By Linda Scherer
The first order of business at last Monday’s school board meeting was a reorganization of the board.
School Board Members Chester Hoernemann and Jim Jorgenson, were not in attendance at the meeting.
The newly-elected officers are Chairperson Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairperson Chester Hoernemann, Clerk Melissa Williams, and Treasurer Bob Carlson.
Board salaries for 2008 remain the same as last year’s.
Current rates: 0-3 hours at $40; 3-6 hours at $90; over 6 hours at $140. The chairperson receives $25 extra per meeting chaired. The treasurer will get $750 per year extra. The clerk receives $750 extra for the year. Negotiation chairs get an extra $10 per meeting.
Reorganizational meeting odds and ends
In other business the board:
• approved the regular school board meetings to be scheduled for the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
• approved the designation of the First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as official depositories for district funds.
• approved a resolution to give check signing authority for deposits to Superintendent Joe Miller and Treasurer Bob Carlson.
• designated the Herald Journal as the official legal publication for District 424.
• approved legal services provider William Partridge and his legal firm. Vote was 3-1, with Melissa Williams abstaining from the vote.
• approved the handbook of policies, which included policies for harassment and bullying. The vote was 3-1, with Melissa Williams voting against it. Williams wanted a chance to review the handbook before approving it.
• approved the mileage rate at the federal reimbursement rate per mile.
• approved the following board committees: Schools for Equity in Education - Jorgenson; Special Education - Hoernemann; Athletic Rep-Carlson; Continuing Ed - Williams/Jorgenson; Hot Lunch Hearing Official - Carlson; Lester Prairie Advisory Committee - Hecksel/Williams; MSBA Liaison - Hecksel; Scholarship - Carlson/Jorgenson; Community Ed - Hoernemann; Tele-media (meets 4x/yr) - Blaser; Technology - Hecksel/Blaser; Budget - Treasurer/Carlson
Negotiations: (Certified) - Hoernemann/Blaser/Hecksel; (Non-Certified) - Carlson/Hecksel/Jorgenson; (School Administration) - Carlson/Hoernemann/Williams
Other appointments included:Facilities/Maintenance - Blaser/ Hoernemann; Bus/Transportation - Hecksel; Other Committees: Facilities; Improvement/Expansion - Blaser/Hecksel/Carlson; Legislative Liaison - Hecksel.
Elementary Principal Pam Lukens received board approval to make a recommendation to the board regarding a kindergarten-plus program at its next meeting in February, before kindergarten roundup, which is scheduled for March.
Lukens told the board she has had seven requests by parents asking about the option.
Lukens also said that she has had requests for a summer day care program through Community Education. That topic will be discussed at the next Community Education Advistory Board meeting, Monday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Carlson thought the idea of day care options in Lester Prairie was a good idea since it was very difficult to find day care providers in town.
Lukens announced McLeod Family Connection is receiving a one-year grant for nursing through Prime West, called the Health Project, for $130,000.
Lester Prairie will be receiving 15 hours of assistance from a licensed practitioner nurse through the grant for the 2008 year. The grant is renewable. LP will also be receiving six hours towards LuAnn Linder, school nurse, to replace hours that were lost when the LCTS grant was discontinued.
High School Principal Scott Fitzsimonds gave a report on the 2007-08 sports pairing costs. The report showed a total cost of $65,524.
Based on student participation, 133 Lester Prairie participants paid $38,140, and 55 Holy Trinity participants paid $16,288.
Gate receipts for Lester Prairie totaled $7,157, and Holy Trinity, $3,938.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved a pay equity implementation report. It was originally implemented in 1985 and was updated.
• approved a corrective action plan for the food and nutrition program review, which is an audit that is performed every five years.
• approved an injury management program policy.
• approved offering a contract to the chemical use prevention person Betsy Horon to meet with select groups of students for six hours one day a week plus mileage.
The dollars for the contract would come from the money that was approved to hire a school nurse, but is now being covered with the Health Project grant.
• approved the revised levy amount of $767,690. The previously approved amount was $782,394.
• approved a contract for Betty Pennington as a special education para to work with a disabled student at school.
• approved Mary Govrik as long-term sub in Spanish to replace Anne LeClaire, who will be on maternity leave.
• approved the calendar for the 2008-09 school year (option 3). The vote was 3-1 with Melissa Williams voting against it. She thought there was too much Christmas vacation and not enough time off for the students during spring break.
• approved the seniority list for the 2007-08 school year.
• approved rescheduling the meeting in February for Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
• congratulated Fitzsimonds on his 40th birthday.