Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT #424,

LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District # 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on February 21, 2006 in the school media center. Board members present were Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Robert Carlson, Jeff Hecksel, and Jim Jorgenson. Administration present included Joseph Miller, Pamela Lukens, and Ron Erpenbach. Members of the public were Linda Scherer from the Herald Journal.

The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chairman Fred Blaser.

The pledge of allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.

The motion was given by Hoernemann to approve the meeting agenda, the minutes of the organizational meeting of January 18, 2006 and to pay the bills in the amount of $96,483.45. It was second by Jorgenson, and passed with a unanimous vote. Bills were reviewed by Carlson and Hecksel.

Mr. Miller had received a letter to grant permission to hold a special election April 25, 2006 for an operating referendum. The board was also given an invitation to the Bulldog Bash in March.

Under the good news section: The Board members also received certificates of appreciation from the MSBA for their work as Board members. Feb.27-March 3 is School Board Appreciation Week. Lester Prairie Mayor Eric Angvall has also signed a Proclamation of Appreciation in support of the School Board.

No one chose to speak at the open dialogue section.

Mrs. Lukens gave a report on options for kindergarten. An informational meeting regarding different options for Kindergarten will be held March 9, 2006.

Mr. Erpenbach gave a high school report. Please refer to the notes given at the meeting. A copy is on file in the District Office.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve the 2006 - 2007 calendar. It was second by Jorgenson and passed unanimously.

A motion was made by Hoernemann to approve the seniority list. A second was made by Williams and approved unanimously.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve the SW/WC Coop contracts. It was second by Hecksel and approved unanimously.

A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve spring coaching contracts that were presented. It was second by Jorgenson and approved by all.

A motion to accept the resignation of Robert Henning was made by Carlson and second by Hoernemann. The board approved it unanimously.

A motion was made by Carlson to have Mr. Miller search for a Language Arts position sub. A second was made by Hoernemann, and passed by the board 6-0.

A motion was made by Williams to approve Kelly Kramer’s maternity leave, effective April 14, 2006. It was second by Hoernemann and unanimously approved 6-0.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve Linsey Heiraas as a long-term sub. It was second by Hecksel, and passed by a 6-0 vote.

Hecksel made a motion to approve teachers’ 2005-06 contracts. It was second by Hoernemann and approved by a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Carlson to adopt a Resolution Relating to Increasing the General Education Revenue of the School District and Calling an Election Thereon, April 25 (amount of $200,000). Motion was second by Jorgenson. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Carlson yes, Jorgenson yes, Hecksel yes, Blaser no, Williams no, Hoernemann no. Motion was not approved.

A second motion was made by Hoernemann to approve the election with a $250,000 increase in general revenue. Motion was second by Williams and approved with a vote of Carlson yes, Jorgenson no, Hecksel yes, Blaser yes, Williams yes and Hoernemann yes.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve the contract with Ehler and Associates for financial assistance with the referendum with a cap of $2,000. It was second by Jorgenson and passed 6-0.

A motion made by Carlson and second by Hoernemann to approve the Resolution for Structural Balance. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Carlson yes, Hoernemann yes, Blaser yes, Hecksel yes, Williams yes and Jorgenson yes. Motion carried with a 6-0 vote.

Mr. Miller gave Budget Projections and a discussion took place. The end of the year projections look better than last year.

Mr. Hoernemann gave a report on special education. Glencoe is pulling out in 2007. Some arbitration is going on for staff. He also shared some concerns and options for Lester Prairie.

Mr. Miller gave a report that we are repairing patches on our roof. (Facilities and Maintenance)

Technology committee report was given by Blaser and Miller that the district received money from Microsoft settlement and bought 10 new computers (Four are in the elementary and six are in the H.S. area.), one new printer and some new software.

No other reports were given for sub committees.

A motion was made by Carlson to put ads in Lester Prairie and New Germany Guide at a cost of $495 for a full page and $245 for 1/4 page ad and an extra 50 copies @ $1 each. Hoernemann second and the board unanimously approved it.

A motion was made by Jorgenson and second by Williams to move the March meeting to March 27 at 6:30 p.m. and also a second meeting at the city hall on March 28. Motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Hoernemann to approve a mowing contract with Mathews for 2006. It was second by Williams and passed with a 6-0 vote.

A discussion of salary for a Sub Custodian was held and Mr. Miller was directed by the board to leave the salary amount the same.

Ideas from the board to attract kids to this district were: bigger bus routes (surrounding towns), mailings, Leader articles, personal invites for Kindergarten from other towns.

Action items for next meeting included: response from Kindergarten meeting and award options for high academic performance.

Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:50 p.m.

Melissa Williams, Clerk.

ISD #424

Published in the Herald Journal May 22, 2006.

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