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Kingsland School Board certified 2010 tax levy

Sat, Sep 26th, 2009
Posted in Education


The Kingsland School Board certified the tax levy for 2010 on Tuesday night. The tax levy is $1,867,654.08 which is a 2.04% increase over the current levy of $1,830,372.15. This year, in an effort to save money, there will not need to be a Truth in Taxation Hearing scheduled in December as has been done in years past.

Approval was also given by the board for 12 Students to attend the National FFA Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Rachel Frank has qualified for the Job Interview and as a finalist for the Swine Proficiency area. The other students attending the event will attend workshop sessions as well as serving as courtesy corps members.

There was discussion of fundraisers for 2009-2010 and much of the discussion centered on the post prom party. Initially, it was voiced from parents that it would not be a school activity and the status to change it to a school activity was brought to the board. Board Chair Mitch Lenz said, "My only concern is the audit team, will they give the activity a clean audit?" He was assured that it will work if the group follows all the rules like other groups. The vote was taken and it will be on the approved list, which will be presented to the board in October.

Mike Zimmer updated the board on the status of the old elementary school because winter is coming and something needs to be done with the heating system. He said, "Basically there are two choices: to winterize the building now at a cost of $2,000 or to set up two high efficiency furnaces and use fans to distribute the heat." This option would also require new wiring in addition to the furnaces. Cost on option two is $6,400. It was decided to winterize the building for $2,000.

Zimmer also stated that there has been some interest shown in the adjoining lot. A prospective buyer has come forward and wanting to purchase the lot. Zimmer said that $7,000 would be a fair price which is probably more than they will get from selling the school. There was some talk of listing the building with a commercial realtor.

Board members heard some exciting news from Superintendent Strosahl regarding the breakfast program at the school. Last year, there were 176 students eligible and 35 took part. This year 239 are eligible and 127 students got breakfast. Strosahl was obviously pleased that the efforts to take care of the needs of all students is working.

The staff and many of the students at Kingsland are launching a new program in the schools centering on bullying. Some of the risk factors to be addressed are: inappropriate classroom behaviors, such as aggression, favorable attitudes toward violence or substance abuse, early initiation of problem behaviors, friends who engage in problem behaviors, peer rewards for problem behaviors, peer rejection and impulsivity.

The goal of the Second Step middle school program is to "decrease aggression and violence, bullying, and substance abuse among students and increase school success." The presentation by Kay Haugerud was met with apparent favor by the board. The funding for the program comes from a grant to Fillmore Family Resources and is a two-year county wide program with all schools.

Should football fans be permitted inside the yellow rope surrounding the playing area? This was the question and concern presented to the board. Fans are having a tendency to go under the barrier or standing in the end zone. The concern is one of liability and it is the hope of the board that this practice does not continue.

On the personnel side, there was a termination for Gary Apenhorst as the result of one route being reduced. Penny Partch will also be leaving as middle school dishwasher. Judy Vreeman was hired as high school/elementary dishwasher and John Fenske was hired as a driver for a 1?2 bus route.

The Kingsland 2009-2010 winter coaching assignments were announced at the meeting. For boys basketball: Paul Eckheart was named head coach, Jim Hubka as B-squad coach, Seth Heusinkveld will be the 9th grade coach, and Al Williams and Josh Berhow were named as jr. high coaches.

For girls basketball: the head coach will be Del Bicknese. Eric Breitsprecher was named to B-squad, Jill Frank for 9th grade and Terry Klomps and Lynn Kidd for jr. high.

If you do any shopping on line you might want to help out the Kingsland Music Department by starting your shopping at www.iSearchGive.com/kingslandmusic.

A portion of the money you spend will be distributed back to the students at no cost. According to the information handed out, over 700 of the web's best stores participate in this free program, and up to 26 percent of each purchase benefits the Kingsland cause.

The next school board meeting will be October 19 in the Kingsland Conference Room.

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