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Kimball school board accepts clay-target shooting, robotics; increases lunch prices

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor

At its June 19 board meeting, the Kimball Area School District voted to add clay-target shooting and robotics to its array of extracurricular activities.

Clay-target shooting is the fastest growing high school sport in Minnesota. The Kimball team schedule will be coordinated through the Minnesota High School League, as are other school sports. Participation fees for the sport will remain the same as other sports. 

What is unique about this high school team sport is that they will not travel. They will compete against teams across the state with similar-sized teams (regardless of the size of the schools). They will shoot at their home base, the Kimball Rod & Gun Club, and score themselves. Their team scores then will be compared with competing teams for each match.

A robotics team for grades 9-12 will be added to Kimball’s extracurriculars. This is dependent upon the school obtaining a free starter kit from St. Cloud Technical College, and also finding a volunteer parent to be the team advisor (no technical knowledge needed).

Activities director Bruce Holmseth presented the year’s summary for sports. He thinks this past school year may be a record for State competition entries for students, in fine arts, speech, and sports.

The board decided not to leave the CMC league for a section league for football only (that might travel even more than they do now, and lose their local rivalries).

Holmseth was selected to represent 44 schools as Activities Director representative for Region 5.

Summer school at the high school is winding up (last week). Summer school at the elementary began this week.

This year’s Cubs Club (summer learning programs) was cancelled for lack of participation; only three students were signed up. Community Ed is in the process of re-evaluting and re-focusing its programs.

P.I.E. donated another $3,100 for a smartboard and projector. All classrooms at KES now have smartboards. Two more may be needed for other rooms at the school. So far, the 2013-14 kindergarten class is 54. The largest class at KES will be third grade, with 56 students expected so far.

The next meeting of the school board will be Wednesday, July 17. They plan to discuss replacing the far-west end ballfield with parking, among other topics. 

Watch next week’s paper for the minutes of the board’s June 19 meeting.