Truth and Taxation Hearing and
Regular Lester Prairie School Board of Education Meeting
Monday, December 15, 2008
Held in the Media Center at 6:30 p.m.
The Truth and Taxation meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser.
Roll call was taken and the board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Karla Heigl, and Jim Jorgenson. (Jeff Hecksel and Melissa Williams were absent.) The administration present included: Greg East, Pam Lukens and Scott Fitzsimonds. Guests present included: Andrew Norman, Jeremy Quaas, Ryan Bleichner, Peter Heuer, Darrin Bebo, Danny Dressler, Eric Eiden, Taylor Schultz, Angie Fruetel, and Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 8, 2008 Truth in Taxation meeting. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, which was approved with a 4-0 vote.
Since no one in attendance came for the Truth and Taxation meeting, the meeting was adjourned at 6:33 p.m.
The regular meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda as modified, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on November 10, 2008, to pay bills in the amount of $122,520.38 and Student Activity for $3,592.85. The motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
There were no communications reported received by the Board members, and no one in the audience chose to speak during the Open Dialogue section of the meeting.
The administrative reports were given by Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal, Scott Fitzsimonds, Secondary Principal/Activities Director and Superintendent Greg East. (Copies of reports available with the minutes in the district office.)
The Board discussed having a Board Retreat sometime after the regular Board meeting in late January or early February with the date to be finalized at the January meeting.
A discussion was also held on the network wiring project. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Karla Heigl to approve the network wiring project at a cost of $11,542.64. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve doing sample testing on the old Community Center. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
A motion was made by Fred Blaser and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to declare surplus items and the list of items to be disposed of from the old Community Center. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote. (See attached list.)
Jim Jorgenson moved and Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion to adopt the following policies as presented.
404 Employment Background Checks
440 Caseload Policy for special Education Services
The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
Action was taken to approve the following assignments: Al Fleischacker as 9th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach and Monica Mahon an increase of one hour per day for SPED. Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the contracts. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed with a vote of 4-0.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Karla Heigl to approve the levy in the amount of $824,593.74. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.
School Board Reports were given. The next Community Education meeting will be in March of 2009 and the Lester Prairie Advisory Committee will meet January 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. The Continuing Ed meeting was held December 3, 2008 and the Technology Committee met December 10, 2008.
Under New Business: Fred Blaser moved and Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion to close the meeting to discuss the superintendent evaluation process. The meeting was closed at 7:25 p.m.
The meeting was reopened to the public at 8:25 p.m.
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve having the Reorganization meeting of the board on January 12, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting to follow. Karla Heigl seconded the motion, and it passed with a 4-0 vote.
The reorganization plan was outlined to the Board as to what needs to be addressed during the Reorganization Meeting on January 12, 2009.
The following will be attending the MSBA convention on January 15, 2009: Chester Hoerneman, Greg East, Fred Blaser and Joe Miller.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
Prepared by Superintendent Greg East
Independent School District #424
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 19, 2009.