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PAGE 14 January 28, 2016 ....... www.tricountynews.mn Legal Notice REGULAR MEETING UNOFFICIAL MINUTES BOARD OF EDUCATION JANUARY 20, 2016 IND. SCHOOL DISTRICT 739 KIMBALL, MN The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Wagner at 6:00 p.m. with all board members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. The superintendent called for nominations for Board Chair. Stein nominated Schreiner, Zipoy seconded the nomination. Nominations were called an addi- tional three times, to which there were no further nominations. Upon vote taken, motion carried. Chair Schreiner took the seat of the chair and called for nomina- tions for Vice-Chair. Stein nomi- nated Zipoy. Becker seconded the nomination. Nominations were called an additional three times, to which there were no further nominations. Upon vote taken, motion carried. Chair Schreiner called for nom- inations for Clerk. Zipoy nomi- nated Becker. Hooper seconded the nomination. Nominations were called an additional three times, to which there were no further nominations. Upon vote taken, motion carried. Chair Schreiner called for nom- inations for Treasurer. Zipoy nom- inated Stein. Meyer seconded the nomination. Nominations were called an additional three times, to which there were no further nominations. Upon vote taken, motion carried. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Becker to approve the agenda as presented. MC Tom Lochen presented a stu- dent update to the board. He stated that there is a lot of great excitement among the stu- dents this year. He was not able to pinpoint any one specific rea- son, but it is good to see. Student Government is working to put the final touches on Snow Days which is occurring next week. They were contacted by Tammy Konz about helping with the Ski-lay For Life being held at Powder Ridge on February 27th. Knowledge Bowl has started their season and has a couple meets behind them. The Robotics Team has earned a trip to state competition. The weight room is always full of athletes and non-athletes working hard. The Vocational courses being offered are full and students are doing well. FFA is reaching and exceed- ing their goals for the year. Staff Reports included Brooke Olmscheid reviewing the Camp :O group that she has worked with last spring, over the sum- mer, and throughout the fall. This is a service-oriented group of 3rd - 6th grade students who meet after school on Thursdays. Elementary teachers Patti Bauerly, Joe Brennan, Whitney Hunt, and Blake Boran shared their discover- ies while visiting a couple schools in the Eden Prairie District. Felicia Mills briefly up dated the early edu- cation programs, and reminded the board that their PreK Literacy Night is on February 1st. Celebrations and successes of students and staff included FFA contest results. The various teams are doing very well. On January 5th, Bailey Schiefelbein was named Geography Bee Champion. The Robotics team will compete at State Tournament on January 29th and 30th at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. Both Girls' and Boys' Basketball teams are doing well this season. A thank you goes out to Kevin Kieke (and his employer) for sharing his time and talent with the Robotics team this year, as well as previous years. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Meyer to approve the consent agenda. MC. The consent agenda included: Approve minutes from the December 16, 2015 Regular meeting Approval of Bills Treasurer's and Quarterly Reports Approve Policy 470 - Wellness Incentive Pilot Program Accept donation of $500 from Kathleen and Randy Albers, towards the Kimball Senior Scholarship fund Accept donation of $1,000 from Kimball Firemen's Relief Association, towards the Kimball Senior Scholarship fund Accept donation of $500 from UMC Innovators Transforming Manufacturing, towards the Robotics program Accept donation of $750 from Rotochopper, towards the Robotics program Accept donation of $500 from Goldwear Jewelers, towards the Arts Club Accept donation of $400 from Kimball Rod & Gun Club towards the purchase of archery equipment Accept donation of $250 from AgVenture Feed & Seed, for the FFA Program Accept resignation received from Judy Minter, Elementary Paraprofessional, effective lanuary 15, 2016 Ms. Johnson reported on the Minnesota Student Survey to be taken by 5th grade students on January 26th. The Spelling Bee will be held at the high school on January 21st from 1:30-2:30. 5th grade classes are visiting Hilltop Nursing Home weekly for about six weeks. The residents from Hilltop travel to the elementary school to interact with the stu- dents during the final week of the program. Thank you to the teach- ers who attended the Eden Prairie visit. Their enthusiasm does not go unrecognized. PBIS has been hav- ing students focus on a character word each month. For January, the word is Respectfulness. Use of the word, and student actions, allows the students to put their name in a bucket to be drawn as student of the week, or student of the month. There has been one paraprofes- sional who needed to resign due to family needs, and one special edu- cation teacher asking to resign due to her recent marriage, and con- sequently moving to Washington to be with her husband. Teachers are busy prepping for the upcom- ing MCA testing. Finally, discus- sion has begun in regards of pos- sibly moving the 6th grade