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Pa00e 14 Legal Notice ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING BOARD OF EDUCATION JANUARY 23, 2013 IND. SCHOOL DISTRICT 739 KIMBALL, MN (UNOFFICIAL MINUTES) The board meeting was called to order by member Gagnon at 6:00 p.m. with all members pres- ent. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. The first order of business was to nominate new officers. Zipoy nominated Schreiner, Gagnon seconded the nomination. Other nominations were called for 3 times. Hearing none, Zipoy motioned to appoint Schreiner as Chair, Stenger seconded the motion. MC Chair Schreiner called for nom- inations for Vice Chair. Stenger nominated Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy. Other nominations were called for 3 times. Hearing none, MC Chair Schreiner called for nominations for Clerk. Gagnon nominated Zipoy, seconded by Schreiner. Other nominations were called for 3 times. Hearing none, MC Chair Schreiner called for nom- inations for Treasurer. Gagnon nominated Stenger, Zipoy nomi- nated Stein. Stenger declined his nomination, and seconded the nomination for Stein. Other nom- inations were called for 3 times. Hearing none, MC Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as presented. MC Carly Serbus addressed the board requesting they consider transportation for her two chil- dren beginning fall of 2013, from her home in Eden Valley. The board transportation committee will look at current policy, cost, and options over the next months to see if an arrangement can be made. Miranda Cooper, Delaine Zongo, and Brittany Wittrock, cur- rent Spanish students, shared a number of fundraiser ideas that the Spanish classes would like to hold over the next two years to raise money to help cover the Lej00als .4 Government cost of their trip to Costa Rica in 2014. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Stein to approve the suggested fundraisers. They were asked to work with either the District or High School Office to sched- ule fundraisers at a time when no other fundraisers are taking place. MC Glenn Schindele, representing the Sports Boosters was present to share issues they are experienc- ing with the new facilities sched- uling and the cost to the Boost- ers for being required to have a building supervisor on-site dur- ing events. Mr. Tritabaugh asked that the Boosters work with Com- munity Education to have one or more individuals trained to cover the supervisory role. Celebrations and successes of students and staff included The Artist In Residence program is completed, thank you to Nancy Bonnifield and John Heckman for their work in making this a suc- cessful activity. There will be an art show at a later date and pieces will be on display at the City Hall. Austin Host won the Geography Bee on January 8th. Thank you to Jay Klein, Guidance Counselor, for his work in sponsoring a success- ful, well-attended financial aid information night. The 5th and 6th grade fish fry on January 4th was very successful. Mr. Houseman reported on the January 21st in-service day for staff. January 29th there will be a Social Studies focus night start- ing at 4:00. February 4th will be a Bingo for Books event for elemen- tary families. Community read- ers will be coming in for I Love To Read Month in February. Confer- ences are scheduled for the 6th and llth of February. And, test- ing is right around the corner with practice testing later in February. A flu-prevention letter is being sent home to families this week. A bid for a security system at the ele- mentary school has been received. Mr. Widvey reported on One- Act Play being performed for the student body on Friday the 25th rather than the 24th due to a Knowledge Bowl Meet conflict. Snow Days will be held the week of January 28th with the dance for Thursday, January 31, 2013 Tri-County News Central Minn. grades 9-12 being held on the 1st of February from 9-midnight. The Spelling Bee will be held on Janu- ary 29th, conferences on February 6th and llth, the Course Registra- tion Guide will be brought to the February meeting for approval, and he will be working with four high school staff to put together a new teacher evaluation model. Mr. Tritabaugh reported on up- coming meetings: January 25th - SEE, February 15th - SEE, Febru- ary 20th - Benton-Stearns Edu- cation District and Health and Safety, and February 27th - the next regular board meeting. The superintendent will be out of town on the 20th of February. The District currently uses the services Kevin Rupp and Amy Mace of Ratwik, Roszak & Malo- ney when legal counsel is needed. These two attorneys have left this firm, and Mr. Tritabaugh recom- mends that the District focus on obtaining services from the same attorneys rather than staying with a particular firm. The new firm that Rupp and Mace work out of is Rupp, Anderson, Squire and Waltzberger. