A duly posted regular meeting of the Board of Education, Independent School District No. 2137 was held in the Kingsland District Conference Room on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Chair Doug Plaehn called the meeting to order. Present: Kristin Beck, Deb Larson, Peggy Merkel, Doug Plaehn, Steve Tart and Al Williams.

Beck moved to approve the following consent items: the board agenda, the minutes from the September 17, 2012 meeting, the October bills, the first reading of Policies 901, 902, 903, 904, 905, 906 and 907 and the final reading and adoption of Policies 801, 802, 805 and 806. Merkel seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

High School FFA representatives reported on the corn drive, horse judging, fruit sales and the Fall BBQ for their group. Board member Merkel reported on Finance and Facility Committee. Beck reported on Curriculum/Personnel Committee and Larson reported on Policy/PR Committee. Building & Grounds Director John Dols, Principal Jim Hecimovich and Principal Chris Priebe submitted written reports. Superintendent McDonald also gave a report. Business Manager Kathy Beevers gave the audit report from Clifton Larson Allen.

Old Business

Merkel moved to approve the leave of absence for Kathy Beevers as business manager. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Williams moved to approve the maternity leave request for Emily Biske. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Merkel moved to hire Kelly Simon as preschool teacher for the 2012-13 school year. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to hire Letron Alexander as school psychologist for the 2012-13 school year beginning October 29 pending all licensure conditions are met. Williams seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the contract for Special Education Director, Michelle Breitsprecher for the 2012-13 school year. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to commission TSP Architecture & Engineering to do a facilities redesign study of available education space (following Strategic Plan item 6). Merkel seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Tart moved to direct the Superintendent to evaluate the District Office structure and report back to the board at the scheduled special board meeting on November 9. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Williams moved to approve the Auditor's report from Clifton Larson Allen as presented. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Committee Meeting dates are as posted:

Policy/PR - October 22 - 5:00 p.m.

Finance/Facility - November 5 - 5:00 p.m.

Curriculum/Personnel - November 12 - 5:00 p.m.

Williams moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:48 p.m. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room. A special board meeting will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. to canvass the election results and discuss the District Office structure.

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