Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

January 3, 2005

A reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 3, 2005, in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Miller at 7:30 p.m. Members present were Fred Blaser, Melissa Williams, Chester Hoernemann, Robert Remer, Robert Carlson and Jeff Hecksel (arrived at 7:45). Staff members present were Superintendent Joe Miller and School Principal Pam Lukens.

The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Chester Hoernemann.

Motion was made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Election of officers proceeded. Fred Blaser was nominated for Chairperson by Williams, and Remer seconded it. Motion was made by Hoernemann and seconded by Carlson to close nominations for Chairperson. Blaser was elected Chairperson by a unanimous vote. Fred Blaser was elected as Chairman of the Board, and took over the meeting. Elections continued.

Chester Hoernemann was nominated for Vice-Chairperson by Blaser, and it was seconded by Remer. Remer moved and Carlson seconded to end nominations. Chester Hoernemann was unanimously elected as the Vice-Chairperson.

Nomination was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to elect Melissa Williams as Clerk. After discussion Carlson and Hoernemann agreed to withdraw their nomination. Jeff Hecksel was then put up for nomination by Board Member Melissa Williams, and it was seconded by Blaser. Remer moved and Carlson seconded to close nominations. Jeff Hecksel was elected as the Clerk with a unanimous vote.

Bob Remer was nominated for the position of Treasurer by Board Member Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann. Hoernemann moved, WilIiams seconded to close nominations. Bob Remer was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote.

Motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to set regular board meeting dates for 2005 on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 in the Media Center. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion was made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to leave the school board salaries the same as previous years. School board salaries are as follows: 0-3 hours $35; 3-6 hours $80; and over 6 hours $125. Chairperson gets $15 extra per meeting chaired. Treasurer receives $500 extra per year, and Clerk gets $500 extra for the year. Negotiation chairs get an extra $10 per meeting. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to designate the First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as official depositories for district funds and to approve a resolution to give check signing authority for deposits to Superintendent Miller and Treasurer Bob Remer. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Robert Remer made a motion, seconded by Williams to use the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2005 calendar year. Motion was carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to continue to use William Partridge, Mankato, MN and firm as the District’s legal firm. Voting was unanimous to accept the motion.

Hoernemann moved and Remer seconded to approve the existing policy book, subject to update by Superintendent Miller with subsequent review by the Board. MSBA is currently auditing the policy book. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to set the mileage rate at the Federal reimbursement rate per mile. Voting was unanimous to accept the motion.

Motion was made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to name the following to special Board assignments: 2005

Schools for Equity in Education, Williams

Special Education, Hoernemann

Athletic Rep, Remer

Continuing Ed, Williams

Hot Lunch Hearing Official, Carlson

Leadership-Accountability (Curriculum), Hecksel/Williams

MSBA Liaison, Hecksel

Scholarship, Carlson/Remer

Community Ed, Hoernemann

Tele-media (meets 4x/yr), Remer

Technology, Hecksel/Blaser

Budget, Treasurer (Remer)

Negotiation - Certified, Remer, Hoernemann, Blaser

- Non-Certified , Carlson, Hecksel, Remer

- School Administration, Carlson, Hoernemann, Williams

Facilities/Maintenance, Blaser, Hoernemann, Remer

Bus/Transportation, Remer/Hecksel

Other Committees

Facilities Improvement/Expansion, Blaser, Hecksel, Carlson

Legislative Liaison, Hecksel (Appointed 12-20-04)

All assignments were approved unanimously.

The meeting continued with regular business.

The next regular school board meeting is set for January 24, 2005 at 6:30 p.m.

The Superintendent reminded members about the Leadership Conference (MSBA) - Early Bird Negotiations January 12, p.m., January 13 and January 14, 2005. Fred Blaser will be added to the group attending January 13.

A Leadership Committee meeting will be held on Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Chairman Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 7:56 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel,

Clerk - District #424

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