Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Truth and Taxation Hearing and
Regular Lester Prairie SchoolBoard of Education Meeting
Monday, December 17, 2007
Held in the Media Center at 6:30 PM
The Truth and Taxation meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser.
Roll call was taken and the board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Bob Carlson, and Jeff Hecksel (Jim Jorgeson was absent). The administration present included: Joe Miller, Pam Lukens and Scott Fitzsimonds. Our guests included: Mike and Ashley Lukes and Linda Scherer from the Herald Journal.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 10, 2007 Truth in Taxation meeting. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, which was approved with a 5-0 vote.
Since no one was in attendance for the Truth in Taxation meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 6:37.
The regular meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the minutes as amended from the regular meeting of November 19, 2007 and to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $161,195.14. The motion was seconded by Bob Carlson, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
In the Good News section, we learned that LaVonne Seeman gave $10,000 to go towards two nursing scholarships. The board and administration wanted to give their appreciation for a gesture so kind. A letter was sent to LaVonne.
The administration gave reports of successful music programs on both Elementary and High School levels. They extended their congratulations to Mr. Rue and to Mrs. Cederstrom.
During open dialogue Ashley Lukes spoke about wanting to keep a group counseling position available to the kids at the school. The grant funds to keep this position available have been dropped. The Board asked Mr. Miller to bring more information for options for this position to the next board meeting.
Pam Lukens gave her report on the elementary side. The Community Education bulletin is out. The Christmas store was a success with a $700 profit. An elementary school dance will be held on January 17. Upcoming events include: cookie dough sales, PAC trip to Art Institute, DARE graduation and test taking strategies.
Mr. Fitzsimonds gave his report. He spoke about Academic interventions by sending deficiency notices earlier and use of them on a weekly basis when needed. Mr. Fitzsimonds gave some ideas on academic intervention plans. He said there will be class scheduling in January. The Youth Task Force is still hosting free lunches for high school students. The Respect Retreat was successful. NWEA test scores have come in. He spoke of areas of concern and areas that were strong.
There was no old business.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to approve the non -resident agreements. Two students are going out. Bob Carlson seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the coaching contracts that were presented. Melissa Williams seconded the motion; it was passed with a 5-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the levy at $782,394.27. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Committees’ reports:
LPAC will be giving a response report to last year’s surveys. Melissa Williams gave a report on the McLeod County meeting.
No other committee reports were given.
Under New Business:
A motion was made by Bob Carlson to make the date for the reorganizational meeting along with the Regular meeting on Jan. 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.
This was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Items for the January meeting: School Calendar, the Seniority list, a Workman’s Comp policy, an update in response to the community surveys conducted last year, and to provide some options for the chemical health position.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
Independent School District #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 17, 2008.

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