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Kelliher School Board approves trip requests

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The Kelliher School Board met Feb. 9 to discuss an FCCLa trip request, received updates on student council events and grant work.

First up for the board was to approve the minutes of the Jan. 9 re-organizational and regular meetings, the treasurer's reports and February bills in the amount of $121,179.47 plus additional checks written between the January and February meetings of $18,282.

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FCCLA advisor Vicky Rabe presented a letter from the FCCLA to the board, requesting registration costs for the students attending the upcoming State FCCLA convention, plus registration and travel costs for the advisor and chaperones, total costs approximately $3,500.

Superintendent Lutz presented a letter from the Upper Red Lake Area Association, requesting membership support.

Jamie Hand came before the board and thanked them for their support of the School Within a School program this year.

During positive feedback, congratulations were given to the students on the second quarter honor roll and to Sarah Waldo for her state-wide Breaking Barriers award.

The board gave thank yous to the anonymous donor who gave $300 for Kelliher School's sports program and to the anonymous donor who gave $200 for Kelliher School's sports program.

during the Dean of Student's Report, the following January students of the months were named: Elementary -- Brandon Raincloud; Middle Level -- Jennifer Wickham and High School -- Dylan Villaran.

2. Student Council will be holding a winter formal dance on February 18th, with a Mardi Gras theme.

It was noted that the Student Council is considering holding a blood drive later this spring.

The baord was informed that Kindness Week is in full swing; the students and staff are being asked to participate in Rachel's Challenge.

Work on next year's class schedule has begun.

Supt. Tim Lutz attended the North Country Vocational Cooperative meeting Jan. 24.

Under the Superintendent's Report, it was mentioned that Kelliher School has an opportunity to take up to 30 students and adults to hear author David Treuer at the Blackduck School Feb. 15. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to bad weather.

Lutz also informed the board regarding a working session on K-3 literacy and on the work that he is doing on the following grants: ADSIS, Indian Demonstration, AIW, 21st Century, Legacy funding and the Lowe's grant.

There was a request from the Northome School to possibly share two hours of Janice Hanson's contract next year.

The board was told of the Wolf Ridge trip for fifth and sixth graders is scheduled for March 12-14.

It was also mentioned that Supt. Lutz will be attending the MN Leadership Summit Feb. 13-4.

Parent-Teacher conferences were scheduled for Feb. 23 and 27.

Lutz presented the board with the first draft of the 2012-13 master calendar.

The MSBA conference presentations that Supt. Lutz gave were well received by other superintendents.

He also reported that he has received correspondence from a school in Wyoming, the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School District and the Princeton School District requesting information and input on the things that are working well in the Kelliher district.

Under the consent agenda, the board voted

• to approve the first reading of the 2012-13 master calendar.

• to approve the first reading of mandatory MSAB policy #524 - Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy.

• to participate in the Northwest Service Cooperative's Wellness Pilot Program.

They also voted to approve the 2011-13 Business Manager's contract, to approve the FCCLA's request for student registration and advisor and chaperones expenses for the state competition and to approve the following open enrollment and Board-to-Board applications as follows: for the current school year:

• From Blackduck to Kelliher - Merrick Tjepkes (EC); for the 2012-13 school year

• From Blackduck to Kelliher - Maureen Stroeing (gr. K)

• from Red Lake to Kelliher - Anika Charnoski (gr. K), Clarence Hardy (gr. K), Trey Howard (gr. 6), Danielle Seki (gr. 8), Clinton Villanueva (gr. 8) and Parrish Barnaby (gr. 11).

The meeting was then closed for negotiations strategy regarding the transportation director and an early retirement request. The meeting was then reopened about 15 minutes later and adjourned.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for March 8 at 7 p.m. in the school media center.

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