Tricounty News

School Board Meeting ~ April 20th


Unofficial Minutes

Board of Education

April 20, 2011

Ind. School District 739

Kimball, MN

The Regular School Board meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:30 p.m. with all members except Dockery present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the agenda as amended, adding a report from the Activities Committee. MC

Celebrations and Successes of Students and Staff included Regan Dockery and Jonathan Bisila going to State Speech competition; spring sports season is underway; four Kimball students receiving Black Belts; another round of testing completed.

Mr. Widvey reported on finishing testing; scheduling is complete and the master schedule is being built; Project Lead The Way is moving forward; band concert scheduled for May 16 has been moved to May 23; senior class to attend a St. Paul Saints game on May 25th; seniors did a cleanup of school grounds on April 12th.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed some of the happenings at the Elementary. MCA testing is finished; Elementary students taking NWEA tests the first week of May; PIE will be donating funds to purchase an LCD projector and a computer for a Smart Board; the interview team would like to let the board know that they feel very confident and positive in recommending Erin Durga as their top choice.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed upcoming meetings: April 28th at 5:00 will be a Special Board Meeting to approve the roofing bid(s); May 18th Ð Benton-Stearns Education District; May 18 Ð Regular Board Meeting; May 25 Ð quarterly Health & Safety Committee meeting. A copy of the 2011 Tax Capacity Rates was given to each member.

Committee reports included See Ð Mr. Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District Ð Helgeson, Board Planning Ð Helgeson; Activities Ð Helgeson and Zipoy.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the listed bills in the amount of $171,628.39. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of March 16, 2011 Board Meeting; Accept donation of $85.41 from PIE toward the 'I Love to Read pizza party'; Accept donation of $59.80 from Mary Bernardy and Donald Hagan toward Accelerated Reader Quizzes; Approve reinvestment of $196,000 CD at Privatebank & Trust, Bloomfield, IL, for one year maturing 3/26/12 at.45 percent; Approve reinvestment of $97,000 CD at Israel Discount Bank of New York, NY, for one year maturing 4/1/12 at.50 percent.

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

Stenger/Gagnon accepted donation of $400 from Cenex for Kimball FFA. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner accepted resignation of Tom Hart, effective at the end of the current school year. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner accepted resignation of Gretchen Laakso, effective at the end of the current school year. MC

Gagnon/Zipoy accepted resignation of Maggie Lundorff, effective at the end of the current school year. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted resignation of Jason Mortenson from football coaching effective fall 2011. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon accepted resignation of Paul Sundin from 7th grade football coaching assignment effective fall 2011. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner accepted resignation of Ramsey Simon from 8th grade baseball coaching assignment effective spring 2011. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved contract with Erin Durga, Elementary Teacher, at BA lane, Step 3 of the Master Agreement beginning August, 2011. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner approved assignment of Nate Schweiters, 8th grade baseball, effective spring, 2011. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved contract with Elementary Principal James Houseman for 2011-2012. MC

Schreiner/Zipoy adopted a resolution authorizing a lease-purchase agreement for a 5-year technology lease. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon adopted a resolution authorizing a lease-purchase agreement for a 5-year technology lease. MC

Zipoy/Stenger accepted the food service bid submitted by Taher, Inc. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted the quote received for replacement of the elementary gym floor received from Multiple Concepts Interiors. MC

A contract with Aesop substitute placement will be tabled until the May meeting.

Gagnon/Schreiner adopted the revised Fund Balance Policy DAA. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

Jody Gagnon, 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, April 28, 2011.