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Kingsland School Board takes care of business


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Though school is out of session, the Kingsland School Board completed a list of agenda items at the June 16, 2014 meeting held in the Kingsland conference room. School Board members Troy Asher and Steve Tart were absent.

Consent Agenda items approved included Board Agenda, Minute Review of the May 19, 2014 meeting, June 2014 bills along with Policy Review and Policy Adoption.

Recognition was given for the following donations: Alco - $332.60 donation toward the electronic sign, School Management Services - $200 for staff appreciation luncheon and BP Katie Isenberg donation of $300 toward the Grade 5 Whitewater trip.

Finance/Facilities committee had no report. Curriculum/Personnel committee met on June 9, 2014 where they reviewed job descriptions and gave recommendations, discussed the Audiology Service Contract, reviewed the Sharing Agreement with Fillmore-Central for Micki Breitsprecher’s contract.

Policy/PR committee met on May 28, 2014. Discussions included policies, the Branding & Marketing committee, and handbooks. Principal Priebe attended the meeting discussing the potential change in the morning and afternoon bus drop-off and pick-up for the elementary students which would be moving the location by the cafeteria doors.

Kingsland High School Principal Mr. James Hecimovich addressed the board to thank them for attending graduation saying that it was very much appreciated. Priebe showed MAP testing and RIT (norm grade level mean) scores. Kingsland scored above the norm grade level mean in every grade K-6.

Workshop Week held June 2-5, 2014 was successful. Preparation for the 2014-2105 school year is progressing. Schedules at both buildings are done. There are still a few staffing positions to fill.

Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal Chris Priebe is proposing to have three Kindergarten sections. The 4, 5, and 6 Grade teachers attended a four day Responsive Classroom Training. 3 and 4 year-old pre-school classes are full with a few openings in the afternoons in the four and five year old classes. PBIS teams will be meeting in August. Priebe thanked all of the PLC teams, staff members, community members, parents and board members for supporting early out Wednesdays which has been a huge asset to the district.

Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg discussed the May 2014 financial report. 87 percent of the revenue is in with 86 percent of expenditures in. The biggest ticket item of expenditures was salary benefits. The Audit will take place August 11-18, 2014. Final numbers will not be available until the September or October 2014 board meeting.

Superintendent John McDonald discussed the teacher evaluation plan which was being brought before the board for approval later in the meeting. The plan has been worked on for a full year and has been approved by the teacher’s union. The Teacher Evaluation plan was approved by the school board.

Project Lead The Way end of the year exam scores were shared by Superintendent. McDonald. Twenty freshmen students scored high enough to earn college credit which is up from 17 last year.

The facilities committee is working hard to find a date that works for the majority of the committee for a meeting in July. Donations for the electronic sign now total $14,500. The Booster Club raised $3,000 in one weeks time after running a full page ad and would like an answer as to when the sign may be installed.

Todd Lechtenberg requested approval for operating capital in the amount of $178,612 with $23,523 coming out of assigned funds. Kingsland received approximately $155,000 in operating capital from taxpayers and the state which was short of the operating capital needed. The Capital Outlay was approved by the school board.

Lechtenberg asked the board to approve the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget stating Kingsland will be starting next year with a pretty good balance. He stated that school districts received an additional $25 per student in revenue from the governor. Funding for all day Kindergarten will be received for the first time to put that program in place. However, projections are being based on nine less students than last year with a loss of revenue of approximately $6,000 per student. A one-time funding amount of 15,254 will be received for the Teacher Evaluation Plan which is $302 per licensed individual.

Expenditures overall will increase $30,816 in unassigned funds. Expenditures have been kept down as last year a bus and a vehicle were purchased and the present budget includes two vans which is a lower amount. Also last year’s budget included the leasing of Apple Ipads at a cost of $50,000, which is not included in the present budget.

Mr. Lechtenberg asked for approval of $8.1 million in revenue and $8,061,000 in expenses. The board approved the 2014-15 budget as presented.

Resignations included Jennifer Campbell as Title I Teacher, Kerry Kading as Special Education Teacher, Becky Bicknese as Builders’ Club advisor, and Elliott Grandall as music teacher.

Hires included John Dols as building and grounds director, John Koch as Evening Custodian, Seth Heusinkveld as PLTW teacher, Karli Beissel as preschool teacher, Jeffery Ubinger as intermediate teacher, Angela Forland as elementary teacher, and Devin Pokorney as summer weight training supervisor.

The school board approved the Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy, the Sharing Agreement with Fillmore-Central along with Health & Safety estimated three year budget as presented.

A maternity leave request by Kristal Brogan was approved as was a paternity leave request by Paul Wilson. Kingsland was approved as a pilot site for the second 12 modules of PLTW/STEM curriculum for grades K-5. Approved the first reading of the activities and coaches handbooks as presented.

The next regularly scheduled Kingsland School Board meeting will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Conference Room. The public is welcome to attend all school board meetings.

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