Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING Board of Education April 21, 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.

Zipoy/Dockery to approve the agenda as presented. MC

A group of concerned citizens was present to voice their concern in regards to the necessity to pass a levy referendum in November, and the need to make improvements to the various athletic programs within the school. The spokesperson for the group was Doug Joseph. Mr. Joseph indicated that the presentation was not intended to be negative, and that the group was present because they were passionate about the quality of programs available to the students at Kimball. This group would like to help Kimball Schools to improve the public image of the District, and help to improve the disconnect between the school and the community. As a group they are willing to help in whatever way needed in spreading information in regards to getting a levy passed. It was noted that several of the members have either open-enrolled into, or are looking at possibly moving into the Kimball District because of the positive things, such as the smaller class sizes, that they see at Kimball. Discussion continued until nearly 8:20 p.m., at which time Mr. Tritabaugh and Mr. Helgeson indicated that there is a scheduled Focus Night on Budget scheduled for Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m., and an initial Levy planning meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 24.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included Jonathan Bisila qualifying for State Speech competition. Jr. High softball placed first in the Royalton tournament. Girls' track placed first on April 16 at Pierz. Girls' golf took first place at their Kimball invitational tournament. Testing at the elementary and high school is finished with the exception of science testing in May and a couple make-ups.

Mr. Widvey reported on sixth-grade orientation to be held on May 7 at the high school. He is continuing to work on the master schedule for 2010-2011. Physics will be offered next year. May 20 is the senior class annual signing and picnic; May 21 is the awards day and annual signing for all grades 7-12; May 22 is Prom here at Kimball with grand march at 5:30; and graduation will be on May 27.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported for Mr. Clark in his absence. Due to the large number of deposits made by parents of prospective Kindergarten students (39), there will be two all-day every-day sections and one alternating day section of Kindergarten next year. The math curriculum quotes have come in and the pricing looks very good. May 10 is the annual elementary spring concert.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings: May 3 - non-licensed negotiations, May 10 - public forum on budget from 6 to 7 p.m. May 19 - Education District meeting, and also on May 19 is the next regular school board meeting. Mr. Tritabaugh hopes to have information for the levy questions at the May board meeting.

Committee reports included: SEE meeting - Dockery, Benton-Stearns Education District - Helgeson, Health & Safety - Widvey, Budget Committee - Tritabaugh, non-licensed negotiations - Gagnon.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the results of the lunch survey. Gagnon mentioned a number of comments she has heard primarily from elementary staff in regards to the lunches available in that building.

Dockery/Stenger approved the listed bills in the amount of $176,783.40. MC

Stenger/Zipoy approved the consent agenda. MC

The treasurer's report and quarterly reports were reviewed and discussed.

Stenger/Schreiner accepted a donation of $300 from the Kimball Firemen's Relief Association toward the purchase of ag lime for the ball fields. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted the letter of resignation received from Shirley Senart, elementary special education instructor, effective at the end of the current school year. MC

Stenger/Dockery accepted the letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement received from Gary Riess, effective at the end of the current school year. Best wishes and many thanks to Gary for his 33 years of dedicated service to the District. MC

Dockery/Schreiner adopted Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing Educational Programs and Positions for 2010-2011 as follows: One elementary classroom position, Reduce time for two secondary social studies instructors from 1.86 to 1.43, Eliminate one secondary paraprofessional position, Reduce the elementary media book budget by $2,131.00, Reduce the secondary media book budget by $1,256.00, Reduce the secondary supply budgets overall, by $3,400.00. Upon roll call vote, all voted in favor, none voted against.

Stenger/Gagnon to adjourn at 9:47 p.m.

Robin Dockery, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, April 29, 2010.