Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING, Unofficial Minutes, Board of Education, Feb. 11, 2009, Ind. School District 739, Kimball, Minn.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Helgeson at 6:30 p.m. All members were present. Principal Widvey was absent due to prior commitments. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Motion by Laabs, seconded by Peglow to approve the agenda as amended. Community items were brought to the top of the agenda. MC Kevin Keike was in attendance to represent the Wrestling Boosters organization. He was concerned about board members being able to attend Booster meetings and wanted clarification as to whether this was a conflict of interest. After discussion by the Board, it was decided that Board attendance at community meetings was allowed and is the reason Board Committees are formed. However, members who attend community meetings should not make decisions on behalf of the Board. Major decisions need to be brought back to the board for approval and should also follow the proper chain of command. Keike thanked the Board for clarifying this issue. It was decided that in the future community items will always be placed at the top of the agenda. Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the speech team taking first and second place in recent meets and the honors breakfast that was held on February 11. Superintendent Tritabaugh reported in place of Mr. Widvey that pre-registration at the high school is complete and parent teacher conferences are taking place in the coming weeks. Mr. Clark reported on the December Students of the Month. They are Jeanna Puente, Megan Serbus, Rachel Utecht, Rosie Rainer, Elle Besonen, Dylan Opatz, and Macey Hurrle. He also reported on the February Students of the Month. They are: Riley Spoden, Tanner Schroeder, Julia Zipoy, Brooklyn Smith, Emma Kuechle, Lauren Libbesmeier, and Hannah Hendrickson. A technology plan and annual technology expenses are available for the Board's review. An example of a donations request was shared with the board. The kindergarten flyer is ready to be mailed to families and kindergarten round-up is scheduled for March 12. Elementary parent-teacher conferences are complete and had good attendance. NWEA testing is done, MCA testing is coming up. "Reading Makes You a Star" is the theme of "I Love To Read" month with a celebration being planned for March 2. Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on Board Recognition Week which is February 23-27. In recognition, board members received a certificate and an article will be put in the paper. He attended a levy workshop on January 29 and will attend a negotiation seminar on February 13. Mr. Tritabaugh will be out of the district from February 15-23 and from March 7-15. Mr. Widvey will cover for any issues arising with the weather. Upcoming meetings include: 2/18-Benton Stearns, 2/20-SEE, 3/5-Budget Committee, 3/18-Benton Stearns, 3/18-Meet and Confer, 3/18-Regular School Board Meeting. The possibility of moving board meetings during the months of December through March to 6 p.m. was discussed. Board members were in agreement but decided the time change would not take place until next year. A card was sent to the family of Dr. John Franzoia, Royalton superintendent, from the Board. Committee reports included SEE-Tritabaugh, Communications-Dockery, Curriculum Advisory-Zipoy, Athletic-Stenger, Transportation-Peglow, Student/Board-Zipoy. Communications included a thank you from Marilyn Wirth for the increase in substitute teacher pay. Surveys were received from the lunch program and the Sweetheart Breakfast held by the speech team will be held on February 15. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Laabs to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $139,398.46. MC Motion by Laabs, seconded by Peglow to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of January 21, 2009, Organizational Board Meeting Approve request for maternity leave for Rebecca Morgan, School Nurse, effective on or about April 19, for approximately four weeks. The treasurer's report for January was reviewed and discussed. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Laabs to approve revision to the committee assignments for 2009. Dockery will be the Legislative Liaison and Laabs will serve on the Community Education and ECFE Advisory Council. Member Laabs thanked Dockery for the exchange of assignments. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Dockery to accept resignation received from Jay Klein, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective immediately. The Board thanked Klein for his service to the baseball program. MC Chair Helgeson discussed use of the town baseball field. Yearly expenses regarding the use of the field need to be examined. Zipoy reported that a group will meet next week to discuss future use of the athletic fields of the high school and elementary school. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Peglow to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. Robin Dockery, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009.