By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board approved a certified master agreement for 2017-19 during Monday’s meeting.
The agreement includes 2.4 percent pay increases for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, which board member Steve Ziermann said is in line with the state average for teacher contracts.
“It was a good compromise for everyone,” Ziermann noted.
Board Member Marc Sebora was also positive about the negotiation process that led to the agreement.
“I really appreciated the whole process; how well everything went; how professional everyone was. It was a good compromise for both sides, Sebora commented.
He added that there are a lot of good things going on in the district, and teachers should be compensated and recognized for their part in that success.
The new agreement also included some minor language changes in some sections, and added future problem solvers and challenge club advisors to the extracurricular pay schedule.
In response to a letter from McLeod County Auditor/Treasurer Cindy Schultz Ford, the board designated Lester Prairie City Hall as its combined polling place for special elections in 2018, should a special election be required (there are no special elections scheduled at this time).
The change is in response to a change in Minnesota statute that requires districts to designate a combined polling place for special elections by Dec. 31 each year.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved contracts with Samantha Dhoore as classroom paraprofessional, and Rileigh Shackelton as Kids’ Depot worker.
• approved the non-renewal of Rob Weber as head cross country coach.
• noted the district student count as of Nov. 17 for grades k-12 is 455.
• approved snow removal quotes from Litzau Excavating.