The Kingsland School Board met Friday morning, Nov. 9, for a special board meeting with all members except Steve Tart present.

The first item on the agenda was approving a resolution canvassing the return of votes for the general election held Nov. 6. Elected to the new terms, which will begin in January 2013, is Kristin Beck with 1,899 votes, Gwen Howard with 1,709 votes and Troy Asher with 163 write-in votes. Sean McCaslin received 102 write-in votes.

Moving on to other business, superintendent John McDonald presented board members with the first reading of three job descriptions to fill vacancies in the district office. The three positions needing to be filled are administrative assistant to the superintendent, business manager, and bookkeeper/ accounts payable position, which would be four days a week. McDonald said that job descriptions are listed for each position. The board members approved the first reading of the positions and the board is expected to finalize it during its Nov. 19 meeting.

McDonald said there is one person in a position in the district office that will be assigned to one of the positions and then the other positions will be posted following the Nov. 19 meeting.

Board members then discussed filling the position of business manager. Current business manager Kathy Beevers is taking leave Jan. 2 and will not be returning to the district.

McDonald said the district is currently in the process of interviewing four applicants to fill the business manager position. Sixteen people had applied. He said there were a "lot of good candidates" with strong financial backgrounds.

"We are close to finishing (the interviewing process) and it's been a good process," said McDonald.

He added that when the process is complete, the board will be presented with a recommendation for the position, likely at the Nov. 19 meeting.

Next the board approved the resignation of Building & Grounds Director John Dols who has decided to accept a position as an emergency communications dispatcher with the City of Rochester. His last day of work will be Nov. 14.

McDonald commended Dols for a job well done. "Since he has been here the facilities have improved," he said, adding that he often received comments that the grounds "never looked better." The superintendent said these comments could be attributed to Dols leadership.

"We will miss having him," he concluded.

The board will discuss filling the building and grounds director position during its next meeting.

Next, McDonald shared that Kingsland is getting ready for an "education audit" from a team with Project Lead the Way. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the team will assess Kingsland's biomedical and engineering programs to determine if the district will become certified in its biomedical and engineering programs. The team will also be present on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to look at the district's Gateway program.

McDonald said if Kingsland receives certification, it will be the second school in Minnesota to be certified in biomedical.

During the Nov. 19 board meeting, if the school achieves certification, a presentation and celebration will be held.

McDonald said when a school is certified within a program, that means the courses are college certified nationally and students can earn college credits that will transfer to major engineering and biomedical universities across the nation.

For those interested in attending the Nov. 19 school board meeting, it will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the district conference room.