Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING (Unofficial Minutes) Board of Education November 18, 2009 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by Chair Helgeson at 6:32 p.m. with all members present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Peglow/Laabs approved the agenda as presented.

The annual audit was presented by Nancy Schulzetenberg, Kern, DeWenter, Viere audit firm. Highlights of the audit included an increase in net assets of more than $160,000 from the restated 2008 balance, 2/3 of the general fund expenditures was spent on instruction, and a summary and comparison of enrollment figures was reviewed.

There were no community items.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the FFA Dairy Foods team placing 5th in regional competition, Central Lakes College will be competing in the Division III finals, volleyball won their first two playoff games before ending their season with a terrific record, and Knowledge Bowl is just starting at the High School, while the Elementary will be hosting 31 teams at their home meet on November 19.

Mr. Clark reported on it being American Education Week. Mayor Tammy Konz signed a Proclamation, and businesses were invited in to see what's happening at Kimball Elementary. The math curriculum is being reviewed, the AYP team continues to meet with its cohort groups and working on putting the plan together, December 2nd is the D.A.R.E. graduation, the proposal to convert the elementary to a tri-mester schedule has been taken to Meet & Confer, Friday, December 11 is the Holiday Gathering at the 400 Club for all staff, and Kimball is hosting a shot clinic for the H1N1 vaccine on November 19.

Mr. Widvey reported on NWEA testing for 7th and 8th grade students, participation in a NSF Grant meeting with area districts. The group is re-writing a STEM grant in hopes of being successful. This grant effort is in conjunction with St. Cloud State University.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings - Negotiations, Meet & Confer, Benton-Stearns Education District, Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, and the December board meeting on the 16th. This meeting will begin at 6:00 with a review of the district budget and the proposed levy. A reminder that the January, February, and March board meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. instead of 6:30. A reduction timeline was shared with the board. The MSBA conference will be held January 14 and 15. An update on the issue of integration was given. Mr. Tritabaugh will meet with Jody Gagnon and Tom Schreiner for a local board orientation on December 1st.

Committee reports included: Negotiations - Stenger, SEE - Dockery, Benton-Stearns Education District - Laabs, and Health & Safety - Stenger.

Communications included thank you cards received from the Jennie Newman and Clayton Linn families.

Stenger/Laabs to approve the listed bills in the amount of $133,989.46. MC

Laabs/Zipoy to approve the consent agenda including approval minutes of October 21 and November 4 Board Meetings, accepting a donation of $500 from PIE, accepting a donation of $1000 from Kimball All Sports Boosters, and approving hiring of Teresa Shiefelbein, elementary paraprofessional. MC

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Peglow/Dockery to accept the Fiscal Year 2009 Audit Report presented by Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd. Audit firm. MC

Laabs/Peglow, with a sincere thank you, to accept the resignation received from Dennis Abernathy, 7th grade volleyball coach, effective at the end of the 2009 fall season. MC

Stenger/Dockery to accept the snow removal quote provided by Rohloff Bobcat Service. MC

Peglow/Zipoy to approve the paraprofessional pay differential proposal, under guidelines of the negotiations committee, to become effective July 1, 2010. MC

Peglow/Stenger to approve policy GBJ - Family and Medical Leave as presented. MC

Member Stenger commented on the positive articles in the recent Tri-Count News. These letters are very good and to the point. Thank you to those who submitted those letters.

Motion by Stenger, seconded by Peglow to adjourn at 8:08 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, Nov. 26, 2009.