Holdingford School Board Briefs

The Holdingford School Board held their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The meeting was called to order, the pledge was recited, the agenda was approved, and the consent agenda was approved. Items in the consent agenda were approval of the minutes from October 17th Reg. Board Meeting; approval of the schedule of bills in the amount of $405,738.01; approval of the district activity checks which totaled $5,497.88; approval of the electronic transfer for October $1,247,862.00; the Treasurer’s report balance per books for the month of October 2018 $4,122,539.62; approval of Policies 504 Student Dress and Appearance, 509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students; approval of Winter Com. Ed. Instructors and Volunteer Coaches; and approval of Winter Athletic Team Coaches. 

Superintendent Chris Swenson reported building project user groups will be meeting on December 7th with the Architect to start developing designs for the renovations and additions. He informed the board that the school website is in need of an upgrade to meet ADA compliance.

Student Board Rep. Liz Rudser presented gifts and thank you notes to the Board and Administration on behalf of the Future Educators Club recognizing them during American Education Week. She reported fall sports are finished, winter sports are starting, quarter one is complete, honor roll lists are out and the student of the quarter assembly is on Thursday.

Secondary Principal Angela Safran reported on the FFA National Convention that she attended, the Blood Drive which collected 60 pints of blood, an impressive Veterans program, PBIS in the high School, and the Fall Play. She informed the Board that she has completed formal observation of all new teachers and is starting observations on the rest of the staff, she invited the Board to attend the Student of the Quarter Assembly and Aimsweb benchmarks are in place for Junior High Students.

In the absence of Mr. Stang, Mr. Swenson updated the Board on Food Shelf collection, Book Fair hosted by PTA which had sales of $11360 with 60% of this returned to the school in the form of books, Pennies for Pre-School raised $477.33 for the Pre-School Book Nook, the PTA fundraiser brought in just over $20,000 in profit to fund field trips, spring MCA rewards, Lyceums, author in residency and many more miscellaneous things. Kudos to PTA from the Board and the Administration!

Mr. Higgins reported the BSED approved the final audit showing a 14.25% fund balance and the Due Process night was well attended.

Business Manager Beth Heinze introduced Carolyn Stutsman from Bergen KDV who presented the FY18 Audit report. The District received an Unmodified Opinion on Financial Statements – The best opinion an Auditor can issue! Ms. Stutsman summarized the financial statements, over all the District has a fund balance of 12.8% and for the first time in a long time the Community Services fund is in the positive.

The Abstract Summary of votes Cast was reviewed. The Election held on November 6th, 2018 elected Evelyn Martini to one-year school board term and passed the Building Bond question and the Technology Operating Levy question. 



Other agenda items at the November 14th regular meeting included:

approved the FY18 Audit report as presented. Motion carried. AIF.

approved the Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of the School District General Election. Evelyn Martini, having received the highest number of votes, was elected to a one-year term beginning the first Monday in January 2019.

approved the Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of the School District Special Election. 

Question #1 1419 Yes Votes; 1031 No Votes; 2450 Total Votes. The ballot question, having received the approval of a majority of the votes cast, is hereby declared to have carried.

Question #2 1235 Yes Votes; 1216 No Votes; 2451 Total Votes. The ballot question, having received the approval of a majority of the votes cast, is hereby declared to have carried.

approved the 2017-2018 Combined WBWF Summary and Achievement and Integration Progress Report. 

hired Olivia Benkowski, Pre-School Para for the Tues./Thurs. morning class.

hired Seth Young for evening Custodian 3:00 to 10:30 PM shift 

hired Cindy Fussy LTS Teacher.

accepted resignation from Secondary Para Judith Stodolka-Barnes.

hired Becca VanHeel for Kid Zone Assistant 

hired Amber Ritter for Secondary Para.

accepted resignation from Krista Dockendorf Elementary Para with many thanks for her 13 years of service with the Holdingford School District. 

This article is a summary of the minutes. The full text is available for public inspection at the District Office or online at http://www.isd738.org/school-board-meeting-agendasminutes.html.

