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Kingsland board challenged on jersey issue

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - The Public Comment period of the Monday, October 20 Kingsland School Board meeting period brought forward concerns from family and friends of the retirement of the football jersey number 28 previously worn by Dustin Atwood before his tragic death in 2001. Several members of the community stood before the Board and asked questions about the promised retirement. Brandon Miners said; "friends and relatives were promised back in 2001 that the number 28 would not be worn again, so why has it been assigned now?"

Another person stated that; "The family was told it would be on the agenda for tonight, but it isn't. Why not?"

For over a half hour concerns were voiced and the board listened attentively. Traditionally, the board does not respond to questions from the public during the Public Comment time slot. It is expected that the Superintendent will draft a response to those speaking.

Public Thank Yous

• Recognition and a big "Thank You" went out to the Kingsland Athletic Booster club for their donation of $25,000 to the Kingsland Athletic Department. About half of the money will be earmarked to be used to complete the baseball/softball field project. The remaining balance will be used for supplies and other expenses to benefit Kingsland athletes.

• Other donations acknowledged went to Al's TV and Appliance where they volunteered to move two refrigerators from the old elementary school to the new facility. Rod Thompson of Thompson Motors donated the use of a forklift and operator to lift the compressor on top of the relocated freezer unit in Wykoff. The class of 1983 from Wykoff donated $30 from their class reunion during Wykoff Fall Fest weekend. The VFW Post 4114 gave $400 toward a new sound system and Margaret and Alan Ness donated $250 for German classroom budget. Also recognized was the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation for their grant to be used for early childhood books. Several area businesses were also recognized for the Grand Opening Plants.

Other Business

In other business, the board heard the report from the District auditors. They reported that enrollment in the district is down from 942 students in 2002 to 743 in 2008. This results in state aid falling and increases in property taxes. The current budget shows property taxes accounting for 16% of the budget which is up from 8% last year.

• Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park made a presentation to the Kingsland board about "Project Outdoors". She is hoping that the Kingsland District takes on this project which encourages youngsters to get into the out-of-doors and get away from their computer screens and Televisions. She said that the average student spends 6-hours a day watching TV or surfing the net and that students need time to explore the out-of-doors.

• The high bid for an old school bus was accepted from Ron Merkel for $1,525.00 and the Spring Valley Baptist Church bought the doors from the old Elementary section of the new school.

• There was also some discussion regarding the future of the old Elementary School. There is a possibility it will be put out on sealed bids to be purchased rather than having the expense of draining down the heating system over the winter. No decision was made.

• Public recognition was given to Scott Mulholland for being selected as KAAL Excellent Educator of the Month.

There will be a special meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 5:00 to certify the election results. The next regular meeting is Monday, November 17.

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