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Regular meeting: School board meeting minutes from June 15, 2011

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Unofficial Minutes

Board of Education

June 15, 2011

Ind. School District 739

Kimball, MN

The Regular School Board meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Schreiner; members Helgeson and Stenger were absent. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Zipoy/Dockery approved the agenda as amended.

Community issues included a request for an update on the status of the softball coaching issue brought to the May meeting.

A parent was also present asking for support of a liability waiver request.

Sample banner proposals including the new school mission statement were presented by Ms. Bonnifield. Intentions are to have one banner made for each building. Dockery/Gagnon approved the banner and tag line, and expenditure of up to $300. MC

City Council member Krippner presented information regarding a proposed skateboard park. Jacob Cleveland is working to put together grants to cover most of the cost of this project, but is looking for support from both the City and the School District. Krippner was present to let the school know that the City is supportive of Jacob's endeavor. The board requested that the District be kept informed of the progress of this project.

Cathy Olson, program coordinator for Community Education presented an overview of the activities that occurred using the $20,000 in grant funds received last year from the Mardag Foundation. Cathy asked for board support in requesting a second grant from this same organization to continue the programs that have been started. Some activities that she would be looking at doing during a second year would be to continue awareness of the arts, include arts at the local Farmers Market, literary arts, student opportunities after high school, and possibly some film festivals.

Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included congratulations to all students on a successful year; the first year of the new math implementation shows an obvious jump in test scores; the first year of NWEA testing at the high school seems to be providing the information needed. Congratulations to the graduates on finishing their senior year. Congratulations to Rachel Arnold and Molly Hesse in their State Track entries and to Molly placing 2nd at the State level. There was a 12U and 14U softball tournament held in Kimball bringing many athletes and their families to the community. Thank you to parents who took time to help to spruce things up. 12U placed 2nd and 3rd while 14U placed 5th in the tournament.

Mr. Widvey reported on the quietness around the high school, a thank you to the board members for their attendance at graduation, custodians are busy getting the building cleaned and ready for another school year, new computers are coming in, community members are welcome to stop by to see how levy dollars are being utilized to upgrade technology and improve programs and course offerings in the district.

Mr. Houseman reported on the elementary building also being very quiet. Cleaning is beginning, and he has received many compliments on the cleanliness of the building. It was a great end to the school year with the awards celebration, 6th grade graduation, and the all-school picnic.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: June 27th Ð Negotiations, July 20th Ð the next regular board meeting. A United Way Grant Authorization, supporting the ECFE program, was prepared for signature. Hearing of no changes to the Anti-Bullying policy, the go-ahead for utilization will be given to the Booster Club.

Committee reports included SEE Ð Tritabaugh, Health & Safety Ð Tritabaugh, Negotiations Ð Gagnon, Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Tritabaugh.

Communications included thank-you cards from the Oliver Cunningham and Leo Donabauer families.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the

listed bills in the amount of $96,041.62. MC

Dockery/Gagnon approved the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of May 18, 2011 Board Meeting; Approve contract with Aimey Notsch, high school LD instructor for 2011-2012; Approve category change from VII to VIII for Tracy Theis, effective July 1, 2011; Approve reinvestment of $245,000 CD at OneWest Bank, CA, at.5% for one year, maturing 6/8/12.

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Gagnon/Dockery approved an extended contract for Tracy Nelson for twelve (12) days. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved an extended contract for Jay Klein for six (6) days. MC

Dockery/Zipoy approved an extended contract for Bruce Holmseth (based on 15 days). MC

Gagnon/Dockery approved hiring of Chris Dahlinger, full-time custodian, at Category III, Step 10 of the Non-Licensed Agreement, effective June 15, 2011. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon, accepted the resignation received from Shawn Meyer, 8th grade football, effective fall, 2011. MC

Gagnon/Dockery accepted the resignation received from Joanna Lenter, Student Government advisor, effective fall, 2011. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved contracting with SchoolReach for instant parent/student communication. MC

The proposed budget for FY12 was presented and reviewed. Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Dockery to adopt the FY2012 budget as follows. (See table below) MC

Gagnon/Zipoy to adjourn at 8:37 p.m.

Jody Gagnon, 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, June 23, 2011.