Minutes of School Board Meeting Jan. 19

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REGULAR MEETING

Unofficial Minutes

Board of Education

January 19, 2011

Ind. School District 739

Kimball, MN

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

Sixth grade students Caitlin O'Brien, Madison Hurrle, Kari Schiefelbein, and Stephanie Hurrle, along with Patty Schiefelbein, parent volunteer, presented a math project that they completed in Ms. Bernardy's class.

Helgeson called for nominations for Chair. Stenger/Gagnon to have Helgeson remain Chair. MC

Helgeson called for nominations for Vice Chair. Gagnon/Zipoy to have Stenger to remain Vice Chair. MC

Helgeson called for nominations for Clerk. Dockery/Zipoy nominated Gagnon. MC

Helgeson called for nominations for Treasurer. Zipoy/Dockery nominated Schreiner. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Schreiner to approve the agenda as presented. MC

Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included the winter sports teams all having a great season, One Act Play will be performing on the 29th, Speech will be starting competitions next week, the FFA small animals team will be competing at the Regional competition on the 24th, varsity Knowledge Bowl took third at their first meet last week, Blake Gagnon won the Geography Bee, Youth in Government participated in an event at the University of Minnesota.

The board agreed to continue one more school year with the current Interim Superintendent position. It is planned that over the next year the board will make a decision on bringing back a permanent superintendent position.

Election costs were shared, suggesting that the board move to even-year elections to recognize a savings of slightly more than $2,000 in election costs. The information will be brought back to the February board meeting for board action.

Mr. Houseman reported on the upcoming staff in-service on January 24th. Jennifer Schiefelbein donated a Flip Camera for use in classrooms for projects and use with the Smart Boards; thank you Jennifer for this donation. Picture frames have been mounted and student artwork will soon be displayed along the media wall under the skylights at the elementary. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 7th and 8th, and the 4-6 grade music program is scheduled for February 15th.

Mr. Widvey reported on the AYP Plan that was submitted and has been received back with the rating of "proficient," which is what we want. The team will continue through the process with work time on the 24th to establish a new mission and vision statement for the district. On January 26th the One Act Play will be performed prior to competition on the 29th.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: February 11th or 12th-negotiations seminar, February 16th Benton-Stearns Education District, also the next regular Board meeting, February 18th SEE, and February 23rd Health & Safety.

The BLT group provided a schedule of their planned fundraisers, as requested by the Board at the January meeting following their presentation.

Mr. Tritabaugh updated the Board on the hail damage to the roofs at the elementary and the high school and how these repairs will work in with the current planning that is being done. The superintendent noted that he will be out of State January 30 - February 7 and also February 18-23.

Committee reports included Stearns County Family Services Collaborative - Helgeson, Meet & Confer - Gagnon, MSBA Conference - Helgeson, Benton-Stearns Education District - Tritabaugh, Board Planning Survey - Helgeson, Community group - Helgeson.

There were no communications.

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Dockery to approve the listed bills in the amount of $172,784.91. MC

Motion by Dockery, seconded by Schreiner to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included:

Approve minutes of December 15, 2009 Board Meeting

Accept donation of a library book for Kimball Elementary, $20 toward the volleyball program, and $20 to the FFA program from Liberty Diversified International

Accept donation of $250 from Ag Venture Feed & Seed for the FFA program

Accept donation of $49.84 from Mary Bernardy toward art supplies

Accept donation of $59.80 from Mary Bernardy toward Accelerated Reader quizzes

Accept donation of $250 from Mark and Robin Dockery for activities banners

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

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted donation of $250 from PIE toward purchase and installation of the art display system at the elementary. MC

Stenger/Schreiner accepted donation of $738 from PIE to cover the cost of bullying presentation on March 10. MC

Stenger/Gagnon accepted an anonymous donation of $200 cash. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Seniority List for 2010-2011. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved the Pay Equity Report for submission. MC

Dockery/Zipoy approved the list of committee assignments. MC

Dockery/Gagnon approved the spring coaching assignments: Softball: Head - Gary Riess, Assistant/JV - Eric Primus, 8th - Joe Stangle, 7th - Barry Strand; Baseball: Head - Adam Beyer, Assistant/JV - Joe Krippner, 8th -8; Ramsey Simons, 7th - Jamie Leither; Track: TBD; Golf: Head Girls' - Judd Bonham, Assistant - Kris O'Brien (this position depends upon the number of participants). MC with member Zipoy abstaining.

Gagnon/Schreiner approved revision of the mileage reimbursement to the current 2011 IRS rate of 51 cents per mile. MC

Stenger asked what the current fuel cap was in the transportation contract. The superintendent indicated $3.00.

Jean Matua (Tri-County News) commented that she had received a letter and a phone call regarding a question that came up on Grandparents Day.

Member Zipoy inquired as to when the next board planning session might be held. This will not be until after the survey results are in.

Stenger/Gagnon to adjourn at 7:35 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, Jan. 27, 2011.