By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board will ask for voter approval to transfer funds for school improvements.
During last Monday’s meeting, the board adopted a resolution determining the necessity of using remaining proceeds from series 2012A bonds for building improvements and calling for a special election to ask for voter approval.
The resolution was approved 5-1, with board members Gregg Machemehl, Matt Klitzke, Joe Miller, Rollie Radtke, and Karla Heigl in favor; and Board Chair Bob Carlson opposed.
The board scheduled the special election for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
In July, the board asked the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to approve a transfer of $806,800 from alternative facility restricted/reserve 409 in the building construction fund to the operating capital restricted/reserve 424 in the general fund.
The MDE denied that request.
The request to transfer funds included everything that had been identified at that time. The biggest unforeseen costs involved a sprinkler system and additional asbestos abatement that was not included in the original scope of the project.
Superintendent Mike McNulty said the transfer of funds would not increase the levy or the taxes of the district.
McNulty noted the board could also ask for approval to transfer an amount less than the $806,000 figure.
Last week, McNulty was working with ESG, contractor for the building project, and the district’s legal counsel, to determine the total dollar amount that will be requested for transfer.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved the district’s annual report on curriculum, instruction, and student achievement for 2011-12. The report will be posted on the school website.
• heard from activities director Thayne Johnson that several students have approached him to express interest in starting a golf team. Johnson said one option would be to discuss a co-op arrangement.
• approved a collaboration agreement between Heartland Community Action Agency Head Start and Lester Prairie Community Education School Readiness.
• heard a presentation by Johnson on his master’s thesis.
• approved contracts for Ben Machemehl, assistant boys’ basketball coach; Joe Kley, assistant girls’ basketball coach; Alexandra Edlund, Future Problem Solvers coordinator; Mike Kegler, eighth grade boys’ basketball coach; Dean Neumann, boys’ varsity basketball coach; and Mike Lee, girls’ varsity basketball coach.