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Kingsland Board meets for first time in 2009

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Education

The new school board members found their places around the meeting table as the first meeting with the new members in attendance got underway. Members Peggy Merkel, Al Williams and Kristin Beck received their indoctrination into conducting the business of the School District. As the flow of the meeting went on various administrative staff took extra time in explaining the intricate details of their issues as projected on a wall behind them.

The District has always been fortunate in receiving donations and this meeting was no exception. Two Thousand Dollars was donated by Dennis Coulter on behalf of BP. The money will go toward new equipment in the Science Lab.

Nevin Stender and Polly Lentz presented the board $500.00 from the former employees of Land O' Lakes fund. The Osterud Foundation presented the District with $810.00 to be used toward play ground equipment.

Jennifer Desmer is the new Community Education Coordinator and explained to the Board the various projects and programs that she would like to make available to the District residents. A couple of classes that rank toward the top will be an extension of the yoga class, which is very popular. She will also be launching a Project "Go" to get the youth and adults to enjoy the out of doors more.

The Principals gave up dates on the various programs with their students. The ATP program continues to fare well in assisting students to achieve goals in the math studies. It would also appear to be a course of study that continues to engage students in their computer skills and prepares them for challenges in the curriculum.

Business Administrator Kathy Beevers presented an overview of her responsibilities and what board members can expect from her each month. She explained that they will be getting a rundown of the Budget from last month as compared to actual numbers, which at this point appear to be slightly lower than budget. Board Member Peggy Merkel was named the treasurer at the organizational meeting earlier and said that she had worked with Kathy prior to the meeting to understanding the presentation of numbers and what they mean. The third area of reporting from Kathy Beevers is the enrollment numbers. She said; "these numbers are extremely important because it's from the enrollment that we get our funding from the State and Federal Government." At this point it would appear as though the numbers are running closely to the 700 pupil total.

No one has stepped forward to show serious interest in buying the old Elementary School in Spring Valley. Superintendent Strosahl said that he has been exchanging emails with an interested party but has not had the opportunity to talk about the availability. Further action on the property has been postponed until next month.

Two new hires to report; Sue Ann O'Groske was hired as a Long Term Custodial Sub and Kathy Grabau was hired as a Long Term Teacher Sub.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 18, 2009 in the Kingsland Conference Room.

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