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Kelliher School Board approves donations

Members of the Kelliher School Board met March 9 and approved several requests for monetary donations and to congratulate Supt. Tim Lutz for being named Administrator of the Year for District 29.

Before delving into a full agenda, the board approved the minutes from the Feb. 9 regular meeting, the treasurer's reports and March bills in the amount of $68,712.40, plus additional checks written between the February and March meetings of $2,076.

Visitor Carly Wang requested permission and funding to take students to Physics Day at Valleyfair in May.

Tiffany Thomas and Johanna Weidenborner, on behalf of the junior class and prom committee, requested a $500 donation from the district for prom and post-prom activities.

Steve Geerdes, on behalf of the high school trapshooting team, requested $500 from the district in order to help offset the costs of fees to the students participating.

The board participated in a conference call from Gary Olsen and Carolyn Drude from Ehlers and Associates.

The purpose of the call was to inform the board of the opportunity granted through legislation to pay the original amount of the $6,900,000 Maximum Effort Loan back to the State of Minnesota by June 30, at which time the loan would be considered paid in full.

The board requested that the administration gather additional information for possible consideration at the April board meeting.

Linda Dreher thanked the board and administration for their support of the Northome Area News and allowing her access to the building during school days in order to gather news and take pictures of activities taking place in the school.

Congratulations were given to the students who were inducted into the Kelliher School National Honor Society -- Rhonda Schuh, 11; Mark Geerdes, 10 and Kelly Heck, 10 and Junior National Honor Society -- Cheyanne Franks, 9; Shannon Head, 9; Breanna Salmonson, 9; Philip Anderson, 8; Lindsey Duresky, 8; Megan Hudec, 8; Cole Koisti, 8; Joseph Weidenborner, 8 and Sydney Preston, 7.

A thank you was given to the Upper Red Lake Area Association for the donations of $1,500 for the Kelliher Library and Information Center and $1,000 for the Kelliher Community Scholarship.

Congratulations were also given out to Supt. Lutz for being named 2011-12 Administrator of the Year for District 29. The board thanked him for his work on behalf of the district and congratulated him on this honor. A plaque will be presented to him at the MASA Region VIII meeting.

The Math Masters team were givne congratulations by the board on their great showing at the Bemidji meet.

During the Dean's report, the February students of the month were acknowledged: Elementary - Braxton Lempart, 2; Middle Level - Trevor Poxleitner, 7 and High School - Steven Mayers, 9.

It was repoted that the National Honor Society induction ceremony will take place March 9 at 9 a.m.

PBIS training has been completed. On March 19, members of the Indus School staff will be coming to Kelliher to learn about implementing PBIS.

The board was informed that there was poor attendance at the February Parent-Teacher conferences and that the student council is planning a spring Olympics for the week before the Easter break.

Under Committee Reports, the board heard that the Systems Accountability Committee met Feb. 27 and that the Beltrami County Commissioners will be meeting in Kelliher March 20.

The William Kent Krueger reading night was cancelled due to bad weather and will be rescheduled.

Supt. Lutz distributed copies of the FY11 Food Service Fund analysis report from the State of Minnesota. The board authorized him to work with the food service staff to try to reduce expenses without compromising the quality of the meals.

Northern Access Dental is interested in leasing space at the Old School Center during May-August.

Lutz is continuing to talk with Northome School regarding the viability of additional shared staffing next year.

The fifth and sixth grades will be attending Wolf Ridge March 12-14.

The Title I open house and parent night will be held March 29. There is a potential conflict with the Up North Committee's ham bingo that evening, but it was felt that both can occur on the same evening, with potential benefits to each.

Lutz informed the board that he and staff have been working on preliminary plans for summer school in August.

The preliminary 2012-13 school calendar has been changed to allow for a staff workshop day March 11 instead of Jan. 21 (MLK Day).

Lutz informed the board that there has been some talk at the state legislative level to allow school districts to start prior to Labor Day. At this time, the board is not interested in that option.

During Paul Pederson's visit to the school in February, he reported that he expects the district's health insurance premiums for next year to remain the same or be lower due to less than expected usage rates.

Correspondence was received from Walker and Princeton School Districts regarding Supt. Lutz's visits with them.

It was reported that work on the ADSIS, AIW, 21st Century and Legacy grants continue.

Discussion was held on Ramp Up To Readiness

Approval was give to the second reading and adoption of mandatory MSBA policy # 524 - Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy.

Also approved was the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Tier II Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory report and the negotiated personnel policy for Dave Hanson for 2010-11 and 2011-12.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for April 12 at 7 p.m. in the school media center.