Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The meeting was called to order by Chair Laabs at 6:30 p.m. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as amended. The Athletic Committee Report was brought to the top of the agenda. MC Mr. Holmseth, Activities Director presented the board with the number of participants in each of the current winter activities. He indicated that a Pep Fest had been held on the 12th of December introducing all of the participants including Band and Knowledge Bowl. Spirit Shirts were made available to all senior high students this year for a short two-week period. The purchase of a T-shirt covers admission to any of the home-sponsored activities for the winter season. Three tournaments are coming up-the Boys' Basketball Christmas Tournament, the Wrestling Duals, and the Wrestling Final Four. The Activities Web page has had numerous hits since September, averaging about 18,000 hits per month. The Letterwinners organization is working with B & N Signs to produce Kimball Gear all year long. Each sport will have its own clothing available during the season, but generic Kimball clothing will be made available in addition on a continuous basis. Mr. Holmseth has met with the All Sports Booster Club, and is meeting with the Wrestling Boosters on the 18th, in an effort to try to meet on a monthly basis to keep communications open between the Booster Clubs and the school's athletic department. Finally, both of the Booster Organizations have put together a proposal to attempt to bring back cheerleading. It isn't likely that this activity can be brought back for the remainder of this winter sports season, but throughout the spring he will try to locate the interested students so that practices can be held and try-outs completed. Several questions were asked including whether any students have been turned away, or not able to participate because of the inability to pay fees; questions on concessions; a question regarding open gym vs. playing at the outside courts; and requirement of a Taher employee needed for concessions. Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the band and choir concert and art show held on December 15. There was a good turnout and the performances were excellent. Mr. Widvey reported on the itinerary for the planned band trip to Chicago scheduled for March 20-23, 2009. Also, he will have the 2009-2010 Registration Course Guide available at the January board meeting for the board to approve. This will enable earlier scheduling. Mr. Clark reported on the Fifth-Grade DARE graduation; Knowledge Bowl teams did very well this year with great coaches and volunteer parents; the Kindergarten through grade 3 Holiday program was held on December 2nd with standing room only; the high school choir performed at the elementary; December 6th was the staff Holiday gathering at the 400 Club; there are only 14 days remaining in the second quarter; and he and Mr. Widvey revised the job description for the special education para-professionals for the board to review prior to approving in January. Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings-December 18th there will be Holiday Treats provided by the Tritabaughs in the board room for all staff and board members; January 8th there is a budget committee meeting. January 21st there is a Benton-Stearns Education District Meeting, a Meet and Confer Meeting if necessary, and the next regular board meeting. Community Items included a request/suggestion presented by Jody Markgraff and member Dockery on behalf of the Speech team and the Performing Arts Club, to name the Cafetorium at the high school after Angela Provost Sandal, long-time English instructor, Drama Club advisor, Speech coach, and Cheerleading advisor. The board suggested putting something forward, and possibly running a survey to be sure this naming would be acceptable by the community. It was also suggested that the District put together some type of policy on requirements necessary for the naming of spaces in the schools. It was also reported that the Kimball Cares meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, and that it would be a great way for the board to collaborate with community organizations. Committee reports included SEE-Laabs, Benton-Stearns-Laabs, Health & Safety-Tritabaugh, Meet & Confer-Peglow, Family Services Collaborative-Laabs, Budget Committee-Dockery & Helgeson. Communications included the calendars from Taher, Inc. and a ballot received from Resource Training & Solutions. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Peglow to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $149,767.41. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Dockery to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of November 12, 2008 Board Meeting Accept donation of 30 duffel bags for use by the wrestlers; request that these be used as part of the uniform Approve request for maternity leave received from Tracy Theis from approximately February 25, 2009, continuing for eight weeks Accept donation received from Kimball Wrestling Boosters in the amount of $5,026.34 toward the purchase of new scoreboards for the North Gym Accept donation received from Kimball All Sports Boosters in the amount of $3,000 toward the purchase of new scoreboards for the North Gym Approve Long-term Sub contract with Howard Bahn, for Bill Liedman from December 8, 2008 through about January 16, 2009 The treasurer's report for November was reviewed and discussed. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Helgeson to approve the hiring of Amber Markwardt, high school special education paraprofessional, beginning December 1, 2008, at Category II, Step 1 of the non-licensed schedule. MC Motion by Stenger, seconded by Dockery to accept donation received from Kimball Firemen's Relief Association in the amount of $1,000 toward the purchase of the new scoreboards in the North Gym. MC Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the 2008 Payable 2009 Levy Certification. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Peglow to Certify the Levy as presented. MC Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Helgeson to adopt the Agreement and Basic Plan Document with CPI Common Remitter Service for 403(b) compliance. Mr. Tritabaugh reminded the board that this had been put out for quotes last spring with a final vendor being selected by a committee earlier in the year. The IRS is requiring all schools to work with third party administrators to assure that districts are meeting IRS requirements and are in compliance with 403(b) regulations. MC Member Peglow introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFORE. WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and/or WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and, WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers' contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions, BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 739, as follows: That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and/or as a result of a reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Dockery and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Stenger, Dockery, Peglow, Laabs, Helgeson, and Zipoy and the following voted against the same: none whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. The revised Medications Policy JHCDA was presented for approval. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Dockery to approve the policy as revised. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to adjourn at 9:37 p.m. Robin Dockery, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009.