REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes >Board of Education November 17, 2010 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

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The meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:30 p.m. with all members except Dockery present. Member Dockery arrived at 7:04.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the agenda as amended. A report of the meeting with Chamber of Commerce members was added to Committee Reports. MC

Representatives from Kern, DeWenter, Viere, the District's audit firm, presented the annual audit report. Ms. Schulzetenberg highlighted enrollment changes, variations to revenue sources, comparisons of the budgeted to actual revenues and expenditures, audit findings required to be reported, and the coming of a new GASB54 requirement for FY11.

Parents of an elementary student with disabilities were present to share their experience and dis-appointment, and explained reasons for choosing to open enroll their child to a neighboring district.

A group of parents were also present with questions related to qualifications of coaches, how coaching staff is selected, and how coaches are evaluated. Suggested solutions were made that the members of the board athletic committee agreed to take to the activities director.

A number of other questions were asked as to why students or families open enroll in or out of the Kimball District. How paraprofessionals are trained, what types of training do they receive to qualify them to work with the special needs students, and how does Kimball Schools draw students from Holy Cross or St. Wendelin's after sixth grade? Responses were provided by the board.

Celebration of Successes of Students and Staff included the board members as well as the community members and members of the levy committee are to be proud of the accomplishment they made in passing the two levy questions on November 2nd. The 8th grade football team had a successful season with an 8-1-1 record.

The business manager brought up the fact that the School District was founded in 1911, and is therefore celebrating its Centennial in 2011. It was decided that the local Historical Society would be contacted to see if they are interested in assisting with activities. More information will be forthcoming.

Mr. Houseman reported on successful parent teacher conferences, Grandparent's Day, Sports Boosters made a donation of $500 toward playground equipment, Knowledge Bowl took third place in their meet last week, thank-you to Paulette Hauge, Patty Bauerly, and Jennifer Schiefelbein for their work in having a successful Knowledge Bowl team. PIE has donated just over $300 to install a system below the skylight at the elementary to display student art work. The fifth grade DARE graduation was held on the 17th with a surprise visit from a National Guard helicopter.

Mr. Widvey reported on conferences on the 8th and 9th. The band and choir concert will be held on December 13th, with the Christmas Train arriving in Kimball around 9:00 that same evening. The AYP plan is on its way to the Department of Education. Student art work on display. The grade level teams meetings. Special Education is changing the IEP toward a Standards Based IEP.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: November 19th Ð Tech College cooperative meeting, December 8th Ð Meet & Confer, December 15th Ð Benton-Stearns Education District, also on the 15th the next regular School Board Meeting which begins with the Truth in Taxation Hearing at 6:30, December 22nd Ð Stearns County Family Services Collaborative meeting.

Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Helgeson, SEE Ð Tritabaugh, Health & Safety Ð Stenger, Chamber of Commerce Ð Schreiner.

A thank you card and a poster were received from Krisanne Forsman's Preschoolers in recognition of American Education Week. Also, a letter from a group of 4th grade parents asking the board to stand behind their decision that only one out-of-district field trip be made per grade level, per year.

Gagnon/Schreiner approved the listed bills in the amount of $145,217.12. MC

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

Approve minutes of October 13, 2010 Board Meeting

Accept donations from Watkins Veterinary Clinic, Faber Building, State Bank of Kimball, Farmers State Bank of Watkins, Mill Creek Dairy, AM Maus & Son, and Arnolds of Kimball totaling $495 toward the FFA National Convention

Accept donation of $100 from Kimball Lions toward the expenses for Career Day at the high school

Accept donation of $15.00 from the Johnson Kelly Auxiliary 483 toward the purchase of a library book in recognition of American Education Week

Accept donation of $62.79 from Mary Bernardy and Donald Hagan toward the purchase of Accelerated Reader Quizzes

Approve hiring of Patty Schiefelbein, elementary paraprofessional, at Category II, Step 0 of the non-licensed agreement, effective November 1, 2010

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the minutes of the November 10th Special Canvassing Board Meeting. MC.

Gagnon/Schreiner accepted a donation of $100 from the Kimball Firemen's Relief Association toward the expenses for Career Day at the High School. MC.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the winter coaches as follows: Boys' Basketball Ð Head Ð Jay Klein, Assistant Ð Scott Schaeffer, 9th Ð Rick Hendrickson, 8th Ð Eric Primus, 7th Ð Barry Strand; Girls' Basketball Ð Head Ð Jeremy Kuechle, Assistant Ð Gary Riess, 9th Ð Joe Krippner, 8th Ð Eric Primus, 7th Ð Barry Strand; Wrestling Ð Head Ð Mike Schindler, Assistant Ð Paul Sundin, Jr. High Ð Ryan Bollman; Speech Ð Jody Markgraff, Assistant Speech Ð to be named; Knowledge Bowl Ð Dennis Abernathy; One-Act Ð Jody Markgraff. MC

Schreiner/Stenger accepted the fiscal year 2010 Audit Report as presented by Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd. audit firm MC

Mr. Tritabaugh presented snow removal quotations for the upcoming winter season. Zipoy/Stenger accepted quote received from Rohloff Bobcat Service. MC

The list of requested fundraisers was reviewed. Stenger/Schreiner approved the listed fundraisers for the 2010-2011 school year. MC.

Chair Helgeson asked the board if they wished to set a date and time to begin the SWOT analysis process that had been requested. The members agreed to meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8th in the District Board Room.

Schreiner/Gagnon to adjourn at 9:06 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, Nov. 25, 2010.