Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT #424,

LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

Monday, May 15, 2006

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, MN was held on May 15, 2006 in the school media center. Fred Blaser called the meeting to order and roll call was taken. Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Bob Carlson, and Jeff Hecksel. Jim Jorgenson was absent. The administration present included Mr. Miller, Mr. Erpenbach and Mrs. Lukens. The Guests present were: Linda Scherer, Kevin Simonson, Thayne Johnson, Shelly Kloos, Tracy Cederstrom, Amy Meyer, Stacy Meyer, Rebecca, Heimerl, Jackie Ziermann, Emily Tonn, Kim DeBruyckere, and Denise Johnson.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann. A motion was made by Carlson to approve the minutes of the meeting held on April 17, 2006, the minutes of the meeting held on April 25, 2006, the agenda for the nights meeting and to pay the bills in the amount of $103,568.25. This was seconded by Williams and passed with a 5-0 vote.

Williams reported on receiving some phone calls by community members with concerns regarding the Kindergarten Plus program. A copy was given to the board and administration about the concerns.

During open dialogue many people spoke about their concerns with the Kindergarten Plus program. Some of the comments made were regarding the teacher, time, schedules, programs, and funding.

Thayne Johnson and Shelly Kloos expressed their desire to pair with GSL for wrestling next year.

Tracy Cederstrom expressed concern that a full-time paraprofessional help in the Kindergarten next year.

Kim DeBruyckere expressed her concern about large class sizes for next year with the cutting of teachers this year.

Mrs. Lukens gave her report and answered the kindergarten questions that were asked. She also reported about a successful “Grandparents Day,” the ability to update more math books, bike rodeo, and through donation and projects the elementary raised $5,957.78 this year.

Mr. Erpenbach’s report included information on pairing with GSL, the drug dog, prom, testing, graduation, athletic banquet, master schedule, and positions to hire.

Mr. Miller talked about the financing of the Kindergarten Plus program, spring play, and facilities improvements.

A motion was made by Carlson to upgrade the fire alarm panel at $5,000. It was seconded by Williams. This passed 5-0.

A motion was made by Carlson to replace the carpet in the band room at $7,575. This was seconded by Hoernemann and passed with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Carlson to realign the bleachers at $4,700. Hecksel seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Williams to approve the pairing agreement with GSL for wrestling. Carlson seconded the motion, and it was approved with a 5– 0 vote.

A motion was made by Hoernemann to approve hiring a police officer for prom for next year. It was seconded by Hecksel and approved 4-0. Carlson abstained from the vote.

A motion was made by Williams, and seconded by Hoernemann to approve nonresident agreements with one coming in and two going out. The vote was 5-0.

Mr. Hoernemann gave a report on Crow River Coops plans on closing in June, 2007.

Mr. Miller talked about the Parent School Advisory committee and their plans to have a teacher recognition, staff appreciation breakfast on June 2, and how the group acted as a parent advisory group on nutrition and wellness.

New business: A motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to continue with Student Assurance, Inc. for students’ insurance for the 2006-2007 school year. Result of the vote was 5-0.

A motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to approve participating in the Minnesota Aid Anticipation Borrowing Program. Result of the vote was 5-0.

Williams made a motion to approve a contract with McLeod Public Health Nursing for 2006 -2007. It was seconded by Carlson and approved with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Williams to approve replacing the tech ed roof with a 15 year warranty at $14,425. It was seconded by Carlson and passed 5-0.

A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hecksel to adopt a resolution to allow creation of a JOBZ Subzone tax exempt area within the Lester Prairie school district. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Hoernemann - yes, Williams- yes, Blaser- yes, Carlson – yes and Hecksel - yes. Resolution passed 5-0.

A motion was made by Hecksel to not renew a contract for a nontenured special ed teacher. Carlson seconded the motion and it passed 5-0.

A closed session took place at 8:35 p.m. and reconvened at 9:00 p.m.. The meeting was adjourned at 9:01 pm.

Melissa Williams, Clerk

Independent School District #424

Published in the Herald Journal July 24, 2006.

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