Tricounty News

Kimball School District 739 Board Minutes Dec. 18, 2013

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

The Truth In Taxation Hearing was opened at 6:00 p.m. No one from the community was present with questions. Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the proposed tax levy which reflects a 3.27 percent reduction in levy from the previous year. Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to close the Truth In Taxation Hearing at 6:05 p.m. MC

The regular school board meeting was called to order by Chair Schreiner at 6:05 p.m. with all board members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.

Member Schreiner added acceptance of a donation from Arnolds of Kimball following the Consent Agenda. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as amended. MC

Bob Merchant commented on registrations for the youth basketball tournaments coming up – the girls’ tournament has 15 registrations currently, and will be held on February 8th. The boys’ tournament is scheduled for March 1st and currently has 31 registrations. They are hopeful that more girls’ teams register as they would like to have closer to 24 teams participate.

Mr. Holmseth reviewed the fall activities with regards to their successes and participation. He also reviewed the current participation numbers for the winter activities. Highlights of other activities such as Leadership Conferences, Letterwinners Club activity, Clay Target League fundraiser, and the youth retreats provided by the Integration Grant were also shared.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included great Holiday concerts by the elementary students as well as the high school band and choir. Thank you to Arlene Sands and Mary West for their efforts to make the elementary programs a success, also to Eric Peterson and Patrick Mertens for their work setting up and taking down the stage for the programs. Austin Schiefelbein, ranked #4 in the state, pinned the #1 ranked wrestler in the match against KMS on Tuesday evening. Boys’ basketball is 4-1 with a big game against HLWW on the 19th. The girls’ will be at home against EVW on Friday, the 20th.

Mr. Widvey reported on the Registration Course Guide coming to the board for review in January. He hopes to have students complete pre-registration in February. A new Teacher Evaluation model is being looked at by staff. This will be brought for approval in February. On January 24th the One-Act Play performance will be presented at 1:20 and 2:15 if board members would like to stop by for one of the performances. The English Department will present to the board in January, and in February the Career & Tech areas – FACS, Business, Ag/Technology – will present.

In Mr. Houseman’s absence, Mr. Tritabaugh reported on the upcoming Family Fun math night on February 3rd, and a copy of the current class sizes at the elementary was given to each of the board members.

Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings: December 19 – Holiday Treats in the board room, January 8 – Meet and Confer and Negotiations, January 15 – Benton-Stearns Education District and the next Regular Board Meeting.

In regards to the SOD plan,
Mr. Tritabaugh and the business manager attended a workshop at Minnesota Department of Education on December 10th. They are currently working on the spreadsheets and narrative. The plan will be brought to the board for approval at the January 15th meeting with submittal to MDE prior to January 31st.

Committee reports included Health & Safety – Stenger, SEE – Tritabaugh, Meet & Confer – Gagnon/Tritabaugh, Negotiations – Stenger/Tritabaugh, Facilities – Stein, Activities – Stein/Zipoy

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the listed bills in the amount of $148,066.71. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda consisted of:

• Approve minutes for November 20, 2013 regular board meeting

• Accept donation from the Wrestling Booster Club in the amount of $2,108.40 to cover the cost of wrestling warm-ups

• Accept donation from Kimball Lions in the amount of $1200 for the Kimball Elementary iPay for iPads program

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to accept donation from Arnolds of Kimball in the amount of $250 to be used by the Robotics program. MC

The treasurer’s report for November was reviewed and discussed.

Motion by Stein, seconded by Hilsgen to approve long-term substitute contract with Laura Boillat, substitute for Keith Haake, from January 21, 2014, to April 11, 2014, or until Mr. Haake’s return. MC

Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Hilsgen to approve the elementary school fundraiser that was held November 13 – December 6. MC

Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stenger to certify the 2013 Payable 2014 levy. MC

State Representative Jeff Howe shared his interest in PK-12 education and encouraged the board to contact him any time. He also presented the District with a certificate honoring Kimball Elementary as a Reward School. This honor is given to the top 15 percent of Title I school in the State of Minnesota.

Motion by Stenger, seconded by Gagnon to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Zipoy, Clerk

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.