principal Priebe reported on Kingsland’s preschool and kindergarten open house held on March 27, 2014. Spring 2014 testing begins soon. Grade level PLC teams continue to utilize the Wednesday early out time. The sixth graders are participating in the D.A.R.E. program with a graduation to be held on May 27, 2014 that other schools will attend. PBIS continues to work towards opportunities to record students positive behavior.

Mr. Speltz reported that 105 students participated in winter sports which was a 4% increase. The Knowledge Bowl team did well advancing to region falling six points shy of going to state competition. Mr. Speltz reported on numbers of students participating in spring sports. Track and Field numbers are not where they need to be. Softball numbers are strong with baseball numbers being not as good.

The spring musical will be held May 9, 10, 11 at the middle school in Wykoff, Minn. KHS music concert is May 8, 2014. The KMS music concert is May 12, 2014. The KES music concert is May 15, 2014. The new district football scheduling will begin in 2015. The eight districts will be announced by June 15, 2014. At that time Kingsland will learn which schools will be in their district for football. Mr. Speltz noted that this change will not affect the current playoff system.

Superintendent McDonald discussed new bullying legislation which begins next school year and the steps Kingsland needs to take to meet the criteria. Faribault school staff visited Kingsland on Thursday, April 7, 2014 for a site visit. A teacher evaluation update was given. The Fiscal Year 2015 budget was discussed. Last year at this time Kingsland had 609 students. This year there are 619 students. Each student brings 5,800 dollars in revenue. An update was given on the World’s Best Workforce program and the goals of the program.

Patrick Ralston, a representative from Best Buy, attended the school board meeting to share information on Best Buy’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Kingsland will be piloting the program next year for the junior and senior classes. The average savings per device through the program is 78 dollars according to Mr. Ralston. The program makes devices affordable for families and provides technical support.

While discussing facility planning Doug Plaehn brought up the concept of creating a facility task force. One possible item the task force could accomplish would be to list deferred maintenance items and possible education improvements and rank them in order of priority. An alternative facility bond is a possibility when the current bond is paid off in February 2015. This would probably not take care of all of Kingsland’s needs but could help take care of the most urgent items needed and taxpayers would not see an increase in taxes. Mr. Plaehn stated “I don’t want to see the discussion die” and he would like to see progress made. School board member Gwen Howard commented that the task force should have community representation along with school board participation. The council approved the creation of a facilities task force and request volunteers from the community to be on the task force.

Todd Lechtenberg gave an update on finances and the budget. Approximately 70% of the budget has been completed.

The following resignations were accepted: Erin Cady as Special Education teacher, Morgan Rohr as High School Attendance Secretary, Aaron Thauwald as High School Paraprofessional, Jill Thalmann as Head Girls Basketball Coach, and Amber Uhlenhake as Administrative Assistant/Payroll and coaching. Amber will still be working at Kingsland three days per week through SMS .

The following hires were approved: Mollie McMahon as head cross country coach, John Fenske as head boys basketball coach, Robert Rowe as KMS Cook, Jasper Hamersma as JH Softball coach, Brian Feight as School Psychologist, Robert Rowe and Sheldon Stockdale as summer grounds maintenance workers, Scott Knode as summer general maintenance worker, Austin Bly as summer indoor maintenance worker.

Approved the Shared Athletic Agreement as presented. Approved the Assistant/Payroll service contract with SMS. Approved the physical and occupational therapy service contract with Stanley Jones. Approved the motion to non-renew the employment of Kelly Simon in an at-will position in preschool. Approved the contract with Elevate Life Church in the amount of 25 dollars per week. The church will be responsible for set up and take down.

Meeting adjourned. Next regular meeting will be held Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

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