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Kimball School Board Minutes Meeting Sept. 18, 2013

REGULAR MEETING Unofficial Minutes Board of Education September 18, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN

The meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:00 p.m. with all board members except Stenger present. Member Stenger arrived at 6:05. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Member Zipoy asked to add Item #7 to the discussion items – Department Updates. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as amended. MC

Item 6 of the discussion items was moved up to this point of the agenda. Marcia Mahlum addressed the board on behalf of third grade parents. Parents are concerned with the number of students in each classroom at
30 or more. Questions arise as to how the students are able to learn in this environment; what will happen to the middle-of-the-road students? The parents would like to know how the board plans to address this situation. Mr. Tritabaugh brought the board up-to-date with the current enrollment in each of the elementary grades. Third grade is currently at 60 students with 30 in each classroom. Following discussion and looking at several options, motion by Hilsgen, seconded by Stein to approve hiring a .44 licensed teacher to reduce the class sizes during the core reading and math instruction times. MC

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included a thank you from Katelyn Lichte (2013 graduate), thanking the district and staff for the superior education received and for preparing her for college at the University of Minnesota. Also, the A-honor roll students from last spring were honored at breakfast on Wednesday morning.

Mr. Houseman thanked the students and staff for a great start to the school year. PIN nights were very well attended with lots of questions being asked and answered. The bullying prevention curriculum is being utilized this year at the elementary. KES was notified that Carolyn Schlawin has been appointed to the Reading Corps position. Title I assistants started back to work this week and are busy with evaluations and scheduling. Picture day at the elementary is October 23
and 24. The Book Fair will be October 30, and Grandparents’ Day will be held November 1.

Mr. Widvey reported on a great opening to the school year. Open house was the best he’s had in his time at Kimball with excellent participation. The 8th graders had a good field trip to Quarry Park today. B-honor roll students were recognized at lunch time today. New this year is a 7th Grade Boot Camp. Students are split into four groups led by Mr. Widvey,
Ms. Bonnifield, Ms. Winkelman, and Mr. Strand. Topics include various “what to do if…” scenarios.
September 19 is the last day of Boot Camp. Picture day at the high school is September 26.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on up-coming meetings – September 19 – SEE, September 25 – Stearns County Family Services Collaborative, October 2 – Negotiations, October 16 – Benton-Stearns Education District, and October 23 – School Board Meeting. Last month board members were informed that the audit would be presented at the September meeting; however, after preliminary review, it was decided that some revenues were not finalized at the state level. At the advice of the auditors, the audit will be presented at the October 23 meeting.

Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed and handed out MSBA delegate ballots to each member and asked that they complete their ballots and return them to him before leaving the meeting so that they could be mailed together.

Member Zipoy asked where we were at with having the various departments report to the board. He wasn’t sure it needed to be every month, but he would appreciate having reports occasionally. Mr. Widvey indicated that he would talk to his staff and set up a schedule.

Committee reports included Negotiations – Stenger; Health & Safety – Widvey; Benton-Stearns Education District - Schreiner.

There were thank you cards from the West family, the Jensen family, the Palm family, and Stacy Helgeson.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy, to approve listed bills in the amount of $173,400.41 of which $52,721.25 is a high school bond interest payment. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the Consent Agenda. The Consent Agenda included:

• Approve minutes for Aug. 21,
2013, regular board meeting

• Accept donation of $500 received from Kuechle Underground toward the Hall of Fame event

The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy, with a thank you, to accept a $163.30 donation from the Kimball Sports Boosters toward the purchase of football helmet decals. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Gagnon, also with thanks, to accept a $50.00 donation from Dave Kothe to be used toward the Hall of Fame event. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve a long-term substitute contract with Yunqing (Moya) Wang, Special Education Instructor beginning
September 12, 2013. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stenger to approve a contract with Whitney Gettler, Kindergarten Instructor for the 2013-2014 school year. MC This contract replaces the long-term substitute contract at the beginning of the school year.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein, with best of luck in other endeavors, to accept the resignation received from Jenny Moe, ECFE instructor, effective with the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year. MC

Motion by Stein, seconded by Gagnon to approve the fund raiser request from the girls’ basketball program to hold two tournaments. MC

After review of the proposed 2013 Payable 2014 Levy, motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to certify the maximum at this time. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction as presented and reviewed by Mr. Widvey. MC

Member Zipoy asked if all was good with the Booster Organization and their facilities use as it relates to training for facilities supervision. All seems to be fine at this time.

Bob Merchant indicated that there will be a Dodge Test Drive held on Friday, October 4. The maximum that can be raised is $4,000.

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to adjourn at 7:37 p.m.

Tim Zipoy, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.