By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board approved the district’s non-certified contract during last Monday’s meeting.
The contract includes increases of 1.25 percent in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, which is consistent with the district’s certified contract which was approved previously.
The contract also increases the district’s contribution for employees’ family health insurance from $375 to $405.
The contract also allows one step movement for both years of the agreement.
Longevity pay of $.38 per hour for employees who have been at the top step for a minimum of one year and have been with the district for more than five years is also included.
Elementary school earns recognition
The board acknowledged a letter from Brenda Cassellius, commissioner of education, congratulating Lester Prairie Elementary School for earning designation as a Reward School.
This designation reflects the gains the school has made in proficiency, growth, achievement gap reduction, and graduation rates.
“It is also a reflection of you and your staff’s tireless efforts to improve outcomes for students,” Cassellius wrote.
McNulty said the high school has also made significant improvements, but is not eligible for the Reward School designation because it is not a Title 1 school.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• noted that the filing period for school board positions will run from July 31 to August 14. Seats held by Joe Miller, Karla Heigl, and Rollie Radtke are up this year. Miller has stated he does not intend to seek re-election.
• approved hiring Joe Kley as a fourth grade teacher.
• accepted the resignation of Spanish teacher Jarret Roloff, who has accepted a position at another school.
• accepted bids for the 2012-13 school year including bread Pan O Gold Baking Company; milk Kemps; and propane Hutchinson Co-op for a bid of $1.09 per gallon. Glencoe Co-op submitted a slightly lower bid of $1.05 per gallon, but the board awarded the bid to Hutchinson Co-op because it pays taxes in the district. McNulty noted that the propane is used only as a backup, and involves a one-time fill of two 800-gallon tanks. The vote was 4-1, with board members Matt Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Heigl, and Board Chair Bob Carlson in favor, and Radtke opposed.
Radtke advocated accepting the lower bid.
Superintendent Mike McNulty said Waste Management was contacted, but did not submit a bid for garbage service. He said he will seek bids from other providers.
• approved the required increases in lunch prices. Elementary lunches will increase from $1.85 to $1.95, and secondary lunches will increase from $2.35 to $2.45.