BLUE EARTH - Blue Earth Area School Board accepted the retirement notice of Kevin Grant, long-time principal of the school district's elementary students in Blue Earth and Winnebago.
Board member Mary Eckhardt thanked Grant for his service.
"It seems weird to approve," said Dawn Fellows, board member, just before the unanimous vote on Monday.
The board charged Superintendent Dale Brandsoy with putting together a job description for an assistant K-8 principal to replace Grant.
"We need to have help with administration," Brandsoy said, mentioning Q-Comp and Professional Learning Committees. "Those are two big programs we need to move forward."
The new assistant principal will also work with non-funded mandates, K-8 literacy and evaluating every staff member once a year.
Brandsoy said Grant will not be leaving the district. He will be contracted for services to handle Title 1.
The board also received a report on projected enrollment numbers for the 2012-2013 school year. Grant said kindergarten round-up so far has shown solid numbers. They are expecting an estimated 108 kindergarteners: 83 in Blue Earth and 25 in Winnebago.
"Enrollment projection is going to be very strong," Brandsoy said. "Pretty solid numbers."
The elementary total is expected to be 568, with 442 in Blue Earth and 126 in Winnebago; 266 in grades 6-8; and 367 in the high school. As of March 1, 2012, enrollment is 1,190; and the projected enrollment for 2012-2013 is 1,201.
In other business, the board:
o Discussed selling two lots next to the bus garage for $5,000 to Alliant Energy, which wants to put up a communication tower.
"I think we should bid it," said board member Jesse Haugh.
Brandsoy was instructed to consult with attorney David Frundt about getting bids.
o Rejected bids for a heating and air conditioning project. The board is waiting for more information.
"The project has been put on hold for at least one year," said Frankie Bly, chairman.
o Received an update from principal Melissa McGuire about the Middle School Learning Service Day on May 2. Students will help clean up around the community, such as cleaning the parks up for summer, preparing cemeteries for Memorial Day, washing fire trucks, etc. If anyone has community related work for them, please call the middle school office at (507) 526-3115.
o Approved Marnie Norman's contract with Southern Plains Cooperative for special education speech.
o Approved Kacie Johnson's resignation as elementary art teacher. She will pursue a masters degree in special education.
o Approved Katie Grovom's request for unpaid child leave.