by Caleb Sebora
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN The Lester Prairie School Board approved revisions to a new three-year contract for Principal Nathaniel Boyer during the meeting on June 20.
The revisions come after the school board got word that Boyer had been contacted by other school districts about employment opportunities.
“When I heard this, I contacted Mr. Schmidt [superintendent] to talk to Mr. Boyer to see how he feels about working in the Lester Prairie School District,” said chairperson Karla Heigl. “Mr. Schmidt got back to me and told me that Mr. Boyer likes being at Lester Prairie, and we felt like we should take measures to keep him.”
The contract includes an increase in salary to $90,000 for the next three school years (and will stay that amount for those three years), ending in the 2018-19 school year.
Previously, Boyer’s contract paid him $78,000 for the 2015-16 school year, and was set to pay him $80,000 for the 2016-17, and $82,000 for the 2017-18 school year.
Boyer’s contract also includes an increase in his health insurance policy to $150,000 (originally $100,000), full dental coverage, and an increase in his 401(k) to $1,750 for three years (originally $1,600).
Along with Boyer’s new contract, the Board also approved him as the new head boys’ basketball coach, starting in the 2016-17 season.
“I’m very pleased to be here,” Boyer added. “We’ve got great kids here at Lester Prairie.”
Odds and Ends
In other business, the board:
• noted that Boyer’s evaluation was filled with positive comments and words, not only towards Boyer, but the administration.
• the board approved the contracts of Bodil Empting, special education teacher, and Stephanie Lohse, Kids’ Depot student worker.
• heard from Schmidt and Boyer that the number of behavior referrals has dropped significantly from years past, from 1,200 in 2013-14 and 700 in 2014-15, to 429 in 2015-16.
• heard from Schmidt and Boyer that 95 percent of students in the Lester Prairie High School care about their academic performance based on a survey that the students had to take.
• heard an explanation from Boyer on a new change in the academic-eligibility policy, stating that if a student fails a class for their quarter grade, that student will not be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities until halfway through the next quarter, and only if they are no longer failing a class.
• approved bids for milk, bread, and propane.