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Kingsland prepares for end of year, looks forward to new facility

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Education

"It takes a lot of boxes to move a school!!"

These were the words of Mitch Lentz, Chairman of the Kingsland Board of Education at their regular meeting on Thursday evening, May 22. Lentz was referring to the current building program of the District. He applauded the efforts of everyone in getting the job done and the hard work it has taken to move several hundred boxes into classrooms to make room for the new structure that will greet students in the fall.

A report from the project manager indicated that everything is on schedule and within the budget. This was acknowledged by the District Business Manager, Kathy Beevers who said that a review of expenditures and payments made coincide with the timetable and expected costs.

Freedom Shrine

Bernie House, a member of the Spring Valley Exchange club was present and asked the cooperation of the Board in choosing areas in the High School and Middle School to display the "Freedom Shrine" on a permanent basis.

The Freedom Shrine is made up of photographic reproductions of the documents that were originally on display in 1947 on the Freedom Train that traveled across the U.S. giving residents an opportunity to see these historic documents in person.

Lentz said that he has had conversations with Bernie House and agrees that this is an excellent opportunity for students in the District to better understand the values that this country is founded on. He suggested that one display would be on the wall near the music suite on the south side of the High School and the site for the Middle School would be chosen in the future.

The Exchange Club is an advocate of performing civic functions such as the Healing Fields a few years ago and furnishing Historic Essays with students. The Board congratulated Bernie House and the Exchange Club for their service to the community and the pride that will be displayed in the Freedom Shrine.

2008-09 Calendar

The 2008-09 School Calendar was approved. Graduation will be on May 24, 2009, the last day of school for seniors will be May 22 and the last day of school next year will be May 29th. It was also announced that there will be one additional Staff Development Day before school begins this fall. This will make 5 total days to become familiar with new copy machines, phone system, the new math curriculum and settling in to new facilities.

Other Business

• The Board of Education recognized a retiring teacher at the regular meeting. Kathy Grabau is retiring after 36 years and accepted a School Bell for her home and a gift certificate.

• A donation was acknowledged in the form of $100 to be used for playground equipment. It was given by Bob and Maxine Jahns.

• A progress report was given on the Annual Yearly Progress Plan which charts improvement with Special Ed and Middle School students. Principal James Hecimovich said that the testing has been done and the results of their efforts will be known in approximately 3 months.

• Resolutions approving Unrequested Leave of Absence for Kathleen Bernard and Scott Hanson were approved.

• Summer Employees for 2008 were approved by the Board. Karen Welander will be a Summer School ECSE Teacher. Shelly Cornell, Denise Erichsen and Marilyn Erdman will be Summer School ECSE Paraprofessionals.

• Kerry Kading, Doug Bergey and Laurie Frey were hired as Summer School Special Education Teachers, and Mary Anne Meyers, Barbara Mundfrom and Julie Tart were approved as Summer School Special Ed Paraprofessionals.

• Summer Custodians were approved at 32 hours per week for 9 weeks. They are Terri Allen, Cindy Erding, Bonnie Hammon, Sharon Rasmusson, JoAnne Williams and Kim Bly.

• Libby Rapos resigned as a Van Driver, Steve Tammel as Head Baseball Coach and Bobbie Erickson as Middle School Student Council Advisor.

• The Board then approved the hiring of Cathy Haynes as a Van Driver.

Superintendent Strosahl ended the meeting by thanking the staff and the community that donated time and energy to make this transition to the new facilities virtually seamless.

He said, "We're here for the kids and the cooperative attitude displayed by everyone is commendable".

The next board meeting will be Monday, June 16 at the Kingsland Middle School.

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