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REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education March 21, 2012 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

Vice-chair Gagnon called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. with all members except Helgeson present. Helgeson arrived and relieved Gagnon at 6:15. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Stenger approved the agenda as amended. The grade 5 presentation will be rescheduled, and member Zipoy asked to add a Curriculum Review Committee report. MC

Senior class officers requested the last three school days off prior to graduation to allow students time to complete any outstanding work, as well as to allow for the processing of grades for seniors before graduation. The seniors completed a roadside cleanup last November and will spend the morning of April 17th cleaning up the school grounds. Stenger/Stein approved the students' request. MC

Bob Merchant, representing the Kimball Sports Boosters Club was present to give an overview and update on the activities and accomplishments of the organization over the school year.

Grade 3 instructors Denise Nusbaum and Kim Ostby shared some of their classroom activities with the board. High School math instructors Melissa Carriveau, Bill Liedman, and Jason Mortenson discussed with the board the requirements by the state in regards to testing and graduation requirements, and shared how Kimball is working to ensure that students receive the skills needed to pass the tests, and to have the credits needed for graduation. The teachers were all thanked for their presentations and information provided.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the 6th grade field trip to St. Cloud Technical and Community College, the high school choir participated in the Solo and Ensemble contest, Mr. Tritabaugh received a letter announcing that Joan Nystrom has successfully completed the MASBO Voluntary Certification Program, the Knowledge Bowl team has done well this year earning them a trip to the regional competition, and the band concert on Tuesday evening was very well attended and very well done.

Mr. Houseman reported on Kindergarten Round-up participation, working on the Local Literacy Plan, the Business Expo this Saturday, Focus Nights for Health/Phy-Ed and Science, and six SmartBoards being purchased for the elementary and high school using Integration funding. The elementary has completed some of the required spring testing. Mr. Houseman is currently looking at two sections of Kindergarten and grades 1, 4, 5, and 6, and possibly three sections of grades 2 and 3. These may change depending upon actual fall enrollment. There is a staff in-service day on Monday the 26th. Teachers will work on the Literacy Plan, handwriting, hold grade level meetings, and hear a speaker on children's mental health.

Mr. Widvey reported on registration completed, the core areas will be two sections with the exception of grade 9 which will continue to have three sections. This year there are three teachers with an overload; this will drop to only one next year. With the in-service on Monday, teachers at the high school will work on grades, hold department meetings, and focus on the standards and PLC work. And, also attend the speaker on children's mental health. April 17th testing starts for grades 7Ð11, April 25 is the Students of Excellence Banquet, April 28th

is the Dollars for Scholars Banquet, May 9th tentative date for the seniors to attend a baseball game, May 12th is Prom.

Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings-March 24th-Business Expo, April 13-SEE, April 18-Benton-Stearns Education District, next regular school board meeting. Normally the April meeting would move back to starting at 6:30. Board members agreed by consensus to change the scheduled time of all school board meetings to 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Tritabaugh shared a letter that he had received from Minnesota Department of Education releasing Kimball of non-compliance in special education monitoring.

This is the year to meet with non-licensed staff. As negotiators, Stenger and Gagnon will meet with non-licensed staff at 3:30 on April 19th.

Committee reports included Health & SafetyÐWidvey, Benton-Stearns Education District-Helgeson, Stearns County Family Services CollaborativeÐSchreiner, SEE-Helgeson, Curriculum ReviewÐZipoy.

There were no communications.

Gagnon/Schreiner approved payment of the listed bills in the amount of $189,322.38. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon approved the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included approval of minutes of February 15, 2012, Board Meeting, approve reinvestment of $150,000 CD for one year, maturing 3/13/13 at.5 percent at Bank of the West, San Francisco, CA, accept donation of $121.67 from Flavors on Friday for privacy shields, accept donation of $362.74 from Viking Coke for Powerade sales through concessions.

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed. Mr. Tritabaugh reminded the board that on the 27th the district will be paying back the old bond issue and starting the new, refunded issue from that point.

Zipoy/Stenger accepted, with gratitude for her service, the resignation received by Maggie Lundorff, Early Childhood Family Education Coordinator effective June 30, 2012. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner to approve hiring of Judy Callander as second assistant softball coach. Motion carried with Stein abstaining.

After review, Gagnon/Stein approved the proposed calendar for the 2012-2013 school year as presented. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the proposed Organization Chart for the District as presented. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner to determine that any Kindergarten student, full-or part-time, being retained in Kindergarten, will not be required to pay tuition the second year, regardless whether or not tuition was paid the previous year. MC

A number of health-related board policies have recently been reviewed and/or updated by the School Nurse. Schreiner/Zipoy approved the policies as presented. MC

Gagnon/Stein approved the addition of a 3rd Grade Activity Account to hold funds received toward field trips and supply expenses. MC

Zipoy asked for clarification on the Food Service Advisory Board and the function of that group. A question was also raised if there has been any recent discussion in regards to the community marquee that the City and the Chamber had been working on. Latest word is that the City is working on purchasing a used marquee.

Gagnon/Stenger to adjourn at 8:14 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, March 29, 2012.