Tricounty News

Kimball school board met Nov. 20

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.

A group from BLT (Building Leadership Together), a Leo youth group of the Kimball and Fair Haven Lions, presented to the board their plans for a fundraiser. The group had attended We Day in St. Paul Oct. 8, and as a result they want to do one local project and one global project this year. Their plan is to pack 50,000 meals by the end of the day March 25, at the school, as part of Kids Against Hunger. They need to raise $9,000 locally in order for the Kimball school to be a packing site; if they fall short of that goal, all money raised will be donated to another nearby site, and students will go there to pack food March 25. The project would kick off Jan. 15, and would involve other student groups including fifth- and sixth-grade student government. The board gave its approval to proceed with their plans.

A number of parents attended the meeting because of scheduling issues with school facilities. A committee was formed to look into where and how priority is given for gyms and other facilities between school athletics, community ed., and youth athletics. The committee will work to clarify the many “gray areas” in scheduling, and put proper procedures into place.

Bob Merchant represented the Kimball Booster Club on the scheduling issues. He also presented the board with a list of contributions made by the Booster Club so far in 2013. The Booster Club had committed to donate a minimum of $5,000 a year to the schools; so far this year their total is more than $20,000.

$2,000Varsity football 


$1,500JV baseball field 


$1,000Dollars for Scholars

$1,200Wrestling mat

$   952Practice jerseys for

varsity basketball

$   743Pylo boxes for weight 


$   200T-shirts for weight-

lifting program

$   500Track coach

$1,000Youth track hurdles

$   428Bleacher Creature 


$   300Choir bus fee to 


$   300Cross-Country T-shirts

$   210Pitching plate 


$   257Basketballs for open 


$     50T-shirts for State track

$10,640Total direct donations

$2,282Batting cage netting

$   250Batting cage cables
and connectors

$   539Baseball protective 


$   192Baseballs for pitching


$6,211Dr. Dish basketball


$9,474Other donations that

benefit the schools

$20,115Total donations 



The next Bleacher Creature Nights will be Jan. 17 and 24. (The Booster Club pays admission for elementary-age students to attend basketball games.) A sponsor has been lined up, and there will be free popcorn again.

A garden bench has been donated by Landscape Structures. It will be placed in the elementary school garden, with a plaque in memory of Shawn Laudenbach.

Mr. Houseman reported that, following a number of anti-bullying presentations at the elementary school, a group of sixth-graders in Mrs. Bauerly’s class has established themselves as the “anti-bullying buddies.” They go around to other classrooms and help to reinforce the anti-bullying training they’ve received.

Report cards will go out Nov. 27.
KES concerts are Dec. 12 and 16. KES will hold a “pajama day” where students pay $1 to be able to wear pajamas in school; all those dollars will go toward the purchase of an iPad for the school.

The Kimball Lions approved another $1,200 donation to KES for the purchase of three more iPads for classrooms.

The English department will make a presentation of its programs at the next school board meeting.

Superintendent Tritabaugh reported that negotiations with teachers are at a stand-still, the teachers having rejected the board’s latest offer. The next negotiations meeting is Dec. 11. 

The Truth in Taxation meeting of the school board is Dec. 18. This is the opportunity for taxpayers to attend the meeting, ask questions, and learn more about where their school tax money is going.

The board decided to print only pocket sport schedules next year, and not posters.

In the consent agenda, the board unanimously approved: 

• accepting a donation from Jodi and Mike Schindler for the purchase of a portable scoreboard;

• approved Dode Klein as a long-term substitute for Krisanne Forsman, Nov. 4 - Dec. 20, at the elementary school; Forsman is out on maternity leave;

• approved April Daluge as a long-term substitute for Cortney Voigt, school readiness instructor, from Dec. 3 - Jan. 15, for maternity leave.

The “Carnelian” (school yearbook) will do some fundraisers this year to help offset the high cost of printing yearbooks.

The next meeting of the Kimball school board will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18; this also is the Truth in Taxation meeting. All meetings are open to the public. Visitors are asked to fill out a card at the beginning of the meeting.