Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in the school media center.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken and Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Jeff Hecksel, and Karla Heigl. Jim Jorgenson was absent. The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens and Mr. Fitzsimonds. Guests present: Jill Fiecke, Brian Korf, Kim DeBruyckere and Ivan Raconteur (representing the Herald Journal).
The pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2008 regular meeting, and the Special Meeting from May 12, 2008 and to pay 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $143,656.47. Melissa Williams seconded the motion and it was approved with a 5-0 vote.
In the good news section: Elementary music concert, NHS Banquet, High School music concert, New Science test, MCA II testing is done.
During open dialogue: Jill Fiecke discussed with the Board various aspects of the first year pairing, including her attendance at a meeting in Winsted about the pairing.
The administration reports were given. Mr. Fitzsimonds gave a financial report on winter sports including pairing issues and meetings He included a proposal to increase student activity fees for next year. A full report is on file at the district office. He told us about the music concerts and their success. The physics class had gone to Valley Fair and did experiments. LPHS is graduating 33 students. Mr. Fitzsimonds also announced the free lunch for kids at a local church.
Mrs. Lukens report: the playground has been tarred, NWEA and MCA tests are done, she gave a list of upcoming activities, science fair reports, concerts, student council dance, grandparents day, the fifth grade book share and the volunteer breakfast.
Old Business: Mr. Miller gave a full report on the plans for the roofing needs, storage building, ball field on school property and property purchase.
After reviewing the roof repair plan Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve repairing roof portions G and I only. Fred Blaser seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the non- resident agreements. It was seconded by Karla Heigl, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the new superintendent contract for Greg East. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. It passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester made a motion to approve a requested leave of absence for Brian Korf. Melissa Williams seconded the motion. It passed with a 5-0 vote. During discussion about the leave, the Board informed Mr. Korf that they would consider allowing him to return to Lester Prairie as the leave allows.
Mr. Miller gave a financial overview report. A full report is on file at the district office. Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the 2008-2009 budget. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and approved with a 5-0 vote.
The Continuing Education Committee will meet on June 2. There were no other committee reports.
Agenda items for the next regular meeting:
The possible addition of adding NHS, Student Council, and District Testing Coordinator to Schedule C of the master agreement.
The increase in Activity fees for 2008-2009
Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal June 30, 2008.