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Kingsland School Board holds November meeting

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Education

Spring Valley - The Kingsland School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday, November 17 at the Kingsland High School District Conference Room. No changes were made to the agenda and it was approved.

In an effort to go paperless at future meetings, Superintendent of Schools, Darren Strosahl, stated that agendas and support materials would be displayed electronically and asked the board for feedback about the new process for future meetings.

Public Thank Yous

Strosahl thanked the VFW for the American, Minnesota and POW flags currently being flown outside the building. He also thanked the American Legion for the $1,000 donation to the accelerated reading program and to Margaret and Allen Ness for $250 towards the English program. Volunteers who helped during the schools vision testing were also thanked as were several IBM employees and retirees who procured 15 ThinkPad laptops and 2 printers for the school. The grants amounted to $22,000 worth of computer equipment to the district.

New Business

Spanish teacher, Jen Schmeling and Biology teacher Angie Worley informed the board about a proposed 9-day trip to Costa Rica for Advanced Biology and Spanish II students. The two presented student expectations for the trip, both behavioral and educational and expressed the need for parental involvement. "This would be a once in a lifetime, hands-on learning experience outside the school," Schmeling said. "It's not a vacation." The proposed opportunity would be conducted during Spring Break in 2010, if approved.

Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal, Jim Hecimovich updated the board about improvements needed with special Ed assessments at all grade levels. He also noted that work is currently being done to lengthen the amount of time math is offered to students.

The board approved a motion to authorize Jim Hecimovich to act as the Local Education Agency (LEA) representative for 2008-2009. The LEA representative ensures the school district maintains compliance with appropriate federal statutes, regulations and procedures.

The board also approved a joint powers agreement food purchasing co-op to help reduce costs and approved a contract with Dashir Management Services, Inc., to consult with Kingsland maintenance staff to improve cleaning and maintenance services throughout the district.

The board approved the resignations of Russell Roe, Custodian and Nancy Miller, Elementary Social Worker. Tanner Niemeyer and Deborah Doherty were hired as Custodians, which the board approved. Eric Brietspecher was approved as B-Squad girls basketball coach; Jill Frank as 9th grade girls basketball coach and Terry Klomps as Jr. High girls basketball coach. The board also approved Jim Hubka as returning B-Squad boys basketball coach; Paul Eckheart as 9th grade boys basketball coach and Seth Heusinkveld and Alan Williams as Jr. High boys basketball coaches.

Old Business

Strosahl updated the board that there has been no activity on the sale of the former elementary school building. He told the board that he has contacted other school districts to see how they have handled the sale of a vacant building. A few minor projects were mentioned by Strosahl to complete work at the newly renovated high school and elementary school.

Business Manager Kathy Beevers gave the Treasurers report, noting that enrollment is at 700, which is close to what the district had budgeted. She also updated the board on the Kingsland e-Store, an online payment service for fees such as meals, milk, sporting expenses and community Ed classes. The service is becoming very popular and its usage is going up, according to Beevers.

Also under Old Business, the board approved the 2007-08 audit.


Updates were given to the board by the Athletic Director, High School, Elementary and Middle School Principals and the Superintendent of Schools before the meeting was adjourned.

The next regular meeting of the Kingsland School Board will be conducted at 5 p.m. on December 15 in the Kingsland Conference Room. A special Truth and Taxation Meeting will be conducted December 3 at 7 p.m.

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