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Strosahl discusses Kingsland's future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Education

It was one of the longer school board meetings on Monday night as board members for the Kingsland School District waded through the monthly bills and other housekeeping chores.

High on the list of discussion was a presentation by Superintendent Strosahl who explained how technology is expected to be a dominant factor and requirement now and in years to come. He said that recently a group of teachers, community ed, technology and administration met and discussed making school a four-day week year around and rejected that. Strosahl issued a challenge to the board on what they would like to see happen in the Kingsland District to provide the best education possible.

He said there are three courses of action: "to maintain, slightly improve or to make it the best possible." He said personally that he is "committed and passionate about the Kingsland School District." Strosahl also said that he is confident that all parents want their children to succeed in their school. He continued to say, "We must prepare our students for the future, not our past or the present day."

Those in attendance at the meeting heard that e-mail is old and that today's kids are using text messaging and Facebook. A few board members exchanged glances and freely spoke about the lack of knowledge they have concerning technology.

The board was presented details on and a demonstration of a proposed program called "Elluminate." It was explained through an internet hookup by Todd Davis to Superintendent Darrin Strosahl in the board room. The program basically enables instructors and students to communicate and share schedules, work assignments and homework through the internet. Strosahl spoke about the current technology and how students are using drop boxes for the sharing of information and that many students are using the text books on line. "In the future," said Strosahl, "we hope to put classroom notes on the web so students can go to them to assist in their studies, along with posting video tutorials." Cell phones just might become a permanent fixture in a classroom as teachers use them for a response system.

"The gold is in the classroom," continued Strosahl. "That eyeball to eyeball is gold and you can capture the highlights of the classroom." He said that education will use technology that is available; tv's, and dvd players that can be used in the student's home.

Superintendent Strosahl has voiced concern on several occasions of how to engage students in the ever-changing technology field. "50% of students taught in Minnesota will be taught on line in 10 years, and we need to be prepared for that," said Strosahl.

The proposed program needs to be explored and approved before it can be put into use, but it would appear as though the update in technology will be an extremely important factor in the education of our children.

In other business, Board Member Compensation for 2009-2010 was set at a ratio of .0514% of the Teachers Master. It was agreed to set it at BA Step one per meeting.

The mileage rate stayed the same at 36 cents per mile.

The official newspaper is the Spring Valley Tribune and the Security State Bank, Home Federal and MSDLAF were named as official depositories.

The board approved 2009-2010 Miscellaneous Fees with no change from last year. Copies are .10 each, fax machine $3.00 for the first page and $1.00 for extras. Returned check fees remain at $10.00. The school district's legal firm is Ratwik, Roszak and Maloney. The posting of places will be the district office building, the Kingsland website and the middle school.

The dates of the board meetings were approved. That being the third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m.

Substitute pay remains at $8.00 per hour for non-licensed and $95 a day for licensed. Lunch prices for next year remain the same-$3.05 for adults, $2.00 for high school, $2.00 for middle school, $1.85 for elementary, .40 for reduced price and .30 for milk.

Participation fees for the high school and middle school remain the same at $65 and $50. There was a change on the fee schedule where the general admission fee went from $4.00 to $5.00 for adults and remained at $3.00 for students. Senior citizens age 62 and over get in free. The 10-punch pass card also changed from $30 to $40 for adults, remaining at $15 for students.

Recommendations were made and approved on the 2009-10 preschool fees. The three-day class was set at $195 per quarter and the two-day class is $140 per quarter. The School Age Child Care Fees were approved at $2.50/hr. per child.

It was announced that there are two retirements to approve, that of Arlys Terbeest and Sandra Evans.

There was a bit of discussion regarding the hiring of fall coaching staff. Board Chair Mitch Lentz asked, "The names of all hires were to be presented to the board tonight and we don't have it?" Dr. Ellerbusch said that he was working with John Fenske on filling the open positions for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade volleyball and the candidates should be in place by August 17th. Mitch Lentz replied, "You can't have a program without coaches!"

The next meeting will be Monday, August 17, 2009.

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