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Kimball Schools Address COVID

Last School Board Meeting For 3 Members

The Kimball Public School Board met for the last board meeting of 2020 on Dec. 15 and the final meeting for three Kimball School board members: Clint Cornils, Carrie Tabor and Heather Norberg.

Both Norberg and Tabor have served on the school board for five years while Clint Cornils has completed 12 years as a school board member. The three members were recognized for their service to the school district.

The minutes, board bills and treasurer's report were all approved with a 6-0 vote.

Superintendent Trevor Anderson summed up the COVID-19 experience of the past week. Anderson said, "As we're all aware of, COVID-19 has hit the school district pretty hard, especially on the 7-12 side this past week making for an eventful couple of days to say the least."

He continued to explain that changes were needed, therefore finals were made optional and all activities have been postponed or cancelled for this week. Practices will resume after the NSAA moratorium, and regular in-person classes will resume on Jan. 4.

Anderson continued to explain that the school lunch program will continue to be funded for all students for the second semester, no matter the socio-economic status. The grant has been extended for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Meals will continue to be offered this week to grade 7-12 students.

Mary Lynch Principal Jamie Soper reported that 13 new students have enrolled in the elementary school since the beginning of the year. She also reported on the Junior Kindergarten program, which helps students not quite ready for the rigors of kindergarten. She has been impressed and pleased with the Junior Kindergarten program.

In closed session, the school board conducted a review of the superintendent's evaluation.

A special board meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the Practice Gym at the Jr/Sr High School and the next regular board meeting will be Monday, Jan. 11.

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