Request for Quotes For Snow Removal
Independent School District 739 is now taking quotes for snow removal for the 2013-2014 school year. Quotations must be based on information that may be picked up in the District Office at 100 Highway 55 West, Kimball, Minn. Selected contractor must provide proof of insurance listing the ISD 739 as an additional insured. Quotations will be accepted until 1 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013. Submit quotations to the following: Kimball Area Public Schools, John K. Tritabaugh, Superintendent, P.O. Box 368, Kimball, MN 55353. Please note “Snow Removal Quotation” on the outside of the envelope.
Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, 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.
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.
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING Unofficial minutes Board of Education July 17, 2013 Ind. School District 739 Kimball, MN
The meeting was called to order by chair Schreiner at 6:00 with all board members except Stenger present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the agenda as presented. MC
Micah Myers shared his frustration in inadequate funding for rural school districts, in particular Kindergarten funding. He asked how the community tax payers can help to convince the legislature to level the funding between rural and metro schools. Mr. Tritabaugh responded by explaining that the District belongs to the Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) organization whose purpose is to be a voice for the rural schools at the legislature. He also stated that it’s the voice of the parents that is best heard by the legislators. Mr. Myers asked to be informed when the time comes to contact legislators so that he can get involved and try to get the issue moved forward.
The 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. Zipoy/Stein to approve the agenda as presented. MC
Mr. Holmseth presented a year-end re-cap of the activities noting that there was at least one state entrant in each season. He also reviewed the proposed Clay Target League and how that activity would be run.
Celebrations and successes of students and staff included Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013 and thank you to the board members for being at graduation to congratulate each senior. Congratulations to Nicole Vossen in advancing to state competition in golf. Austyn Schlueter and Connor Wittenberg also advanced to state in shot put and hurdle competition. A number of records were broken in the track program this season. The PIE group has done some planting in front of the elementary school; thank you to them for their work and support of the elementary programs.
Mr. Widvey reported that the building is very quiet and work has begun to prepare it for next year. Summer school finishes up this Friday.
Mr. Houseman reported on sidewalk concrete being poured in front of the elementary; custodians are working on readying the building for next school year, Targeted Services programs are in session this week with the summer school program running next week. The 5th grade teachers put together results from a survey related to the Iron Range Trip which showed positive results. Kindergarten numbers are still at 54 and the third grade is at 56 currently. The Elementary Student/Parent Handbook was reviewed for later approval.
Mr. Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings – Monday, June 24th – negotiations, July 17 – next regular board meeting.
From the work session held on June 10th, Mr. Tritabaugh spoke with the city engineer and also Stearns County Environmental Services regarding the plans to convert the far west ball field into a parking area. It was agreed by the board to move forward with this process. Several board members and the superintendent will meet next week to walk the area and take measurements for layout.
The Community Education Director revised the proposed document to be made available for facilities supervisors. Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the changes that had been made.
Committee Reports included: SEE – Tritabaugh, Community Education Advisory – Gagnon, Facilities – Tritabaugh, Activities – Zipoy, Benton-Stearns Education District - Tritabaugh.
There were no communications.
Stenger/Gagnon to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $88,767.52. MC
Gagnon/Zipoy to approve the consent agenda. MC. The Consent Agenda included: Approve minutes of May 15, 2013, Board Meeting, accept $3,100 donation from PIE toward the purchase and installation of a Smart Board and projector, accept $500 donation from PIE toward the Accelerated Reader Program for 2013-2014 school year, accept $250 donation from Kimball Firemen’s Relief Assn. toward the School of Fish, a Community Education program, accept donation of $50 from Kimball Sports Boosters for the purchase of two state track T-shirts for participants, accept donation of $848.24 from Kimball Sports Boosters for the purchase of PLO boxes, accept donation of $400 from Flavors on Friday toward the elementary library for 2013-2014, accept donation of $437.65 from Flavors on Friday toward the purchase of Ed. Helper renewal and instructional supplies at the elementary, accept donation of $291.27 from 4th Grade fundraiser toward the purchase of 4th Grade Folders, approve reinvestment of CD for $245,000 at Israel Discount Bank of New York, at .45 percent for one year, maturing on 6/11/14.
The treasurer’s report was reviewed and discussed.
Zipoy/Stenger approved a fundraiser request to raise awareness about bullying, provided that in the future the individuals putting together this fundraiser follow protocol requesting approval prior to holding the fundraiser. MC
Gagnon/Stein, with a thank you for past years of coaching and a hope that he will return in a few years, accepted the coaching resignation from 7th grade volleyball and 7th grade girls’ basketball received from Barry Strand. MC
Zipoy/Gagnon, with much gratitude for her efforts, accepted resignation from Yearbook Advisor received from Tracy Nelson. MC Ms. Nelson commented that she would agree to complete the supplement to the 2013 yearbook.
Gagnon/Zipoy approved the Memorandum of Understanding with Gary Riess for 2013-2014. MC with members Hilsgen and Stein opposing the motion.
Stenger/Hilsgen approved an extended contract with Tracy Nelson for twelve (12) days. MC
Zipoy/Stenger approved an extended contract with Jay Klein for six (6) days. MC
Gagnon/Stein approved an extended contract with the Activities Director based on 15 days. MC
Gagnon/Zipoy approved request for Child Care Leave for Krisanne Forsman, elementary teacher, from August 23, through October 31, 2013. MC
Gagnon/Zipoy approved the start-up of a robotics team for 2013-2014 with the following stipulations: there will be only one (1) team the first year for grades 9–12; there will be an advisor available; the robotics kit is available at no cost through SCTCC. MC
Stein/Stenger approved the start-up of a Clay Target League for 2013-2014 with the following stipulations: the activity fee is to stay competitive with that of the other activities offered; there will be no cost to the district for this activity. MC
Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Elementary Student Handbook for 2013-2014. MC
Stein/Zipoy approved an increase in lunch prices by 15 cents per meal (adult and student) for 2013-2014 school year. MC
After review of the proposed Revised Budget for 2012-2013, Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Revised Budget as follows:
After review of the proposed 2013-2014 Budget, Stein/Gagnon adopted the 2013-2014 Operating Budget as follows (the food service budget will be revised when it becomes available):
Hilsgen/Stein approved the Health and Safety budgets for FY13, FY14 and FY15 as presented. MC
After review of Policy EBD – Health and Safety Policy, Gagnon/Zipoy approved the policy as presented. MC
Jean Doran-Matua indicated that plans are under way for the updated Community Guide which is to be published later in July. If the board would like to update their advertisement, she would accept any changes at the next board meeting.
Gagnon/Stein to adjourn at 8:12 p.m.
Tim Zipoy, Clerk
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, July 4, 2013.