Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
6:30 p.m., Monday, July 21, 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, July 21, 2008, in the school media center.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Fred Blaser. He welcomed the public and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice-Chairman, Chester Hoernemann.
Roll call was taken: Administration present included: Mr. East and Mrs. Lukens. Mr. Fitzsimonds had the month off. The school board members included: Jeff Hecksel, Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Jim Jorgenson and Karla Heigl.
The guests included: Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal, Joe Miller, Pat Miller, Dan Heiraas, Gregg Machemehl, Kelli Machemehl, Wade Schultz, Garrett Schultz, Mike Raguse, Kathy Briggs, Cathy Scoblic, Thayne Johnson, Barb Kegler, John Lange, Cory Dammann, Maurice Dammann, Christine Dammann, Vicki Roufs, Courtney Roufs, Tracy Roufs, Jill Fiecke, Mike Heigl, Joe Scoblic, Chris Bayerl, Bill Tschida, Kevin Dietrich, Judy Ide, Craig Remer, Aaron Schultz, Mike Lee and Larry Roth.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the agenda as modified; to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2008 regular meeting; to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $25,615.77 and to pay the 2008-2009 bills in the amount of $135,394.16. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson and approved with a 6-0 vote.
The board recognition for outstanding alumni are: Roger Krienke, Kim DeBruyckere and Ed Mlynar.
The administration reports were given by Mr. East. For Mrs. Lukens he reported: update on the Talented and gifted program, staffing list for the next year, and the student numbers for the next year. Mr. East reported that he will be going to the “McLeod for Tomorrow” meeting.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the quote from Fashion Interiors for $3,788 to install carpet in Rooms 103 and 114 and for the asbestos removal of the floor tile in rooms 103 and 114 by MacNeil Environmental Inc. for $5037. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the non-residents agreements on two students going out of the district. Chester Hoernemann seconded it, and the motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion on lunch prices and community education for 2008-2009. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve the garbage bid from Waste Management. Jim Jorgenson seconded it, and the motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve the Pan O Gold bid for bread. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann and approved with a 6-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the milk bid from Reinhart. It was seconded by Melissa Williams, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the process of getting fuel when needed throughout this year, as no fuel bid was received at this time. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the auditing firm of Abdo, Eich and Meyers, LLP. It was seconded by Fred Blaser, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve SEE membership. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and it was passed with a 5-1 vote. Melissa Williams voted no.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve MSBA renewal. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve the Berkley Property Trust Insurance renewal. It was seconded by Fred Blaser, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the hiring of one full FTE to teach elementary (Kelsey Buchholtz). It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
At 7:00 p.m. Mr. East read a letter to the public from Bill Tschida, Principal from Holy Trinity School, regarding the Pairing Agreement and going two additional years beyond the current agreement. Mr. East briefed the audience about the agreement not specifying on the payment of services by Holy Trinity and how this has been arranged for the future.
The chairman then opened the meeting for public discussion as had been agreed at the previous meeting. During the course of the public input, numerous people spoke on a variety of issues as they related to the Pairing Agreement. Some areas of concern expressed were about the volleyball program, selection of coaches, the issue of payment by Holy Trinity for their share of the Pairing Agreement, student numbers and the scheduling of enough games; and the desire to have Mr. Fitzsimonds address these concerns at the August Board meeting.
Once the public input had been concluded, the Board had a discussion on the Pairing Agreement with Holy Trinity.
Melissa made a motion to table the vote on an additional two years for the Pairing Agreement beyond the current agreement until the next school board meeting. Karla seconded the motion. Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams and Karla Heigl voted yes; Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann and Jim Jorgenson voted no. The motion was denied due to a 3-3 vote.
Chester made a motion to approve another two years beyond the current year of the paring and sharing agreement with Winsted Holy Trinity School, while making sure the financial commitment is followed as defined by the format prescribed by Mr. East. Fred Blaser seconded the motion, and it passed with a 4-2 vote. Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jeff Hecksel and Jim Jorgenson voted yes. Melissa Williams and Karla Heigl voted no.
Karla Heigl made a motion: the responsibility of the Lester Prairie Athletic Director to make all decisions relating to the sports programs including, but not limited to, uniforms, game locations, etc. And in an effort to alleviate the inconsistencies of last year, the Athletic Director will make every effort to follow the Board’s original motion and approval to play as Bulldogs, utilizing both facilities. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson. Melissa Williams, Jeff Hecksel, Karla Heigl, and Jim Jorgenson voted yes. Fred Blaser and Chester Hoernemann voted no. It passed with a 4-2 vote.
There were no school board reports given.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve Attachment 99. (On file at the district office.) The motion was seconded by Melissa Williams. It passed with a 6-0 vote.
There was a discussion regarding the school board convention.
Jeff made a motion to approve the going forward on the building of the storage shed. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester made a motion to approve the quote from RAM in the amount of $24,572 to build the storage shed pending formal approval by the city, with the overall total costs of the project expected to not exceed $37,000. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson, and passed with a 6-0 vote.
Agenda items for the next meeting include: Boys’ basketball coach, volleyball coach and floor scrubber.
Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 22, 2008.

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