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Kimball ISD 739 Minutes Oct. 23 Meeting

REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education October 23, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:00 p.m. with all board members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as amended. Member Zipoy added a PIE meeting report. The Spanish club fundraiser, Dollars for Scholars, and the audit presentation were moved to the beginning of the agenda. MC

Logan Schlueter presented a fundraiser request for the Spanish Club by which they would sell $10 packages of coffee and receive 50 percent profit. The purpose of the fundraiser is to offset the cost of the Costa Rica trip to be made in June, 2014. Motion by Stein, seconded by Zipoy to approve the requested fundraiser. MC

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Kimball ISD #739 summary of District Revenues & Expenditures Budget 2013-2014

Annual Budget Report publication

Kimball ISD #739

Following is a summary of the District Revenues and Expenditures Budget for 2013-2014. A complete copy of this Budget Report can be found on the District Web Site at www.kimball.k12.mn.us. Click the “District Office” tab on the left, and then click on the “Budget Report” link near the bottom of the page.

                          June 30, 2013                  2013-2014                  2013-2014                 June 30, 2014

Fund                    Fund Balance                    Revenues            Expenditures Projected           Fund Balance

General Fund       ($   273,823)                 $6,667,511                   $6,611,287                   ($   217,599)

Food Service                   0                          339,265                        339,265                                 0

Community Service      52,590                      364,930                        335,159                           82,361

Debt Redemption        195,300                      700,604                        717,943                         177,961

Trust Fund                        500                          1,000                           1,000                               500

Total:                  ($     25,433)                 $8,073,310                   $8,004,654                     $    43,223

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

 

ISD 739 request for quotes for snow removal

Request for Quotes For Snow Removal

Independent School District 739 is now taking quotes for snow removal for the 2013-2014 school year. Quotations must be based on information that may be picked up in the District Office at 100 Highway 55 West, Kimball, Minn. Selected contractor must provide proof of insurance listing the ISD 739 as an additional insured. Quotations will be accepted until 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013. Submit quotations to the following: Kimball Area Public Schools, John K. Tritabaugh, Superintendent, P.O. Box 368, Kimball, MN 55353. Please note “Snow Removal Quotation” on the outside of the envelope.

Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, 2013.

Kimball School Board Minutes Meeting Sept. 18, 2013

REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education September 18, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:00 p.m. with all board members except Stenger present. Member Stenger arrived at 6:05. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Member Zipoy asked to add Item #7 to the discussion items – Department Updates. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as amended. MC

Item 6 of the discussion items was moved up to this point of the agenda. Marcia Mahlum addressed the board on behalf of third grade parents. Parents are concerned with the number of students in each classroom at
30 or more. Questions arise as to how the students are able to learn in this environment; what will happen to the middle-of-the-road students? The parents would like to know how the board plans to address this situation. Mr. Tritabaugh brought the board up-to-date with the current enrollment in each of the elementary grades. Third grade is currently at 60 students with 30 in each classroom. Following discussion and looking at several options, motion by Hilsgen, seconded by Stein to approve hiring a .44 licensed teacher to reduce the class sizes during the core reading and math instruction times. MC

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included a thank you from Katelyn Lichte (2013 graduate), thanking the district and staff for the superior education received and for preparing her for college at the University of Minnesota. Also, the A-honor roll students from last spring were honored at breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Houseman thanked the students and staff for a great start to the school year. PIN nights were very well attended with lots of questions being asked and answered. The bullying prevention curriculum is being utilized this year at the elementary. KES was notified that Carolyn Schlawin has been appointed to the Reading Corps position. Title I assistants started back to work this week and are busy with evaluations and scheduling. Picture day at the elementary is October 23
and 24. The Book Fair will be October 30, and Grandparents’ Day will be held November 1.

Mr. Widvey reported on a great opening to the school year. Open house was the best he’s had in his time at Kimball with excellent participation. The 8th graders had a good field trip to Quarry Park today. B-honor roll students were recognized at lunch time today. New this year is a 7th Grade Boot Camp. Students are split into four groups led by Mr. Widvey,
Ms. Bonnifield, Ms. Winkelman, and Mr. Strand. Topics include various “what to do if…” scenarios.
September 19 is the last day of Boot Camp. Picture day at the high school is September 26.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on up-coming meetings – September 19 – SEE, September 25 – Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, October 2 – Negotiations, October 16 – Benton-Stearns Education District, and October 23 – School Board Meeting. Last month board members were informed that the audit would be presented at the September meeting; however, after preliminary review, it was decided that some revenues were not finalized at the state level. At the advice of the auditors, the audit will be presented at the October 23 meeting.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed and handed out MSBA delegate ballots to each member and asked that they complete their ballots and return them to him before leaving the meeting so that they could be mailed together.

Member Zipoy asked where we were at with having the various departments report to the board. He wasn’t sure it needed to be every month, but he would appreciate having reports occasionally. Mr. Widvey indicated that he would talk to his staff and set up a schedule.

Committee reports included Negotiations – Stenger; Health & Safety – Widvey; Benton-Stearns Education District - Schreiner.

