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Kingsland receives donations

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Kingsland School Board met Monday night December 17 and heard reports on several issues. The Christmas spirit was evident as it was announced that several donations have been made to the district by local residents.

A special memorial set up by long time Spring Valley veterinarian Charley Parker resulted in a sizeable donation following his death. The school district received a check for $1,200.

The Booster Club came forward with a donation of up to $10,000 for equipment to be used in the concession stand in the new High School.

Elliott Grandahl made another donation of musical instruments. The district will receive a Baritone and French horn courtesy of Grandahl.

Elementary Principal Jim Hecimovich reported on the AYP Plan to bring special ed and math students up to speed on state requirements. He also told the board that the MCA-II Field Test Results that Kingsland participated in are back and that it shows the Elementary, Middle and High School students that took the Field Test are above the state averages.

A seat on the Board of the Osterud Foundation that had previously been held by Rita Hartert was filled. Educator Dories Kramer will be representing the District on that Board in January.

Each year the district is required to certify the final property tax levy and this year the levy was set at $1,684,441.83. This number reflects weeks of planning and examining expected revenues and expenditures.

Architects reported on the progress of the new building and indicated that it should be enclosed in the next few days and that will reflect continued progress. The project is on time and on budget. It is anticipated that board members will be able to do a preliminary walk through before the first meeting in January.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, the mother of an elementary student appeared and told the board that she did not think the handling of an incident regarding alleged threats made against her daughter was handled correctly. She indicated that when she called the elementary office to complain about another issue, that her concerns, in her opinion, were taken lightly. Elementary Principal Jim Hecimovich told the mother at the end of the meeting that he would be calling her to explain the procedures in place in the District to deal with issues such as this.

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