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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

June 8, 2004

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on June 8, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Treasurer Robert Remer, Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Chester Hoernemann and Director Melissa Williams. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Also present was Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal, Eric Angvall, Jan Smith, Kim DeBruyckere, Kathy Fiecke, Kathy Klitzke, Gail Henning, Pat Miller and Jim Spring.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Under communication received since the last meeting no items were brought up or discussed.

Under Open Dialogue Eric Angvall asked questions and provided input in regards to the open superintendent position.

Under old business a motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve a waiver of employment rights for Laurie McNallie (FCS teacher). Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

A review of the board retreat was tabled until the next board meeting.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hecksel to approve the Award of Arbitrator on Petition for Attorneys’ Fees in regards to a student discipline hearing. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Remer to approve an agreement with Grant Strategies, LLC in the amount of $1250.00. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to remain a member of the Minnesota State High School League. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to adopt the non-certified seniority list. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to discontinue one Para-professional position. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

School finances were discussed and Superintendent Redfield indicated that up to $50,000 dollars was spent in legal and staff costs because of the recent student discipline hearing and court action. The issue will have an impact on the 2003-2004 budget. More budget discussion took place in regards to the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 budgets. One of the main concerns is the declining enrollment issue.

School facilities was discussed a study of the roofing issues from TSP was presented. Motion made by Blaser, seconded by Remer to hire TSP to be the architect for the roofing project fro the 2004-2005 calendar year. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to purchase additional security cameras and costs in the amount of $692.00.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Williams to table the curriculum mapping until the next regular school board meeting. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Board reports followed. Board member Hoernemann indicated that Special Education contract negotiations have moved to the mediation phase. Board member Williams gave a report in regards to Community Education and Continuing Education. Board members Williams and Hecksel provided information on the role of Public Relations from the last Leadership Committee Meeting. Discussion took place in regards to a recent report on Facilities and Maintenance. Board member Hecksel provided information from the most recent technology meeting. No action was taken in regards to board reports.

There were no administrative reports given.

There was no new business to discuss.

The board established the agenda items for the next board meeting and noted the time change to 6:00 p.m.

The board went into closed session at 9:33 p.m. to discuss a personnel issue. The board came out of closed session at 9:50 p.m. No action was taken.

The meeting adjourned at 9:52 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk – District #424


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