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Kingsland discusses i4Knights


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Education

There was a good crowd at the August 25, 2009, Kingsland Board Meeting and at the workshop preceding the meeting.

After over an hour of discussion on facilities and i4Knights the board sat back and discussed the issues that were brought forth, particularly on the i4Knights program. This program, proposed this year by Superintendent Strosahl and members of the faculty and board, introduces another level of student participation by utilizing the internet connected to instructors that could assist in answering questions.

Mike Zimmer said that the district must address special ed. and special needs, and he isn't sure this program will answer those questions. He said that "he would like to follow along on the lines of cost benefit," and that he doesn't know "if it will work for us."

Al Williams seemed concerned when he said that the district has made a lot of changes in the last two months and that there are "a lot of holes" to be dealt with.

Deb Dahl asked the board if they wanted to move forward, but there was an absence of board members willing to give the final OK to the i4Knights at this point.

Kristin Beck spoke up and said, "Technology in the class room belongs in the classroom, not at home," and that she is still waiting to see the outcome of the cost cutting measures undertaken by administration so far this year.

Peggy Merkel said; "It's too early to scrap the project," and that she sees some value but also has some concerns.

Mike Zimmer said that he would like to see a list of concerns, and asked, "Is it bigger than what we can do now?" He continued; "Is it cost saving and is there true value?"

Peggy Merkel replied, "I would like to try it in the classroom a little bit at a time."

Al Williams continued on by saying that he doesn't want to throw it away, but it needs to get inside (the school) to try it. "We need to get some type of structure."

Mitch Lenz said that he would like to see a committee formed to study the issue and to report back to the board. This met with the approval of the members so for now it's under study.

The Kingsland Booster Club continues to provide funding for projects and the last few weeks have not been an exception. John Fenske said that the Booster Club just recently paid for renovation and lettering of the gym floor and installing of new bleachers. The Club has met many of the items on the "wish list" by the school and so far they have donated over 20 thousand dollars to school projects.

A "job well done" was echoed by the board as the retirement of two staff members were noted. The contributions of Sandy Evans and Arlys Terbeest were appreciated by everyone and it was duly noted that these two persons "touched the lives of students in a positive way."

A resignation of Angie Worley was accepted, along with a medical leave request of Laura Mangan. On the hiring side, Tara Anderson was hired for elementary music and Paul Eckheart as an elementary teacher. Matt Reinhardt was hired as a high school science teacher and Laura Mangan was hired as a long-term sub. Bobbie Erickson was hired as a .6FTE contract.

The next meeting will be Monday, September 21, 2009, in the Kingsland Conference Room at 5:00 p.m.

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