Kimball Board of Education Meeting Sept. 15, 2010

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Board of Education

September 15, 2010

Ind. School District 739

Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:30 p.m. with all members present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Gagnon/Zipoy approved the agenda as amended. Item number 4 from the Action Items to follow the Community Items. MC

Community items included some concerns brought up by the levy committee regarding communication and a lack of tangible goals by the board and this could impact the passage of the levy in November.

Cathy Olson shared with the board information regarding the grant that she had written for Community Education and plans for how the grant dollars will be used throughout the school year. Dockery/Schreiner to accept the grant award of $20,000. MC

Celebration of Successes of Students and Staff included the honoring A Honor Roll students from spring semester of 2010. Mr. Abernathy received an award from the University of Minnesota Science Department after having been nominated by Kimball graduate Sarah Messer.

Mr. Houseman shared a field trip request for the annual Deep Portage trip planned for May of 2011. Gagnon/Dockery to approve this field trip so that plans may be made. MC It has been a great start to the school year, students and staff settling in. Thank you to PIE for their forthcoming donations for the purchase of two scanners to be used with the Smart Boards and also for a donation for Accelerated Reader books and tests for the library. RTI conference will be held in Rochester on the 20th and 21st; finishing up on AIMS Web testing this week, MCA tests will begin on September 27thÐOctober 1st. The Elementary will hold a pep fest/rally with the cheerleaders during the week of Homecoming and the King and Queen along with the court will come over. The secondary Student Government group is helping out with this activity. The elementary held a PIN (Parent Information Night) for 5th grade parents with a good turnout, and a PIN for 6th grade is planned for the 21st.

Mr. Widvey reported on a phenomenal start to the school year. Honors breakfast was held in the morning for last spring's honor students. B-honor roll students will be recognized with a certificate and skittles on Thursday. There are about 165 A and B honor students combined. Homecoming coronation will be Sunday, September 19th. The Homecoming Volleyball game will be Thursday and the Football game Friday, against Maple Lake. The dance will be held Friday following the football game. Kimball Cares organization has put together a Snake Dance and bonfire following Coronation. The firemen will help with the fire, and the Lions will arrange for chaperones.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: September 16th Ð SEE Regional Meeting, October 13th Ð Meet & Confer, October 13th Ð next Regular Board Meeting. He also gave an update for the upcoming Operating Levy; the district informational brochure will be mailed to all district residents on September 22nd. The legal notice required by the District will be mailed to all property holders of the District on October 6th. And the public levy informational meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafetorium. The next levy committee meeting is scheduled for September 22nd. Information was shared regarding the Jobs Bill recently passed by President Obama. This bill should bring about $130,000 of one-time money to the District. The intended use of this money is to bring back or retain jobs that would have otherwise been terminated. The District will look at ways to most effectively use these funds. As of September 15th the Minnesota Department of Education has begun withholding funding from schools across the State. Due to the current fund balance in the Kimball District, no funding will be withheld from our district. A notice from diversiCOM was received indicating that the Technology Grant submitted for the Elementary School for Smart Board technology by former principal Clark was nominated by diversiCOM for the FRED grant.

Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Helgeson, Health & Safety Ð Stenger.

Communications included a thank-you card from the Craig VanNurden family.

Gagnon/Zipoy to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $308,546.88, of which $137,526.25 is a bond interest payment. MC

Dockery/Gagnon to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included:

Approve minutes of August 11, 2010 Board Meeting

Approve contract with Kathryn Winkelman, FACS Instructor, at BA, Step 7 of the Master Agreement

Approve contract with Karla Kaiser, Elementary EBD Instructor, at BA+30, Step 10 of the Master Agreement

Accept donation $1,200 from Kimball American Legion toward the football program

Accept donation of $1,300 from Fire Trak Corporation toward football uniforms

Accept donation of $745 from Kimball Firemen's Relief Assn. toward the football program

Accept donation of a DVD Duplicator from Doug Joseph, for use in duplicating athletic game tapes

The treasurer's report for August was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Dockery to accept a $600 donation from Meeker Cooperative toward purchasing incentives for the Reading Initiative program. MC

Dockery/Schreiner to approve a correction to the contract for Stacy Helgeson. MC with member Helgeson abstaining.

Zipoy/Gagnon, with a thank you for her 35 years of service, to accept the resignation for retirement received from Lorraine Rose, Elementary Title I paraprofessional. MC

Dockery/Stenger to approve a request for maternity leave received from Nancy Bonnifield beginning approximately January 7, 2011 and continuing for approximately 8 weeks. MC

Gagnon/Dockery to approve a request for maternity leave received from Marie Bauerly beginning approximately November 30, 2010 and continuing for approximately 6 weeks. MC

Dockery/Gagnon to approve the 2009-2010 Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction with thanks to Mr. Widvey for putting the report together. MC

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the numbers for the 2010 Payable 2011 Levy. Gagnon/Schreiner to certify the proposed levy at the maximum amount. MC

Gagnon/Zipoy to approve lane changes for Dennis Abernathy Ð from MA+30 to MA+45 and Tabitha Mortenson from MA to MA+15. MC

Jean Matua shared an idea that the Tri-County News is planning which will highlight a student and teacher in the paper each month. This will begin soon.

Gagnon/Dockery to adjourn at 8:16 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, Sept. 30, 2010.