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Kingsland building project on schedule


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board received several reports at their Thursday, February 21 meeting.

Building Project

The building project is on Schedule. Scott Sinclair representing the contractor said that concrete was poured on the last slab on grade this week and they are now working on clearing out the concessions area. In March and April there should be a transition for the kitchen cafeteria, the Science, Tech Ed and Elementary classrooms. He said that the paint is going on and "it's starting to look like classrooms."

AYP

The state requirement for Annual Yearly Progress continues to be a focal point of goal setting and result gathering for the last few months. Deficiencies in the past require that the school district place an emphasis on math concepts into the curriculum. Reports indicate that progress is being made and that the renewed direction for the students and faculty is working. The objective is to align K-12 math with the state standards. It was emphasized that the new goals will involve parent involvement and attaining those goals in a determined length of time.

Feature Teacher

Kristal Brogan, FFA teacher was this month's feature teacher. She talked about the projects her students are involved in and how their efforts to increase their knowledge of Agriculture also benefits the communities in the district. She talked about the components of Ag Education. This incorporates Ag instruction, Economics and SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experiences). She spoke with pride about those students that have gone on to compete with other Ag students outside the district and how they excel.

Custodial Cuts

A month ago the board began looking at ways to save money and to look at all positions in the District to see if there would be any position that could be changed or eliminated. This month the Board agreed to cut three Head Custodian Positions and one .5 Custodian position. In return, they will create a Director of Facility Maintenance, Operations and Grounds Position. To accommodate the new duties will require hiring 2 new Custodian positions. The result is the reduction of 1.5 positions.

Donations

Members of the district continue to make up the difference in purchases that we not possible to be included in the referendum.

$10,000 donation from Kingsland Athletic Booster Club for the new concession stand project.

$200 donation made by Kathleen Glady for the building construction project. (music or playground programs.)

Anonymous donation of $1,000 to the Kingsland music program.

$250 donation from the Osterud Foundation for the Kingsland Employee Wellness Program

$1,000 donation from the Osterud Foundation for the Kingsland Middle School Art Dept. (kiln or art supplies)

$50 donation from Mills Fleet Farm for the playground project

MNDOT (through Barb & Fahy Schleusner) 50 Used Dell Computers, 1 cabinet for servers and 15 refurbished palm handhelds.

Lynn Kidd - 6 1?2 hour massage sessions for the Kingsland Employee Wellness Program.

David Crussel - $500 scholarship established for a 2008 graduate entering a 4 yr. program for technology

Other Business

• Early-out and late-in dates for March have been set by the school board. Early-out will be March 12th and teachers will work on math during the time allotted. Late-in on March 26th will give teachers a chance to work on their web sites which is designed to allow an exchange of information between teachers and students as well as parents.

• As part of the FEMA community protection program, the School Board approved a resolution that will permit emergency services to use the school facility in the event of a disaster.

• Spring Head Coaches were named. They are Steve Tammel-Baseball, Jacqueline Carr-Softball, Jim Hubka-Track, Brent Kohn-Golf.

• The Board accepted the resignation of Judy Frank as High School Secretary and the retirement of Cathy Grabau.

• The next meeting will be Monday, March 17, at the Middle School.

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