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Kingsland school board holds truth in taxation meeting, certifies final property tax levy


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Education



The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, December 21, at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. All members were present. The agenda was approved with two additions.

Public Thank Yous

Superintendent of Schools, Darren Strosahl, thanked Rick Hyland and Rusty Hellickson for the donation of tanned hides, which have been used at Kingsland in several educational settings. He thanked Sandy and Phil Nauman for their donation of an engine and for the outpouring of support from staff and community during the passing of teacher Wally Beevers.

With no public comments at this meeting, Suzanne Riley, executive director of the Southeast Services Cooperative (SSC) was introduced to the board. Riley outlined the types of services Kingsland has used and the cost savings that have resulted. SSC programs and services include school improvement services, professional development, K-12 student enrichment, special grant projects, health benefits and wellness programs, cooperative purchasing and environmental health and safety programs. Riley stated that Kingsland had received $63,000 in benefits in one year as a result of being a member of SSC.

Old Business

Members of the FFA reported on their trip to the FFA convention in Indianapolis and shared a slide show depicting highlights of the trip. Board member Mike Zimmer chaperoned the trip and commented that he was honored to accompany such a fine group of students. "They represented Kingsland well," he said.

New Business

Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal, Jim Hecimovich updated the board about building goals and math improvement. He told the board about workshops he recently conducted with elementary teachers to brainstorm ways to do more with less. A data gathering retreat was also conduced at the middle school to address issues with math, reading and science.

The board approved the appointment of Doris Kramer for a two year term on the Osterud Foundation Board.

Business Manager Kathy Beevers gave the treasurers report, noting that there is a slight decrease in enrollment; however, the district is still over their enrollment budget by 10.5 students. Beevers also gave a heartfelt thank you to the board, staff and community for the love and support she received during the passing of her husband, Wally Beevers.

The board approved the 2008-2009 audit report with no further discussion and approved a new lease and service agreement for copier equipment. The new agreement is expected to save the district $13,000 from the previous contract.

With no further discussion, the board approved the certification of the final property tax levy.

Two board members were also given the go ahead to attend the school finance workshop later in the month.

Personnel

The board approved three long-term substitute positions of Jim Hubka, Seth Heusinkveld and Scott Mullholland. They also approved the teacher's seniority list as presented. Board Chair Mitch Lenz told the board that teachers had pre-approved the list, and were asking for the board's endorsement.

Reports

Student counsel representatives updated the board on Knightware sales, the success of the past Sadie Hawkins dance and plans for Snow Week. They wished the board and staff Happy Holidays after their presentation.

Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal, Jim Hecimovich stated that the make-up concert at the elementary school was a beautiful concert. He also acknowledged the para professional staff that he works with. "They're the best group I've even had the honor to work with," he said. "We're fortunate to have taken the time to hire the right people for these positions," he said. He also sent greetings for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the board and staff.

Strosahl updated the board about the Race To The Top Federal Grant, which states are competing for as an additional funding source for their schools. $4.3 billion has been earmarked for the federal grant.

Strosahl closed the meeting by reminding those in attendance of a walk-in H1N1 vaccination clinic that will be open to the public on January 21 from 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at the middle school and from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Kingsland Café. A short questionnaire needs to be filled out by those wishing to receive the vaccination. It can be found on the Kingsland web side.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next regular meeting of the Kingsland School Board will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20th in the Kingsland Conference Room.

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