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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Area F(,,zus Wednesday, January 28, 20041 !-i ,i i I Gene Kronback chosen for highest school board honor WWG school board member, Gene Kronback, has been named to the MN School Boards Association 2004 All State School Board, which is the state's most prestigious award for individual school board mem- bers. Kronback received his award at MSBA's annual Leadership Conference during the Recognition Luncheon on January 15. The conference was at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Each year, MSBA's awards committee selects 5-7 individual board members to the All State School Board. Board members are nominated by superintendents, fellow board members, parents or community members for their outstanding contribu- tions to public education. 'Hhe All State School Board represents the best of the best. These are school beard members who are committed to student achievement, determined to build support for their local schools and unwavering in their pursuit of what's best for all stu- dents," MSBA Executive Director Bob Meeks said. Kronback has served on the board for 18 years. The selection committee was impressed by his ability to communicate with constituents and his leadership skills. In his nomination materials, a support- er wrote, "Mr. Kronback is a very fair and honest man. You can take his word and support to the bank. He has the distinct knack of being able to grasp a situation and then move forward in a positive manner." Seven board members have been select- ed for the 2004 All State School Board. There are 2,276 school board members in MN. For more information on the award, contact Shelley Tougas at 800-324-4459. MSBA is a private nonprofit organiza- tion that provides cost-saving programs, board training, advocacy, research and referral for all of Minnesota's public schools. School board makes new appointments -- From page 1 Every three years a student is reassessed to show progress/plan for new IEP. One of our goals is to keep special ed students with their peers as much as possi- ble. Senior Class members Nathan Swanson, and Tiffany Eichner along with their advisor Carolyn Enstad presented a report and itin- erary for their class trip. Twenty Five students and four chaperones will be tak- ing the trip to California. The trip will be over Easter vacation and will be eight days and seven nights. The itinerary includes tour and lunch on the Queen Mary, Point Loma Light House, S Die.q, Harbor cruise, San Dingo Zoo, Historic Mission San Jaun Capistrano, Catalina Island, Disney Land, Easter Services at the Crystal Cathedral, Mann's Chinese Theater, Le Brea Tar Pits, Universal Studios Theme Park, Hoover Dam, The Las Vegas Strip, plus many other attractions. The kids are getting close to their goals -- fund raising events are continuing. Superintendent Woelber gave his report. Maydra Maas was elected to the Southwest Service Cooperative. Woelber asked the board about replacing the wall mats on both ends of the gym. They are quite expen- sive but some organizations will donate money towards them. Enrollments continue to stay steady, with some stu- dents leaving the district and others are coming in. Water bills in the Walnut Grove building have been cut in half with the Axiom improvements. Gas bills have remained about the same due to the Univents working properly. The air quality has improved a lot especially 'in the bathrooms. Larry Weeks of Wolf and Etter Co. presented the annual financial audit for the district. He explained the audit shows a good fund bal- ance of $875,000 in the gen- eral fund. He said this is a good balance. A healthy fund balance allows you to cash flow the school and it earns a modest interest which can be used for salaries and pro- grams. "the district is in a good financial position. Mr. Richards reported on the CPT workshops held recently. Sheng Vang is the new interpreter at the high school. NWEA testing is getting ready. After equipment com- patibility is arranged, three staff groups will be trained to run and use the program. The one act play is going well and will be presented next Tuesday and Saturday at Pipestone. Principal Paul O/son dis- cussed ways of equalizing Trimming branches DOUBLE LAKE--- Workers from the Cottonwood County Hi were busy last Wednesday morning trimming branches along Double Lake, and chipping them. class sizes between the two schools, particularly in the elementary grades. There is an imbalance in numbers between the two schools. Ways of dealing with the problem were discussed. Assigning students to one building or another, or put- ting all of the third grade at one building and all of the 4th grade in one building. Olson said it is something the board should consider in the long term. For the time being the board chose to hire a part time teacher in Walnut Grove until the end of this school year. This is going to continue being a problem if we contin- ue getting more students. A new vendor has been found for the new milk machine and prices have been reduced. The board approved the purchase of CD's for the accelerated reading program in both schools. The following officers and committees were named: Chairman, Gene Kronback; vice Chair, Marv Kleven; Treasurer, Kerry Knakmuhs; and Clerk Bruce Jorgenson. Salaries: $30 per meeting, Chairman $300, Clerk $650, Cookies for the Troops Treasurer $300. Mileage gov- ernment rate. MSBA legislative repre- sentative Marv Kleven; Continuing education Kerry Knakmuhs and Jim Schmidt Alt; Curriculum and Staff development Maydra Maas, Florence Main and Jim Schmidt al passed away Negotiations Personnel administration Gene Funeral services for If you would like to order Girl Scout cookies to be sent to the Troops, con- tact Carrie Horkey at 274- 5936 by February 1. Florence Main will be held Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 11 a.m. at American Lutheran Church of Gaylord. Interment will he at the Westbrook Cemetery with lunch at Trinity Lutheran Church, Westbro0k, following the services. Kronback, Marvin Kleven, Jim Schmidt, Bruce Jorgenson Alt; Redwood County collaborative Maydra Maas, Kerry Knakmuhs Alt; Cottonwood County Collaborative Jim Schmidt. Building and grounds/safety Gene Kronback, Kerry Knakmuhs, Bruce Jorgenson, Tim Helmer Alt; Transportation Marian Hart Maydra Maas, Marvin Died 00even and Kerry ounuay Knakmuhs; Technology Tim Funeral Services for Helmer, Kerry Knakmuhs, Jim Schmidt; Community Ed advisor Maydra Maas; MREA representative Marvin Kleven. MSHSL representatives: Board member Gene Kronback; School rep Loy Woelber; Boys Athletics Leo Theisen; Girls Athletics Joan Zieske; Music Connie Knott; Speech Carolyn Enstad. Marian Hart, 94, Storden will be heldat 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 29th at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Storden with the Rev. Alan Buresh officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the Storden Community Center in Storden and on Thursday for one hour prior to services at the church in Storden. 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