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Kimball ISD 739 School Board Minutes Feb. 27, 2013

REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education February 27, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

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

Paul Filzen requested that the board, in planning for the 2013-2014 school year, look at the equity in coaching staff between sports given the number of participants in each sport. Currently most sports – football, volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball – have four coaches from head coach down to seventh and eighth grade. Wrestling has only three coaches, with only one junior high coach, and they have a similar number of participants as the other sports. The board agreed to look at this in their planning.

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as amended. MC Member Hilsgen asked to add a facilities report to the Committee Reports.

Sally Belgum-Blad, Early Childhood Education Coordinator updated the board on the happenings in the Early Childhood programs of Family Education, Play and Learn School, and the Enrichment Program. The number of sections offered this year, along with the number of participants in each section was reviewed. Tuition costs for the various programs were shared. The program staff is in pursuit of a 4-star Parent Aware Rating which could make up to $4,000 available to the District for curriculum and assessment materials for early education programming in Kimball.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included five wrestlers taking part in the state tournament on Friday and Saturday. A send-off will take place on Thursday morning. Vocal music Solo and Ensemble contest was held on Monday with at least one student receiving a State Superior rating. The Honors Breakfast for A Honor Roll students is coming up. B Honor Roll students will be recognized by receiving a package of Skittles. In combining the A and B honor rolls, there are 193 students being recognized for their achievements. Hannah Zipoy is moving on in the Brain Bee. Will Weaver spent the day on the 26th speaking to grades 7-12 and visiting with them during their lunch breaks. This was made available by a grant through the Great River Regional Library – Kimball. Shelby Schiefelbein was selected as a 2013 EXCEL Award winner. Shelby will be presented with a plaque during half-time of the Class AA championship girls’ basketball game on March 16th.

Mr. Widvey reported on having the Course Registration Guide for 2013-2014 ready for review. Only minor changes were made, therefore no board action is necessary. Pre-registration will start on March 7th with the final on-line registration taking place on March 14th.

Mr. Houseman reported on great participation at the conferences held earlier in February. The 4-6 Winter Concert went very well and was well attended. KES has been awarded a full-time Literacy Coordinator for next school year. The grant award will provide an individual for 40 hours per week to work with students who are not up to their level in reading. This is a 1-year grant, but can be applied for each year. There is a staff in-service on March 25th. I Love to Read Month has been full of activities. A Wild Country 99 DJ read to students today, and the Cat In The Hat will read to classes tomorrow. March 25th is Kindergarten Round-Up at 6:00 p.m. if any board members would like to attend, they are certainly welcome.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on only two upcoming meetings, both on March 20th; Benton-Stearns Education District in the morning, and the next regular board meeting at 6:00 p.m. Also reviewed was the reduction timeline. The Budget Committee will begin meeting in April with proposed reductions coming to the full board at their April 17th meeting.

Committee reports included SEE –Tritabaugh, Benton-Stearns Education District – Schreiner, Transportation – Hilsgen, Health & Safety – Widvey, Facilities – Hilsgen

With the Facilities Committee report came lengthy discussion regarding granting access to groups that come in to use the school facilities. Six individuals have been trained in very basic supervisory duties. However, member Hilsgen believes that by issuing a set of keys to a trained person, granting access to a limited number of spaces, the groups would be able to utilize the buildings without the need of a paid building supervisor. At the end of the discussion there was consensus by the board members to continue to work on changes to the newly updated facilities use policy.

Communications included a thank you from the Larry Nystrom family for the memorial received.

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $158,259.29. MC

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

• Approve minutes of
January 20, 2013 Board Meeting

• Accept donation of $250 from AgVenture Feed & Seed for FFA

• Accept donation of $1,100 from Kimball American Legion toward football jerseys

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to accept a grant in the amount of $1,500 received from Great River Regional Library – Kimball and MN Legacy Funds to provide author Will Weaver presentation to grades 7-12 on
April 26, 2013. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon with gratitude for 22 years of service to the district, the resignation for the purpose of retirement received from Carol Faber, District Technician, effective
May 31, 2013. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to approve an additional one-year leave of absence for Dennis Abernathy for the 2013-2014 school year. MC with Gagnon and Hilsgen opposing the motion.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the proposed auditor costs for the upcoming three years with a total increase over the three years of $400. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve the Seniority Listing for 2012-2013. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy with the agreement that the board look seriously at a transition plan, to approve the Superintendent’s Contract for the 2013-2014 school year with Mr. Tritabaugh. MC with member Hilsgen opposing due to the fact that he had not seen a copy of the contract prior to the meeting for his review.

Motion by Stein, seconded by Zipoy to adjourn at 8:35 p.m.

Tim Zipoy, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, march 7, 2013.