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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

April 19, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on April 19, 2004 in the Media Center.

Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Acting Clerk Melissa Williams (filling in for Robert Carlson), Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Chester Hoernemann, and Director Robert Remer. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; and Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was present. Guest speaker Pete Royer from Little Crow Telemedia was also present.

Vice Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The consent agenda was reviewed, and Fred Blaser made a motion to add “Procedures for information to be put on agenda for school board meeting.” The appointed clerk was Melissa Williams. The minutes from March 15, had one correction indicating that Robert Remer was not present. Then the minutes of March 15 and March 30, 2004 and bills in the amount of $84,400.70 were unanimously passed with Robert Remer making a motion and Chester Hoernemann seconding the motion.

Recognition of communication since the last meeting: In the Good News section, Dr. Redfield shared that we had two children from our school, Nicole Weisenburger and Noah Houg, who will be interviewed on KDUZ for “Academic Excellence” on April 26 at 2:40 p.m. Also, Fred Blaser shared that the DARE helicopter came and gave a presentation for the DARE graduates.

A special presentation took place at 8:00 p.m. for former School Board member Nancy Kroll. She was presented a gift in recognition of her service.

We had a presentation from Pete Royer about the ITV system, Internet, videos and computers; what costs were and how they would be changing. He shared the history of the ITV and where it is going in the future.

There was no old business.

Action on nonresident agreements was reported that there were two students moving out of the district and one moving into the district.

Motion was made by Robert Remer to approve open enrollments 2004~2005 and seconded by Chester Hoernemann.

Discussion took place regarding the next retreat, but no action was taken.

Jeff Hecksel has switched from the Technology Committee to the Leadership Committee. Fred Blaser removed himself from the Leadership Committee. Robert Carlson was appointed to the Technology Committee and the Schools for Equity Committee. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve suggested actions from the retreat and assign duties to committees. All approved.

A motion was made by Robert Remer and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve Rosalee Keller to fill in for Pam Green, who is on a family leave from teaching. Motion carried by all.

Discussion took place on the school budget. There will need to be some cuts somewhere. Data was handed out by Dr. Redfield that he received at his business meeting. It showed that in the last ten years the state and federal government has only increased its average funding by 1.7%, while inflation prices are averaging 4%. He also showed the average square foot per pupil unit was 168.83, and Lester Prairie was at 138.49. No action was taken.

There were discussions on the school facilities. The roofing study is now underway. Security Systems Solutions will be worked on this spring and summer. Chester Hoernemann made a motion and it was seconded by Bob Remer to approve a lawn quote from Merlin Mathews for summer lawn mowing job at $2,000. This will consist of mowing 23 times around the school, track and football field. This is the same amount as last year.

Discussion for administrative review involved budget planning and staffing and negotiations coming up for next year. An ad was put out for a part-time Math/Computer teacher.

Special Education report by Hoernemann stated that discussions were still underway with the Crow River Special Education Cooperative. Nothing else noted.

Pam Lukens provided a written report and noted CAPP sponsored Erik Brooks, author, and Rhoda Lund, a drama artist. Kindergarten Roundup took place on April 15. An Asset event in March had about 100 community members present. Lauren Bohn will speak on April 22 to students in grades 5-12 and also to the public at 7 p.m. Fingerprinting will be held on April 21 for kindergarten, sixth grade and new students. Title I “Make-it- Take-it” is scheduled for April 22, from 6-7 p.m. Grandparent’s Day is planned for May 7. The elementary concert will be May 13 at 7 p.m., and the Bike Rodeo on May 6.

No new business.

A motion was made by Robert Remer to have a special meeting on May 12 ,2004, at 7:00 p.m. for personnel and finances. Chester Hoernemann seconded it and all approved. Full day every other day kindergarten will be discussed for the 2005-2006 year. Also, general reductions will be discussed.

Meeting was adjourned by Fred Blaser at 9:25 p.m.

Melissa Williams,

Acting Clerk - District #424


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