There were thank you cards from the West family, the Jensen family, the Palm family, and Stacy Helgeson.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy, to approve listed bills in the amount of $173,400.41 of which $52,721.25 is a high school bond interest payment. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included:

• Approve minutes for Aug. 21,
2013, regular board meeting

• Accept donation of $500 received from Kuechle Underground toward the Hall of Fame event

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy, with a thank you, to accept a $163.30 donation from the Kimball Sports Boosters toward the purchase of football helmet decals. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Gagnon, also with thanks, to accept a $50.00 donation from Dave Kothe to be used toward the Hall of Fame event. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve a long-term substitute contract with Yunqing (Moya) Wang, Special Education Instructor beginning
September 12, 2013. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stenger to approve a contract with Whitney Gettler, Kindergarten Instructor for the 2013-2014 school year. MC This contract replaces the long-term substitute contract at the beginning of the school year.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein, with best of luck in other endeavors, to accept the resignation received from Jenny Moe, ECFE instructor, effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Gagnon to approve the fund raiser request from the girls’ basketball program to hold two tournaments. MC

After review of the proposed 2013 Payable 2014 Levy, motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to certify the maximum at this time. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction as presented and reviewed by Mr. Widvey. MC

Member Zipoy asked if all was good with the Booster Organization and their facilities use as it relates to training for facilities supervision. All seems to be fine at this time.

Bob Merchant indicated that there will be a Dodge Test Drive held on Friday, October 4. The maximum that can be raised is $4,000.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to adjourn at 7:37 p.m.

Tim Zipoy, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

 

Kimball School Board Meeting Aug. 21, 2013

REGULAR MEETING Board of Education August 21, 2013

Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:02 p.m. with all board members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as presented. MC

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included a thank you to all staff and students who participated in the Kimball Days parade. A special thanks to the Cat In The Hat. Kimball graduate Erin Wicker is the Minnesota Pork Ambassador; Kimball also has a Minnesota Beef Ambassador as well as a Stearns County Dairy Princess. The FFA-sponsored car show held in conjunction with Kimball Days was well attended. There are many pictures of 4-H awards from the county fairs in the Tri-County News.

Mr. Widvey reported on a requested fundraiser to be held during volleyball games and home winter events. Mr. Sundin is requesting a field trip for his eighth-grade students to Quarry Park in St. Cloud. August 27th, from 4-7 p.m. is the Open House at the high school. September 3rd, is the first day of school for students. The building is receiving its finishing touches of cleaning.

Mr. Houseman reported on the elementary enrollment looking to be an increase of 4 or 5 students from the ending enrollment in May. A couple long-term substitute teachers are later on the agenda for approval. The building is about ready and teachers have been in organizing their rooms. Open House at the elementary is from 4-7 on August 27th as well. There will be a booth for the PIE organization and they will be selling the planners. PIE is looking for new members to join their organization. There is a new social studies curriculum this fall. The Minnesota Reading Corp sponsored instructor has fallen through after the deadline for withdrawal; therefore KES will not have that position this year. We will try again for 2014-2015.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings – August 26 – Welcome Back breakfast at Willow Creek Park; reminder to board members that they are sponsoring lunch for all staff at 11:30 that day as well. There will be a
6:00 p.m. negotiations meeting that evening. August 28th – Health & Safety meeting, September 18th  – Benton Stearns Education District in the morning with the next regular school board meeting at 6:00 p.m. September 19th is a SEE meeting.

Regarding the proposed conversion of Ball Field #1 into a parking lot, it was Mr. Tritabaugh’s understanding, based on discussion at the July board meeting and follow-up conversations with the Mayor of Kimball, that the district had the go-ahead to proceed with this project. However, a letter was received from the City Clerk/Zoning Administrator indicating that a building permit was necessary as well as a Land Use Variance. Documents were completed and payments for these items were made. Another letter was received from the Clerk indicating that we now need to provide the legal description, parcel ID, and an engineered drawing of the proposed changes being made. It is the superintendent’s recommendation that work stop on the project until all items are taken care of.

The October board meeting is currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. There is a home football game scheduled at 7:00 for that same evening. The board agreed to change the October board meeting to Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.

The superintendent informed the board that the auditors will present the annual audit at the September 18th board meeting. He wanted to inform them in advance that, unless something is discovered between now and then, the district is very likely in Statutory Operating Debt.

Enrollment numbers were reviewed. Mr. Tritabaugh explained to the board how if we would have a few more students in each of the elementary grades, we would have nice-sized 3-section classes.

Member Zipoy requested discussion regarding the “Flipped Classroom” method of teaching. This method is being practiced by Mr. Mortenson in four of his five sections of math. Mr. Mortenson was available to explain how it works and that he has only used it for one full school year. Results indicated that student achievement did improve with one section averaging 90 percent success in the second semester. His belief is that with continued use of this method, introducing students to this as early as 8th grade, by the time these students are seniors, they will fully understand the process and achievement and success will only increase.

Committee reports included Negotiations – Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District - Schreiner.

There was a thank you card from Peggy Trimble.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy, to approve listed bills in the amount of $157,339.99. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included:

• Approve minutes for July 17, 2013 regular board meeting

• Accept donation of $660 received from Kimball Lions Club toward the construction of the baseball dugout

• Accept donation of $1500 received from Kimball American Legion toward the construction of the baseball dugout

• Accept donation of $1500 received from Kimball Sports Booster Club toward the construction of the baseball dugout

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stenger to accept donation of $475 received from Kimball American Legion to purchase one iPad for Kimball Elementary. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Gagnon to accept donation of $1450 received from High School Letterwinners toward the construction of the dugout. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stenger to approve long-term substitute contract with Melissa Opatz, covering for Krisanne Forsman from August 26, 2013 through November 1, 2013. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve long-term substitute contract with Whitney Gettler, to cover a potential third section of Kindergarten beginning August 26, 2013. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to accept resignation received from Tara Otteson, elementary special education instructor, effective upon finding a suitable replacement. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve fundraiser request to hold 50/50 raffles at all home events with the exception of football games. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Stenger to approve field trip request submitted by Paul Sundin to take 8th graders to Quarry Park in St. Cloud. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stenger to adjourn at 7:43 p.m.

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013.