The Fillmore Central School Board met on May 28 for the first time since the school year ended on May 21. The meeting mainly consisted of personnel changes and discussion of contracts.


After some discussion, the board approved five more days for Dean of Students Chris Mensink's work calendar, with a caveat that a renegotiation would take place to streamline the sources of his pay.

Currently, as Dean of Students, Mensink receives a stipend in addition to his wage. The board was originally looking to add 10 work days on to Mensink's calendar, which would have paid him separately from his stipend and wage as well.

Board member Deb Ristau said the position had been tweaked several times before and hadn't been cleaned up in a while.

The board approved a new three-year agreement with Micki Breitsprecher as a special education director. Board member Emily Ellis asked why the payment amounts were hitting the principal's salary mark by the third year. It was explained that the school felt there would be an advantage in utilizing more of Breitsprecher's skills in giving her more responsibilities. Also, since Breitsprecher is shared with Kingsland as well, the school is paying only a percentage of the contract agreement.

The board accepted the resignation of Holly Kanengieter as director of Community Education; Brady Grewe as high school health and physical education instructor; Gerri Nielsen as the high school newspaper adviser, which she has been for 11 years; and Vicki Nelson as junior class adviser.

Non-tenured teacher contracts for Connie Lindstrom and Barbara Cihak were terminated according to annual procedure.

To fill some vacancies within the school district, Aaron Mensink was hired as senior class adviser and Deb Ristau as assistant senior class adviser. Mensink was also hired as the head boys basketball coach.

Gaitlin Woellert and Taylor Case were hired as summer recreation program staff.

Nancy Broadwater was hired as an Early Childhood special education extended school year paraprofessional and van driver during the summer.

Kelsey Ristau was hired as a special education teacher to begin in the fall of 2013. Ristau was also hired as a special education ESY teacher for the summer.

Coaching assignments were confirmed, including Chris Mensink as head football coach; Denise Case as head volleyball coach; Melissa Kiehne as head cheerleading coach; Sara Tollefsrud as head girls basketball coach; Jim Love as head wrestling coach; Angie Kaase as district website developer; Kaitlyn Aug and Courtney Schroeder to the SAC program; Jenelle Thorman as junior class adviser and Levi Olstad as Junior High Knowledge Bowl coach.

Principal and dean reports

Principal Heath Olstad congratulated the fine arts programs at the school for their performances and work they had done during the year. He made note of the spring musical performances and congratulated the cast, crew and directors for putting in the amount of time they did for a great performance.

Olstad shared information about what he called an amazing senior awards night on May 13, where over $42,000 worth of scholarships were given out in a special ceremony. He said it was a very moving evening with the families who were there donating money in memory of someone. The seniors that evening also graduated on May 26. Olstad noted that all the seniors who had enrolled that year had graduated.

Olstad also said he was gathering ideas for the annual mini-grant program for the 2013-14 school year. The program gave the school $11,000 this year from the First Southeast Bank of Harmony, F&M Community Bank of Preston and First State Bank of Fountain.

Olstad gave Dean of Students Chris Mensink's report for him. Reporting on tentative results from state testing, Olstad said 20.1 percent of third through sixth grade students exceeded the standards, 52.2 percent met the standards, 20.8 percent partially met them, and 6.9 percent did not meet them.

He said the numbers weren't as high as the school needed them to be, but that there have been signs of improvement from years past.

Olstad mentioned in the junior testing, the number of students who had passed a "graduating" portion of the test were significantly higher than in the past.

Olstad congratulated those fifth and sixth graders who were eligible through perfect attendance to attend the June 1 Minnesota Twins game. Madalyn Kinneberg represented FC on the field before the game started. Taylor Kunz, Ian Shupe, Emily Mock, Chastidy Ristau, Levi Yetter and their families also attended the game.

Olstad thanked physical education instructor Maggie Walsh for raising just under $5,000 for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart program on May 15.


Discussion took place on the possibility of bringing back a shared cross-country program next year for the first time since the 08-09 school year. Nine students had come forward and indicated that they would be interested in running.

Board member Deb Ristau said that if the board committed to bring the program back only to have it fold after next year, then it wouldn't be worth it. She said the kids needed to know what would happen if the numbers dropped again.

Board chair Ross Kiehne agreed saying the kids who signed up should know the board will support the program only if they stay in it or get others to join. The program would be shared with Lanesboro. The board approved the resolution.

Other news

Summer homebound instruction for a student was approved for up to 15 hours per teacher for second semester work.

School breakfast and lunch prices were approved to be raised $.10 for all ages. Keith explained the school was moving toward the USDA average price. Lunch prices for K-6 will now be $2.15; seven through 12, $2.30; and adult prices, $3.35. It was mentioned that all the money raised from the June 8 Milk Fund Run during Fountain Trail Days would go toward paying for the school's milk break.

The next board meeting was changed to June 17 at 6:30 in the Preston building.