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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

June 21, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on June 21, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:09 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 and Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal and Robert Lowe of the Minnesota School Boards Association. Members of the public present included Christine Feltmann, Kim Dressler, Sue Heimerl, Sue Rolf, Pat Miller, Deb Johns, Alden Enger, Darla Simon, Karla Heigl and Kathy Klitzke.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve the consent agenda as presented, the minutes from May 12, 2004 and May 17, 2004 and bills in the amount of $62,207.50. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

There was no communication received since the last meeting requiring board attention.

In the good news section Supt. Redfield informed the board he was elected to serve on the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators and thanked them for the support given.

In old business to discuss a motion made by Carlson, seconded by Williams to approve a draft of activities for the board retreat on May 21, 2004. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regards to the “meet and confers” that took place between board members and staff. No action took place.

Review took place regarding a letter received by Ms. Melinda Anderberg and her concerns about the Leadership Committee. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson that no further payment would be considered in regards to the request made by Ms. Anderberg. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to accept the resignation of Superintendent James Redfield. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Any discussion in regards to curriculum mapping would be moved to the next regular school board meeting.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to approve the part time contract of Superintendent Dr. James Redfield until September 30, 2004. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Open dialogue occurred a 6:45 p.m. and members of the public provided the board concerns, issues, input and qualities they would like the board to consider in regards to the hiring of a superintendent.

Under old business Lester Prairie Fire Chief Jim Hoof informed the board he wished to have access to the school as a storm shelter. Motion made by Williams, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the school as a storm shelter as long as Fire Department Personnel are present and is responsible for the occupants when the incident occurs. Roll call vote needed. Remer; No, Hoernemann; Yes, Blaser; No, Carlson; Yes, Hecksel; Yes, Williams; Yes. Motion passed on a 4 to 2 vote.

A review of the process to hire a school superintendent by Minnesota School Board Association staff member Bob Lowe took place. No action took place.

A review of the role of the Leadership Committee and the Policy on Community Concerns was discussed. No action took place.

A review and discussion took place in regards to policies on attendance and academics in the elementary. The board asked administrators to research further and bring back information to the board. No action took place.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the attachment 99 health and safety document as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under personnel issues a motion was made by Williams, seconded by Remer to accept the resignation of Pam Green. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to accept the resignation of Anne LeClaire. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve non-certified part time summer help. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school finances a review of the 2004-2004 budget took place. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to adopt the budget for 2004-2005. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to pay the final bills for the current budget year in the amount of $39,473.53. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school facilities a report was presented on the work done from Security Systems Solutions. Administration commented on how impressed they are with the new video surveillance system. No action took place.

The transportation committee is being asked to review the contract with the transportation carrier as soon as possible. No action took place.

Board reports followed. Board member Hoernemann said the Special Education Teachers (Crow River Special Education Cooperative) negotiations have went to mediation and the process should be complete soon. Board member Williams said there has been very positive involvement with community education. Board members Williams and Hecksel provided input on the role of public relations as it pertains to the leadership committee. The administrative negotiations committee presented the proposed fulfillment of Superintendent James Redfield’s current full time contract. It was agreed that vacation days, holidays, health and dental insurance would be allowed only until September 1, 2004. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the fulfillment of Superintendent James Redfield’s full time contract as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Elementary Principal Pam Lukens informed the board she had completed the title grants.

High School Principal Joe Miller informed the board that the Basic Standards Re-testing is being set up.

Superintendent Dr, Redfield provided the board with a graduation rate comparison from the Class of 1996 to the Class of 2004. The estimated average graduation rate is approximately 95%.

The board agreed to have a special meeting on June 29, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. to adopt procedures for filling the school superintendent’s position.

The meeting adjourned at 9:53 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk – District #424


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