REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education January 18, 2012 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

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The meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:00 p.m. with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Election of officers was held. Helgeson remains as Chair, Gagnon is Vice Chair, Schreiner is Clerk, Zipoy is Treasurer.

Schreiner/Stein approved the agenda as presented. MC

A fundraising request by the BLT (Building Leadership Together) group was shared. Gagnon/Zipoy approved the request. MC

High School Special Education staff Deonne Stangle, Amy Notsch, and Eric Primus each presented to the board a review of what area of special education they work with, and some of the challenges they face in their programs. Applied Reading instructors Melissa Winter and Amy Notsch, along with several of their students, presented a request to take a field trip with this group of 14 students to see the opening premier of the movie Hunger Games on March 23rd. Zipoy/Stein approved the request. MC

Celebrations included Erin Dingmann receiving the Regional AAA Award, winter sports are in full-swing; Wrestling defending their championship title at the Kimball Duals tournament, Girls' basketball won on Tuesday, NHS raised over $1500 at the spaghetti dinner, and the 5th/6th grade fish fry was very well attended.

Mr. Houseman reported on students attending the Science Rocks event, in-service scheduled for January 23rd with speakers on Autism and Mental Health and also the math target groups will be meeting. Title I Family Fun Night, the upcoming Spelling Bee, the week of January 16 - 20 is Paraprofessional Recognition Week, and I Love to Read month kicks off the week of January 30 - February 3rd.

Zipoy thanked both principals for their efforts in recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during class times on Monday.

Mr. Widvey reported the math program change, the course registration guide will be approved later in the meeting, the class of 2015 will be required to take chemistry or physics for graduation. Math re-testing was completed this past week, reading re-testing is also complete. On January 27th the One-Act play will be presented to the student body.

Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings on February 15th: Benton-Stearns Education District, Board Planning, and the next regular School Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. A listing of the committee assignments was reviewed and the board was asked to consider the vacant positions.

Committee reports included Joint meeting with City Council - Stenger, Tritabaugh, Meet & Confer - Gagnon, Benton-Stearns Education District - Helgeson.

Communications included a thank you card from Education Minnesota - Kimball.

Schreiner/Zipoy approved payment of the listed bills in the amount of $147,763.71. MC

Gagnon/Stein approved the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: approve minutes of December 2, 2011 Board Meeting, and accept donation of $300 from Kimball Sports Booster Club to be used toward the 2nd trophy case

The treasurer's and quarterly reports were reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved hiring of Jennifer Koch, long-term elementary paraprofessional substitute at Category II, Step 0 of the non-licensed agreement. MC

Schreiner/ Gagnon approved the Seniority Listing for 2011-2012. MC

Mr. Widvey reviewed the Course Registration Guide for 2012-2013. Zipoy/Stenger approved the Guide as presented. MC

Stenger/Schreiner to adjourn at 7:13 p.m.

Tom Schreiner, Clerk

(This is a summary of the minutes of the School Board. To obtain a full copy of the official minutes, contact the District Office at 398-5585, or check the District website at

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012.