At the April 27 Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Heath Olstad said that no applications have been turned in for the position of summer rec director yet. Summer rec activities begin in early June right after school gets out, but may need to be canceled if the job cannot be filled.
The kindergarten enrollment for next year is projected to be approximately 50 students. Kindergarten round-up was modified this year with packets being mailed out rather than having students and their parents attend an event at school. Modified spring concerts will take place this year with limited spaces available for each student’s family and staggered times for different grades. Superintendent Olstad was excited to announce that graduation should be able to take place in the gymnasium this year like normal, but with fewer guests and safety precautions in place. The senior class trip was canceled and so refunds have been sent to families who made payments towards the trip. Students from ages 16-18 are now eligible for COVID shots. Surveys were sent out to families with children in that age group to gauge interest and those who signed up for it will be receiving their first shot soon.
An FMLA leave request for Sherry Barr was approved along with a maternity leave for Emily Moger. A resolution terminating Connie Lindstrom’s contract was approved. Paula Birch was hired for speech services and Jennifer Lindstrom and Heather Shupe were hired as paraprofessionals for the extended school year program. Maddie Krage, Ashlyn Simon, Emma Breitsprecher, and Grace Miller were hired as lead teachers for SAC. A resignation from Jill Eerdmans was accepted. “We definitely want to extend a big thank you to her for her years of service,” board member Shelly Topness said.
The fall coaches were approved. Chris Mensink was hired as the head football coach, Andrew Pederson as the assistant football coach, David Broadwater as the JV coach, Andy Todd for ninth grade, Aaron Janssen for eighth grade, Brady Ristau for seventh grade, and Kurt Bockoven as the volunteer coach. Travis Malley was hired as the head volleyball coach, Kristi Rindels for JV, and Sarah O’Connell for seventh grade. Kari Berg was hired as the cheer coach.
A memorandum of understanding with Luther College allowing student teachers to fulfill class requirements at Fillmore Central was approved. An agreement with ProCare for physical therapy services was also approved. A contract with IEA for health and safety services was accepted by the board.
The district had been planning to negotiate with Harmony Transit, but due to a new state statute allowing for an extended contract after terms are reached, owner Mark Scheevel requested that the school go through the bidding process instead. The board approved a resolution to advertise for quotes for bussing services.
The board approved upgrades to the school’s keyless entry system.
A summer school program for seventh-eighth graders was approved. Superintendent Olstad will have more information on specific teacher needs at the May board meeting.
The quarterly donations in the amount of $28,944.32 to the school were accepted with gratitude.
A quote in the amount of $46,077 for workman’s compensation insurance from Accident Fund National Insurance Company was approved.
Currently, the last week of school has no school on Monday, May 31 as it’s Memorial Day, a full day on Tuesday, a distance learning, half-day on Wednesday as normal, and an 11 a.m. early out on Thursday as the last day. Superintendent Olstad proposed changing Wednesday to an in-person day with an 11 a.m. dismissal with no school on Thursday. The board will consider the change and vote on it at the May meeting.
The next Fillmore Central School Board meeting will be held on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.