Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

February 22, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Tuesday February 22, 2005 in the school media center. Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Treasurer Robert Remer, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, Director Robert Carlson, and Director Melissa Williams. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, Principal Pam Lukens, and Assistant Principal/AD Ron Erpenbach. Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal was also present. Members of the public present included the following: Steve Herrmann, Amy Meyer, Steve Ziermann, Sue Heimerl, Kathy Fiecke, Kim DeBruyckere, Karla Heigl, Chris Schultz, Lisa Baumann, Rick Baumann, Joe Scoblic, Kelli Machemehl, and Cathy Houg.

Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda, to approve the minutes of the January 24 board meeting and to approve the bills in the amount of $88,437.28. Motion carried 6-0.

There were no communications received by the board members or administration.

Good News was presented to the Board. A group of residents gave a list of ideas to the board to review before the special meeting, FCCLA had 3 Star event winners and two wrestlers are going to state.

During the open dialogue portion, no one chose to speak.

Mrs. Lukens and Mr. Erpenbach gave their administrative reports. Please refer to their notes given at the meeting.

Mr. Miller reported to the board on the MSBA Rally which will be held on February 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. for board members and the Alliance for Student Achievement at 5:00 at the State Capital. Chester Hoernemann and Mr. Miller are going to attend.

Mr. Erpenbach gave an update on the senior class trip to New York March 16-23.

Motion by Hoernemann seconded by Remer to pair Golf teams with Norwood Young America. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion by Remer seconded by Hecksel to approve a Non Resident Agreement for one student leaving the district. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion by Remer seconded by Carlson to approve the following contracts for spring sports: David Klitzke - J. H. Baseball; Rob Weber - Head Track Coach; Rick Baumann - Varsity Baseball Coach; Gene Starke - Varsity Softball Coach; Dan Heiraas - Head Golf Coach and John Halverson - J. H. Track Coach. Motion carried 6-0.

Mr. Miller gave a financial proposal for 2005-06. He gave the board some different options for cuts for the next school year. Board members should review these options along with the list from the district residents that will be discussed at the special meeting.

Mr. Miller will also talk to TSP on the second phase of the roof to see if it could be put off for a year or two.

Nothing new was reported on the Curriculum Review/Administrative Review.

School Board Reports followed with no action needed. Mr. Hoernemann spoke on Special Ed. and provided information about Day treatment in McLeod County. He also reported that the Community Education Advisory Council met on February 7.

Motion was made by Hoernemann and seconded by Remer to approve the date of Tuesday, March 1 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for the special board meeting for public input on budget cuts. Motion carried 6-0.

There will be a meth presentation on March 10, 2005, during school for the students and in the evening for the parents.

Agenda items for the next regular meeting include the following: 2005-2006 School Calendar, Service Coop. contract and review of the 5-year plan-capital outlay.

The next regular School Board meeting will be March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

The meeting was adjourned by Blaser at 8:01 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel,

Clerk - District #424

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