Fillmore Central ready to start new school
year as board finalizes staffing, technology plans
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 4:27 AM
Moving toward the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, with anticipation, the Fillmore Central School Board met on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to take care of some last minute business. Most of the meeting was dedicated to personnel changes with mention of the high school's upcoming technology roll-out evening where ninth through 12th grade students would be receiving their laptops for the school year.
Resignations were approved for Lara Graves, Title I teacher; Jeanette Burns, middle school Math Wizards coach; Melissa Laue, SAC aide; Laura Vatland, SAC aide; and Linda O'Connor as a day care aide.
Hires were approved for Ellie Skaggs, day care aide; Melinda Daniels, Harmony building lead custodian; Sheryl Spencer, paraprofessional; Kayla Carroll, paraprofessional; Terisa Scrabeck, Title I teacher; Amanda Heibel, ECFE parent educator and van driver; and Jessica Marzolf as a pre-school teacher for 4- and 5-year-olds.
Jeanette Burns was approved for a maternity leave beginning in January.
A sharing agreement with Kingsland Schools was approved for the social work services of social worker Kay Haugerud. Another sharing agreement with Kingsland Schools was approved for transition services of transition specialist Kerry Kading.
Service contracts with Hiawatha Valley Education District Kingsland Schools were approved for the physical impairment services of Nancy Engrav and autism services of Laurie Rogers.
The board approved an agreement with Mark Kossman for school psychology services during the month of September.
Principal and dean reports
According to Dean of Students Chris Mensink, there are currently 318 students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. That is an increase of 16 students from last year.
Kindergarten has 48 students; first grade, 58; second, 38; third, 44; fourth, 38; fifth, 46; and sixth with 46 students.
The board approved five open enrollment requests during the meeting.
As athletic director, Mensink gave a numbers update on the fall sports teams. Football has 68 participants with a seventh and eighth-grade team, B-squad and varsity teams.
Volleyball has 52 participants with a varsity, B-squad and seventh and eighth grade teams.
The cross-country, which was brought back this year, has nine participants.
Cheerleading has 12 participants this year.
Mensink reported problems in both gymnasiums at the high school. The floors are swelling in several places and bleachers have not been able to be moved after events.
Principal Heath Olstad gave a brief report, explaining that the kindergarten through sixth-grade open house, seventh through 12th grade open house, and ninth through 12th grade technology roll-out evening were ready to take place.
He also reported that the HVAC and fire alarm work in the school would be continuing up until the start of school and then during evenings.
The board discussed and took action on the following items during its meeting as well.
Approval was received for several board policies.
A master agreement with the Education Minnesota union at Fillmore Central was approved by the board following completed negotiations in July.
An amendment was approved to reduce one route in the transportation contract with Harmony Transit. The savings is estimated to be roughly $18,000.
Custodial and staff assignments for the school year were approved.
The school's Truth-in-Taxation open meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.