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Kingsland receives several gifts

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Education

WYKOFF - It was a very positive meeting of the Kingsland School Board. It started off with several donations to the School District from members of the public. Sam's Club donated $1,000, the Fountain Fire Department gave another donation of $1,000 and a memorial in the amount of $1,500 was given by Anne Mrotz in memory of her Mother, Elda Glady to the Scholarship fund. The Wellness Grant prizes saw Home Federal donating water bottles, the Southeast Service Cooperative donated Mayo Clinic Books, Zen gardens and an insulated lunch bag. The Kingsland Education Association donated $100 and the KHS Student Council gave Knightwear apparel and Kingsland "Fit for Life" water bottles.

A substantial grant was given by BP. An employee of BP, Dennis Colton presented a check for $17,000.00 for the baseball fence. This was a project that was cut out of the original building bids for the new school. Another $1,860 was given by BP in recognition of service hours given by an employee to the School District. Everyone on the board expressed their gratitude to the people and organizations that are helping to enhance the learning experience for our young people.

Annual Yearly Progress (AYP)

Principal Jim Hecimovich addressed the Board about the AYP program and the progress that is being made in the District. The program requires schools to meet standards in many areas including Special Ed Math. The District has not been meeting those standards for the last two years and is presently showing big improvements. Hecimovich says that a definite time schedule with goals is currently in place and that there are signs that students in the Special Ed Math classes are meeting those goals and on their way to measuring up as time and efforts go forward.

Kindergarten Progress

Teachers Marilyn Erdman and Denise Erichsen told the board that under the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Mathematics the current Kindergarten class is reaching and exceeding the goals from last year. In fact, in one Math class there are 45 students that can count by fives and tens up to 100.

In the reading area students know their letters and they are writing everyday in large and small group settings. The accomplishments they claim in January would normally not be attained until May.

Other Business

• The increased emphasis on new ways to teach also led to a proposal to the Board that they adopt a "Late Start, Early Out" opportunity in February. This will allow teachers more time to prepare for the accelerated teaching requirements. Students will have a "Late Start" on February 12 and an "Early Out" on February 27.

• Board Chair Mitch Lenz prefaced his remarks by saying, "The Board does this every year". With that he explained that every year the Board looks at the budget and enrollment and asks the Administration to look at ways of possibly cutting back on positions if needed. He said that this does not mean there are positions that will be cut or that the Board has their sights set on anything in particular. The report will be brought to the Board upon completion.

• Some new hires were presented to the Board for their approval: Anne Kappers was hired as a HS Media Paraprofessional, Ann Wagner as Middle School Social Worker and Tracy Assmus was hired as Middle School Special Ed paraprofessional.

• An update on the construction project was given and everything appears to be on schedule and on budget. The kitchen is where the majority of work is taking place now. The cafeteria is almost complete and the science labs are getting drywall and taping. The mesh is down in the elementary classrooms and the floors will be poured this week followed by the floor in the Industrial Tech room. Painting should be done next week and it is hoped the kitchen/cafeteria can be completed in early March.

• Another bright spot was the announcement from Principal Hecimovich that a team from Kingsland will be going to the Knowledge Bowl Regionals in Rochester on the 29. He will also be taking part in a County Wide Emergency Planning for the County in February.

• The next meeting will be on Thursday, February 21.

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