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Notice of Public Hearing

Proposed Property Taxes

City of Albany

The Albany City Council will hold a public hearing at 6:30 PM or as soon as thereafter on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Albany City Hall, 400 Railroad Avenue, Albany, MN 56307 to consider approving the 2019 budget and the amount of property taxes it is proposing to collect to pay for the costs of services the City will provide in 2019. 

2018 Levy     Proposed Levy

$819,732 $892,696 8.9% increase

Albany City residents are invited to attend the public hearing of the City Council to express their opinions on the budget and on the proposed amount of 2019 property taxes.  

Tom Schneider

Clerk/Adm.

Published in the Albany Enterprise this 21st and 28th day of November, 2018.

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Holdingford ?School Board Briefs
A School Board work session was held November 8, 2018. Chair Higgins thanked everyone for their hard work in passing the Bond Referendum and Technology Operating Levy. Mr. Swenson credited the Vote Yes Committee for getting the vote to pass and now it is time to move forward creating a timeline for the projects. 

Mr. Overom from ICS explained what committees will be needed and discussed the communication plan. Architect Mr. Lenz would like to meet with the User Groups in December, in January he will design what the User Groups requested from the scope of the projects to be included in the Bond Referendum. He will then meet again with the User Groups to review the design, make any revisions and then move forward with the bids.

The consensus is that the roof project needs to get started as soon as possible. The Board had a lengthy discussion on the type of roof. The roof will be a 30-year Garland Roof. Mr. Overom will develop the specs for the bidding process. The bid process will be to advertise, have a pre bid meeting/walk through, and at the bid date where the bids will be read, tallied, and a recommendation to award the low bid. Some other items that will be happening soon are site survey, soil borings, hazardous materials survey, overall budget summary development, professional service agreements, items & issues log, interested vendor log, identify local contractors, suppliers and coordination of the bond sale. Along with the roof replacement some air handlers, ventilation units, and exhaust fans will be replaced using LTFM funds. 

Next agenda item was the revised Board Calendar. Mr. Swenson finalized the calendar including work sessions, advisory meetings, committee meetings, and the MSBA Conference. Building project meetings will now be added.

Christensen reported on the Community Education Advisory meeting held 10/10/18, a new site leader has been hired for Kid Zone and a new assistant is being hired to meet the needs of the program. A review of the fall program participation and ECFE class offerings took place. Winter programs are being planned and the preliminary Audit numbers were presented. Lastly the consensus of the committee was to not host the Spring Expo this year but to look for other ideas with one possibility being a Carnival. Christensen also reported on Early Childhood Advisory meeting held 9/19/18 where field trips, Fall Festival and class offerings were discussed. Mr. Swenson added that a tiered registration system for district residents to have priority is being developed. 

The next meeting will be Wednesday December 5th starting with a 5:30 PM Pot Luck. Ms. Kruger requested the Mission Statement be sent out for review prior to the next Work Session.

This article is a summary of the minutes. The full text is available for public inspection at the District Office or online at http://www.isd738.org/school-board-meeting-agendasminutes.html.

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NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN SALE

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on December 5, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2004 Olds Alero GLS.  Storage and lien sale fees are due as of August 31, 2018 is $246.14.

The storage will continue to accrue at $20.00 per day until the sale date.

Owner(s): Joseph G. Shockley.

Lienholders: Auto Credit Inc..

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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NOTICE OF MECHANIC’S LIEN SALE

Please take notice that at the address of Copart, 200 County Road 159, Avon, MN 56310 at 2 o’clock on December 5, 2018, the Sheriff of Stearns County will sell to the highest cash bidder a 2010 GMC Sierra K1500.  Copart fees to date are $259.47. QBE Americas Inc. fees to date are $17,729.33. Storage as of October 5, 2018 is $0. 

The storage will continue to accrue at $0 per day until the sale date listed above.

Owner(s): Marlene Kessler, Ty Kessler.

Lienholders: None.

PLEASE NOTE-THIS MAY BE A SALVAGE VEHICLE.

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