March 27, 2013
K-M Regular School Board Meeting Minutes February 25, 2013
• by Randy Carlsen
Brandon Madery made a motion, seconded by Jill Minette-Stacey, for School Board Chair Kent Harfmann to call the regular School Board meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Ed Multi-Purpose Room. Motion passed unanimously. Board members Brandon Madery, Kent Harfmann, Rob Hamlin, Jill Minette-Stacey, Ryan Thomas, Missy Swarts, and School Board Student Representative Camille Snyder were present. Superintendent Mark D. Matuska, Grounds & Maintenance Coordinator JJ Williams, Activities Director Aaron Wilke, Business Manager Bob Hasz, Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Director Kelly Braun and Principals Jerry Reker, Michelle Krell, and Al Hodge were also present. Community Education Director Janelle Kirsch and Candy Ellingworth were absent.
Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Missy Swarts, to approve the agenda. Motion passed unanimously.
School Board Chair Kent Harfmann introduced the recipients for ‘KoMet Kommendations’ recognizing the following with a KoMet Koin for their outstanding achievements and/or dedication to K-M Schools:
Nickolay Scanlan for showing classroom leadership; Kasie Gruber for honesty; Sharie Furst for MnSTA Elementary Science Teacher of the Year; Todd Beck, Geoffrey Flynn, Lance Gabrielson, Susan Scanlon, Dave Edmonson, Erik Morness, Mark Bailey, Tom Trihey, Len Bryan, and Danny Dion – Benchmark Engineers that volunteered their time for Engineering Day at the Elementary School; and Stephanie Hamlin, Olivia Thornburg, Caitlyn Loy, and Sarah Hamlin were the High School Students of the month.
School Board Chair Kent Harfmann read the KoMet Kuestion; a trivia question posted on K-M’s website monthly to give viewers a chance to submit answers. All correct answers entered are put into a drawing for a chance to win lunch with the superintendent and home-game passes to include one free hot dog, popcorn, and soda. This month, there were no correct answers submitted, and no winner was drawn. KoMet Kuestion: This KM graduate from the 2000’s excelled on the KM FFA Floral Design Team and later went on to be named Miss Kasson. Who is she and what year did she graduate? Answer: Kristie Kieffer, 2004.
Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Rob Hamlin, to approve the following donations to K-M Schools for a total value of $1313.75. The motion passed unanimously.
•Kemps Nickels for Schools - $173.75 to School Readiness
•BuyOnlineNow - $40 and a book to ECFE/SR
•Ann Meyer – 62 children’s books worth $100 to ES
•K-M Baseball - $1000 for an assistant coach
Winter MAPS Testing Results were presented by Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Director Kelly Braun. Kelly highlighted that only at-risk students were tested in grades 5-8, first and second grade were tested at the Elementary, and the high school, third, and fourth grade were not tested. The students tested showed good growth. Principal Al Hodge emphasized the positive effect reading with Nooks has had in the Middle School reading programs.
Personnel Committee has met and is scheduled to meet again soon. Negotiations Committee has met and will be scheduled to meet again soon. Policy Committee has met, and several policies were updated. Land and Facilities Committee will have their first meeting tomorrow night.
Principal Jerry Reker described the recent site visit to Lake City Schools to observe a one-to-one device initiative at the ninth grade level.
Superintendent Matuska shared the recent technology provider changeover from ISS to KMTelecom. Superintendent Matuska also shared a parent letter commending several Elementary and Middle School staff.
School Board Student Representative Camille Snyder shared Snow Week highlights and plans underway to provide a dinner to either the Ronald McDonald House or the Transplant House. Principal Reker mentioned the upcoming SoberBowl activity scheduled for Sunday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.
Rob Hamlin made a motion, seconded by Ryan Thomas, to approve the bills. The motion carried unanimously.
Rob Hamlin made a motion, seconded by Jill Minette-Stacey, to approve the January 28, 2013, School Board Regular meeting minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Brandon Madery, to approve the consent agenda, which included following personnel items. The motion passed unanimously.
I recommend the following for approval:
RESIGNATIONS: POSITION: EFFECTIVE DATE:
Josh Mitchell JH Track Coach 2/11/2013
Corey Carstensen Ass't Grounds Maintenance 2/1/2013
Sarah Prigge Title I Paraprofessional 2/3/2013
LEAVE OF POSITION: EFFECTIVE
Lisa Bronk Grade 3 Teacher 2-6 wks TBD
EMPLOYMENT: POSITION: EFFECTIVE DATE:
David Kennedy PLTW LTS 2/5/2013
Angela Goins ES Spec Ed Paraprofessional 2/11/2013
Jamie Rink Title I Paraprofessional 2/20/2013
Jeff Kujath Rocketry Club Coach 2/1/2013
Cori Ronnenberg Powerlifting Coach 2/1/201
CONTRACT POSITION: EFFECTIVE
Tony Gierok Overload (Terms 3 & 4) 1/23/2013
Amanda Ramer Additional ECSE hours 2/4/2013
Aaron Wilke 7-12 Social Studies Teacher 8/26/2013
LANE FROM: TO:
Sharie Furst MA+10 MA+20
Brandon Madery made a motion, seconded by Missy Swarts to approve the 2012-2013 Teacher Seniority List. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey made a motion, seconded by Ryan Thomas to approve the addition of a junior high track position. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey made a motion, seconded by Missy Swarts, to strike policy 104.1KM Education Philosophy. Motion passed unanimously.
Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Brandon Madery to complete the first reading of the following updated school board policies. Motion passed unanimously.
104 School District Mission Statement
104.2KM (401.1KM) Character Education
405 Veteran’s preference
528 Student, Parental, Family, and Marital Status Nondiscrimination
203.3KM Worker’s Compensation – Board Members
614 School District Testing Plan and Procedure
615 Basic Standards Testing, Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEP, Section 504 Accommodation, and LEP Students
208 Development, Adoption, and Implementation of Policies
503.1KM Student Admission
503.3KM Early Entrance
The next School Board Work Session is scheduled for March 4, 2013, in the District Office Board Room 110. The start time was changed from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The next Regular School Board Meeting is March 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m., in the Community Ed Multipurpose Room.
Jill Minette-Stacey made a motion, seconded by Brandon Madery, to adjourn the meeting at 7:42 p.m. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey, Clerk
Kasson-Mantorville Schools District 204
Special School Board Work Session Minutes
March 4, 2013
School Board Chair Kent Harfmann called for a motion to call the School Board Work Session to order at 6:02 p.m. in the District Board Room 110. Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Missy Swarts to call the work session to order. Motion passed unanimously. Board members Ryan Thomas, Jill Minette-Stacey, Kent Harfmann, Brandon Madery, Candy Ellingworth, Missy Swarts, and Rob Hamlin were present as well as Superintendent Mark D. Matuska, Business Manager Bob Hasz, Curriculum Instruction & Assessment Director Kelly Braun, and Principal Michelle Krell.
Candy Ellingworth made a motion, seconded by Ryan Thomas to approve the agenda. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey made a motion, seconded by Brandon Madery to approve the consent agenda, which included February 25, 2013, regular school board meeting minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey made a motion, seconded by Brandon Madery to adopt Policy 503.3KM Early Entrance. Motion passed unanimously.
The Governor’s proposal for increased funding for all-day kindergarten was discussed. The current weighted pupil units for kindergarteners are 0.612. The governor’s proposal for next year is 0.55 to increase to 0.70 by FY15. Bob summarized that these weight changes would cause a net deficit of $90,000 when considering all grade levels in the district. The “Hold Harmless Clause” that guarantees no deficit for any school district was mentioned and concern was expressed for where that revenue would actually come from. There was extensive discussion surrounding several proposal components and what changes that would mean for the school district. In the end, without the finalized proposal from the Governor, few decisions that impact the district’s budget can be implemented. The final proposal is expected to be available from the Governor by May 15, 2013.
The current K+ program statistics were provided. There are currently 67 students enrolled in K+ out of 130 kindergarteners total. K+ creates an all-day experience for current kindergarteners by providing classroom time during the opposite part of their scheduled day. PLC’s developed between the Elementary staff and the Community Education staff have vastly improved the K+ program. The cost is $145 per month for three-day weeks, $190 per month for four-day weeks, and $230 per month for five-day weeks. There are scholarships available to offset the costs for the K+ program. There was discussion on how to better target at-risk students currently not enrolled in K+ that would benefit exponentially. Tracking the students not involved in K+ was suggested.
There was extensive discussion to consider all-day, every-day kindergarten at K-M in the future. Several financial matters were considered to determine when all-day, every-day kindergarten could be implemented. Further research will be conducted, and all-day, every-day kindergarten will be discussed again in further detail at the June 2013 School Board Work Session.
Discussion for a job sharing position is no longer applicable and was removed from the agenda.
Planning for the upcoming operating levy was discussed. The operating levy can be proposed and voted on this fall and funding would become available on July 1, 2014. Successes and failures for previous levies were considered. Producing a very detailed needs assessment for the community to understand is necessary for likelihood of this levy passing. Quite a few items were identified that K-M could utilize increased levy dollars for. Bob explained that the current levy for $350, if renewed, would generate deficit spending two years after the current levy expires. In order to avoid a deficit from current expenditures and to put dollars toward deferred maintenance and curriculum improvements needed in the district, a different dollar amount is being discussed for the fall 2013 levy.
The next Regular Board Meeting is March 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Ed Building.
Kent Harfmann called for a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:47 p.m. Ryan Thomas made a motion, seconded by Jill Minette-Stacey to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed unanimously.
Jill Minette-Stacey, Clerk
Kasson-Mantorville Schools District 204
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