Fillmore Central HVAC project on schedule,
other school maintenance being completed
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 3:10 AM
The Fillmore Central School Board met in a brief meeting held at the high school building in Harmony on July 23. A quorum of board members was present with Jim Love, Emily Ellis and Craig Britton absent from the meeting.
Following the approval of the June meeting's minutes and review of bills, school principal Heath Olstad updated the board on a few items. He mentioned several potentially new students and their families had been given tours of the school.
Olstad also spoke on the HVAC work being done in the school, which had necessitated an early start and release to the last year's school schedule. He said the work was on track and to the point where the school's maintenance and custodial crew had begun refinishing floors in parts of the building.
Olstad also pointed out that weekly checks on the building are run by Terry Bigalk. A recent check had found a freezer in the kitchen not functioning properly. It was reported that nothing in the freezer was lost and was instead moved to the Preston building. Olstad said this incident showed how valuable the routine checks were to the school.
The high school is moving to a new one-to-one computer availability program where each student is given a personal laptop computer for school. Due to this increased emphasis on technology, it was announced that social studies teacher Aaron Janssen would take on new technology coaching responsibilities in addition to teaching a few classes.
The board hired new social studies teacher Jeffrey Dick. Janssen will take on the responsibilities Jodie Daniels had in technology. The board also accepted a resignation from Daniels, who also taught sixth grade.
Allison Braaten had submitted a letter of resignation, which the board approved as well.
Four teachers reached tenure status. Carrie Mathison, Sarah Holten, Marit Janssen and Tom Siebenaler were approved by the board to reach this employment status.
The board also approved the termination of at-will contracts for Angie Haugerud, community education assistant; Brian Lee, paraprofessional; and Melissa Laue, paraprofessional. Jade Sexton was hired as a paraprofessional for the Root River Program. Bernie Hurley was approved as the new head custodian.
In other business before the board, the members handled the following issues.
The board approved the second reading for the K-6, 7-12, Root River Program, faculty and coaches handbooks for 2013-2014.
The board renewed its membership in the Minnesota School Board Association at $3,023 for association dues and $575 for policy services.
A lease with the city of Harmony for space used at the Harmony Community Center building by the Root River Program was approved. The agreement showed an expected monthly $250 per year increase which will be in effect for the next three years. The lease includes four rooms, garbage pickup, janitorial service, electricity, gymnasium use and kitchen use.
Superintendent Richard Keith asked the board to approve 38 board policies. Nine of those policies, Keith reported, had seen changes by the State Legislature and would need to undergo a first reading. Those same nine policies would come back for approval at the next board meeting on Aug. 27 at 6:30 in Preston. Keith suggested the board approve them all instead of relying on "make them up as we go" tactics throughout the school year meetings. The board approved the policies.