REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education April 17, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN
The board meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:01 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
Community items included a thank you from the All Sports Booster Club to everyone who came to the local Business Expo to test-drive a car. More than $4,500 was raised with this event.
Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the success of the band at their solo and ensemble competition on March 19th. The band then left for their trip to Chicago on the 21st which resulted in a very positive letter being received from a gentleman from San Francisco who happened upon the bands’ performance in Chicago; he was very impressed. Mr. Mortenson has been working with Katelyn Lichte, Hannah Zipoy, Jon Bisila, and Cole Denn to participate in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The team was successful in the first round of competition, landing in the top 175 teams. Unfortunately the team did not advance to the final round. The band and choir both won State Superior rankings at their large group ensemble competition. Alissa Jones, Logan Bartholomew, Camen Markgraf, and Olivia Straley will be competing at the State Speech competition on April 20th in Blaine. The Speech team was the Central Minnesota Conference champions, and Coach Jody Markgraf was named Coach of the Year. Mr. Houseman asked to recognize Nancy Bonnifield and her work with the school web page and design. Also his appreciation in advance to Ms. Nelson and the FFA for their work with the elementary on Ag Day on May 16th.
Mr. Widvey reported on graduation coming up on May 30th; the clean-up day to be completed by the seniors has been postponed due to the weather; the Student Handbook will be brought to the board at their May meeting; the Students of Excellence Banquet will be held on April 24th; the annual Dollars for Scholars Gala is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, and Prom will be held on May 11th at the Classic Cars hall in Annandale. The spring choir concert will be held on Sunday, May 19th with the band concert on Monday the 20th. The senior picnic will be held on Thursday May 23rd with the Awards Day and Annual Signing on May 24th. Graduation is set for Thursday, May 30th. Testing is complete for this week with more testing scheduled for next week.
Mr. Houseman reported on reading testing being complete. An update on kindergarten numbers for next year: we are expecting 53 or 54 at this time. The numbers will be watched closely over the summer. The statewide tornado drill will be held on Thursday, April 18th. The 5th graders will travel to St. Cloud State University on April 25th, and Bounce Day will be held on the 26th from 8:30 – 11:30.
Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings – 4/19 – SEE, 5/6 – Budget Committee, 5/15 – Benton-Stearns Education District in the morning with the next regular board meeting that evening. 5/23 will be another SEE meeting.
The superintendent attended a Stearns County Family Services Collaborative meeting earlier in the month learning that the Kimball District was the only participating district that had submitted all required information to begin the program. Kimball, along with other districts in the county, will be participating in a Time Study which will result in a revenue stream that should help to fund positions similar to the Chemical Health Counselor and Social Worker currently placed in our district on a limited basis.
An advertisement will be published in the near future advertising for bids for Student Transportation.
Due to school having been closed due to weather for four days this winter, students will now be required to make-up one of those days. In order to fulfill required contact days, classes will be held for students on Friday, May 31st. The teacher make-up day will be moved to all day on Monday, June 3rd and ½ day for checkout on Tuesday, June 4th.
Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District – Schreiner, Budget Committee – Hilsgen and Tritabaugh.
Communications included a thank you from Lee Paulzine and family.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $139,794.15. MC
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the consent agenda. MC with member Hilsgen opposing the motion. The Consent Agenda included:
• Approve minutes of March 20, 2013 Board Meeting
• Accept donation of $381.75 from Letterwinners to purchase two shot puts and a discus for track
• Approve reinvestment of $196,000 CD at Bank of China, New York, New York, at .35% for one year, maturing 3/25/14
• Approve reinvestment of $97,000 CD at Bank of East Asia, New York, New York, at .40% for one year, maturing 4/2/14
The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.
Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stenger to approve request for maternity leave received from Tabitha Mortenson from approximately May 20th through the end of the year. MC
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to approve a fundraiser request from Kimball Softball to raise funds to purchase a new drop-down batting cage. MC
Motion by Stenger, seconded by Zipoy to close the open meeting pursuant to Minn. Stat. 13D.05, Subdivision 2(b) for confidential employee information at 7:05 p.m. MC
Motion by Stenger, seconded by Stein to end the closed portion of the meeting at 7:45 p.m. MC
Motion by Stenger, seconded by Zipoy to re-open the regular board meeting at 7:45 p.m. MC
Members and Mr. Tritabaugh discussed financial information regarding education funding as it relates to an inquiry from a community member.
Motion by Hilsgen, seconded by Gagnon to adjourn at 7:59 p.m.
Tim Zipoy, Clerk
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, May 2, 2013.