Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

August 16, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on August 16, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:33 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, Assistant Superintendent; and Pam Lukens, School Principal. Lynda Jensen of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was present along with members of the public to include Mark Thiede (TSP) and City of Lester Prairie Emergency Manager Steve Berg.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Williams to approve the consent agenda as presented and bills in the amount of $8,565.72 (2003-2004 bills) and $73,156.68 (2004-2005 bills). Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

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

In the “Good News Section” Principal Pam Lukens indicated she has started working on the gifted and talented program with Director Williams. Clerk Carlson was involved with the Assistant Principal interviews and indicated the school is lucky to have hired a very qualified Assistant Principal in Ron Erpenbach.

There was no open dialogue from the public.

In old business, the board discussed setting a date and time for the next retreat. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Blaser to have the next board retreat on September 16th at 7:00 p.m. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. City of Lester Prairie Emergency Management Director Steve Berg presented material and discussion took place in regards to the school as a storm shelter. No action took place.

Under policy and administration, Motion made, Remer seconded, by Hoernemann to approve Nonresident Agreements/Open Enrollment. There will be three coming in and one leaving. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Discussion took place in regard to the Community Education Director position for 2004-2005.

Under personnel issues, Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to hire Howard Caldwell as interim superintendent per contract. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to hire Ron Erpenbach as Assistant Principal/Activities Director. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Blaser to hire Jay Klein as school counselor. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Williams, seconded by Remer to approve K-12 Principal’s contract for Pam Lukens. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Blaser, seconded by Williams to hire Amy Smith as math teacher. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to hire Michele Melius as Social Studies and Physical Education teacher. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to hire Ann Rahn as Spanish/ESL teacher. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to hire Jannina Wall as ESL Para. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school finances, a review of the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 budgets took place. No action took place.

Under school facilities Mark Thiede (TSP) presented a report in regards to roof repair, wall replacement and remodeling. No action took place. Assistant Superintendent Miller, requesting remodeling and improvements, presented a report. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve Roof and Masonry Work (base bid) as bid by Building Restoration Company and Gag Sheet Metals AIt. # 1 and AIt. #2 for the roof. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to reject AIt #1 and #2 options for Masonry and AIt. #3, #4, #5 and #6 for roof. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Principal Lukens updated the board on the repair of the playground surface and Assistant Principal Joe Miller updated the board on computer improvements. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to lease two used copiers from Marco.

Under transportation issues, the board reviewed the contract with Prairie Bus Service. The committee will review the contract, establish timelines and the process.

There was no new business to review or discuss.

Board reports followed.

Principal Pam Lukens informed the board of the AYP report and Lester Prairie Public Schools Statistics. Carolynn Mass will provide Review/Relearning after school Monday through Thursday. Cathy Houg will provide an after school program. The Basic Standards Re-takes took place, with five out of eight passing reading and half the students passing math.

Superintendent Joe Miller gave a brief report and Interim Superintendent James Redfield gave a written report about the AASA Governing Board Meeting.

The board agreed on agenda items for the next meeting to include: EMS Manager and the Storm Shelter Issue, Talented and Gifted Info, Fall Enrollment Factors and 2003-2004 Budget figures.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson,

Clerk–District #424