The Fillmore Central School Board met the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 29, to go through a few items of business and hear reports from Dean of Students and Athletic Director Chris Mensink.

Mensink told the board that the elementary school had qualified as a Celebration School from the Minnesota Department of Education. This means the school had scored in the top 25 percent of schools through the Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR). MMR uses the Adequate Yearly Progress score from statewide testing, academic growth over time and other factors. The school must apply to officially receive the distinction.

Mensink congratulated the volleyball team which had, at that time, advanced to their sub-section final. At the time this paper went to press, the team had won the Section 1A Championship and advanced to the state tournament as the Class A number-one seed.

Mensink also congratulated ninth grader Kiera Olson, who had advanced to the state cross-country meet. She placed 66th out of 174 participants.

The "One-and-Done" fundraiser had gone well and raised almost $13,000 which will go toward various student activity expenses. Mensink thanked the community for their excellent support.

According to numbers received from pre-season sign ups, Mensink said there would likely be four teams for boys basketball 7-12, three teams for girls basketball 7-12, and two wrestling squads.

He noted there would be adjustments to postseason football schedules in 2014 and 2015 when the state tournament will be hosted at TCF Bank Stadium while the new Vikings stadium is built. Conflicts with TV networks, the Golden Gopher football team and the State High School League may limit the number of teams appearing in the tournament. Mensink said the Three Rivers Conference for football would undergo realignment as Cotter and La Crescent would be entering the conference.

He thanked Fillmore County Public Health and volunteers Wendy Pfremmer, Janet O'Connor, Angie Simon, Carol Johns, Courtney Lancaster, Nancy Byrne, Denise Paulson, Sandy Amundson and coordinator Brenda Ristau for making the Sept. 25 vision and hearing screening possible.

Personnel and sharing agreements

The board approved the resignation of high school custodian Jon Aske and hired John Koch to replace him. Other hires included Terry Sinn as a long-term first grade substitute for Jeanette Burns' maternity leave, Jim Stevens as a long-term high school industrial arts substitute for Dennis Petersen, Aaron Janssen as the seventh grade girls basketball coach and Katie Sveen as an elementary paraprofessional.

The board also approved a shared service agreement with Kingsland to share ECSE teacher Paula Birch while a Kingsland ECSE teacher is on maternity leave.

Sports sharing agreements with Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton were put on the table for approval. Fillmore Central currently shares wrestling, track, baseball and softball with Lanesboro and wrestling with Mabel-Canton. It was also determined that the schools in the partnership would be reviewing the agreements for next year and addressing any issues.

In other business, the board authorized the purchase of a new X730 lawn tractor with a new broom for $9,500. The purchase was necessitated by the breaking of a drive shaft on the tractor the school had owned, but then sold at auction. The school plans on selling another of their tractors and traded a third in to Preston Equipment for their most recent purchase. The lawn tractor will be used to clear snow, drag ball fields and other maintenance tasks.

The board also agreed to set a date for a board retreat, which would enable the board to discuss items such as school vision, mission and goals for the short- and long-term. No action would be taken at this meeting, but official minutes will be taken.

Other notes

The Falcon Scholar Club Awards Ceremony will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 9:10 a.m.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Nov. 11 and 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.