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Kingsland discusses a new position

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

In a work session prior to the Kingsland Board of Education meeting, board members discussed the creation of a new position that would have the title of; "Director of Buildings & Grounds." Currently, the district is under contract with a company called Dashir that does all maintenance of facilities for the district. Many of the members said that preventative maintenance is very important and that the person or company hired to perform this function should have a solid background in managing those duties. It was decided to post the Building and Grounds position and to hold interviews of companies responding.

The board also discussed the interim principal position and how that will be filled for the rest of the year. Superintendent Strosahl said that there were applications for the position within the last couple of weeks and that one person was interviewed but rejected the offer from Kingsland administration. "It doesn't seem likely that someone will want to give up a current job for a temporary one that ends in three months," said Strosahl. The board essentially ended up by looking at three options: take time to look for a dean of students position, do nothing or continue to look for an interim principal. It would appear as though the consensus was to continue to look for an interim principal.

At the regular meeting technology instructor John Jones presented a new program to the board. It is called "Project Lead the Way" or PLTW. The program, if approved by the board, would be introduced to students in the district. It offers a practical, hands-on approach to math and science in the form of engineering design. According to Jones, it would have distinct advantages to the students and would offer college credits. The cost would be made up of a certification fee of $5,000, a two-week workshop for $4,500, $600 for class materials and $4,000 for a software package called Auto Desk. The total cost is $10,000. The board authorized Jones to continue to explore grants and to seek other sources of funding prior to giving final approval.

Superintendent Strosahl and Kathy Beevers briefed the board on the current financial situation of the district and what the financial outlook is for the next few years. Strosahl said, "Currently the district gets 70 percent of its funding from the state, 19 percent from property taxes, 3 percent federal and 8 percent from other sources." He continued, "Right now there is uncertainty from the state as to how bad the cuts will be. Some districts are looking at 3 to 5 percent in cuts from the state." If that happens, there could be a loss of $107,604 in 2010-2011 and $199,836 in 2011-2012. Strosahl continued, "For every percent cut from the state, there is a $40,000 cut for Kingsland."

Board members agreed that discussions must begin as soon as possible to come up with options when these cuts need to be taken. A workshop is scheduled for March 1st at 5 p.m. to examine the possibilities.

The board approved the retirement of Cheryl Boyd and named spring head coaches: Taran Jack in baseball, Paul Eckheart for softball, Jim Hubka in track and Brent Kohn for golf.

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