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.