Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

December 20, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on December 20, 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 Chester Hoernemann, Director Melissa Williams and Director Jeff Hecksel. Staff members present were Joe Miller, Superintendent, Pam Lukens, School Principal, and Ron Erpenbach, Assistant Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was also present.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda as presented, minutes of December 14, 2004 and bills in the amount of $78790.39. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick and Meyers gave an audit presentation.

Recognition of communications since the last meeting. There was no communications received.

In the “Good News Section,” congratulations was given to Mr. Rue and Mrs. Cederstrom and all the students for wonderful music concerts. A certificate of appreciation was received for support of the Lester Prairie DARE Program.

There was no open dialogue from the public.

Principal Pam Lukens informed the board that Spelling Bee will be on January 25, 5th and 6th grade Future Problem Solvers has registered two teams to move on in competitions to the regional bowl, The Christmas Store was a huge success with the student council making approximately $310.00, Director Hoernemann has been scheduled for a workshop on January 21 so that teachers can meet the continuing ed requirements for the mental health category. This will be a volunteer option for staff.

Superintendent Joe Miller informed the board he would be doing administration reviews and have them ready by he next board meeting. He also informed the board he has tested the e-mail system and it seems to be working properly.

Assistant Principal Erpenbach informed the board there will be no homeroom next year because of several problems with staffing. Preparation has begun for the BST tests. Students will take four practice tests before the main test. The athletic banquet will be Sunday May 22, 2004 at the city hall. Jeff Anderson has scored over 1,000 career points during his basketball career in Lester Prairie. Parent Days are being planned for once a month on the third Thursday.

Under policy and administration, a motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Blaser to approve a manual audit of the school board policy. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to approve non-resident agreements. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under personnel issues, the board took action on the hiring of non-certified and extra curricular staff and offered contracts. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to approve the hires and offered contracts. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. If you wish a list of the individuals offered contracts please contact school administration.

Under school finances, a motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve the levy limitation and certification for 2004 and payable in 2005 ($420,032.03). Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Remer to accept and approve the audit as presented by Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick and Meyers. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under school facilities, a motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to do roof repairs with time and materials not to exceed $500.00. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

There were no school board reports discussed.

Under new business, a motion was made by Hoernemann and seconded by Williams to approve the date of January 3, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. for a board reorganization meeting. The reorganization plan will follow the following format:

1. Elect: Chair, Vice-Chair, Clerk and Treasurer

2. Date / Time for meetings

3. Salary for board

4. Designate depository

5. Designate legal publication

6. Designate legal services provider

7. Approve existing policy book

8. Mileage rate

9. Board committees

Motion made by Blaser, seconded by Carlson to appoint director Hecksel as the board legislative liaison. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

The MSBA Leadership Convention will be Thursday and Friday, January 13 and 14.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to place an ad in the West Metro Map and Guide. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Williams, seconded by Hoernemann to produce an Elementary Annual. Role call vote: Williams; Yes, Hecksel; Yes, Blaser; Yes, Carlson; No, Hoernemann; Yes. Motion carried on a 4 to 1 vote.

Motion made by Blaser, seconded by Carlson to have the next regular school board meeting on January 24th at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the staff seniority list. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

The meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson,

Clerk – District #424