Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
6:30 p.m., Monday, November 10, 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, November 10, 2008, in the school media center.
The meeting was called to order by Fred Blaser at 6:42 p.m. Roll call was taken and the administration present included: Greg East, Pam Lukens and Scott Fitzsimonds. The School Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Jeff Hecksel, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann (arrived at 6:42 p.m.), and Melissa Williams (arrived at 6:47 p.m.) Jim Jorgenson was absent. The public present included: Alice Daak, Kim DeBruyckere and Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting as presented; to approve the minutes of the October 20, 2008 regular meeting; to approve bills in the amount of $98,070.35 and Student Activity for $4,492.75. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick and Meyers presented the 2007-2008 Audit. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Melissa Williams to approve the 2007-2008 Audit. Motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
Action was taken to adjust the Health and Safety Fund. Chester Hoernemann moved to approve adjusting the District’s Health and Safety Fund in the amount of $139,328.00. The funds to make such an adjustment are to be taken from the Unreserved General Fund. The adjustment is due to the fact that prior years’ costs in the amount of $139,328.00 were charged to Health and Safety and should have been charged to the General Fund. These costs were not on the District’s approved list of project expenditures as they relate to the Health and Safety Fund. This adjustment will not affect the total General Fund balance, but will be a redistribution of balances between Health and Safety and Unreserved balances. The motion was seconded by Karla Heigl and passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann moved and Fred Blaser seconded a motion to approve the Energy Loan payoff as listed in the 2007-2008 Audit. The motion passed by a vote of 5-0.
In the Good News Section it was mentioned that the American Legion and Auxiliary are to be part of the Veterans’ Day program on November 11, 2008. Karla Heigl reported that the Lester Prairie Education Foundation funded seven teacher requests.
No one chose to speak during the Open Dialogue portion of the meeting.
Administrative Reports were given. Scott Fitzsimonds asked for approval of a contract with Webcast America. Chester Hoernemann moved to approve the contract with Webcast America pending review by the administration. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
There was no old business.
Melissa Williams made a motion to approve an action on non-resident agreements for one student coming into the district and one going out. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Superintendent East reviewed Policies for the first reading:
404 Employment Background Checks
440 Caseload Policy for Special Education Services
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the following policies as presented:
Policies to be adopted and/or revised:
103 Complaints – STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS, OTHER PERSONS
214 Out of State Travel by School Board Members
413-A ISD #424 Religious, Racial or Sexual Harassment and Violence Report Form
418-A Acknowledgement Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School Policy
522-A Report Form for Unlawful Sex Discrimination Toward a Student
524-B Internet Use Agreement Form for Employee
709 Student Transportation Safety
Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Under Personnel issues Melissa Williams made a motion to approve a contract with Diane Pedersen as a Confidential Payroll Coordinator for the 2008-09 school year. Jeff Hecksel seconded the motion, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.
Action was taken under the School Finances section to approve the revised budget for the 2008-2009 year. Chester Hoernemann moved and Jeff Hecksel seconded a motion to approve the revised budget for the 2008-2009 year and an increase from $37,000 to $38,000 for the storage shed project. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
School Board Reports: Lester Prairie Advisory Committee Meeting is being held November 10, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. and Continuing Education Meeting will be heldDecember 3, 2008 at 3:10 p.m.
New Business: It was reported that the Tax Equalization Hearing will be Monday December 8, 2008 with the continuation meeting on December 15 before the regular School Board meeting.
A discussion took place regarding the audit on the Network system.
Jeff Hecksel moved to adopt a Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of School District General Election as listed below. (A copy is available in the District Office.)
General Election of the top three school board members for four-year terms:
Karla Heigl 985
Rawelin “Rollie” Radtke 885
Joe Miller 851
Corbey L. Hentges 620
Motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following: Fred Blaser – yes, Karla Heigl – yes, Jeff Hecksel – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes, and Melissa Williams – yes. (Jim Jorgenson was absent.) Motion carried 5-0.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion, seconded by Melissa Williams to adopt a Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Certificates of Election and Directing School District Clerk to Perform Other Election Related Duties. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following: Fred Blaser– yes, Karla Heigl – yes, Jeff Hecksel – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes and Melissa Williams – yes. (Jim Jorgenson was absent.) Motion carried 5-0.
Agenda items for the next regular board meeting (December 15, 2008) include:
Superintendent Evaluation
Board Retreat in January
Chairman Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:16 p.m.
Prepared by Superintendent Greg East
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 5, 2009.

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