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Zipoy to change legal firms to continue a working rela- tionship with Rupp and Mace for legal matters. MC As a follow-up regarding the Watershed District proposal and the joint meeting held last week, Mr. Tritabaugh had a phone call from Mr. Loewen indicating that if the board wasn't able to work with the initial plan, and if they intend to move away from filtration, the project would vary too much from the intention of the grant and the project would become cost pro- hibitive. The board was in agree- ment that they would not be able to work together with the Water- shed District on the proposed project. Mr. Tritabaugh asked the board what their intentions were in regards to the administra- tive make-up of the district at the end of this year. When asked, Mr. Tritabaugh indicated that he could provide one more year of service to the district if needed. The board is not ready to make a decision on looking for a full- or part-time superintendent at this time; there- fore Mr. Tritabaugh will bring a contract to the February meeting for approval. In February the bud- get committee will begin looking at a budget for next year. Bob Merchant shared informa- tion regarding planned Bleacher Creature nights on January 24th and 25th. The Boosters have received a donation from AM Maus & Son to help defer the cost of novelty items that will be avail- able and the admission cost for elementary students. Committee reports included: Benton-Stearns Education Dis- trict - Schreiner. It was noted that the wife of the Education District's Director has been recently diag- nosed with colon cancer after hav- ing survived breast cancer previ- ously. There is a fundraiser event being planned, and groups and individuals are being asked to donate gift baskets or other items for a silent auction. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon that $50 be donated from the board's fund toward the fundraiser. MC. The other meeting listed was Meet & Confer; there was no meeting needed and the calendar for 2013- 2014 will be brought to the March meeting for approval. Communications included a thank you card and cookies from the Kimball Kruisers 4-H club. Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve the listed bills in the amount of $173,696.10. MC Motion by Gagnon, seconded by Stein to approve the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included: a. Approve minutes of Decem- ber 19, 2012 Board Meeting b. Accept donation of $2000 from Mike and Judy Schindler to cover the cost of the hotel and bus for the Rochester wrestling tour- nament The treasurer's and quarterly reports were reviewed and dis- cussed. The board reviewed committee appointments and filled vacan- cies where necessary. The com- mittee appointments are as fol- lows: Budget - Schreiner/Hilsgen with Stenger as alternate, Curricu- lum Advisory- Stein/Zipoy, Activ- ities - Stein/Gagnon/Zipoy, Nego- tiations - Gagnon/Stenger, Leg- islative Liaison - Zipoy, Meet & Confer - Gagnon, Benton-Stea- rns Ed. District - Schreiner, Com- munity Education/ECFE Advisory - Gagnon with Zipoy as alternate, District Bills Auditor - Treasurer Stein, Transportation - Hilsgen/ Stenger, Family Services Collab- orative - upon request, Student/ Board - Schreiner/Zipoy, Health & Safety- Stenger, Communica- tions - Schreiner/Stein/Zipoy, Facilities - Stein/Hilsgen. Motion by Stenger, seconded by Zipoy to approve the newly appointed committee assignments. MC Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Gagnon to approve a request by the High School Student Gov- ernment to hold a Pennies for Patients fundraiser the week of January 28th. MC Member Zipoy introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION DIRECT- ING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFORE. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolu- tion was duly seconded by Mem- ber Stenger and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Zipoy, Stein, Sch- reiner, Gagnon, Stenger, Hilsgen and no one voted against where- upon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Member Stein asked if it was possible to put job postings on the District website so that the pub- lic can better access local job and coaching opportunities in the Dis- trict. Conversation was held regard- ing three iPads belonging to the High School Science Department being taken on December 20th. A reward is being offered for infor- mation leading to the return of these iPads. Motion by Gagnon, sec- onded by Schreiner to adjourn at 9:01 p.m. Tom Schreiner, Clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Local crime blotters Barn fire in Luxemburg T'ship Friday, Jan. 25, at about 4:42 a.m., the Steams County Sheriff's Office and the Watldns Fire Department were dispatched to a barn fire at the address of 15234 150th Street in Lux- emburg Township. This location is about 4.5 miles northwest of Kimball. A barn which had tractors and calves had caught fire, possibly from heat- ing lamps used to keep calves warm. The barn belonged to Ronald Molitor of Watkins. Five calves died in the fire. The barn was severely damaged. Drug arrest in St. Cloud Thursday, Jan. 24, the Central Min- nesota Violent Offenders Task Force arrested a suspect who arrived on the Eastbound Amtrak train on outstand- ing warrants. The suspect was identi- fied as jason Alan Folland, 36. Folland lists an address of 1950 North Camino Altar, Tuscon, Ariz. Investigators received an aniony- mous tip that FoUand would be trav- eling from the state of Oregon to St. Cloud on the Eastbound Amtrak train, "the Empire Builder" and that he had active felony warrants out of Hen- nepin County. Investigators learned that Folland was wanted for a driving offense and a 2009 felony theft warrant. Investigators were also told he may be in possessign of controlled substances. Investigators met the 5:15 a.m. train and observed Folland get off the train with a large black rolling duffle bag. Folland was taken into custody on his warrants and transported to the Ben- ton County Jail for booking. As part of the booking process, his belongings were inventoried and it was discov- ered that he was transporting