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, April 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

Board Chair Doug Plaehn called the meeting to order. Present: Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Steve Tart, Deb Larson and Doug Plaehn. Absent - Troy Asher.

Beck moved to approve the following consent items: the board agenda, the minutes from the March 18, 2013 meeting, the April bills, the policy review schedule and the second reading of Policies of 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, and 306. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The presentation of the "Patriot Award" in support of the Guard & Reserve was presented in honor of employer support of the Guard and Reserve.

The Kingsland Teknights Robotics team was commended on their 22nd place finish at the First Robotics competition in March. This is the 2nd year of the program.

Superintendent McDonald presented the school with the "School Finance Award" for sound fiscal practices within the district as noted by the MDE.

Thank You's were extended to Essig Agency, Sunshine Foods, Greg Davids & First State Bank for sponsorship of two full page color newspaper features. Also thanked were families donating to the recent food drive, as well as Cindy Gallea for her Iditarod presentation.

FFA members Trevor Schwarz and Valerie Early reported on the May 5th chapter banquet, as well as recognized Valerie as the Region President. Board member Tart reported on the Finance and Facility Committee. Larson reported on the Curriculum/Personnel committee, and Beck reported on the Policy & PR committee. Business Manager Todd Netzke, Principal James Hecimovich and Principal Chris Priebe gave reports, and Building and Grounds Director Scott Stockdale submitted a written report. Superintendent John McDonald also gave a report.

Old Business

Beck moved to approve the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget as presented. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The board was updated on the funds and expenditures for a proposed electronic message sign. Currently there are $11,700 in donations and $29,000 from the budget proposed to support the project.

New Business

Larson moved to hire Kathleen Harryman as LTS Social Worker. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to hire Kelly Simon as PT ECFE Teacher. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to hire Becky Bicknese as JH Volleyball coach. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Howard moved to approve an additional 6 days to Julia Salman's contract. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the retirement of Marilyn Erdman. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to approve the resignation of Shelly Cornell. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the Key Club Convention Trip in St. Cloud. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve implementing a Winter Dance Program to winter sports offerings. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Plaehn moved to approve moving forward with the wrestling agreement and purchase of a mat for the 2014/15 school year. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve implementing a youth soccer program run through Community Ed. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The official letter with intent to negotiate was received from the teaching staff for the '13-'15 Master Agreement.

Tart moved to approve the revised 2013-14 calendar SEMLAC adjustments as presented. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve keeping the last student day as Friday, May 31 and adjusting the last teacher day to Thursday, June 6. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the Superintendent contract as negotiated by the board committee. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Plaehn presented information about the possibility of board study sessions, for discussion to take place without action.

Committee Meeting dates are as posted:

Policy/PR - April 22 - 5:30 p.m.

Finance/Facility - May 6 - 5:30 p.m.

Curriculum/Personnel - May 13 - 5:00 p.m.

Beck moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

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