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Kelliher School Board holds meeting

Members of the Kelliher School Board gathered for the regular meeting Nov. 10 and were presented with the annual audit and various requests.

Members present: Ed Gehlert, Ed Anderson, Barbara Woltjer, Peggy Vollhaber, Frank Duresky, Jerry Geerdes and Tim Lutz, Superintendent, Ex-Officio.

Visitors included Linda Dreher, Betty Mohs, Judy Krueth, Jeff Brown, Jamie Hand, Frank Hand, Sheila Krueth, Mary Lundin and Laura Nelson.

First on the agenda was the approval of the Oct. 6 meeting minutes as well as the treasurer's report and November bills in the amount of $121,931.45. Motion passed unanimously.

Roy Lunde from Brady-Martz presented the 2010-11 audit.

Sheila Krueth came before the board and requested that they consider granting her two lane changes for next year due to the special circumstances of finishing her credits for Special Education licensure so that the district does not have to apply for a variance next year. The board will take her request into consideration.

It was brought to the attention of the board that Kelliher School was featured in a recent Bemidji Pioneer and Blackduck American article highlighting the district's efforts to use Response to Intervention to close the learning gap.

They were also told that the Kelliher Resource Committee for the Old School Center was recently awarded the Touchstone Energy Award from Beltrami Electric. They will now be considered for a statewide award.

Under the Dean of Student's Report, the following was noted:

• Attendance continues to be excellent, with all classes at or above 92 percent.

• The Student Council Halloween dance was a success.

• The PBIS committee has developed a program that allows students to be awarded Mustang horseshoes for modeling good behavior.

The horseshoes will be put on the wall and it is the goal of the PBIS committee to have a line of horseshoes encompassing the whole building.

• The Student Council will be attending the Northwest Division of Student Councils conference in Bemidji next week.

• Congratulations to the October students of the month: Elementary -- Shanelle Head; Middle Level -- Sidney Preston and High School -- Breanna Salmonson.

Supt. Lutz attended the BASC executive board meeting it was noted.

The Safety Committee met Nov. 1 and addressed some of the issues presented by MacNeil Environmental and the mock OSHA inspection. Kelliher School was commended on their safety efforts as a whole.

Lutz told the board that there would be a Systems Accountability meeting Nov. 21.

The negotiations committee met prior to the board meeting and received a counteroffer from Education MN-Kelliher.

The board was given information on the MSBA annual conference to be held in Minneapolis in January.

Lutz also told the board that work continues on the USDA grant and the energy grant. The USDA grant work is nearing completion.

The board was given information regarding membership in the MN Rural Education Association.

They were also informed that the Northwest Service Cooperative and Region are both holding elections to their executive boards.

It was mentioned that the chiropractor's office is nearing completion in the Old School Center.

Supt. Lutz presented the board with a letter and invoice from Knutson Flynn and Deans, requesting that the board agree to split the remaining legal fees from the DeJean case.

He also explained to the board how the elementary teachers are using Response to Intervention in their classrooms and how the addition of two part-time Title I paraprofessionals would be beneficial in helping students improve their reading and math skills in order that they may be at grade level by the third grade.

The fifth and sixth graders are planning another trip to Wolf Ridge this year.

It was noted that the annual Veterans Day program will be held at the school Nov. 11 starting at 10 a.m. with all area veterans invited to attend.

Lutz reminded the board that the annual truth-in-taxation meeting will be held as prior to the next regular board meeting Dec. 8 and that Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Nov. 17 and Nov. 2t.

The 2010-11 report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement was then discussed and approved as was the approval the payment of legal fees of $13,135.11 to Knutson, Flynn and Deans before the audit report was accepted.

The board voted to accept the resignation, with thanks, of Ed Anderson as assistant girl's basketball coach.

They also voted to approve hiring one Title I paraprofessional for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year. Motion passed unanimously however, they voted not to approve hiring an additional Title I paraprofessional, as requested by the administration, for the remainder of the school year.

Approval was given for the membership in the Minnesota Rural Education Association for $1,263 before the meeting was closed to discuss strategy for negotiations with Education Minnesota-Kelliher.

The meeting was then adjourned half an hour later when the meeting was reopened.

The next regular board meeting will be held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the school media center.