mari- juana in the duffle bag. The seized the suspected marijuana and discovered 33 total pounds of marijuana having an approximate street value of $130,000. Folland is expected to be charged with third-degree possession of controlled substance and is currently being held in the Benton County Jail. Wright County Sheriff's Office Jan. 22 Kimberly Sue Durand, 27 of Maple Lake, was charged with third- degree DWI. Jan. 24 Joseph Daniel Zeidler, 24 of Annandale, was charged with felony possession of a weapon. Jan. 24 Brady James Brewer, 38 of South Haven, was charged with felony theft. Jan. 26, Heather May Magnuson, 23 of Annandale, was arrested in Annan- dale on the charge of third-degree DWI. There were 12 property-damage accidents, 3 personal-injury accidents, and 6 car-deer accidents. There were 8 arrests for DWI, 9 underage-consumption arrests, 1 school bus stop-arm violations, and 53 tickets for miscellaneous traffic vio- lations reported this week. Meeker County Sheriff's Office Sunday. lanuary 27 10:55 a.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance to a med- ical at Hilltop Care Center on Luella Street, Watkins. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 1:05 p.m. the Sheriffs Office assisted an individual at a residence on Western Avenue North, Watldns, who had ques- tions reference a power of attorney. 1:58 p.m. the Sheriff's Office received a cellular 9-1-1 call reporting a vehicle in the ditch on County Road 44, Kimball, in Stearns County. The information was transferred to Steams County Sheriff's Office. 2:00 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of Steams County Sheriff's Office, for a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Birchdale Road, Fairhaven Township. Watkins Ambulance was canceled a short time later. 2:33 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a custody issue at a res- idence in the Watkins Trailer Park, Watkins. The deputy documented the information. 4:11 p.m. the Sheriffs Office located a vehicle off the roadway in the area of County State Aid Highway 34 and 350th Street, Forest Prairie Township. There were no injuries reported. The vehicle was towed from the scene. 8:01 p.m. the Sheriffs Office observed an occupied stalled vehicle near a residence on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. The deputy made contact with the driver who already had a tow en route to assist in removing the vehicle out of the ditch. 8:10 p.m. the Sheriffs Office observed an occupied stalled vehicle near a residence on MN Highway 15, Kingston Township. The deputy made contact with the driver and assisted in contacting a tow company to remove the vehicle from the ditch. The MN State Patrol also made contact and filed a state accident report for the driver. 10:29 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched the Litchiield Fire Depart- ment for a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence on 315th Street, For- est City Township. The Litchfield Fire Department did find low level readings that were possibly caused by a run- ning vehicle in the home's garage and assisted in airing out the residence. 10:58 p.m. the Sheriff's Office observed an occupied stalled vehicle near Kingston Auto, US Highway 12, Dassel Township. The deputy made contact with the driver and assisted by contacting a tow and standing by while the vehicle was removed from the ditch. Saturday. lanuary 26 10:03 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to and dispatched Gold Cross Ambulance, Dassel Rescue and Life link Helicopter to a sledding acci- dent at a residence on 700th Avenue, Kingston Township. One seven year old juvenile was transported to Henne- pin County Medical Center by Life link Helicopter with a severe head injury from striking a tree. 11:27 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a civil matter at a resi- dence on Western Avenue North, Wat- kins. The individual was advised of their options. 12:00 p.m. the Sheriffs Office dis- patched Watldns Ambulance, per the request of Stearns County Sheriff's Office, for a medical at a residence on County Road 8, Kimball. There was no transport. 4:26 p.m. the Sheriff's Office dis- patched Watkins Ambulance, per the request of Stearns County Sheriffs Office, for a medical at Powder Ridge Ski Hill on 93rd Avenue, Kimball. One individual was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital. 5:17 p.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a civil matter at a resi- dence on Church Street, Watkins. The deputy advised the individual of their options. 9:30 p.m. the Sheriffs Office responded to a report of a domestic dis- turbance at a residence on 587th Ave- nue, Manannah Township. Deputies arrived and after investigation they arrested Erik Michael Fauskee, age 50, of Battle Lake, for fifth-degree domestic assault and interference with a 911 call. Friday lanuary 25 4:45 a.m. the Sheriffs Office, per the request of Steams County, dispatched Watkins Fire Department for a barn fire at a farm on 150th Street in Luxemburg Township, Stearns County. A short time later Eden Valley Fire Department and Kimball Fire Department were contacted for mutual aid. Upon arrival Watkins Fire Department requested a cancel for Eden Valley and Kimball Fire Departments, as it was a small barn and it was already on the ground. 8:30 a.m. the Sheriffs Office issued a deer possession tag to an individual at a residence on MN Highway 24, For- est City Township. The deer had been struck by a vehicle. 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