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Kingsland discusses use of facilities by outside groups

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Education

A major item of discussion at the meeting of the Kingsland Board of Education on Wednesday, February 18, was the question of use of school facilities by civic groups and other organizations.

John Fenske approached the Board asking for direction on establishing charges for use of the facilities. There was discussion about the distinction between a District Program and a non-District program. An example of non-District would be the traditional After Prom Party. Superintendent Darrin Strosahl and Board Chairman Mitch Lenz agreed that an activity such as the After Prom Party would not be a District Activity because the District would not be cutting checks or entering into contracts.

The Board had established guidelines in July that outlined the requirements for particular activities and until that is changed, it would remain the same.

"It needs to be clearer what taxpayers will pay for and what they won't," said Lenz. He continued by saying that it costs $260.00 per day to run the school and the janitorial costs and other expenses need to be picked up by someone.

Superintendent Strosahl said that this year, with the new addition, the heating costs is $1,000.00 less this year than last which speaks well for the type of construction and the energy saving measures that have been implemented.


Business Manager Kathy Beevers reported on school finances. She stated that as of January the expenditures were at 54.41% for the year as compared to the budget which was 53.64%. The difference being the variance from month to month and that the expenditures are holding very close to where they need to be.

Beevers also stated that enrollment is very close to target and that any students leaving the district are being replaced by new families coming in. Beevers said, "I am confident we will be on target with our enrollment."

Falling interest rates prompted a meeting between Beevers and Jeff Vehrenkamp of Home Federal. The District has a money account where money from the various activities is placed. When it was opened the District was getting 4%. That has since fallen to 1?2 of one percent. By transferring these funds to another account, the district will realize an interest rate of 2%.

Other Business

• The Board also accepted the resignation of Andrea Atwood. Special recognition was given to Arlene Johnson, who has decided to retire after more than 30 years with the district. Superintendent Strosahl publicly thanked Arlene for her service to the district.

• In February, School Board members around the State are recognized for their dedication to providing quality education to our young people. On a local level members of the Student Council presented each Board member with a certificate of recognition thanking them for their work at Kingsland.

• The next meeting will be Monday, March 16, 2009 in the Kingsland Conference Room.

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