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Kingsland approves interim athletic director

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

An extensive agenda awaited the Kingsland School Board on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the regular school board meeting held in the Kingsland Conference Room.

Consent Agenda items were approved. The following donations were recognized: American Legion - trap team donation of $100, IBM - robotics donation of $2,000, and Pheasants Forever - trap team donation of $750.

Some members of the girls basketball team approached the school board with a petition supporting Jay Webster for the position of head girls basketball coach.

Spokespersons from the Kingsland FFA reported that members attended the Ag Literacy event in Rochester, Minn. on May 7, 2014. Eleven area schools participated.

Representatives for the 10th grade American History class invited the board to their Decades Day at the Community Center in Spring Valley on Thursday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Students will be showcasing different decades from the 1900’s and 2000’s and be portraying famous Americans throughout the day.

Jennifer Campbell reported on the activities of the elementary PBIS program to support positive behavior including a door decorating contest, raising almost $600 for Kiwanis by with a food drive, had Olympics Week complete with medals and had a contest to name the newest mascot “Mighty” Knight.

Finance/Facilities Committee met on May 5, 2014 and discussed potential booster club involvement with the electronic message sign with booster club members.

Scott and John have been investigating a security system that will require anyone who enters the building to swipe their drivers license. They are looking at adding this system to the FY16 budget.

The carpet on the walls in the middle school music room need to be deep cleaned for improved air quality. budgeting program was discussed which John and Todd feel would be best for the district. Reviewed capital outlay updates.

Curriculum/Personnel Committee met on May 12, 2014. The group discussed resignations, recommendations for hires, job descriptions are being written for several positions. Several staff evaluations have taken place. World’s Best Workforce education committee meeting was held on May 14 with several community members, staff, and administration attending.

Policy & PR Committee met April 28, 2014. Priebe attended the meeting and discussed changes in the middle school, received an update on the Branding & Marketing Committee, and discussed options for filling the position of Athletic Director.

Principal Hecimovich stated that Kingsland has received preliminary assessments of the MCA III testing stating that there is a lot of work to do in mathematics. The schedule has been built and most students have filled out college registration information. Finals are scheduled for the second semester with testing to take place May 28-30, 2014.

The board was given a postcard from Chicago signed by all of the seniors who traveled there on the senior class trip. The KHS band and choir concert went very well. In high school happenings baccalaureate will take place on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m., Awards Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m., and Commencement is Friday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

Hecimovich reported to the board that he has received his retirement orders from the military effective August 31, 2014 after 32 years of service.

Priebe updated the school board on several items. Spring 2014 testing is still underway. There are no more early out Wednesdays. Students will be going home at 3:10 on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year. Changes are coming to the preschool. There will be a 3/4 class and a 4/5 class. There will also be a two, three, and five day option for next year. Preschool numbers have increased from 62 this year to 68 so far for next year.

Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg discussed the FY14 budget. Revenue is currently at $4.9 million. Expenditures are currently at $4.8 million. Seventy-eight percent of expenses are in. The final budget will be presented at the June 2014 meeting.

Todd had nothing to show the school board on the FY15 budget but is continuing to work on it saying it is hard to come to the board with a number until the size of the Kindergarten class is determined. When starting the budget Todd was figuring on 51 kids in the Kindergarten class but currently has only 39 registrations. At $6,000 per child it is hard to give the board a hard number at this time. Only registrations received by June 17, 2014 will be counted for the budget. With 39 kids in the budget for Kindergarten there is a $78,000 increase in unassigned funds which does not include an additional teacher. The budget would support adding another teacher.

A district advisory committee meeting for the World’s Best Workforce Program was held on May 14, 2014 and will begin meeting again in the fall. Board members Gwen Howard and Troy Asher have both completed Phase IV training. A lightning strike caused the fire alarm to not work, so a temporary system has been put in until a new one can be installed. Insurance will cover the cost minus a deductible. The rates for employees insurance through BCBS will not change for next year.

Approved moving forward with the BYOD program and the motion passed to join the Best Buy program as well. Deb Larson updated the school board on the progress of the Branding & Marketing Committee saying they have come up with several marketing plans. Approved a correction to the 2014-2015 calendar for the date of October 20, 2014 listing the day as an in-service day instead of a teacher day.

Resignations included Scott Stockdale as Building and Grounds Director, Jenny Simon as library paraprofessional, Jamie Fenske as JH football coach, Deb Doherty as custodian, Brent Stinson as PLTW teacher and assistant football coach, and Jill Thalmann as 3rd grade teacher. They also approved a Resolution of Nonrenewal for Reeny Asprey Smith.

The board hired of Steve Hauser as Interim Athletic Director. Jacob Vetter was hired as head girls basketball coach. Other hires approved included the ESY staff, Brad Reiter, and Paul Eckheart as B squad football coaches and Angela Forland and Kim Bly as summer SACC assistants.

The deaf and hard of hearing teacher service contract with SMEC was approved at a rate of $45/hour for 43 days for a total of $15,480 plus mileage. The vision services contract with SMEC was approved at a rate of $60/hour for 24 days for a total of $11,520 plus mileage. The Autism services agreement was approved as presented. The FY15 Capital Outlay was deferred until the June 2014 meeting. The board added a .5 preschool teaching position and an Intermediate teaching position.

Priebe spoke briefly about the middle school name stating that middle schools normally include grades 6, 7, & 8 and Kingsland’s Middle school currently houses Grades 4, 5, & 6. The name of the middle school could be changed to intermediate for practical purposes. The board concluded to table this discussion until a Facilities Task Force is formed.

The progress on the formation of the Facilities Task Force was discussed with Doug Plaehn stating that six volunteers from the community have shown an interest in being on the task force. Plaehn proposed having 12 people on the task force which would include the six community members, two school board members, two administrative staff, and two staff members. Board members Gwen Howard and Troy Asher both volunteered to be on the Facilities Task Force. Tenure was approved for Mollie McMahon and Rachael Burt.

Stacy Rath with the booster club approached the school board with a generous offer from the KABC to match 50 percent of the funds needed to purchase an electronic message sign. The total cost of the sign is $39,700 with $11,700 in donations received to date leaving $28,000 remaining. Doug Plaehn and Gwen Howard feel the money needed for the sign should not come from the school in any way as it would take away money that could be put toward education. Fundraising efforts will be heightened as the booster club would like an answer by June 27 and would prefer the sign be installed this year. The matter will be discussed again at the June school board meeting.

Meeting adjourned. Next regular meeting will be held Monday, June 16, 2014.

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