The Fillmore Central School Board meeting opened with its annual Truth in Taxation meeting. There was no one present from the public with questions or comments. The 2021 payable 2022 tax levy was set at $1,642,843.71, which is a 4.45% decrease from last year.
The K-6 concerts were held on December 16 with matinee and evening performances broken up into groups of 2-3 grades at a time. The concerts were well-attended and received positive feedback on the format. The 6th graders rang bells for the Salvation Army on December 17. The school’s Lego League team did well at their sectional competition and will move on to compete at the state level in February. Hannah Vaalemoen came in 1st in the spelling bee, Irelyn Rindels in 2nd, and Alayna Bothun in 3rd. Hannah and Irelyn will participate in the regional spelling bee in February. Basketball and wrestling are under way with busy schedules and tournaments. The clay target sign-up has been closed to allow time to order shells.
The Fillmore Central school readiness program has received a Four Star Parent Aware Rating, which is the highest possible rating. It will stay in effect for two years.
Resignations were accepted from Director of Maintenance Cory Spratte, infant daycare aide Katie Mensink, and 4/5 afternoon assistant Jessica Bredberg. Mindy Wolfgram was hired as the 4/5 afternoon assistant and Taryn Raaen as a paraprofessional. An FMLA request for Marsha Dowe-Indahl was approved. Due to Spratte’s resignation, Jim Randa was hired to oversee the district’s boilers as he has the required licensure for that job.
A quote in the amount of $27,800 for wrestling wall mats from Southern Minnesota Inspection was approved. The school will remove and dispose of the old mats, which will keep the costs down by about $5,000.
The driver training fees for 2022 were approved with no changes. Fillmore Central students will continue to be charged $330 with all others being charged $380. Extra behind-the-wheel time will remain at $40 an hour.
A number of open enrollment requests were approved.
Sue Sikkink was recognized for her 20 years of service to the school district as a member of the Fillmore Central School Board.
Superintendent Heath Olstad asked for the board’s permission to post for a part-time vocational teacher position. The district is not looking for any specific vocation, but would like to offer a class for a job that is available in the area such as a plumber, electrician, carpenter, etc. The board approved the job posting.
The facilities committee is looking into options for dealing with the metal sloped roof at the elementary building. Superintendent Olstad noted that it has caused issues since the first year it was built. “It’s definitely the right decision for our district to go through this process,” he said. He will keep the board updated on any news about the potential project.
The next Fillmore Central School Board meeting will be held on January 25 at 6:30 p.m.