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Fillmore Central welcomes new superintendent


Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held their first meeting with new superintendent Richard Keith on July 26. Keith informed the board that he is moving to the area very soon, and will then have a chance to spend more time getting to know everyone. He has been working at the district office in Preston this summer.

To start off the meeting, a representative from MN Energy Resources presented the board with two checks totaling $5,014. There were two projects done recently at the Preston locationthat brought about energy savings for the district. Fillmore Central was part of a benchmarking project that kept track of energy efficient projects and how much energy was saved.

Principal Heath Olstad said the high school is getting ready for fall sports and the beginning of a new school year. Football camp and band camp begin on August 15, and they are working on filling open positions at both schools.

State Budget

Board member John Torgrimson asked Keith how the latest legislative decisions will affect the district in the upcoming year. Keith said the state is going with a 60/40 split, which means they will give the school districts 60 percent of their money at one time and delay 40 percent, instead of the 70/30 split they have done previously. There was also some discussion about teachers having an annual evaluation, with 35 percent of it based on test scores. The state also raised the per pupil formula $50. Kathy Whalen said that will pay the interest on the money the school borrowed in anticipation of a cut in funding. She also said she heard that the smaller a school is, the more money it will receive.

Staffing Changes

The board approved the resignation of Special Ed. paraprofessional Norma Johnson, and thanked her for her many years of service to the district. The hire of Kelly Hill was also approved for the new preschool teacher. For the new District Office Administrative Assistant, Kelly Roelofs was hired.

Athletic/Fine Arts Request

Band director Lane Powell requested funds from the Athletic/Fine Arts fund to assist four students who will be going to the state band competition. Chairperson Ross Kiehne said the last time funds were requested was in 2005, and that was also for students going to the state band competition. At that time, they gave $100 per student. It was approved the give each of these four students $100 from the fund. Olstad said Powell had also applied for a mini-grant that would assist the students with the remainder of the cost.

Telephone System

The board approved the purchase of a phone system from Idea Com. Keith said although it was not the lowest quote they received, it was the one that best fit the needs of the district. He had met with bookkeeper Darla Ebner and IT Tech Jeff Thompson in regards to the different plans each company presented. He said there would be some new phones, but in some cases the existing phones could be used.

Other Business

The board approved the following items:

•The second readings of the high school handbook, elementary school handbook, the Restrictive Procedures Policy, and the Root River Program handbook

•An open enrollment request for three students living in Spring Valley whose parent will be working for the district

•Changing the name on the bank account to Richard Keith

•The Head Start lease for the next year with no changes

•Membership in the MSBA (Minnesota School Board Association)

•Deb Ristau as a delegate to the MSBA

•New policies adopted that had minor changes made to them

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