REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education December 15, 2010 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

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The Truth In Taxation Hearing started at 6:30 p.m. with Mr. Tritabaugh reviewing the District's annual revenue and expenditure budget for 2010-2011. A comparison of the 2010 Payable 2011 levy figures were provided in spreadsheet form and reviewed. Explanation for variations was given by the Superintendent.

The Regular School Board meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:44 p.m. with all members present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the agenda as amended. MC

Community Education Director, Kris O'Brien introduced several BLT students who presented fund raiser / service projects that they would like to complete over the next several months. A community project will be selected, and this project will be the focus for the funds raised. The students were asked to put together a list of the proposed fund raisers, along with a schedule as to when the events will occur, and the board will approve them at their next meeting.

Kris Latchum, representing Minnesota Community Education Association, presented a Service Project Award to the BLT students for their innovative green project, Eco-Education Mission, last year.

Mr. Holmseth, shared statistics on participation of the fall sports and current participation numbers for the winter activities, and other events were also reviewed. Mr. Holmseth announced the addition of a banner, purchased by the Letterwinners' Club, with the school song that has been hung in the Wirth Gymnasium. Several new pieces of equipment have been added or old equipment replaced in the weight room recently. The AAA winners were shared (names to be announced publicly soon). In closing, a list of TeamUp Goals has been put together. Goals are included in the areas of Academics, Discipline, Attendance, Sportsmanship, a Strong Finish, and Wins. Lists of goals are posted in various areas throughout the school.

Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included the great start to the winter sports season and that the various teams are coming out and supporting each other.

Mr. Widvey reported on the recent food drive organized by NHS, the first trimester ended about two weeks ago, staff and students are getting ready for the Holidays. Career Day went very well on December 8th. And, a huge thank you to Hendricks Bus for donating the transportation cost for two high school field trips.

Mr. Houseman reported on the great turnout for the K-3 winter music program, thank you to all of the parents and families for getting the students back in to school to participate, report cards for the first trimester went out on December 9th, the vocal and band concert for grades 4-6 will be held on February 15th, thank you to the NHS students for including the elementary in the food drive; the elementary students collected 1871 pounds of food for the Kimball Food Shelf. Mr. Houseman announced that he is now putting his weekly bulletin on the school web site for more availability.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: December 22 Ð Stearns Family Services Collaborative meeting, the 23rd Ðtreats in compliments the Tritabaugh's, January 12 Ð Meet & Confer, 13th Ð MASA Conference, 19th Ð Benton-Stearns Education District and the Regular Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Tritabaugh reminded the board that meetings in January, February and March are scheduled at 6:00 p.m. rather than 6:30. The Superintendent reviewed events that have occurred since the hail storm on July 17th, when the school buildings received a sizeable amount of damage. On November 29th Mr. Tritabaugh attended a meeting regarding a Public Employee Insurance Plan (PEIP). Lastly, the Superintendent has ballots available for board members to vote for a board member for Resource Training & Solutions.

Committee reports included Technical College cooperative meeting Ð Helgeson, Meet & Confer Ð Gagnon, Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Helgeson, SWOT Ð Helgeson, ActivitiesÐHelgeson.

A thank you card was received from Lorraine Rose.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the listed bills in the amount of $124,005.03. MC

Dockery/Schreiner approved the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included:

Approve minutes of November 17, 2010 Board Meeting

Accept donation of $500 from Kimball Sports Boosters toward the purchase of playground equipment

Accept donation of $600 from Kimball Sports Boosters toward the Hall of Fame Banquet and activities

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted donation of a new sound system to be used for athletics, fine arts, and other school events, received from Doug Joseph. MC

Schreiner/Zipoy certified the 2010 Payable 2011 Levy. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner to approve a two week extension of maternity leave as requested by Marie Bauerly. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner to adjourn at 8:48 p.m.

Robin Dockery, 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

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010.