A duly posted regular meeting of the Board of Education, Independent School District No. 2137 was held in the Kingsland District Conference Room on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Chair Doug Plaehn called the meeting to order. Present: Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, Steve Tart and Doug Plaehn. Absent: none.

Tart moved to approve the following consent items: the board agenda, the April bills, the first reading of Policies 506, 514, 522, 524 and the second reading of Policies 421, 422, 423, and 424. March unofficial minutes were tabled for the next meeting. Asher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Recognition was given to Joanne Williams on her retirement and to office staff for professional administrative assistant day. Thank you's were given to Essig Agency for a Robotics donation, KABC for the Tootie Foster Scholarship donation, Custom Alarm for the soccer program donation, Chuck and Maranda Emig for the Robotics donation, and the VFW for the Trap Team Donation.

Student Reports were given by Melinda and Jackie on FFA and the mock crash as well as the Banquet recap, State Convention, and Ag Literacy Program. Spotlight on Education presentations were by the 4th grade and KHS PBIS teams. 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. Principals Chris Priebe and James Hecimovich submitted written reports as well as presented. Special Education Director Micki Breitsprecher submitted a written report. Athletic Director Tom Speltz reported on the spring musical, recapped winter sports and recommended an informal inquiry to join GM for track. Building and Grounds Director as well as Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg submitted written reports. Superintendent McDonald gave his report to the board as well.

Old Business

Best Buy personnel presented on the "Bring Your Own Device" Program.

Discussion on the next steps of the facility planning was held. Howard moved to have a task force to discuss improvement and request volunteers from the community. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Beck moved to approve the resignation of Erin Cady effective at the completion of the 2013-14 contract year. Asher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the resignation of Morgan Rohr as High School Attendance Secretary. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to accept the resignation of Aaron Thauwald as High School Paraprofessional. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Tart moved to approve the resignation of Jill Thalmann as Head Girls Basketball Coach. Asher seconded. Motion carried by unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the resignation of Amber Uhlenhake as Administrative Assistant/Payroll and coaching. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the list of head coaches as presented. Tart seconded. Motion carried 5-1, Howard voting nay.

Larson moved to approve the hire of Robert Rowe as KMS Cook. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to approve the hire of Jasper Hamersma as JH Softball Coach. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to approve the hire of Brian Feight as 1.0 FTE school psychologist for the 2014-15 school year. Beck second. Motion carried 5-1, Howard voting nay.

Beck moved to approve the hire of Robert Rowe and Sheldon Stockdale as summer grounds maintenance workers. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the hire of Scott Knode for summer general maintenance worker. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the hire of Austin Bly for summer indoor maintenance worker. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the Shared Athletic Agreement as presented. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the Administrative Assistant/Payroll service contract with SMS. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the physical and occupational therapy service contract with Stanley Jones as presented. Motion carried 5-1, Howard voting nay.

Beck moved to non-renew the employment of Kelly Simon upon the expiration of her contract, June 30, 2014. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the Elevate Life Church contract as presented. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg updated the board with information in regards to the FY15 budget and staffing/program needs.

Committee Meeting dates are as posted:

Policy/PR - April 29 - 6:00 p.m.

Finance/Facility - May 5 - 6:00 p.m.

Curriculum/Personnel - May 12 - 6:00 p.m.

Beck moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:37 p.m. Tart seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

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