Lester Prairie School Board Minutes
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT #424,
LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA
January 18, 2006
A reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 18, 2006, in the school media center. Board members present were Fred Blaser, Jeff Hecksel, Robert Carlson, Chester Hoernemann, and Jim Jorgenson. Melissa Williams was absent. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, K-12 Principal Pam Lukens, and Secondary Principal/A.D. Ron Erpenbach. Members of the public present were Kim DeBruyckere and Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal.
The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Miller at 6:30 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Election of officers proceeded. Fred Blaser was nominated for Chairperson by Carlson, and Jorgenson seconded it. Motion carried 5-0. A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to end nominations. Motion carried 5-0. 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 Carlson. Motion carried 5-0. Blaser moved and Carlson seconded to end nominations. Chester Hoernemann was unanimously elected as the Vice-Chairperson.
Nomination was made by Hecksel and seconded by Carlson to nominate Melissa Williams as Clerk. Motion carried 5-0. Hecksel moved and Carlson seconded to close nominations. Melissa Williams was elected as the Clerk with a unanimous vote.
Bob Carlson was nominated for the position of Treasurer by Board Member Hoernemann, seconded by Blaser. Motion carried 5-0. Jorgenson moved and Hoernemann seconded to close nominations. Bob Carlson was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote.
Motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to set regular board meeting dates for 2006 on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 in the Media Center. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.
Motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson 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 Carlson. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion, seconded by Hoernemann to use the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2006 calendar year. Motion was carried with a unanimous vote.
Motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Jorgenson to continue to use William Partridge, Mankato, MN and firm as the District’s legal firm. Voting was unanimous to accept the motion but to look into options for representation for next year.
Hoernemann moved and Hecksel 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 Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to set the mileage rate at the Federal reimbursement rate per mile. Voting was unanimous to accept the motion.
Motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to leave the Board Committee assignments the same as 2004-2005 year with the exception of adding Jorgenson to the Community Ed and Non-certified Negotiations Committees. Motion carried 5-0. The Board assignments stand as follows:
Schools for Equity in Education
Special Education Hoernemann
Athletic Rep Carlson
Continuing Ed Williams/Jorgenson
Hot Lunch Hearing Official Carlson
MSBA Liaison Hecksel
Tele-media (meets 4x/yr) Blaser
Budget Treasurer (Carlson)
- Certified Hoernemann, Blaser,
- Non-Certified Carlson, Hecksel,
Carlson, Hoernemann, Williams
Blaser, Hecksel, Carlson
Legislative Liaison Hecksel
The Motion for adoption of the Resolution Changing From Odd to Even Numbered Years for School Board Elections and Establishing a Transition Plan was made by Hoernemann and seconded by Blaser. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Hecksel-yes, Carlson-yes, Hoernemann-yes, Blaser-yes, and Jorgenson-yes. Motion carried 5-0.
Motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve the minutes of the Special Truth in Taxation meeting December 12 and the continued Truth in Taxation Hearing/regular meeting on Dec 19 and to pay 2005-2006 bills in the amount of $256,035.71. Motion carried 5-0.
Under the “Good News” section it was mentioned that Joe Scoblic is working on his vocational certification. Also, Mr. Miller spoke with Chuck Speiker, MDE, and was given verbal approval on the S.O.D. plan. Everyone that went on the DARE trip had a fun time; Dare graduation will be held on Tuesday, January 24.
No one spoke during the open dialogue portion of the meeting.
Administrative reports were given. (Please refer to their notes given at the meeting on file in the District Office.)
A motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to pair with Holy Trinity of Winsted in Track. Motion carried 5-0.
Hoernemann moved, and it was seconded by Carlson to approve two Non-resident Agreements of students attending out of the district. Motion carried 5-0.
Motion by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to adopt a Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Hecksel-yes, Carlson-yes, Hoernemann-yes, Blaser-yes, and Jorgenson-yes. Motion carried 5-0.
School Board committee reports: A report was given on the Parent-School-Community Advisory Committee meeting of January 10. Also, it was reported that the teachers’ contract is complete. The Board thanked the teachers and commented it was a good committee process that worked.
The Board passed along a congratulatory note for Brianna Radtke on achieving 1000 points in her basketball career.
A motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to set the date of February 21, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. for the next regular Board meeting. Motion carried 5-0.
Action items for next meeting: Each board member is to come up with ideas to attract new studentsone specific thing we can do.
Chairman Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.
Acting Clerk District #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 22, 2006.