Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the
School Board of Education
6:30 p.m., Monday, June 16, 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 Monday, June 16, 2008, in the school media center.
Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order and roll call was taken. Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jeff Hecksel, Karla Heigl, and Melissa Williams. Jim Jorgenson was absent. The administration present included: Joe Miller, Pam Lukens and Scott Fitzsimonds. Guests present included the following: Jill Fiecke, Pat Miller and Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2008 regular meeting and to pay the 2007- 2008 bills in the amount of $104,603.72. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Communications received by board members: During the Good News Section of the meeting a special thank you was given to the Lester Prairie Advisory Committee and Board members for the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on June 4. Joe Miller, Gail Henning, and Brian Korf were all recognized at the breakfast for their years of service to Lester Prairie Schools. Jan Smith was recognized for 35 years of service; Rob Weber and Kathy Klitzke for 20 years; Betty Williams for 15 years; Brian Korf, Julie Olson, Carol Kallenbach and Diane Pedersen for 10 years; and Cathy Scoblic for 5 years.
No one chose to speak during the Open Dialogue portion of the meeting.
Pam Lukens gave her principal report. She gave the board the staffing list for next year and the numbers for kids we are expecting. She reported that they had hired a new Community Education secretary who will be handling youth activities and secretarial work.
Scott Fitzsimonds gave his report next. He talked about the meeting on June 12 that was open to the public regarding the pairing situation. He stated that two of the biggest complaints were the uniform situation and the need to get more games for the JH teams. Two of the positive responses were that they had better competition and they liked to play sports with Winsted. Mr. Fitzsimonds wants to have another meeting open to the public for those to express concerns. He then gave a report on the results of the NWEA Summary for 7th and 8th grade. It showed improvement in Language Usage and Math.
Mr. Fitzsimonds discussed the following: the fee schedule proposed for the 2008-2009 year; Spanish offered in the elementary; Ms. Olson being a reading specialist one hour a day, and Mr. Rue teaching 9th grade Music.
In the Old Business section Chester made a motion to approve a $2,000 compensation to the District Assessment Coordinator. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion. It was passed with a 5-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to increase the activity fees as presented by Mr. Fitzsimonds. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
In the Personnel Issues Fred Blaser made a motion to approve a request to pay for 20 unused vacation days and other items for Mr. Miller during the transition period. It was seconded by Melissa Williams, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester made a motion to approve Kelly Elling as part-time office manager for Community Education. The motion was seconded by Jeff Hecksel and approved with a 5-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve all summer work contracts. Melissa Williams seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the non resident agreements with one coming into our district. Melissa Williams seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
No comments were given on board reports.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve continuing the contract with National Insurance for the next two years concerning life insurance and long-term disability insurance. (No rate increase for the next two years.) Melissa Williams seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve extended year contracts for SPED Coop, for Psychological services, Deaf/HOH services, Speech/Language services, and our share of coordination of programs. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and the motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Melissa Williams made a motion to adopt the resolution to authorize a transfer of money from the District’s reserve for operating capital to the undesignated balance in the General fund. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following: Fred Blaser – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes, Jeff Hecksel – yes, Karla Heigl – yes and Melissa Williams – yes. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. A copy of the resolution is available with the minutes in the district office.
Melissa Williams made a motion to adopt the Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy for the 2008 school district general election. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following:
Fred Blaser – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes, Jeff Hecksel – yes, Karla Heigl – yes and Melissa Williams – yes. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. A copy of the resolution is available with the minutes in the district office.
Mr. Miller will meet with the Facilities/Maintenance Committee on June 25 at 9 a.m.
Agenda items for the next meeting include: a Gifted and Talented report and action giving direction to the administration and athletic director on pairing concerns.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.
Melissa Williams
Clerk
District #424
Published in the Herald Journal Aug. 18, 2008.

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