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REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education May 23, 2012 Ind. School District 739, Kimball, MN

Called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:00 p.m.; all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Gagnon/Stein approved the amended agenda. MC

Parents of second graders were in attendance to share their concerns regarding the number of classrooms moving into third grade. The board assured parents that they are keeping an eye on the numbers in that grade level and would most likely make a decision on adding a teacher or not in August.

Second-grade teachers Andrea Welter and Erin Durga shared several activities that are being done during second grade in the area of reading, as well as the use of the DEN. The board thanked the teachers for taking time to attend the meeting to share their classroom activities.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included Dollars for Scholars, the band concert on Monday, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 3 visited the Children's Museum, several 9th graders visited the Excel Sherco coal plant, prom went very well with very good participation, boys' track placed 1st at sub-sections and girls' placed 2nd. Thank you to all those involved in the spring concert at the elementary.

Mr. Houseman reported on learning about the new MMR (Multiple Measurements Rating) by the Minnesota Department of Education, KES three percentage points from being listed as a Reward School (the top 15 percent in the state), reviewed the Local Literacy Plan that has been put together, the talent show will be held on Tuesday the 29th, the 3rd grade field trip is on the 30th, and the awards program, 6th grade graduation, and all school picnic will be held on the 31st.

In Mr. Widvey's absence Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed High School activity-a tentative itinerary for the 2013 band trip to Chicago was provided. Graduation is on the 31st at 7:30 p.m. The master schedule is finished and will be presented to staff next week. The jr. high and sr. high awards programs will be held in the morning on the 25th followed by the all-school picnic and annual signing. The Student Handbook for 2012-2013 is being presented for approval. Bullying was added to the handbook; Bring Your Own Device policy will be handed out to students in the fall.

Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetingsÐMay 24thÐSEE, May 31stÐGraduation, June 13thÐnext regular board meeting.

Mr. Tritabaugh presented a Memorandum of Understanding providing for a full-time non-licensed staff retirement incentive. Zipoy/Schreiner approved the MOU as presented with the board revisiting the subject in February of 2013. MC

The proposed Health and Safety Policy was reviewed and coming for approval in June.

Member Zipoy was interested if the District has had further conversations with the Watershed District in regards to Field #1. Mr. Tritabaugh indicated that he has not heard any more from Mr. Loewen.

Committee reports included Non-licensed negationsÐStenger, Benton-Stearns Education DistrictÐHelgeson, Health & SafetyÐStenger, ActivitiesÐZipoy. Member Helgeson indicated that he, Mr. Widvey, and Mr. Houseman, along with Leo Wirth and Tammy Konz hope to meet on a monthly basis to keep communications open between the City, Chamber, and the school.

Leo Wirth presented the board with pictures of the proposed community sign. He explained that the Chamber would like to form a committee to set guidelines for use and maintenance of the community sign. He also indicated that they would like to form a fund for the sign use so that as repairs are needed money would be available to make those repairs.

At 7:41 p.m. member Zipoy introduced a resolution closing the board meeting, seconded by Gagnon, roll call vote in favor: Gagnon, Shreiner, Helgeson, Stenger, Zipoy, and Stein; resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

At 8:14 p.m. member Gagnon introduced a resolution approving settlement agreement, seconded by Stein, roll call vote in favor: Stein, Zipoy, Stenger, Helgeson, Schreiner, Gagnon; resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Stenger/Zipoy approved payment of the listed bills in the amount of $165,130.89. MC

Zipoy/Stenger approved the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included approve minutes of April 18, 2012, Board Meeting, accept anonymous donation of $1122 toward the banners for the gyms, accept donation of $1418 from 5th Grade for the purchase of two document cameras, accept donation of $300 from Flavors on Friday toward the purchase of library books for next school year, approve hiring of Patrick Mertens, elementary custodian at Category III, Step 8 of the Non-Licensed agreement, beginning May 3, 2012.

Stenger/Stein accepted a donation of $2500 from the Fair Haven Township for Community Education programming. MC

Schreiner/Stenger accepted a donation of $5000 from PIE toward the purchase of playground equipment for the 2nd phase of the elementary improvement. MC

Gagnon/Stein accepted a donation of $1500 from Kimball Community Playhouse toward the purchase of a new sound system in the cafetorium. MC

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Schreiner accepted the resignation from Amanda Hoeschen, ECSE paraprofessional and Enrichment Assistant. MC

Stenger/Gagnon accepted the resignation received Anna Hart,.5 Speech/Language Pathologist for the district, effective at the end of the current school year. MC

Gagnon/Zipoy accepted resignation from Scott Schafer, Assistant Boys' Basketball coach. MC

Schreiner/Stein granted a one year leave of absence, with the ability to request an additional year by March 1 each year for two additional years, to Dennis Abernathy, High School Science instructor, NHS advisor, Knowledge Bowl advisor, and Student Government advisor, beginning with the 2012-2013 contract. MC members Gagnon and Stenger opposed the motion.

Zipoy/Stenger accepted resignation from Dennis Abernathy, High School Science instructor, NHS advisor, Knowledge Bowl advisor, and Student Government advisor effective June 30, 2012. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon approved an increase of 5 cents per student meal for 2012-2013 as required by the National School Lunch Program. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved the High School Student Handbook for 2012-2013 as presented earlier. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Literacy Plan as presented by Mr. Houseman. MC

Gagnon/Stein approved a temporary construction easement for the City of Kimball during water tower painting. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon approved a temporary construction easement for the City of Kimball during water main construction. MC

Zipoy/Stenger approved the revised budget for 2011-2012. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner adjourned at 9:08 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, May 31, 2012.