classes to the high school building begin- ning fall, 2016. Currently there are many unknowns; however, the incoming Kindergarten class is expected to be approximately 60 students, which will require a 3rd classroom. Also, there is a possibil- ity of the Legislature requiring all- day pre-school, which will result in the need for another classroom for the early education program- ming. Currently the elementary building is full. If one more class- room needs to be added at any grade level, there is nowhere to put them. If the (currently) three 6th grade classrooms move to the high school building, they would be housed in the current junior high portion of the building. This option is still being discussed. A parent meeting for current 5th grade students is in the process of being scheduled. Mr. Widvey reported on end- ing the first semester on Monday with a workshop day including the viewing of an anti-bullying video. The honors breakfast will be held in the upcoming weeks. Cheer for a Cure raised $1,833.05 in total for the Meeker County Relay for Life. Pre-registration will be held with 8th-llth grade students on February 3rd, with on-line regis- tration in the computer labs on February 17th. He should have a pretty good idea of which classes will be offered for the February board meeting. Again, the spell- ing bee will be held for grades 5-8 on January 21st. Snow Week will be held with theme days Monday- Thursday next week, with a day of activities on Friday. The One- Act Play will be performed for high school students on Thursday, February4th at 1:30 and 2:30. Mr. Wagner reported on the MSBA Conference. He asked member Hooper to share some of her experience. There is currently discussion between Kimball High School and the St. Cloud Technical and Community College in regards to building a joint pro- gram, possibly being a pilot pro- gram for SCTCC, in developing our vocational classes to be able to offer 2-year degrees to stu- dents in those areas (primarily welding) by the time they gradu- ate high school. The public meet- ing for January 25th has brought to light a conflict in the cafeto- rium space. One-Act will be prac- ticing until 6:30, and the sched- uled Financial Aid Night is sched- uled in the cafetorium at 7:00. Therefore, the public meeting will be moved to the Media Center. Nine old pieces of weight equip- ment are being removed from the fitness center and replaced with eight new pieces. The new equip- ment is much safer, and better for the individual using it than the old. Reassignment of commit- tee members is coming later in the agenda. Regarding the Solar Energy Program; Kimball Schools are being paired with Albany, ROCORI, and ACGC schools as well as the city of Cold Spring. This program should be up and running sometime over the sum- mer. He had the board members watch a short video on a product that, once installed, minimizes the amount of wasted energy that comes in and out of the facilities. The board asked that the repre- sentative present at the February board meeting. Lastly, with the election on Friday, February 5th, the board is required to Canvass the election between 3 and 10 days, or between the 8th and 12th. The board chose to reschedule their February meeting to Wednesday, February 10th, at 4:00 p.m. Reports included: Meet & Confer - Meyer, Negotiations - Becker, Benton-Stearns Education District- Schreiner. The Narrative and Plan regard- ing the District's Statutory Operating Debt status was reviewed. Given the current status of the district, it is anticipated that SOD status will be removed at the end of FY16, with a positive fund balance at the end of FY17, reach- ing a 3.9% positive fund balance by the end of FY19. Included in the projections is funding for mainte- nance and utilities of the proposed fitness center addition as well as an inflation rate on expenditures each year. Motion by Becker, sec- onded by Hooper to adopt the Resolution for Statutory operat- ing Debt (SOD) Recovery. Upon roll call vote, Hooper, Becker, Stein, Zipoy, Meyer, and Schreiner voted in favor. None voted against. Motion Carried. Motion by Meyer, seconded by Becker to approve the 2016-2017 school calendar as presented and reviewed. MC After review of current board committee assignments, Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Hooper to approve said assignments. MC The 2015-2016 Seniority List for licensed staff was presented for approval. The list has been reviewed by staff and administra- tors prior to being presented to the board. Motion by Meyer, seconded by Stein to approve the Seniority List as presented. MC Motion by Zipoy, with best of luck in her future, seconded by Becker to accept resigna- tion received from Jinhee Bae, Elementary Special Education Instructor, effective January 29, 2016. MC Motion by Stein, seconded by Hooper to approve a Long-term Substitute Teacher contract with Carol Race, effective February 1 through the end of the school year. MC Motion by Becker, second by Zipoyto approve hiring of Deborah Robben, elementary paraprofes- sional, at Category II, Step 1 of the Non-Licensed Agreement, begin- ning January 19, 2016. Announcements included Next Regular Board meeting 2/10 - 4:00 pm, Benton-Stearns Education District meeting on 2/17. Motion by Hooper, seconded by Stein to adjourn at 8:48 p.m. Brian Becker, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. 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