Tricounty News

REGULAR MEETING September 19, 2012 Board of Education Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

Chair Helgeson called the meeting to order at 6:00 with all members except Stenger present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the agenda as amended. Zipoy asked to add Community Education Advisory Committee to the Reports. Mr. Widvey's report and the audit report were moved to the beginning of the meeting.

Mr. Widvey reported on a Mock Crash event to be presented at

1:00 on Monday, September 24th. Open House was on August 29th; very well attended. Science test results were just released on Tuesday. Re-test date for reading and math is set for October 4th. It has been a great opening to the school year. We have great students here. The Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction (SAR) was reviewed with approval coming later in the meeting.

Janel Bitzen with Kern, DeWenter, Viere audit firm presented the annual district audit for fiscal year 2012. Items highlighted included the resident student population continuing to decline, the general fund balance decreased by about $166,700, the food service fund balance declined by more than $17,000, and the community service fund balance increased by about $16,000 in total. Overall it was a very clean audit. The district staff does a great job in having everything ready and available when the auditors arrive. The board thanked Ms. Bitzen for her presentation.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included fall sports going well and off to a good start.

Mr. Houseman reported on a successful start to the school year, open house went well with a great turnout, PIN night was held with about 50-60-percent parent participation, the new on-line AR program is up and running with students testing already. NWEA testing will begin next week. Tuesday of next week Hendricks Bus Company and Police Chief Frilstad will conduct school bus safety for the elementary students including pre-K. Beginner band will start with testing on horns next week as well.

Zipoy thanked Mr. Houseman for including the Pre-School students in the bus safety. He also asked how the third grade was working out with having added a third section. Mr. Houseman passed along a thank-you card from the third grade teachers in which they showed their appreciation for the board's decision to add a third instructor and for everything that they do.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on up-coming meetings: 9/21-SEE, 9/26-Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, 10/10-Meet & Confer, and 10/17-Benton-Stearns Education District in the morning with the regular board meeting in the evening. He also attended a meeting on August 27th City Hall in regards to the community sign. Considering that the school is not able to make a donation to the city or the chamber for this sign, and considering approximately

60-70 percent of the information will be school-related, it is his recommendation that the board set-aside an amount (suggested $500) annually to pay toward the upkeep and maintenance of the sign. Zipoy/Gagnon that the District invest $500 annually in the community sign for maintenance and upkeep, as recommended by the superintendent. MC

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed information regarding the proposed administrative transition plan that he had put together. The various job-related duties of each of the positions and a spreadsheet showing potential costs of the various positions was presented. The board requested another work session to further discuss the options proposed. A tentative planning session was scheduled for

5:00 p.m. on October 10th pending availability of member Stenger.

Committee reports included: Health & Safety-Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District-Helgeson, Community Education-Zipoy.

A thank you card from third grade staff was received.

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the listed bills in the amount of $232,128.45 of which $88,681.88 was the high school bond interest payment. MC

Gagnon/Stein approved the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included: Approve minutes for August 15, 2012, board meeting, and accept donation of an iPad for the Volleyball program, from Kimball Sports Boosters

The treasurer's report was reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the audit report for fiscal year 2012 as presented, with appreciation for the good work the leadership of the district has done. MC

Stein/Schreiner accepted resignation received from Deborah Capes, elementary paraprofessional, effective with the 2012-2013 school year. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon accepted resignation from Jr. Class Advisor received from Judy Dahle, for this school year. MC

Gagnon/Stein approved teacher

contract with Corey Harmon, third grade, at BA, Step 4 of the Master Agreement, for the 2012-2013 school year. MC

Schreiner/Zipoy approved hiring of Michelle Schlueter, elementary paraprofessional, at Category II, Step 1 of the non-licensed agreement effective September 4, 2012. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner approved hiring of Catherine Lydeen, Early Childhood paraprofessional, at Category II, Step 1 of the non-licensed agreement, effective September 17, 2012. MC

Superintendent Tritabaugh reviewed the proposed levy indicating a decrease in the over-all levy amount. Gagnon/Zipoy certified the maximum amount allowed. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner approved the 2011-2012 Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction. MC

Zipoy/Stein closed the public meeting at 7:45 to discuss winter and spring coaching positions. MC

Zipoy/Schreiner reopened the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Gagnon/Zipoy tabled approval of the winter and spring coaching positions, have them discussed by the Activities Committee and to be brought back for a future board meeting. MC

Schreiner/Gagnon adjourned at 8:20 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, Sept. 27, 2012