Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT 424, LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA
Monday, January 14, 2008
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424 was held January 14, 2008, after the Reorganizational meeting in the Media Center.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to approve the agenda as modified, approve the minutes of the December 17, 2007 meeting and to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $257,875.16. The motion was seconded by Bob Carlson. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
No communication was noted.
In the Good News section it was recognized that the 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade kids won 1st place in the basketball tournaments over the weekend.
No open dialogue needed.
Administration reports:
Mrs. Lukens reported that the Community Ed flyer is out, cookie dough sales will be starting, elementary dance is coming up, all day kindergarten discussions will begin, summer day care is being looked into, PAC is sponsoring two residencies, and Lester Prairie received a grant for $130,000 to help pay for health projects. (Written reports are available in the District Office.)
Mr. Fitzsimonds reported about academic interventions that will be added to the regular reporting standards. He gave the athletic costs with the pairing between Lester Prairie and Winsted Holy Trinity. (Sheet on file at District Office.) Mr. Fitzsimonds stated that the scheduling process for 2008-2009 has begun; he also gave the Sno-fest activities and events and shared about the Youth Task Force. (Written reports are available in the District Office.)
No Old Business.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion, and it was seconded by Bob Carlson to approve the Pay Equity Implementation report. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson to approve the Corrective Action Plan to the Food and Nutrition Program review. It was seconded by Melissa Williams, and it passed by a 4-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion, seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve the Injury Management Program Policy. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve contracts for Betty Pennington as a Special Education para, and Mary Govrik as a long-term sub in Spanish. It was seconded by Melissa Williams, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve a Chemical Use Prevention Person contract for six hours per week plus mileage to the end of the 2007-2008 school year. It was seconded by Bob Carlson, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the revised levy amount from $767,690.00 to $782,394.00. The motion was seconded by Melissa Williams. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
Committee Reports:
Melissa Williams stated that she had met with the Continuing Education committee and it went well.
New Business:
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to set the February meeting to February 12, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the School Media Center. It was seconded by Bob Carlson and passed with a 4-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the calendar for the 2008-2009 school year. It was seconded by Fred Blaser. It passed with a 3-1 vote. Melissa Williams voted no.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the seniority list for the 2007-2008 school year. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
District #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 17, 2008.

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT #424, LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA
January 14, 2008
A reorganization meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 14, 2008, in the school media center.
The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Miller. Roll call was taken and board members present included: Melissa Williams, Bob Carlson, Fred Blaser and Jeff Hecksel. Jim Jorgenson and Chester Hoernemann were absent. The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mr. Fitzsimonds, and Mrs. Lukens. The Herald Journal was represented by Linda Scherer.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Fred Blaser.
Election of officers took place.
Chairperson Fred Blaser was nominated for Chairperson by Melissa Williams. It was seconded by Bob Carlson. Bob Carlson moved and Melissa Williams seconded that nominations be closed. The motion passed 4-0. A roll call vote was taken. Bob Carlson, Fred Blaser, Melissa Williams and Jeff Hecksel all voted yes. Fred Blaser was elected Chairman.
Vice-Chairperson Chester Hoernemann was nominated by Bob Carlson. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion. Bob Carlson moved and Melissa Williams seconded that nominations be closed. The motion passed 4-0. A roll call was taken. Jeff Hecksel, Fred Blaser, Bob Carlson, and Melissa Williams all voted yes. Chester Hoernemann was elected Vice-Chairperson.
Clerk Melissa Williams was nominated by board member Bob Carlson. It was seconded by Fred Blaser. Jeff Hecksel moved that nominations be closed, and Bob Carlson seconded the motion. It passed by a vote of 4-0. A roll call was taken. Melissa Williams, Fred Blaser, Jeff Hecksel and Bob Carlson all voted yes. Melissa Williams was elected clerk.
Treasurer Bob Carlson was nominated by Fred Blaser. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion. Melissa Williams moved that nominations be closed. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote. A roll call was taken. Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams, Fred Blaser, and Bob Carlson all voted yes. Bob Carlson was elected treasurer.
The newly elected officers reaffirmed their oath of office.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to set the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lester Prairie High School Media Center for all school board meetings. Bob Carlson seconded the motion. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson to keep all the current rates for school board members as it was for last year. Melissa Williams seconded the motion. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to designate the First Bank of Lester Prairie and 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 Superintendent Miller and Treasurer Bob Carlson. The motion was seconded by Melissa Williams. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Fred Blaser to use the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the calendar year. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson, and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to continue to use Williams Partridge, Mankato, MN and his legal firm. Voting was 3 yes, and Melissa Williams abstained from voting. Motion passed.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion, seconded by Bob Carlson to approve the existing policy book, subject to update by Superintendent Miller with review by the board. Voting was 3 yes and Melissa Williams – no. Motion passed.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Bob Carlson to set the mileage rate at the Federal reimbursement rate per mile. Voting was 4-0, and the motion passed.
A motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Melissa Williams to keep all the committee assignments the same as the previous year. It passed with a 4-0 vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
District #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 17, 2008.

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