Lester Prairie School Board Minutes
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT #424,
LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA
January 9, 2007
A reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 9, 2007, in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann.
Roll call was taken and the Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jeff Hecksel, Robert Carlson, and Melissa Williams (arrived at 6:35). Jim Jorgenson was absent. Administration present included Mr. Miller, Mr. Erpenbach and Mrs. Lukens. Linda Scherer attended representing the Herald Journal. Lacy Schramm, social studies teacher at Lester Prairie High School, was also present.
Chester Hoernemann moved to approve the agenda for the reorganizational meeting. It was seconded by Bob Carlson and passed by a 4-0 vote.
Lacy Schramm, LPHS social studies teacher, gave a Power Point presentation with her laptop on how she uses technology in the classroom. The school board members thanked her and expressed that this was what they wanted in the classroom.
Election of officers proceeded.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Bob Carlson to approve all officers from the prior year. A discussion was held, and it was determined that there should be a separate vote for each position. The motion was withdrawn.
Chester Hoernemann nominated Jeff Hecksel for Chairman, and it was seconded by Melissa Williams. Bob Carlson nominated Fred Blaser for Chairman, and this was seconded by Chester Hoernemann. A ballot vote was taken, and Fred Blaser was elected Chairman with a 3 2 vote. (Blaser, Carlson and Williams for Blaser; Hoernemann and Hecksel for Hecksel.) Elections continued.
Jeff Hecksel moved to nominate Chester Hoernemann as Vice-Chairman, and it was seconded by Bob Carlson. Chester Hoernemann was elected Vice-Chairman with a 5 0 vote.
Melissa Williams was nominated for Clerk by Chester Hoernemann, and it was seconded by Bob Carlson. Voting was 5 for and 0 against. Melissa Williams was elected as Clerk.
Bob Carlson was nominated for Treasurer by Chester Hoernemann. It was seconded by Fred Blaser and passed with a 5 0 vote. Bob Carlson was elected Treasurer.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Bob Carlson to set the regular meeting dates for the 2007 year for the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The motion carried with a 5-0 vote.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to set the salaries for 2007 at: 0-3 hours at $40.00; 3-6 hours at $90; over 6 hours at $140. Chairperson to get an extra $15 per meeting chaired. The Treasurer to get $750 per year extra. The Clerk to get an extra $750. Negotiations chairs to get an extra $10 per meeting. The motion was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and passed with a unanimous vote.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and 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 Superintendant Miller and Treasurer Bob Carlson. Motion carried with a 5-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion, seconded by Melissa Williams to designate the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2007 calendar year. Motion passed with a unanimous vote.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to continue the use of William Partridge, Mankato, MN and his firm as the district’s legal services provider. Motion passed with a 5 0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion, and it was seconded by Hoernemann to approve the existing policy book, subject to update by Superintendent Miller with subsequent review by the board. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
A motion was made by Hoernemann seconded by Melissa Williams to set the mileage rate at the Federal reimbursement rate per mile. Voting was unanimous to accept the motion.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Carlson to assign special board assignments. Motion passed with a unanimous vote. The assignments stand as follows:
Schools for Equity in Education
Special Education Hoernemann
Athletic Rep Carlson
Continuing Ed Williams/Jorgenson
Hot Lunch Hearing Official
Lester Prairie Advisory Committee
MSBA Liaison Hecksel
Community Ed Hoernemann
Budget Treasurer (Carlson)
Certified Hoernemann, Blaser,
Non-Certified Carlson, Hecksel,
School Administration Carlson,
Blaser, Hecksel, Carlson
Legislative Liaison Hecksel
Fed Blaser adjourned the reorganization portion of the meeting and the regular meeting followed.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson to approve the consent agenda, to approve the minutes of the Truth and Taxation meeting held on December 18,2006, and to pay 2006-2007 bills in the amount of $228,581.11. The motion was seconded by Hoernemann and passed with a 5 -0 vote.
Bob Carlson gave notice that on March 25 the Fifth graders were going to see the Timberwolves. He also said that the Truancy meeting will be the following week.
Good News: Mr. Erpenbach reported that several students had come in over the last few weeks to thank the school, staff everyone who had helped them out. It was a very positive attitude toward the education they had received.
Both members of the administration, Mr. Erpenbach and Mrs. Lukens, gave reports. Their reports are on file at the district office.
Bob Carlson made a motion, and it was seconded by Hoernemann to approve two NonResident Agreements for students going out of the district. Motion passed with a unanimous vote.
A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to approve additional contracts. The motion was approved by a vote of 5-0.
A motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to adopt a resolution directing Mr. Miller to make recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. Motion passed by a vote of 5-0 and resolution was adopted.
Hoernemann gave a report for Special Education that the Crow River Special Education Cooperative would be dissolving soon. The district is looking into some options.
Williams gave a report on the Parent-School-Community-Advisory Committee. A motion was made by Williams, seconded by Carlson to officially change the name of the Parent-School-Community Advisory Committee to the Lester Prairie Advisory Committee (LPAC). Motion passed on a 5-0 vote. The committee is starting a big fundraising project to get the school new playground equipment. Grants are also a possibility. Melissa encouraged people to call Jenni Sebora for more information. She also stated that there will be a satisfaction survey coming out soon for students and parents.
Miller gave a report for the Technology Committee that we have three new computers.
A motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to set February 20, 2007 for the regular February meeting. Motion passed with a 5 0 vote.
Agenda items for the next regular meeting include the following: School calendar for 2007 2008, Seniority List, update on MSBA Conference.
Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal April 16, 2007.