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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

April 14, 2004

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on April 14, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Melissa Williams and Director Chester Hoernemann (arrived at 7:16 p.m.). Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal and Joe Scoblic were also present.

Chairman Fred Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

There was not communications received or discussed since the last meeting.

There was not old business to discuss since the last meeting.

Discussion and review of the 2003-2004 budget took place. Superintendent Redfield informed the board of an estimated decline in pupil units from the 2003-2004 school year to the 2004-2005 school year. State Foundation Aid is currently $4601.00 per pupil unit. The estimated pupil unit reduction will result in a loss of $111,482.00 (24.23 pupil units) to the district. As the result of the most recent referendum the district is to receive approximately $222,000.00 The referendum money was to be used for maintaining current educational programs at the current pupil unit numbers.

Board member Hoernemann introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION DISCONTINUING

AND REDUCING EDUCATIONAL

PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS

WHEREAS, the School Board of Independent School District No. 424 adopted a resolution on February 17, 2004, directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions, and

WHEREAS, said recommendations have been received and considered by the school board,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 424, as follows:

The following programs and positions, or portions thereof, be discontinued:

One part-time computer science position.

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board member Carlson and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:

Roll call vote: Yes, Carlson; Yes, Hecksel; Yes, Williams; Yes, Blaser; Yes, Hoernemann. Director Remer was absent. Resolution passed 5 to 0. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Board member Carlson introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION PROPOSING TO PLACE KIM DEBRUYCKERE ON

UNREQUESTED LEAVE OF ABSENCE

BE IT RESOLOVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 424, as follows:

1. That it is proposed that Kim DeBruyckere, a teacher of said school district, be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits, effective at the end of the 2003-2004 school year on June 30, 2004, pursuant to M.S. 122A.40, Subdivision 11*.

2. This action is also pursuant to Article XI of the 2003-2005 teacher master agreement “unrequested leave of absence and seniority agreement.”

3. That written notice be sent to said teacher regarding the proposed placement on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits as provided by law and said notice shall include a date for hearing if requested and be in substantially the following form:

NOTICE OF PROPOSED PLACEMENT ON UNREQUESTED LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND NOTICE OF HEARING DATE, IF REQUESTED

Lester Prairie ISD #424

P. O. Box 158

Lester Prairie, MN 55354

Mrs. Kim DeBruyckere

231 Hickory Street South

Lester Prairie, MN 55354

Dear Mrs. DeBruyckere,

You are hereby notified that at the special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 424 held on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, consideration was given to your placement on unrequested leave of absense without pay or fringe benefits as a teacher of Independent School District No. 424, and a resolution was adopted by a majority vote of the Board, proposing your placement on unrequested leave of absence effective at the end of the 2003-2004 school year on June 30, 2004, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 11* upon the grounds described in said statute and which are specifically as follows:

Discontinuance of Position, Lack of Pupils, and Financial Limitations.

Your proposed placement on unrequested leave of absence is not the result of the implementation of an education district agreement. This action is also pursuant to Article XI of the 2003-2005 teacher master agreement “unrequested leave of absence and seniority agreement.”

Under the provisions of law, you are entitled to a hearing before the school board to show violation of policy provided that you make a request in writing within fourteen days after receipt of this notice. If no hearing is requested within such period, it shall be deemed acquiescence by you to the school board’s proposed action. Please refer to article XI, Section 3, Subd. 2 of the teacher master agreement.

If you desire a hearing, it will be held on _______, 2004, at _____o’clock __.m. in the media center or as soon thereafter as you can be heard. Please advise if such a hearing is requested.

Yours very truly,

SCHOOL BOARD OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 0424

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk of the School Board

4. That each and all of the foregoing grounds of said notice are within the grounds for unrequested leave placement as set fourth in M.S. 122A.40, Subdivision 11* and are hereby adopted as fully as though separately set forth and resolved herein.

The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board member Williams and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:

Roll call vote: Yes, Carlson; Yes, Hecksel; Yes, Williams; Yes, Blaser; Yes, Hoernemann. Director Remer was absent. Resolution passed 5 to 0. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Member Blaser introduced a resolution proposing to place Kelly Kramer on unrequested leave of absence. The resolution died because of a lack of a second to the motion.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson,

Clerk – District #424

s/s Robert N. Carlson


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