Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
6:30 p.m., Monday, August 18, 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, August 18, 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 by Chairman Blaser and administration present included: Greg East, Pam Lukens, and Scott Fitzsimonds. The school board included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Melissa Williams, Jeff Hecksel, Jim Jorgenson and Karla Heigl. The public included: Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal, Greg Machemehl, Jill Fiecke, Christine Mattson, Judy Ide, and Kim DeBruyckere.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting as modified, and approve the 2008-2009 bills in the amount of $88,099.27. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, and it was approved with a 6-0 vote.
The good news section included information about LPHS representative at the County fair.
No one chose to speak for open dialogue.
The administration gave their reports. Mrs. Lukens gave the list for staff, changes on enrollment numbers, report on playground information, and a report on changes in the handbook.
Mr. Fitzsimonds also gave his report on changes in the handbook. He went over issues with the sports. He also expressed his concern about the motion from the July meeting without Mr. East included in it.
After discussion with the board Karla Heigl made a motion to amend the original motion made on July 21, 2008 with the following: It is the responsibility of the administration 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 administration will make every effort to follow the Board’s original motion and approval to play as Bulldogs, utilizing both facilities. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion and it passed by a vote of 6-0.
Mr. Fitzsimonds shared concerns with our testing results and gave pro-active options for the next year to better our results. Some included: Math study skills class, reading support with Ms. Olson, and ESL as a full period. He finished with showing the school/city calendar that was produced and will be sent out to the public.
Mr. East went over testing results locally and statewide and showed comparisons. He also talked about the handbook. Mr. East shared that Joe Miller’s retirement reception had a very good attendance. He discussed the storage building that RAM Builders would be building for the District.
Old business included: a motion made by Jim Jorgenson to approve the contract between the city of Lester Prairie and Lester Prairie School District. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the purchase of a floor scrubber from Hillyard for $7,300. Karla Heigl seconded it, and the motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
In policy administration: Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the non-resident agreement. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Mr. East went over AYP and finding patterns and looking how to change curriculum. He explained about data driven decisions and being pro-active with testing scores.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve the revised Elementary and Secondary handbooks for the 2008-2009 school year. Fred Blaser seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Mr. Fitzsimonds explained the coaching situation and apologized for the mistake he made in the hiring of the head basketball coach. He explained that there are more positions needing to be filled.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the coaching personnel contracts. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
School finances include: the school auditors were here on August 6, 2008, and they will be back on August 25 – August 26, 2008, and roofing issues were discussed.
A motion was made by Jim Jorgenson to approve the additional expenses for the drains to be replaced in the area of the roof being repaired, the approximate cost to be $3,600. Melissa Williams seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
No school board reports given.
New business: the Tax Equalization Hearing is Monday December 8, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. The Continuation meeting will be held on December 15 at 6:30 p.m., with the regular school board meeting to follow.
Melissa Williams made a motion to change the regular school board meeting from September 15, 2008 to September 9, 2008 and to be held at 8:10 p.m. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
There was a discussion on having a school board retreat. Chester made a motion to have a board retreat on September 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the media center. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the contract for a computer audit to be done by SW/WC for $800. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Agenda items for the next board meeting include: follow up on the teacher workshops.
Meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Sept. 22, 2008.

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