Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

September 20, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on September 20, 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, and Director Melissa Williams (arrived at 6:45 p.m.). Staff members present were Joe Miller, Assistant Superintendent; Pam Lukens, School Principal; and Ron Erpenbach, Assistant Principal/Activities Director. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was present, along with members of the public to include Kym DeBruckre.

Chairman Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hecksel to approve the consent agenda as presented, minutes of July 19, 2004 and August 16, 2004, and bills in the amount of $48,109.63 (2003-2004 bills) and $113,246.88 (2004-2005 bills). Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Communication received since the last meeting included Director Remer expressing how he has received good comments from the public regarding our new administrative staff. Director Hecksel spoke about the student’s performance in regards to the Minnesota Comprehensive Reading and Writing Assessment.

There weren’t any items for the “Good News Section.”

There was no open dialogue from the public.

In old business, Assistant Superintendent Joe Miller gave a report on the status of the roof repair project and roof repair change order. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Williams to approve two change orders for the roof project. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under policy and administration, motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve Nonresident Agreements/Open Enrollment. There will be five coming in and five leaving. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Discussion took place in regard to the Annual Report on Curriculum and Development and System Accountability. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve the Annual Report on Curriculum and Development for 2003-2004 and the noted corrections. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under personnel issues, motion made by Carlson, seconded by Blaser to approve lane changes for Dan Heiraas, Laurie McNallie, and Kristine Schwartz. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hecksel to hire and approve contracts for the following staff members and their designated assignments:

1. Anne Rahn – Co-Advisor for Cheerleading

2. Krystal Alberts and Erin Dietel as Junior High Volleyball Coaches

3. Vonnie Gueningsman – Cook’s Helper

4. Kimberly Norling – Special Ed Para

5. Jannina Wall – ESL Para

6. Kathy Fiecke, Leanna Gueningsmann, Sue Heimerl, Diane Hoernemann, Kathy Klitzke, Jennifer Konerza and Monica Mahon – Non-Certified Staff

Motion to approve all carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school finances, the preliminary levy was discussed. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Williams to approve the preliminary levy at the maximum allowed and send it to county and state officials. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. The auditors completed their work this past week and the reports will be sent.

Under school facilities, Assistant Superintendent Miller updated the board in regards to the remodeling/improvements in the district offices. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve an agreement with Southwest Service Cooperative for the use of VHS tapes (media) for a cost of $1,500.00. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Blaser to approve the Fingerprint I.D. device and software for $1,000.00. The device would be used in the school lunchroom. A voice vote was needed. Remer: Yes, Blaser: Yes, Hecksel: Yes, Williams: Yes, and Carlson: No. Motion carried four to one. Motion made by Williams, seconded by Carlson to approve the Northwest Evaluation Association Testing and MAP Implementation Program. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Radio advertising was discussed and tabled. Fall enrollment numbers indicated a decline of 34 students from last fall.

There were no transportation issues to discuss.

Board reports followed.

Director Remer indicated a tentative settlement has been reached with non-certified employees. There was no other committee activity discussed.

Principal Pam Lukens informed the board that the student councils are set up and functioning in both buildings, the playground was resurfaced, bus safety was held Friday, September 17, fire safety with the Lester Prairie Fire Dept. is the week of October 4th, and an update was given in regards to the Talented and Gifted Program.

Assistant Superintendent Joe Miller gave a brief report in regards to the most recent school board retreat held on September 16, 2004. The board’s three main goals for the 2004-2005 school year include enrollment (increase the number of students), upgrade school facilities, and improve district technology. General discussion of building plans and options for the future took place.

Assistant Principal Erpenbach discussed current athletic participation; basic standards test information, student council activities, and progress made with the JMC technology. Exclusively staff is using the use of e-mail.

Under new business, elementary fees were discussed. Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Blaser to discontinue elementary student/parent fees. A voice vote was needed. Remer: Yes, Blaser: Yes, Hecksel: Yes, Williams: No, Carlson: No. Motion carried three to two.

The board agreed on agenda items for the next meeting to include: School Web Page, update on the roof and advertising. The next regular school board meeting is set for October 18th at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk – District #424