Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, April 18, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, April 18, 2005 in the school media center.

Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, Director Melissa Williams and Director Robert Carlson; Treasurer Robert Remer was absent. 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: Kim DeBruyckere and Joe Scoblic.

Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Hecksel, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda, to approve the minutes of the March 21 board meeting, and also to approve the bills in the amount of $82,703.85. Motion carried 5-0.

A card was received by the board thanking the board for the flowers for the funeral of Evan Remer. Also, a note was received from the City of Lester Prairie. The mayor and council members commend the board and administration for their efforts during the situation last week.

The following good news was presented to the Board: Mr. Scoblic gave a very nice presentation to the board on “Teaching to Change Lives.” He said that it works great during the football season and may work for students during school. The high school drama students deserve a big “thank you” for putting on a great play during a very hard time. Mrs. DeBruyckere wanted the board to be aware that Mrs. Smith in kindergarten and Mr. Landkamer in science have been using media technology in their areas.

No one chose to speak during the open dialogue portion of the meeting.

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

Mr. Miller reported that the Lester Prairie Lion’s Club gave a $1,000 donation to the Lester Prairie School Foundation and $500 to the sports program. (Please refer to Mr. Miller’s notes given at the meeting.)

A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to approve a resolution to enter into short-term borrowing from First Community Bank Lester Prairie. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following: Carlson – yes, Williams – yes, Blaser – yes, Hoernemann – yes and Hecksel – yes. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion by Carlson, seconded by Williams to enter into a continuation with Student Assurance Services for student insurance as done in past years. Motion carried 5-0.

Mr. Miller reported that section “C” of the roof would need to be done now; hopefully sections “G” and “H” can be put off until a later date.

A motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve Non-resident Agreements for two students from our district who never attended school here. Motion carried 5-0.

Nothing new presented for school board reports.

Motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to approve a resolution to continue membership in the Minnesota State High School League. A roll call vote was required: Williams – yes, Blaser – yes, Hoernemann – yes, Carlson – yes and Hecksel – yes. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to approve a resolution on School Board Standards. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Williams – yes, Hecksel – yes, Blaser – yes, Hoernemann – yes, Carlson – yes. Motion carried 5-0.

A discussion took place regarding the possibility of changing the School Board elections to coincide and be held with the state/city elections. No action was taken at this time.

Agenda items for the next regular board meeting include the following: advertising in area newspapers and the roof project.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel, Clerk – District #424

Published in the Herald Journal June 20, 2005.

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