March 26, 2007

LP School Board joins special education cooperative

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

The Lester Prairie School Board unanimously approved joining the Southwest and West Central Services Cooperative for special education, based upon the recommendation of Superintendent Joe Miller at last Monday night’s meeting.

Board Member Chester Hoernemann informed the previous Crow River Co-op at its Feb. 7 meeting that Lester Prairie would no longer be part of the cooperative, effective June 30, 2007.

Miller was asked by the board to research other options or services to replace the special education program. His choice was Southwest and West Central Services Cooperative.

It was also the choice of three other schools that had been part of the previous Crow River Co-op including Buffalo Lake-Hector, Glencoe-Silver Lake, and McLeod West.

MCAA Conference approves sports pairing

Secondary Principal and Athletic Director Ron Erpenbach reported that the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association agreed unanimously to allow pairing in all sports with Lester Prairie and Holy Trinity of Winsted.

Erpenbach is waiting for the documentation needed to forward to the Minnesota State High School League. He is estimating that once that documentation is received, it will take approximately six weeks to get the league’s official confirmation.

Administrative reports

Principal Pam Lukens gave an account of the recent cookie dough sale. The fundraiser took place to raise money for the elementary school playground equipment.

A total profit of $9,025 was received from the sale, bringing the equipment total-to-date in funds received to $32,000.

Erpenbach related that he will be sending a letter out to parents regarding the upcoming Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment II (MCA-II) tests that will begin in April.

Part of the letter will inform parents what the students have been working on at school and what the parents can work on to help their son or daughter for the test.

Erpenbach also made the board aware that he has started to schedule students for next year. He is two-thirds of the way through the process.

With the scheduling, he has found that he is short one hour of class time in social studies.

Odds and ends

In other business the board:

• watched a presentation on the use of technology in the elementary school and for athletics. The presentation was made by Brian Korf, fifth grade teacher and boys varsity basketball coach, and Cathy Houg, fifth and sixth grade combination teacher.

• approved a four-year contract extension with Prairie Bus Services. The contract for 2007-08 will include a 3 percent increase, 2008-09 is a 2.5 percent increase, 2009-10 is a 2 percent increase, and 2010-11 is for a 2.5 percent increase.

• approved the contract for mowing grass at Lester Prairie School at a cost of $2,000 for the year. It is less than last year because the football field will be maintained by the city.

• approved the resignation of Helen Dossett, third grade teacher, effective at the end of the school year. Dossett is retiring after 34 years with Lester Prairie School. She has taught school and also worked as a media specialist for 25 years.

• congratulated the boys’ basketball team for winning sections and to wish the team good luck at the state tournament.

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