Kingsland students will now be in a different loop, thanks to rearrangement of the bus and parent parking situation at Kingsland Elementary and High School.
Kingsland transportation director Kevin Klomps and building and grounds director John Dols presented changes to the bus arrival and departure point at the elementary and high school building in Spring Valley during last Monday evening’s regular Kingsland School Board meeting, as congestion in and next to the bus loop on the building’s west side has caused safety concerns. Dols and Klomps showed the board the bus pickup and drop-off point for the 2014-2015 school year – now at the back of the building by the Kingsland Café on the east side — so that parents who are dropping off their children or picking them up can park in the parking lot alongside the new student delivery point and not have to vie for parking on County Road 1.
Klomps and Dols related that the change is temporary if it doesn’t prove more effective than the dedicated bus loop, though they stated that they were fairly certain that it would allow younger students to enter the building more safely and take advantage of school breakfast before the first bell rings.
Board member Gwen Howard inquired as to whether there would be enough staff members on hand in the morning and afternoon to supervise bus unloading and loading. “I’m concerned the teachers are not going to be in their classrooms to greet the students,” she stated.
Superintendent John McDonald pointed out that two paraprofessionals will be starting the day a few minutes earlier in order to provide bus supervision.
Dols added, “The other bonus is that there’s not buses on the loop in the winter – when there’s a north or northwest wind, it blows the exhaust right into the building.”
McDonald’s July report included that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is being worked into the district’s health care benefits, that Fillmore Family Collaborative Services is providing a meningitis vaccination clinic for seventh graders on Aug. 4, and that the district is attempting to encourage students to finish school work that they didn’t during the school year so that they can be eligible for participation in extracurricular activities, or consequences would carry over into the new school year.
Kingsland High School Principal James Hecimovich and Kingsland Elementary and Middle School Principal Chris Priebe submitted their July reports, as did special education director Micki Breitsprecher, building and grounds director Dols and business manager Todd Lechtenberg.
Student Cody Krahn spoke to the board, asking if the weight room might be open more often than it is because he and others who wish to use it have not been able to do so, eliminating training options for athletes who wish to prepare for their respective sports. He proposed making arrangements with the district to set up a system in which weight room users would be sure to work in pairs to provide one another with a spotter. The board thanked him for sharing his request.
In personnel, the board approved the resignations of Nevin Stender as a van driver, Emily Biske as a fifth and sixth grade teacher, Meagan Newbold as head dance instructor, Amanda Seabright as ninth grade volleyball coach and Lindsey Tart as junior high volleyball coach. The board also approved hiring Kelsey Frank as head volleyball coach, Karli Beissel as B squad volleyball coach, Amanda Harms as DCD transition-to-work teacher, and Anna Krahn as a 0.5-time preschool teacher and district wellness coordinator.
The consent agenda included the first and second readings of several district policies, setting board member compensation at $18.91 per meeting, naming the Spring Valley Tribune as the official newspaper, Security State Bank, Home Federal and MSDLAF+ as the district’s official depositories, approving memberships in numerous organizations and associations, naming Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger as the district’s attorney, accepting the preschool teacher’s job description and the first reading of the school age child care job description. District information posting places were determined – information pertinent to the public will be posted on the entry doors of the school buildings, as well as in the district office and on the district’s website. The board also thanked the Osterud-Winter Trust Foundation for its donation of $500 toward the purchase of the electronic message sign.
The Kingsland School Board of Directors meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland High School conference room. The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (507) 346-7276, or log onto the Kingsland website at