Kingsland's school board convened in the Kingsland Café at the high and elementary school last Monday evening for its November meeting before holding a special program during which the district received certification in three Project Lead the Way (PLTW) disciplines.

In personnel matters, the district approved the hiring of Kelly Hansen as a lunch cashier, Becky Bicknese as community education coordinator and Builders Club adviser, School Management Services to fill departing business manager Kathy Beevers' position and Theresa Zwart to fill the bookkeeper's position, Scott Stockdale to replace John Dols as director of building and grounds, Ann Priebe as early childhood family education teacher and Paul Eckheart as middle school Student Council adviser.

The board approved waiving 30-day notice of tax increment financing (TIF) district notification for the construction of the new True Value hardware store, which owner Todd Jones would like to begin building as soon as possible.

The annual truth in taxation hearing is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m., along with the December board meeting.

Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald thanked IBM for its donation of $3,000 toward the robotics program and the Spring Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars for its donation of $200 to be used for educational purposes as the district sees fit. Next, two members of FFA updated the board on activities, noting that Colt Hamersma has been chosen as the chapter's November member of the month in recognition of his dedication to the organization.

In committee reports, the finance and facility committee has continued with facility use analysis, replaced the building and grounds director, discussed special education services since the district now shares with Fillmore Central, and approved the proposed central office structure. The curriculum and personnel committee presented information on the distribution of iPads to students in grades four through six and on its choice of a new early childhood family education instructor to replace departing teacher Bobbie Jean Tweed. The position of administrative assistant to the superintendent was eliminated.