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Thursday, January 29, 2009 T.~.~Ta Government Tri-County News * Kimball, MN "L'vSu'6~ Legal Notice REGULAR MEETING : BOARD OF EDUCATION DECEMBER 17, 2008 IND. SCHOOL DISTRICT 739 KIMBALL, MINN. The meeting was called to order by Chair Laabs at 6:30 p.m. All members were present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as amended. The Athletic Commit- tee Report was brought to the top of the agenda. MC Mr. Holmseth, Activities Direc- tor presented the board with the number of participfints in each of the current winter activities. He indicated that a Pep Fe#t had been held on the 12th of Decem- ber introducing all of the partici- pants including Band and Knowl- edge Bowl. Spirit Shirts were made available to all senior high stu- dents this year for a short two- week period. The purchase of a T-shirt covers admission to any of the home-sponsored activities for the winter season. Three tourna- ments are coming up - the Boys' BasketballChristmas Tournament, the Wrestling Duals, and the Wres- tling Final Four. The Activities Web page has had numerous hits since September, averaging about 18,000 hits per month. The Letterwinners organization is working with B & N Signs to produce Kimball Gear all year long, Each sport will have its own clothing available dur- ing the season, but generic Kim- ball clothing will be made avail- able in addition on a continuous basis. Mr. Holmseth has met with the All Sports Booster Club, and is meeting with the Wrestling Boost- ers on the 18th, in an effort to try to meet on a monthly basis to keep communications open between the Booster Clubs and the school's athletic department. Finally, both of the Booster Organizations have put together a proposal to attempt to bring back cheerleading. It isn't likely that this activity can be brought back for the remainder of this winter sports season, but throughout the spring he will try to locate the interested students so that practices can be held and try- outs completed. Several questions were asked including whether any students have been turned away, or not able to participate because of the inability to pay fees; ques- tions on concessions; a question regarding open gym vs. playing at the outside courts; and require- ment of a Taher emploYee needed for concessions. Celebrations and successes of students and staff included the band and choir concert and art show held on December 15. There was a good turnout and the perfor- mances were excellent. Mr. Widvey reported on the itin- erary for the planned band trip to Chicago scheduled for March 20 - 23, 2009. Also, he will have the 2009-2010 Registration Course Guide available at the January board meeting for the board to approve. This will enable earlier scheduling. Mr. Clark reported on the Fifth- Grade DARE graduation; Knowl- edge Bowl teams did very well this year with great coaches and vol- unteer parents; the Kindergar- ten through grade 3 Holiday pro- gram was held on December 2nd with standing room only; the high school choir performed at the ele- mentary; December 6th was the staff Holiday gathering at the 400 Club; there are only 14 days remaining in the second quarter; and he and Mr. Widvey revised the job description for the special edu- cation para-professionals for the board to review prior to approving in January. Superintendent Tritabaugh reported on upcoming meetings - December 18th there will be Hol- iday Treats provided by the Trita- baughs in the board room for all staff and board members; Janu- ary 8th there is a budget commit- tee meeting. January 21st there is a Benton-Stearns Education District Meeting, a Meet and Confer Meet- ing if necessary, and the next regu- lar board meeting. Community Items included a request/suggestion presented by Judy Markgraff and member Dock- cry on behalf of the Speech team and the Performing Arts Club, to name the Cafetorium at the high school after Angela Provost San- dal, 'long-time English instruc- tor, Drama Club advisor, Speech coach, and Cheefleading advi- sor. The board suggested putting something forward, and possibly running a survey to be sure this naming would be acceptable by the community. It was also suggested that the District put together some type of policy on requirements necessary for the naming of spaces in the schools. It was also reported that the Kimball Cares meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month, and that it would be a great way for the board to collab- orate with community organiza- tions. Committee reports included SEE - Laabs, Benton-Stearns - Laabs, HeaRh & Safety - Trita- baugh, Meet & Confer - Peglow, Family Services Collaborative - Laabs, Budget Committee - Dock- ery &'Helgeson. Communications included the calendars from Taher, Inc. and a ballot received from Resource Training & Solutions. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Peglow to approve payment of the listed bills in the amount of $149,767.41. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Dockery to approve the consent agenda. MC The consen.t agenda included: Approve minutes of November 12, 2008 Board Meeting Accept donation of 30 duf- fel bags for use by the wrestlers; request that these be used as part of the uniform Approve request for maternity leave received from Tracy Theis from approximately February 25, 2009, continuing for eight weeks Accept donation received from Kimball Wrestling Boosters in the amount of $5,026.34 toward the purchase of new scoreboards for the North Gym Accept donation received from Kimball All Sports Boosters in the amount of $3,000 toward the pur- chase of new scoreboards for the North Gym Approve Long-term Sub con- tract with Howard Bahn, for Bill Liedman from December 8, 2008 through about January 16, 2009 The treasurer's report for November was reviewed and dis- cussed. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Helgeson to approve the hir- ing of Amber Markwardt, high school special education parapro: fessional, beginning December 1, 2008, at Category II, Step 1 of the non-licensed schedule. MC Motion by Stenger, seconded by Dockery to accept donation rbceived from Kimball Firemen's Relief Association in the amount of $1,000 toward the purchase of the new scoreboards' in the North Gym. MC Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the 2008 Payable 2009 Levy Certifi- cation. Motion by Helgeson, sec- onded by Peglow to Certify .the Levy as presented. MC Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Helgeson to adopt the Agreement and Basic Plan Document with CPI Common Remitter Service for 403 (b) compliance. Mr. Tritabaugh reminded the board that this had been put out for quotes last spring with a final vendor being selected by a committee earlier in the year. The IRS is requiring all schools to work with third party adminis- trators to assure that districts are meeting IRS requirements and are in compliance with 403(b) regula- tions. MC Member Peglow introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDA- TIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSI- TIONS AND REASONS THEREFORE. WHEREAS, the financial condi- tion of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and/or WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and, WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in stu- dent enrollment must include dis- continuance of positions and dis- continuance or curtailment of pro- grams, and WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teach- ers' contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teach- ers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discon- tinuance of positions, BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School Dis- trict No. 739, as follows: That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and/or as a result of a reduction in enroll- ment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontin- uance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of posi- tions or curtailment of positions. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Dockery and Page 13 upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof." Stenger, Dockery, Peglow, Laabs, Helgeson, and Zipoy and the following voted against the same: none whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. The revised Medications Policy JHCDA was presented for approval. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Dockery to approve the policy as revised. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to adjourn at 9:37 p.m. Robin Dockery, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Legal Notice PUBLIC NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO FILE APPLICATION The City of Kimball has filed an application for financial assis- tance with USDA, Rural Develop- ment. The specific purpose of this application is to make improve- ments to the city's water, waste- water and roadway systems. Any written comments regarding this application should be provided within (15) days of this publication to USDA, Rural Development, 380 South Garfield Street, Cambridge, MN 55008. Requests to receive a copy of this application should be directed to this office. Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Legal Notice VARIANCE HEARING A request has been made from Brian Becker for a variance hear- ing concerning the side wall height for a shed. Located in Sec. 11 Twp 121 Rng 029, Parcel # 20.11201/000. Maine Prairie Township ordi- nance #6.2.1 allows for a 12-foot high sidewall in an R5 zoning dis- trict, Brian Becker is requesting a 16-foot high side.wall. This hearing will take place at their monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 10, at the Kimball Area Fire and Rescue Hall, 300 N Elm St., Kimball. Any comments may be made at that time or sent to 12670 Co. Rd. 149, Watkins MN 55389 to be read at the meeting. 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