Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

October 18, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on October 18, 2004 in the school media center. Vice-Chairperson Chester Hoernemann called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Director Jeff Hecksel and Director Melissa Williams. Staff members present were Joe Miller, Assistant Superintendent; and Pam Lukens, School Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was present, along with members of the public to include Kym DeBruckre and Thayne Johnson

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve the consent agenda as presented, minutes of September 20, 2004, and bills in the amount of $107138.53 (2004-2005 bills). Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Communication received since the last meeting by administration included a request from the Prom Committee regarding bussing for prom activities. The board was in agreement and asked Assistant Superintendent Miller to handle the arrangements. School Administration also discussed open invitations or post cards to students in other schools.

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. He informed the board the project is complete, with contractors coming back for “touch up” items.

Under policy and administration, motion made Hecksel, seconded by Carlson to approve Nonresident Agreements/Open Enrollment. There will be four leaving. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regard to snow removal. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve the city quote for snow removal from Litzau Excavating. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regards to the Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination. This is an annual compliance form. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to affirm the assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under personnel issues, the board took action on the hiring of coaching staff and offered contracts. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve the hires and offered contracts. If you wish to view the names of the coaches hired please contact school administration. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Director Hecksel presented the non-certified employee contact. Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Carlson to approve the non-certified employee contract from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2006. Motion to approve all carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school finances, the revised 2004-2005 budget was discussed. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the revised budget for 2004-2005 school year. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school facilities, Assistant Superintendent Miller informed the board that the new freezer in the Kitchen has to be replaced. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Williams to purchase a new freezer with a cost not to exceed $6000.00. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

There were no transportation issues to discuss.

Under curriculum and administration review, a staff development report (2003-2004) was presented by Assistant Superintendent Miller. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to approve the Staff Development report for 2003-2004. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Williams to declare November 19, 2004 as a NWEA training day. This will be a non-student contact day and a staff development day. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Board reports followed.

Principal Pam Lukens informed the board that TEAE testing is complete, Homecoming activities were a success, two students are signed up to attend the Youth Leadership Conference, MCA test scores for Spring 2004 were sent home during conferences and the “Smoke House” came to school during Fire prevention week. Thanks to the Lester Prairie Fire Department for the presentation and their hard work. She also informed the board there have been three fire drills so far and the students evacuate under one minute. Principal Lukens also gave a presentation in regard to the 2004-2005 Retention Report

Assistant Superintendent Joe Miller informed the board the City’s Cable Access Channel will be coming to the school and be implemented. A crisis preparedness meeting took place on October 13, 2004 and bomb threat scenarios were discussed.

Assistant Principal Erpenbach was unavailable to be at the meeting and Principal Lukens gave his report. Under student recognition, Jenny Long received a letter of commendation for her PSAT score in 2003 and Megan Schmalz and Josh Kern were selected the Wendy’s Heisman award winners for Lester Prairie. The PSAT test was given and 16 students took the test. The homeroom committee has been formed. Homeroom ideas were discussed. The Lester Prairie Public School’s class of 1999 sent in surveys in regards to Lifetrack Services. The results indicated that 69% of those that responded graduated from college, and in relation to it’s usefulness, 89.6% responded their education was average or above; 65.5% felt their education was good to excellent; 93% felt that LPHS was average to above in providing a safe learning environment; and 58.6 % felt LPHS was excellent in a safe environment.

There was no new business discussed.

The board agreed on agenda items for the next meeting to include: Demonstration of New Technology, bus transportation and facilities improvement. The next regular school board meeting is set for November 15th at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk – District #424