REGULAR MEETING, Unofficial Minutes, Board of Education, January 9, 2019, Ind. School District 739 – Kimball, MN
Chair Schreiner opened the meeting at 6:00 with all members present except Becker. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Zipoy to approve the agenda as presented.
Chair Schreiner called for nominations for the position of Board Chair. Zipoy nominated
Schreiner, Waldorf seconded the nomination. Chair Schreiner called for nomination three additional times, to which there were no other nominations. Upon vote, motion carried.
Chair Schreiner called for nominations for the position of Vice Chair. Zipoy nominated Helgeson, Davis seconded the nomination. Schreiner called for nomination three additional times, to which there were no other nominations. Upon vote, motion carried.
Chair Schreiner called for nominations for the position of Clerk. Waldorf nominated Davis, Zipoy seconded the nomination. Schreiner called for nomination three additional times, to which there were no other nominations. Upon vote, motion carried.
Chair Schreiner called for nominations for the position of Treasurer. Davis nominated Waldorf, Helgeson seconded the nomination. Schreiner called for nomination three additional times, to which there were no other nominations. Upon vote, motion carried.
Celebrations and success of students, staff and alumni included solid performances from the girls and boy basketball teams at their respective holiday tournaments and the wrestling team at their recent tournament in Cannon Falls. In addition congratulations to Ashley Schindele and Drew Gustafson on reaching the 1000 point plateau in their basketball careers.
Motion by Davis, seconded by Helgeson, to approve the Consent Agenda. Motion Carried. The Consent Agenda included:
• Approve minutes from the December 19, 2018 Regular meeting
• Approval of Bills
• Treasurer’s and Quarterly Reports
• Rescind resignation of Tom Kingery, elementary recess paraprofessional, returning on January 2, 2019
• Approve rehiring of Alicia Fenske, elementary paraprofessional, returning on January 2, 2019
Mrs. Johnson reported Kindergarten Roundup, which will be held with Preschool registration, will be held on February 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at KES. KES will also host a Title I night at the end of January or early February. The St. John’s Boys Choir will be singing to students in grades 3-5 on Thursday, January 10th. Thanks to Emma Hohulin for arranging this event. Monday, January 14th is a staff development day. KES staff will be participating in PRESS training. Press stands for Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites. PRESS is a framework for literacy designed to help students in grades K-5. It is a multi-tiered system of support which provides interventions for classrooms to help teachers and administration develop school based systems to help all students become capable readers. PRESS supports many of the initiatives already taking place at KES but does provide more interventions which in turn helps with student progress. This is the second phase of PRESS training for KES staff as the first session occurred this past summer. Member Zipoy asked if the outcomes and info is tracked to which Mrs. Johnson reported yes. The PRESS program was developed by the University of Minnesota. Member Waldorf inquired if it was a set of learning tools and if there was a cost involved? Mrs. Johnson explained there was a cost involved and materials purchased. The program is research based and ties in nicely with the Response to Intervention model currently used at KES. Member Zipoy spoke about utilizing information gathered by the program as a way to measure progress to which Mrs. Johnson concurred.
Mrs. Bonnifield spoke about the upcoming end of first semester. The last day is Friday, January 11th. She reported KAHS will host a workshop day on Monday, January 14th. To start the day, KAHS teachers will be involved in ACES training. ACES refers to student social/emotional trauma that may impair a student’s ability to find success at school. They will spend time discussing ACES scores as they relate to students and ways to support student’s social/emotional learning. Once ACES training is complete, academic departments will be involved in vertical teaming. During this time departments will be focused on looking at their individual curriculums and its sequencing. Following lunch teaching staff will return to finalize semester 1 grades. The high school is saying goodbye to Mr. John Benson, long term sub in special education. We thank him for his time and service to the high school. His last day will be Friday, January 11th. Taking his place will be Ian Thomeson. In addition, the high school is saying goodbye to Sarah Mauer, mental health therapist. Sarah’s last day will be January 18th. Taking her place will be Nancy Gohl. KAHS is hosting a 120 team Robotics tournament on Saturday, January 12th. We are expecting over 1000 people to be in attendance. The woodshop is about ready to open its doors. Once painting is complete the rest of the equipment will be set and classes will resume in this newly updated space in two weeks. Youth Apprenticeship partnerships are continuing to grow. Another local company in Kimball contacted Mrs. Bonnifield and wants to be part of the group. YA will be discussed during the preregistration process with students. Mrs. Bonnifield then spoke about the district Curriculum Review Cycle. The proposed cycle has been discussed at Meet and Confer, District Advisory Council, Both Buildings, and the District Leadership Team.
Motion was made by Davis, seconded by Helgeson to approve the new Curriculum Review Cycle. MC
Mr. Widvey spoke about a School Board Officer Workshop being offered by MSBA. A session will be held in Sartell on February 9th from 8:30-3:00. If interested, board members will contact Mr. Widvey and he will register them for the session. The MSBA Leadership Conference begins on Thursday, January 17th. Interested members should contact him to get registered. Benton Stearns Education District is hosting an open house for their New Frontiers Transition program on Wednesday, January 16th. The program is located in the St. Cloud Community and Technical College. The event starts at 1:00 and ends at 4:00.
Member Helgeson introduced the resolution directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions, and reasons therefore. Motion was seconded by Member Zipoy and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Helgeson, Waldorf, Davis, Schreiner, Zipoy, and none voted against. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Zipoy, seconded by Davis to approve the 2018-2019 Seniority Listing. MC
Motion by Davis, seconded by Helgeson to approve 2019 school board committee assignments. MC
Motion by Davis, seconded by Zipoy to grant leave request from Dana Narr beginning on or around April 10 through the remainder of the school year. MC
Next meeting dates: Benton Stearns Education District Board Meeting: 1/23 and 2/20
School Board Meeting: 2/20
Motion by Davis, seconded by Waldorf to adjourn: 6:31 p.m.
Barb Waldorf, Clerk
Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019