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Kingsland School Board

Sun, Mar 22nd, 2009
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What will the Federal Stimulus Money mean to the Kingsland School District? This was the question posed to the School Board on Monday night. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl said that there are some big questions to be answered. There are three main questions, according to Strosahl; "how the money will be coming to the District, what is it to be used for and what percent the State will keep for them?" He said that between now and April the Board will be confronted with answering many of these questions for themselves as a Board and input from the community. "Its guesswork regarding the Federal Stimulus," said Strosahl.

There was a lot of discussion about how the district wants to charge for use of the facilities by outside groups. Board member Al Williams said that a recent committee studied the matter by phone and he inquired if "there are some open meeting laws entering into this?" He was assured by Board Chair Mitch Lentz that the Board has been operating within the state guidelines regarding committees and the function they serve. "We need to have the committee structure," said Lentz. "If we were to sit here and discuss all issues without committee work ahead of the meeting we'd be here all night." After reviewing the question it was decided to require all groups to carry their own insurance. The Board also decided that during the summer sports programs that are being coached by Kingsland Coaching staff there will be a flat maximum rate of $500 for use of the competition gyms for the summer. The lesser value is to pay using the fee structure on an event by event basis.

High School Principal Dr. Jon Ellerbusch spoke to the Board about Math courses that are currently available to students at Kingsland and where he believes slight changes could result in a better understanding of the requirements to get into college. One suggestion was to look at making math mandatory 7th through 11th grade and then offer advanced math courses as an option in grade 12. This goes back to a Getting Prepared Report that indicates some students need help in the math area and this was followed up by Mitch Lentz saying, "we need help in this area and I would be in favor of aligning Science with Math." The item was information for the Board and no action was taken.

Three retirements were presented to the Board. Those were Jeanne Toews after 31 years, Phyllis Skogstad with 34 years, and Sharon Goede 22 years.

In the hire department Angela Boysen was hired as a Creative Carousel Para along with Spring Sport Assistant Coaches. For Baseball, Jeremy Tesch and Doug Bergey for Jr. High. Softball: Emily DeVries, B-squad, Wally Beevers, Jr. High and Paul Eckheart in Jr. High. Track has Todd Davis in Jr. High and Brad Erichsen for B-squad if needed. Golf; Brit Ofstedal B squad and Trent Langemo for Jr. High if needed.

The next meeting is Monday, April 20th 2009.

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