Fillmore Central School Board approves 2019-2020 school calendar

By: 
Bretta Grabau

The Fillmore Central School Board met on Tuesday, March 26,  and approved the upcoming school year calendar.

The calendar adopted was similar to the one Superintendent Richard Keith brought before the board last month with the last day before winter break being a half day, letting out at 12:30. Since MEA has been changed this year, Thursday, Oct. 17, will be a part day with the second half a staff in-service day. Those teachers who wish to go to MEA can count that as their staff day. MEA is just on Thursday with the new set up, but school will be out on Friday as well.

The last day of school will be Friday, May 29, for the students and staff will come in again on Monday, June 1.

Reports

Principal Heath Olstad updated the board on high school activities. The high school band and choir students participated in the large group music contest on Monday, March 11, held at the high school in Harmony. Both groups earned superior ratings.

The National Honor Society banquet was held on Monday, March 25, and the senior trip began on March 27 and continued through April 5.

A staff in-service day is scheduled for April 1 and MCA tests are being completed for third through eighth grades and sophomores and juniors.

The small group music competition will be held in Rushford on April 9.

At the elementary school, Dean of Students Chris Mensink reported the third quarter reading goal reward would be given to the students with a movie at the JEM Theatre on April 4. He thanked Amber Coaty and F&M Community Bank for making the opportunity possible.

Parent/Teacher conferences were held on March 7 with a nearly 92 percent rate of students represented. He noted the teachers have been doing well with communicating with those parents unable to attend.

Mensink also thanked the Harmony Arts Council for providing the Artist in Residency Program to the elementary students on Feb. 28 for the kindergarten to sixth graders.

Winter sports have concluded and spring sports have begun. Mensink did inform the board of an exodus in baseball this year to other sports. Due to the scarcity of players, it was decided to forego a varsity baseball season this year. Junior varsity is still on.

Upcoming events include D.A.R.E. graduation on May 15, the Special Olympics in Winona on May 17 and field trips from May 15 to 24.

A.L.I.C.E. training has been rescheduled for April 18.

Director of Special Education Micki Breitsprecher informed the board Fillmore Central has been accepted into the Pyramid Model innovation. The school was the only district in Region 10 to be accepted as a new organization this school year.

On Aug. 7 a large staff development day will be held in Rochester from which all the special education teachers and paraprofessionals will benefit. She stated this date is also one of the approved extended school year (ESY) dates, so there will not be ESY services on Aug. 7. Instead 20 minutes will be added to the other nine sessions to keep the total number of services minutes unchanged.

The Special Education Advisory Council winter gathering was held on March 24 at the B&B Olympic Bowl. Breitsprecher noted it was fun for those who participated.

Personnel

The board approved the resignation of Aaron Mensink as head boys basketball coach. Tris Tollefson was hired as the junior high softball coach. Dan Boenson was approved as a van driver. The board also approved Paula Birch to provide up to five hours per week of homebound instruction for an elementary student for a few weeks.

Other business

The board approved the Minnesota Department of Education “External User Access Recertification System” process authorizing Superintendent Keith as the identified official with authority to authorize user access to the secure websites for Fillmore Central.

Finally, the interstate enrollment agreement with Decorah was approved by the board. Decorah approved it the previous week and asked families using the agreement to utilize the form provided by Decorah.

Following the meeting’s adjournment, parents of LEGO League addressed the board regarding LEGO League being moved from under the community education umbrella. Since the League is not a sport, the parents asked it be more of an academic based program, which would allow more kids to be involved. Currently with the structure of community ed, it has been necessary to turn kids away who have expressed interest in the activity. The League has been operating under certain restraints, however the parents are not really sure what they can or cannot do because of them, even in regards to fundraising, etcetera. Superintendent Keith asked Stuart Wiest, who is heavily involved in volunteering, to contact him to discuss the League and what it would involve to remain under or be removed from community education.