School board hammers out business items
By Emily Bialkowski
The Caledonia School Board took care of several business items at their Nov. 19 meeting. A summation of their decisions is below.
The following resignations were approved by the board:
• Tom Krinke as the head girls soccer coach effective immediately. John Klug voted against this resignation, saying he wanted more information, but the majority had their way.
• Kasey Meiners as co-junior high wrestling coach effective immediately.
• Rachel (Grippen) Storlie as the junior high advisor and school musical advisor effective immediately.
In a related matter, the following new hires were unanimously approved:
• Bethany Meiners as junior class advisor at a cost of $2,092.
• Lindsay Mackie as the school musical advisor at a cost of $1,879.
As has become customary at board meetings, several congratulatory nods and thank yous were extended.
Congratulations were extended to the volleyball team for their accomplishments at the state level and to the football team as well.
Congratulations were given to Eric Lacher for taking first place in the state bowling tournament in Special Olympics.
Not to be left out, congratulations were extended to the Caledonia FFA Chapter for their accomplishments in the National FFA dairy cattle evaluation and management career development event.
A thank you was extended to Ernie Hodges and Eddie Hodges for their continued support and volunteering their time in the weight room.
Thanks was given to Matt Hendel for being a dedicated volunteer in the FFA organization.
And finally, congratulations were extended to the honor band and choir for recent participation in honors events.
The school board unanimously approved a family medical leave policy as well a student sex nondiscrimination policy.
The board will be considering a code of ethics policy at their Dec. 17 meeting. They are also reviewing the 2013-14 school calendar and attempting to foresee and avoid any scheduling conflicts.
Middle school/high school principal Paul DeMorett said the school has dealt with a lot of schedule changes due to the success of the volleyball and football teams. “I give a lot of praise to the students and staff for handling those crazy days,” DeMorett said.
He also said a Veterans Day program went off quite well, and focus groups are meeting to address anti-bullying activities.
Finally, departments have met with a state expert to address standardized test results in an effort to improve instruction.
Nancy Runningen offered an update on community education programs and mentioned that there are still plenty of classes with openings available. Registration with the School Age Care program continues to trickle in, and several minigrants have been awarded to Caledonia for programming, Runningen said.
Along the lines of testing, Runningen presented a calendar chuck full of dates.
Finally, Runningen said Caledonia was awarded a $3,400 Perkins grant mostly for ag and tech career development.
In his report Superintendent Ben Barton indicated there are many topics on his plate from updating policies, to addressing test results, to hammering out policy in relation teacher evaluation.
He said the elementary school student achievement team met and spent time looking at math curriculum and work has begun on bully action planning.
He continues to host “coffee and conversation” meetings with the public, and said he always gets good feedback and notes from that effort.
• The board voted to go into closed session to discuss labor negotiations. No action was taken on the matter.
• A short report was given on the fact that the technology committee recently met for an hour and half.
• The athletic committee also met with discussion on co-ops being the prominent topic, though no action was taken on the matter.
• The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for Dec. 17.