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Legal Notice REGULAR MEETING Board of Education November 12, 2008 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, Minn.

The meeting was called to order by Chair Laabs at 6:30 p.m. All members except Stenger were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as presented. MC Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the Elementary Knowledge Bowl teams are doing incredibly well bringing home a number of first place and second place awards. The three teams are all outstanding under the leadership of Ms. Patti Bauerly and Ms. Paulette Hauge, along with a number of parent volunteers. KES hosts their home meet on November 20, with registration at 3:30 and the first round starting at 4:00. The High School Knowledge Bowl activity will be starting very soon. Mr. Clark reported on the November Students of the Month. They are: Kindergarten-Madison Streit, 1st grade-Justice Boyer, 2nd grade-Madaline Gustafson, 3rd grade-Lidiah Zipp, 4th grade-Austin Host, 5th grade-Denzel Atherton, 6th grade-Danielle Helgeson. American Education Week is the week of November 17th. Elementary staff and students will all wear their School of Excellence (or another yellow) shirts on Monday. Tuesday Staff will don their college logos, and on Friday everyone will wear their Kimball gear. The elementary is busy with RTI planning, and Mr. Clark and Mr. Widvey attended an RTI leadership workshop on Tuesday, the 11th. The first quarter late slip celebration activity day was held recently. This is not intended as a punishment for receiving late slips, but as a reward for the students who do not receive any late slips throughout the quarter. Grandparents Day was celebrated a couple weeks ago. The NCLB Parent Involvement Plan and Parent Compact are final. This document describes what KES will do to meet federal requirements within the Title program. The Compact is a pledge made between the school, the child, and the parent at the time a student enters the Title program. Mr. Clark again asked the board if they have considered how to structure the Kindergarten program for the 2009-2010 school year with an anticipated enrollment of 60 +/-students. Board members are asked to e-mail either the Superintendent or the board chair with input. Mr. Widvey reported on the completion of first quarter. Grade reports went out last week. The first trimester ends for 7th-and 8th-grade students on November 26. In regards to the RTI Leadership Conference held on the 11th, he is still looking for a secondary model that will fit Kimball High School. This process is moving forward, but will not be one to happen quickly. He and the guidance counselor, Mr. Klein, are going to make every attempt to have the registration book to the board at the January meeting with the master schedule completed much earlier than normal. Student Government advisor, Joanna Lentner, has put together an application for students to complete if interested in participating in this organization. National Honor Society is currently holding a food drive that will end on November 21. Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on the upcoming MSBA Conference to be held on January 15 and 16. Tracy Theis will be increasing her time back to 8-hours from 7-hours beginning November 17. Due to one less special education teacher at the elementary, Mr. Clark is finding the need for someone to work with the special education staff in completing the required paperwork. There is concern for data privacy, and also the need for accuracy and efficiency. Tracy's schedule will allow for the necessary flexibility that this position will require. Upcoming meetings include: 11/14 the SEE General Meeting, 11/19-Benton Stearns Education District, 11/19-Health & Safety Committee, 12/3-Meet & Confer, 12/6-Holiday Gathering, 12/17-Benton-Stearns and Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, and the next Regular School Board Meeting. Community Items included the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Santa Claus Day to be held on December 14. A number of community activities are scheduled for the evening with the Christmas Train scheduled to stop in Kimball from 9:00-9:30 p.m. Patti Bauerly and Kim Ostby were present in representation of the high school and elementary school staff to acknowledge the board and the work they do. They know that their job is not easy, and they want to thank the board for their hard work and dedication. Committee reports included Benton-Stearns-Tritabaugh, SEE-Laabs, Facilities Site-Task Force-Zipoy. There were no communications. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Dockery to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $254,517.69. It was noted that the monthly transportation invoice and the monthly Food Service invoice were included for both the month of October and November as these bills were not available at the October board meeting. MC Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Peglow to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of October 8, 2008, Board Meeting Accept donation from Wrestling Boosters in the amount of $1800 toward the installation of the wall mats in the wrestling room. Accept donation from Kimball United Methodist Church in the amount of $33.58 toward school supplies The treasurer's report for October was reviewed and discussed. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to approve Rick Hendrickson as 9th Grade Boys' Basketball coach. MC The list of fund raising activities for the 2008-2009 school year was presented. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Dockery to approve the fund raisers as listed, with the exception of Mr. Clark's elementary fund raiser that he will try to re-schedule in early spring to avoid two fund raisers occurring at the same time. MC The Resolution Regarding Teacher Leave of Absence, regarding Mr. Shawn Meyer, was introduced by member Peglow and seconded by Helgeson. Upon roll-call vote, members Dockery, Peglow, Helgeson, Zipoy, and Laabs voted in favor. No members voted against. Resolution was adopted. The revised policy BD regarding Open Meetings and Closed Meetings was presented for approval. Upon review, Dockery made a motion and Peglow seconded to approve revisions to policy BD as documented. MC Policy GBD regarding Employment Background Checks was also presented for approval. Upon review, Zipoy made a motion and Helgeson seconded to approve revisions to policy GBD as documented. MC Member Zipoy attended the Curriculum Advisory Committee meeting held on October 27 at which a demonstration on Smart Boards was given. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to adjourn at 8:34 p.m. Robin Dockery, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009.