Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF

THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT 424,

LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Tuesday, February 20, 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 Chester Hoernemann. Roll call taken and Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams, Jim Jorgenson, and Bob Carlson (came at 6:40 PM). The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens, and Mr. Erpenbach. The Herald Journal was represented by Linda Scherer. Members of the public present included: Jill Fiecke, Dan Heimerl, Kathy Briggs, Dawn Raguse, Wade Schultz, Mark and Pam Tuebert, Angie and Jeff Kohn, Judy Ide, Bob Mochinski, Donna Janus, Donna Stifter, John Stifter, Lori Anderson, T. Guennigsman, Jennifer Thiry, Karla Heigl, Bethany Briggs, Brianna Briggs, Rachel Fiecke, Sue Heimerl, Jackie Ziermann, Travis Maesse, Ashley Maesse, Donovan Maesse, Christy and Glenn Maesse, Joann and Jacob Scherping, and Jennie Ruwersma.

Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the agenda as revised, the January 9 minutes for the regular meeting and the minutes as modified for the reorganizational meeting. The motion also moved to approve the special meeting minutes of January 31, 2007, and to pay the 2006-2007 bills in the amount of $128,030.94. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.

Father Paul Wolf spoke about the pairing in sports between Lester Prairie Bulldogs and Holy Trinity in Winsted.

Questions arose from the audience:

Q.Are all games going to be here? A. Probably not possible.

Comment: Be fair about games and places. Left the meeting on Nov 8. unhappy about LP wanting all games here. We should teach our kids to want to be fair with the gyms and games.

Q. Will the Logo and name stay the same? A. Yes, for two years it will be LP/WHT Bulldogs. However, some teams may use WHT jerseys if they are in better condition. After two years we will go back to the board to see if this is something we want to make permanent. Therefore, will choose new logo and colors at that time.

Q. Will we move to a new class? A. Yes. Mr. Erpenbach explained some of the rules, but our conference will remain the same. He also stated that concessions, coaches and games will be worked out.

Q. Will the budget change? A. Yes.

Q. Will large grades have two teams? A. Yes- hopefully. Varsity will have only one team.

A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to amend the motion by Mr. Blaser made at the November 8 meeting: to pair all sports with WHT, keeping the bulldog name, colors and logo for a two-year period and include to say that the games and schedules will be worked out by the Athletic Director and Administration. It was seconded by Fred Blaser, and the vote resulted in 5 yes and 1 no. Voice vote: Fred yes, Jeff yes, Chester yes, Bob yes, Jim yes, Melissa no. Motion passed.

Communication received by Board: Devota and Devan Stoltenow donated the 6th grade Saxon Math. This donation now completes their previous donations of providing a new Math series grades 2 through 6.

Chester made a motion to publicly announce this kind gesture in the minutes. Thank you. It was seconded by Melissa Williams and passed with a vote of 6-0.

This was School Board Recognition Week and certificates were given to all members.

Administrative reports were given. Mr. Erpenbach gave a test score improvement plan with short term and long term goals. In her report Mrs. Lukens stated that Michael Mann speaker will be here on March 13. She also said that the Head Start application is a go.

Under Old Business a motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to affirm the action taken by our representative on the Crow River Special Education Board to dissolve the Crow River Special Education Cooperative effective June 30, 2007. The motion was seconded by Bob Carlson and passed with a 6-0 vote.

Policy Administration: Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the non- resident agreements. (10 in and 4 out.) This motion was seconded by Jim Jorgensen and passed with a 6 – 0 vote.

A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the 2007-2008 school calendar. Motion was seconded by Fred Blaser and passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Jim Jorgensen and seconded by Bob Carlson to approve the seniority list. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

Personnel Issues: A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the Spring coaching contracts. It was seconded by Jim Jorgensen and passed with a 6-0 vote.

School Finances: Mr. Miller gave a report on the 2006 – 2007 budget.

Under New Business a motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve ads in the Lester Prairie Guide and New Germany Guide. (Full page ad - $495; page ad - $245; cost for extra’s - $1 each.) Motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Bob Carlson to approve four contracts with the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative for 2007 – 2008. The motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann and passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the contract with G & K Janitorial Services. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:20 PM.

Melissa Williams, Clerk

Independent School District #424

Published in the Herald Journal April 16, 2007.

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