Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Regular School Board meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:30 p.m. with all members except Stenger present. Member Stenger arrived at 6:55. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.
Schreiner/Gagnon approved the agenda as amended.
Stacy Helgeson, Kindergarten instructor shared photos and the experience her classroom had as they took part in Integration activities with a classroom at Discover Elementary in St. Cloud. A parent was present to voice concerns with activities which occurred at the varsity softball game the preceding evening. The board activities representatives will meet with the activities director regarding the issue.
Bob Merchant, representing the All Sports Booster Club shared an anti-bullying policy that the Club intends to put into place beginning with their summer activities. The Booster Club recently put out a survey to the youth who participate in their activities, and there was an indication that bullying does occur within their sponsored youth activities.
Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included the Elementary and High School Awards Program coming up. Dollars for Scholars held another successful event awarding $14,400 to high school seniors. Member Zipoy shared that he chaperoned the 5th Grade Iron Range trip last week. The spring Lemonade concert was held at the elementary on Tuesday. Member Dockery attended the 6th Grade Deep Portage trip last week.
Mr. Houseman reported on the elementary being very busy this spring with planning and changing schedules for next year, as well as hiring to fill vacancies. The spring concert went very well; thanks to Arlene Sands and the students for their talents. More than $9,000 was raised by the elementary fundraiser; this will allow the purchase of three additional Smart Boards for classrooms. The PIE group has approved donations to purchase additional equipment. Kimball Pride Day (formerly track & field day) will be held on May 24th with 4-6 in the morning and K-3 in the afternoon. The 6th Grade graduation will be at 9:00 on June 2nd followed by the awards program and then the all-school and family picnic.
Mr. Widvey reported on the weather finally being nice, and with that the students begin to liven up. The seniors are finished next Friday (27th); they do have some things they need to finish up before they're really finished however. The seniors travel to the St. Paul Saints baseball game on May 25th; the senior picnic and annual signing will be on the 26th, and the awards, all-school picnic, and activities will be held on the 27th. Graduation will be at 7:30 on June 2nd. Kurt and Tim will hand out diplomas. Science testing for 8th and 10th grades was completed last week. Summer school is scheduled to start on June 13th for three weeks. Letters regarding summer school will be mailed out next week.
Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: May 20th Ð SEE, May 25th Ð Health & Safety, June 13th Ð Negotiations, June 15 Ð Benton-Stearns Education District and the next regular board meeting.
The superintendent shared proposed changes to the Early Childhood Family Education programming for the 2011-2012 school year. These changes come about as a result of the retirement of the ECFE Coordinator.
Information regarding SchoolReach, an automated notification system, was shared with the members. This item will be brought to the June board meeting for the board to take action on.
A request for pick-up at a day-care located 1.5 miles outside of the district boundaries was presented. It was determined that the board is not able to accommodate this request at this time.
Member Zipoy indicated that he had conversation with a number of parents interested in forming an Academic Booster Club. Zipoy also wishes to begin discussion of program and activity evaluations, and begin development of a process for these evaluations. He feels that the survey of the participants such as the one that the Boosters have already completed is a good start.
Zipoy would like to see follow-through on the department updates and board interaction. The presentation by Ms. Helgeson is what he would like to see more of.
And, lastly, Zipoy shared several brochures he picked up at the local Tesoro station promoting Gallons for Grades whereby students can earn several dollars for each grade on their report card in the form of a gas card.
Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Helgeson and Tritabaugh; Community Sign group Ð Helgeson
Communications included a thank-you card and a meat & cheese tray from Paulette Hauge.
Zipoy/Dockery approved the listed bills in the amount of $169,763.99. MC
Dockery/Schreiner approved the consent agenda including approval of the April 20 and April 28 meeting minutes. MC
The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.
Zipoy/Gagnon, accepted with thanks and gratitude, and congratulations on a successful career of 33 years, the resignation for the purpose of retirement received from Barb Hess, Bookkeeper/Payroll, effective June 30, 2011. MC
Several changes were reviewed in the proposed Superintendent's contract for the 2011-2012 school year. Stenger/Gagnon approved the contract with Mr. Tritabaugh. MC
Zipoy/Schreiner approved contract with Anna Hart, 1/2-time Speech Clinician for 2011-2012 at MA, Step 3 of the Master Agreement. MC
Gagnon/Schreiner approved hiring Hannah Wruck, Early Childhood Special Education Instructor for the 2011-2012 school year at BA, Step 2 of the Master Agreement. MC
Mr. Widvey reviewed minor changes made to the High School Student Handbook for 2011-2012. Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Handbook as presented. MC
Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the proposed five-cent increase to school lunches as per federal requirements. Schreiner/Dockery approved the five-cent increase for next school year. MC
The revised budget for FY11 was presented and reviewed. Schreiner/Stenger approved the revised FY11 budget as follows. MC
The proposal to contract with Aesop substitute placement was brought back to the board after being tabled at the April meeting. Gagnon/Schreiner approved contracting with Aesop for substitute placement within the district. MC
A Resolution Adoption Plan for the 125 Flexible Benefits Plan was presented for board approval. Gagnon/Schreiner approved said Resolution. Upon roll call vote, Stenger, Gagnon, Schreiner, Helgeson, Dockery and Zipoy voted in favor; none voted against. MC
Zipoy asked if any change has occurred with the property along Hazel Avenue, to the south of the school. The superintendent does not believe the property has changed hands as of yet.
Stenger/Gagnon adjourned at 8:25 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 www.kimball.k12.mn.us.)
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, May 26, 2011.