Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING Board of Education Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN June 13, 2012



Chair Helgeson called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with all members except Zipoy present. Zipoy listened via telephone. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Gagnon/Schreiner approved the agenda as presented. MC There were no community items.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included commending students for a fantastic school year. Graduation went well. Congratulations to the 14U and 16U softball team in taking first place at the tournament in Ramsey.

Mr. Widvey reported on test results for students and commented that schools now receive STRAND data and are able to use that information to focus the subject matter in the classroom.

Mr. Houseman reported on summer maintenance starting, the ESY program from July 23 through August 16, the wiring for the wireless access in the 5th/6th grade wing is complete. Mr. Houseman then reviewed the Parent/Student Handbook for 2012-2013. Following review, Stein,/Gagnon approved the Parent/Student Handbook with changes noted. MC A question was asked regarding the progress on the elementary playground resurfacing. Mr. Houseman indicated that the playground pieces have been removed, the area is being prepped, and work should begin soon on pouring the cement and placing the tiles so that the equipment can be re-placed on the new surface.

Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings-June 20-Benton-Stearns Education District, June 25-SEE Regional Meeting, and July 18-organizational board meeting. He also updated the board on the status of the sale of the current BSED building and the possibility of moving to the Voyagers building. Information on the parking area owned by Hendricks and utilized by the families involved in the youth activities-some parents have shared concerns that there is not adequate parking in the designated area. It seems it is more a matter of correcting the parking habits and moving into the lot farther before starting the rows of cars. With the high winds on May 27th, some damage was incurred to the north dugout, one of the ticket booths, and soffit/fascia of the concession stand. These damages have been repaired, but in the process it was found that the flat roof of the concession stand needs to be replaced. Quotes will be taken for this work and the work will be completed soon thereafter.

Member Stein asked if there would be any concern, or if anything special needed to be done to add a ramp to the doorway of the blue storage shed. Equipment is being damaged when dropping out of the doorway; if a ramp were installed, damage would be prevented. Mr. Tritabaugh indicated that there should be no issues in adding a ramp.

Mr. Tritabaugh indicated he would be out of the District from June 15th through June 23rd.

Just prior to the board meeting, a group met regarding an individual's request for facility use and the handling of that request. Part of the issue involves the current facilities use policy and the packet of information and pricing that is provided to organizations and individuals requesting use of the facilities. Out of that meeting came concerns of not all areas of the facilities being listed and priced for use. The superintendent suggested that the facilities committee meet and review and modify the current information packet so that all facilities are included and pricing be updated.

Member Zipoy, via telephone, asked if other board members were interested in putting together some type of fundraising effort for Kimball Schools to be held in conjunction with the upcoming All School Reunion. It was noted that the event is being organized by the Historical Society, and perhaps they should be consulted before plans are laid in place. Mr. Zipoy will contact the Historical Society and get back to board members at the July meeting.

Committee reports included SEE-Tritabaugh, Activities-Stein.

Communications included a review of the Chaperone Survey completed following the 5th Grade Iron Range trip.

Gagnon/Stenger approved the listed bills in the amount of $114,173.53. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon approved the consent agenda. MC The consent agenda included-a) Approve minutes of May 23, 2012 Board Meeting, and b) Accept donation of $739.83 from Flavors on Friday toward the purchase of Ed Helper and Study Island.

Stenger/Stein approved reinvestment of CD for $245,000 at One West Bank, CA, at.55% for one year, maturing on 6/11/13. MC

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Gagnon/Stenger approved reduction of the half-time elementary secretary position effective June 6, 2012. MC

Gagnon/Stenger, with thanks and good wishes, to accept resignation received from Alex Berglund, elementary paraprofessional, effective at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. MC

Stenger Gagnon with a thank you for the great job, to approve the Superintendent contract with John Tritabaugh for 2012-2013. MC

Member Schreiner asked Mr. Widvey and Mr. Tritabaugh if consideration has been given to hold the college-level history classes in the morning rather than the afternoon to allow more class time and fewer disruptions for those students in after school activities. The response was that this is a good problem to have in that with having the availability of five college-level classes, and most of those students also participating in band and fine arts, it is not possible to schedule all of the college-level classes during the early part of the day. Gagnon/Helgeson approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Gary Riess for 2012-2013. MC with members Schreiner and Stein opposing the motion.

Stenger/Gagnon approved full-time contract with Sally Belgum-Blad, Early Childhood/Family Education Coordinator, at MA, Step 9 of the licensed salary schedule. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon approved extended contract for Tracy Nelson for twelve (12) days. MC

Stenger/Schreiner approved extended contract for Jay Klein for six (6) days. MC

Stenger/ Schreiner approved extended contract for Bruce Holmseth for fifteen (15) days. MC

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the changes made to the Non-Licensed Handbook. Stenger/Stein approved the Non-Licensed Handbook as presented. MC

Stenger/Schreiner approved the fall coaches as follows: Football-Jamie Leither-head, Lloyd Danzeizen-assistant, Nate Osmundson-10th, Michael Bolton-9th, Jon Albert-8th, Lee Paulzine-7th; Volleyball-Tabitha Mortenson and Amy Notch-co-head/assistant, Kim Pelzer-9th/10th, Eric Primus-8th, Barry Strand-7th; Cross-country-Terry Nelson-assistant. MC

Gagnon/ Schreiner adopted Health and Safety Policy, EBD as presented. MC

Stenger/Stein approved the proposed operating budget for 2012-2013. MC

Revenues Expenditures

General Fund (incl. Capital) $6,693,935 $6,689,943

Food Service Fund 320,825 328,786

Community Service Fund 398,899 376,651

Debt Service Fund 773,043 790,303

Trust Fund (Scholarships) 1,000 1,000

Schreiner/Stenger approved the proposed Health and Safety Budget as presented. MC

Gagnon/Stenger adopted the Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy. MC

Theresa Loehrer asked if and how she can request a copy of the budget for high school activities. She was instructed to speak to the business manager to obtain a copy.

Jean Doran-Matua, Tri-County News, indicated that there will be a saturation issue of the TCN on July 19th which will include the Area Resource Guide. She was directed to update the ad and run it again this year.

Schreiner/Gagnon adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

Tom Schreiner, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, June 21, 2012.