The board meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:00 p.m. with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as presented. MC
Janessa Dahle and Kaylee Petty, representatives of the senior class, addressed the board requesting the senior class be excused from attendance on the last three days of school in May. In lieu of missing these three days, the senior class will do grounds clean-up (weather permitting) on April 16, a day when all 7th – 11th-grade students will be taking part in testing. It is agreed, and understood, that attendance, grades, and behavior all need to remain in good standing for the remainder of the year, or this agreement could be reversed. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Schreiner to approve the request. MC
Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the band solo and ensemble contest was held on the 19th; no results were available. Mr. Houseman asked to recognize Jennifer Schiefelbein as an outstanding volunteer at the elementary school.
Mr. Houseman reported on Kindergarten Roundup scheduled for March 25. He is expecting 55-58 students with their parents. Security cameras have been installed at the elementary. Training on the new system is planned for March 21st. Testing kicks off in April with reading and math testing for 5th grade. The food drive that had been held during the month of March ends this week. The schedule for Title I staff has been adjusted slightly to allow staff to meet with the classroom teachers each Monday.
Mr. Widvey reported on testing in April. All registration for 2013-14has been completed; he and Mr. Klein will begin putting together the master schedule soon. There are expected to be 61 seventh graders coming over from the elementary and another six to ten from parochial schools in the area, for a 7th-grade class total of about 70 students next fall. The annual 6th-grade orientation will be held on May 8th. As stated earlier, April 16th is the day seniors will come in late-morning for grounds clean-up. The band leaves for their Chicago trip on March 21st.
Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings – 3/27 – Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, 4/6 – Business Expo, 4/8 – Budget Committee meeting, 4/17 – Benton-Stearns Education District, also the next regular school board meeting, 4/19 – SEE. He also indicated that he had received a Notice of Desire to negotiate from Education Minnesota – Kimball. As determined at the last meeting, a denial letter was sent to the family requesting transportation from Eden Valley.
Tax Capacity Rates were shared with the board. It was noted that of the 14 districts located in Stearns County, only three of those districts have rates lower than Kimball’s 21.1072 percent.
Because school was cancelled/closed on January 11th, March 5th, and March 18th, one day will need to be made up for the teachers to fulfill their contract days. Mr. Tritabaugh recommended that Friday, May 31st become a full day of in-service for staff, and Monday, June 3rd would be one-half-day for check-out for staff.
Mr. Tritabaugh received an e-mail from Kris O’Brien regarding several up-coming softball tournaments and requests for the use of the outdoor facilities. All in attendance agreed that for the Sports Boosters, a trained supervisor would be required at the beginning of each day of the tournament for 1-2 hours, and again at the end of the day for another 1-2 hours. Other groups which are not non-profit would fall under the fee structure spelled out in the policy. There would be costs for dragging and preparing fields as well.
Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District – Schreiner, Activities Committee – Zipoy, Community Education Advisory - Zipoy
Communications included a thank you from the Grace Bernardy family, the Wayne Honer family, and the Janet Eckman family.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $858,192.16, of which $699,121.25 is the high school bond payment. MC
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the consent agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included:
a. Approve minutes of February 27, 2013 Board Meeting
b. Accept donation of $400 from Cenex, Litchfield, for FFA
c. Approve reinvestment of $150,000 CD at Private Bank & Trust Col, Chicago, at .35 percent, for one year, maturing 3/13/14
The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein, to accept resignation for the purpose of retirement received from Carl W. Liedman, high school math teacher, at the end of the 2012-13 school year, with thanks and gratitude for a job well done, and sorry to see him go. MC
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve Megan Libbesmeier, additional assistant softball coach for the 2013 season at step 1 of Schedule C for coaches’ salaries. MC
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Hilsgen to approve the proposed calendar for the 2013-2014 school year. MC
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the proposed Integration Grant Application for FY14. MC
Motion by Stenger, seconded by Gagnon to adjourn at 7:33 p.m.
Tim Zipoy, Clerk
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, March 28, 2013.