Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING (Unofficial Minutes) Board of Education December 16, 2009 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by Chair Helgeson at 6:07 p.m. with all members except Peglow and Stenger present. Member Peglow arrived at 6:10 and member Stenger arrived at 6:20.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Laabs approved the agenda as presented.

The District Truth in Taxation Hearing was the first item on the agenda. There was only one community member present for this purpose. The only item the School District can address is the School District portion of the tax statement. With no other questions regarding the taxation issue, the meeting continued.

Brandon Edwards and Alex Mies, both members of the Arts Club, presented a request to begin a mural tradition beginning in the high school commons.

Theresa Niemi, 5th grade instructor, was present to share her findings as the question of continuing the Iron Range field trip is being debated.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the National Honor Society Induction held on December 11th, including Andrew Kieke, David Joseph, Larissa Gohmann, Jenna Maus, Matthew Massmann, and Brandon Edwards. Boys' basketball won in Milaca, girls lost to EV-W. Bruce Holmseth received a message from Big Lake commending the Kimball wrestlers on their positive response to the incident occurring during the wrestling meet on December 8th.The combined band and choir concert was fantastic on December 7th, and the Community Education sponsored Spark Fest held on December 11th had a wonderful turnout.

Mr. Widvey reported on the upcoming performance by Climb Theater on January 13th for 7th and 8th graders in regards to bullying. He and Mr. Klein are working on scheduling, and staff are in the process of getting course descriptions put together. Sophomores will be skiing at Powder Ridge on the 23rd as a part of their Phy-Ed unit. An AYP cohort meeting was held earlier in the day, and there are only 5 days remaining before the Christmas break.

Mr. Clark reported on the successful Knowledge Bowl meet held earlier. This event was very well attended and ran smoothly thanks to all of the staff and parents involved. The elementary invited businesses to come in to the school. Being the first year there weren't a lot of business, but it is hoped this activity will grow. The 5th graders had their DARE graduation. Danielle Brower organized and completed a coat share at both the high school and elementary. Coats were collected and distributed to persons in need within the community. Any extra coats were shared in the Annandale area. The K-3 Holiday program is being held on December 17th. Math curriculum is still being reviewed. The group has not made final selection of which curriculum they will purchase, but much progress had been made. The field trip and fund raising committee has put together a proposed policy. This policy is not yet approved by the committee, and will need final approval by the full board before being enacted.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on the Integration program that he has been involved in. Race To The Top is a new program in which federal funds flow through MDE. A Memorandum of Understanding will need to be sent to MDE in order to be eligible, but this does not mean we need to participate. Wednesday, Dec. 23 there will be treats at both building from Mr. Tritabaugh. Upcoming meetings: January 13 - Meet & Confer, January 20 - Benton-Stearns Education District, followed by the board meeting, January 22 - SEE meeting.

Committee reports included: Negotiations - Peglow, Meet & Confer - Laabs, Benton-Stearns Education District - Laabs, Stearns County Family Services Collaborative - Laabs.

Communications included a thank you card received from the Pete Stenger family. Doug personally thanked the board and Mr. Tritabaugh for the plant received. Jean Matua announced that there is a follow-up letter regarding the levy in the Tri-County News this week.

Laabs/Dockery to approve the listed bills in the amount of $169,602.92. MC

Laabs/Peglow to approve the consent agenda including approval minutes of November 18 Board Meeting, accepting a donation of $51.45 from the United Methodist Church for school supplies. MC

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Dockery/Laabs to Certify the 09 Payable 10 Levy as presented. MC

Laabs/Peglow to Ratify the Master Agreement for 2009-2011 contract. MC

Zipoy/Stenger to approve FMLA leave and Child Care leave for Krisanne Forsman beginning about February 17, 2010. MC

Laabs/Zipoy to approve consultation contract with Maryann Dirks for 10 hours per week for the remainder of the school year. MC

Laabs/Peglow to adopt Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and reasons therefore. Upon roll call vote, all voted in favor. MC

Chair Helgeson presented Marguerite Laabs and Tim Peglow with the traditional school bell recognizing their years of service to the District by serving on the school board.

Peglow/Laabs to adjourn at 7:50 p.m.

(This is a summary of the full 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 Web site at

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009.