At least one parent was present at the Nov. 20 Kimball school board meeting to express concern, and a desire for a full-time superintendent. Shawn Meyer said we need a full-time superintendent now more than ever, especially with the financial problems now facing the district (Statutory Operating Debt, or S.O.D.). He personally offered to do whatever is needed to help pay for a full-time superintendent, even if it means selling donuts in the parking lot. “We get what we pay for,” Meyer said.
No board discussion was held at this meeting about starting the process to find a replacement superintendent, or whether that replacement would be full-time or part-time. Now that Mr. Tritabaugh’s resignation has been filed and accepted, the board can move forward to post the job, establish a hiring committee (that may include teachers and community members), conduct interviews, and hire a superintendent to be in place before June 30.
The entire fifth grade at Kimball Elementary School completed their nine-week D.A.R.E. program with Stearns County Deputy Sheriff Gina Feldewerd (far left). Their graduation ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 20, in the KES gym. Each student was required to write an essay on what the D.A.R.E. program meant to them, and four students were selected to read their essays during the ceremony Wednesday; below are those four students with Deputy Feldewerd (in back) Oliver Straley and Amanda Curtis, (in front) Zack Holtz and Madison Streit. Each student received a certificate of completion, and those who read their essays received a D.A.R.E. mascot stuffed animal. This was Deputy Feldewerd’s fourth and last year in the D.A.R.E. program. (D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, and their goal is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua.
In a letter dated Nov. 13, 2013, Kimball schools superintendent John Tritabaugh resigned, effective June 30, 2013.
Tritabaugh was hired as a one-year, part-time, interim superintendent. That was eight years ago.
Tritabaugh has made it no secret that this would be his last year as interim superintendent. His resignation letter only makes it official, and allows the school board now to initiate a search for a replacement.
The question now may be how to hire (and pay for) a full-time superintendent.
The Kimball American Legion Post 261 Auxiliary hosted their annual Teacher Tea at the Legion Club. Teachers and staff came and went after school Wednesday, Nov. 20, for some sandwiches and cookies and camaraderie. The Legion Auxiliary hosts the event each year, and has since its beginning, as a way to acknowledge and appreciate the
education our military service men and women need and receive. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Class Registration is open. Winter session of seven-week ECFE classes begins the week of Dec. 1.
Let’s Learn (for families with children ages 3-5) meets Tuesdays at Kimball Elementary from 6-7:30 p.m.
Mixed Age (for families with children ages birth–5) meets Thursday at Kimball Elementary from 9:15-10:45 a.m.
Mixed Age (for families with children ages birth–5) meets Thursdays at Watkins Elementary from 6-7:30 p.m.
NEW ECFE Opportunity
Monday Night Open Gyms for families of infants-5 years old.
Dates: Nov. 25, Dec. 9, Jan. 27
Time: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Location: Watkins Elementary
Fee: One non-perishable food item per child (to be donated to local food shelf)