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REGULAR MEETING Board of Education Ind. School District 739 October 17, 2012 Kimball, MN Unofficial Minutes

Chair Helgeson called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the agenda as presented. MC

Band Director Keith Haake presented the tentative itinerary for the proposed spring band trip to Chicago. Zipoy/Stein approved the proposed trip March 21-24, 2013. MC Jody Markgraf, Speech Advisor/Coach addressed the board with a request for Kimball High School to become a member of the National Forensic League (NFL) in addition to the regular speech program currently offered.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included: Ann Palm and Cathy Grant being nominated for the Leaders in Educational Excellence Award, the FFA Horse Judging Team of won the region contest and will advance to state. Erin Wicker was also the high individual in the contest while Hannah was the high individual in the Jr. High contest. The trap shoot team placed 3rd at the invitational contest. National FFA Convention will be held October 24-28 in Indianapolis. Six students are planning to attend. Andrew Kieke will receive his American Degree. A Certificate of Achievement was received from Minnesota Department of Education recognizing that Kimball Schools have completed all necessary tasks ensuring that we are in compliance for special education monitoring.

Mr. Widvey reported on the upcoming conferences on 10/29 and 11/5, NWEA testing has been completed for 7th and 8th grade students, Grad re-testing is completed in math and reading.

Mr. Houseman reported that NWEA testing for 2nd-6th grade students is complete, STAR reading was purchased and should give better information to parents as to where their child is at, November 2nd is Grandparents Day, the upcoming conferences will be posted on the community sign, a letter from the 2nd grade teachers requesting an additional field trip to Pioneer Park in Annandale was reviewed. Zipoy/Schreiner, with consideration of the policy regarding the number of out-of-town field trips, approved the field trip to Pioneer Park. MC with Gagnon voting no due to precedence being set when a policy is in place limiting out-of-town field trips.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on up-coming meetings: October 22nd-a facilities meeting with Community Education, some booster club members, and the board facilities members will be held to discuss costs involved when requesting and using the facilities. November 14th is the next board meeting.

Committee reports included: SEE-Helgeson, Meet & Confer-Gagnon/Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District-Helgeson.

Gagnon/Stein approved the listed bills in the amount of $169,240.82. MC

Zipoy/Stein approved the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included: Approve minutes for September 19, 2012 board meeting; Accept donation of $500 received from Kimball Legion Post #261, to be used toward school supplies for elementary students; Accept donation of $750 from PIE toward the table tops for the elementary computer lab

Gagnon/Stein accepted donation of $500 from PIE toward the purchase of Renaissance Learning at the elementary. MC

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Schreiner tabled the approval of the administrative transition plan. Another board planning meeting is scheduled for 5:00 on October 25th to answer final questions. MC with Helgeson voting against the motion.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved a 7th/8th grade girls' basketball tournament fundraiser to be held January 26th. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the fall coaching assignments: head boys' basketball-Jay Klein, assistant.-Rick Hendrickson, 9th-Corey Harmon, 8th-Eric Primus, 7th-Barry Strand; head girls' basketball-Jeremy Kuechle, assistant-Gary Riess, 9th-Joe Stangle, 8th Eric Primus, 7th-Barry Strand; head wrestling-Mike Schindler, assistant-Paul Sundin, jr. high-Chris Schiewe; head speech-Jody Markgraf; one-act play-Jody Markgraf. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved request for maternity leave from Crystal Schlosser, effective on or about November 22, 2012. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved request for maternity leave from Rebecca Morgan, effective on or about December 3, 2012. MC

Schreiner/Zipoy approved revisions to Policy AB-Equal Educational Opportunity, BD-Open Meetings and Closed Meetings, JFAA-Student Disability Nondiscrimination, and JFG-Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions, and Student's Person. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner approved membership in the National Forensic League as presented by Ms. Markgraf. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

Tom Schreiner, 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, Oct. 25, 2012.