Board of Education
January 20, 2010
Ind. School District 739
The meeting was called to order by member Helgeson at 6 p.m. with all members present.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.
The first order of business was the election of officers. Stenger/Dockery that Helgeson remain chair. Motion carried.
Dockery/Zipoy that member Stenger remain vice-chair. Motion carried.
Gagnon nominated Dockery, Dockery nominated member Gagnon, Zipoy/Stenger made motion that Dockery remain clerk. Motion carried.
Stenger/Dockery nominated Zipoy as treasurer. Motion carried.
Dockery/ Gagnon to approve the agenda as presented. MC
Brandon Edwards and Alex Mies presented a mock drawing of the proposed senior mural as requested at the December meeting. The board agreed with their drawing and plan, so long as supervision was provided.
Mayor Konz and council member Krippner shared some of their upcoming projects and ideas for which they would like collaboration with the school.
Parents of a 5th-grade student shared their concern with regards to security measures at the elementary school, and the ability for a student to leave without parental permission.
Mr. Holmseth presented a summary of participation levels for each of the fall and winter sporting and fine arts activities to-date. The numbers are slowly increasing each year. Much of this increase he credits to the consistency in coaching over the last several years.
Mr. Holmseth also shared the participation of Alex Mies and Kelsey Vigoren at the AAA (arts, athletics, and academics) banquet. Kelsey Vigoren was selected as the District AAA winner and will move on to compete at the Section level on February 3rd. Excel award entrants from Kimball are juniors Jenna Maus and Brett Ostby.
Celebrations and successes of students and staff included second grader Andy Bower, ECSE instructor Krisanne Forsman, Geography Bee winners Erin Diffley and runner up Ben Serbus. Kimball receiving the School Finance Award from Minnesota Department of Education, CLIMB Theater performance on bullying.
Mr. Tritabaugh asked the board their intentions for the next year with regard to the superintendent position. The board members had consensus that they would continue the interim contract with Mr. Tritabaugh.
Several months ago a committee including Mr. Tritabaugh, Mr. Clark, and members Helgeson and Zipoy was formed to discuss the issue of having so many fund raisers within the school system and also the number of field trips taken by students. Proposed policies will be brought back to the February meeting for action.
Mr. Clark reported on also having a bullying presentation by CLIMB Theater. This week has been declared Paraprofessional Week by Governor Pawlenty. Mr. Widvey and Mr. Clark attended the annual assessment training today, and with information provided, would like all paraprofessionals in attendance at the upcoming late-start workshop for some training related to testing. Mr. Clark also touched on the follow-up to the issue with the student leaving with another parent last week, and what the District has done since the incident for prevention of this happening again.
Mr. Widvey reported on the One-Act Play, the CLIMB Theater performance, all re-takes of the MCAII Grad Math test have been completed - therefore all seniors have completed all testing required for graduation. There are only two days left in the semester with a teacher workshop being held on Monday. Mr. Widvey also asked the board if they wished a formal letter from the senior class requesting the early dismissal in the spring, to which the board replied yes.
Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings - January 22 - SEE, February 8 - budget committee meeting, February 10 - the next regular board meeting at 6 p.m. He also noted that a staff member had been terminated due to breach of confidentiality.
Committee reports included: Meet & Confer - Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District - Helgeson, MSBA Conference - Helgeson, School/Board liaison - Zipoy.
Communications included a number of e-mails received by Mr. Helgeson regarding elementary field trips. Any members interested should contact him.
Stenger/Zipoy to approve the listed bills in the amount of $164,366.01. MC
Zipoy/Dockery to approve the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included:
Approve minutes of December 16, 2009 Board Meeting
Approve hiring of Jody Markgraf, high school paraprofessional, at category II, step 0 of the non-licensed agreement, beginning January 11, 2010
The treasurer's report and quarterly reports were reviewed and discussed.
Zipoy/Dockery, with sincere thanks and gratitude, to accept the resignation for the purpose of retirement received from Larry Jensen, effective January 15, 2010.
Dockery/Gagnon to approve the seniority list as presented. MC
High School Course Registration Guides were presented and reviewed by Mr. Widvey. Zipoy/Schreiner to approve the Course Registration Guides as presented with changes as noted. MC
Committee assignments were reviewed, changes made, and vacancies filled. Gagnon/Zipoy to approve the committee assignments. MC
Zipoy/Schreiner to approve revision of the mileage rate to the current 2010 IRS rate of 50 cents per mile. MC
After discussion regarding the School Resource Officer training course requested by Officer Jim Frilstad, and realizing the benefit the school receives from Chief Frilstad, Zipoy/Stenger to pay for as much as possible of the expenses related to registration and travel to attend this course. MC
Motion by Schreiner, seconded by Gagnon to adjourn at 9:14 p.m.
Robin Dockery, Clerk
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