Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
Monday, January 12, 2009
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, January 12, 2009, in the school Media Center.
The meeting was called to order by Fred Blaser at 6:45 p.m. Roll call had been taken previously at the Reorganizational Meeting immediately preceding this Regular Meeting. Board Members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller, Jim Jorgenson, Rawelin Radtke and Karla Heigl. The public present included: Kim DeBruyckere, Anne LeClaire and Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann at the beginning of the Reorganizational Meeting held prior to the Regular Meeting.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting with amendments; to approve the amended minutes of the December 15, 2008 regular meeting; and to approve bills in the amount of $218,987.21 and Student Activity in the amount of $892.00. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller reported the receipt of a letter to the School Board by the Lester Prairie Education Association (LPEA). Mr. East reported there was a Meet and Confer meeting set for Tuesday, January 13, 2009 with the LPEA representatives.
In the Good News Section Mr. East reported Governor Tim Pawlenty named the week of January 19-23, 2009 Paraprofessional Recognition Week. Mr. East also reported on the article in the Herald Journal regarding Lester Prairie Schools Making Data-driven Decisions. He thanked all those involved with developing the article which is a great way to communicate to our community the positive things happening at the school.
Mrs. LeClaire reported on the Spanish Programs at school. Mrs. LeClaire explained she takes a non-traditional approach in teaching Spanish. She uses the “Look I Can Talk” text book series, which places a strong emphasis on reading and story telling to keep the student interested. Mrs. LeClaire teaches Levels 1 & 2 Spanish, as well as working with the Elementary ESL students, and is very pleased with the students’ performance this year.
In the Open Dialogue section, Kim DeBruyckere thanked the School Board Members, past and present, for their work on the School Board.
Administrative Reports were given by Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal, Scott Fitzsimonds, Secondary Principal, and Superintendent Greg East. (Copies of reports available in the District Office.)
Joe Miller made a motion to set a date of January 27, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center for a School Board Retreat. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Summary of the Superintendent’s Evaluation was reviewed by the School Board Members. On a ranking system of (1-5), Mr. East scored a 4.04 overall ranking.
There were no non-resident agreements to review.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve contacts for the following personnel: 7th Grade Baseball Coach Trent Grams; 8th Grade Baseball Coach Bill Neubarth; and Jr HS Softball Coach Jenna Countryman. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to adopt Resolution Directing the Administration to make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was needed and resulted in the following: Fred Blaser – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes, Jim Jorgenson – yes, Karla Heigl – yes, Joe Miller – yes, and Rawelin Radtke – yes. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote. (Copy is on file in the District Office.)
School Board Reports were given. The next Community Education meeting will be in March, 2009. The Lester Prairie Advisory Committee meeting to be held on January 12, 2009, was cancelled due to weather. Mr. East requested a Budget Committee be formed to review the upcoming budget issues. Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke agreed to be members of the Budget Committee.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the seniority list for the 2008-2009 school year. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve both Option 1 and Option 2 school calendars as proposed for 2009-2010 school year, and to use whichever option allows school to begin the earliest in the fall. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Request for Proposals for the audit of the 2008-09 school year and proposals to be opened 3/13/09 at 3:00 pm in the Business Manager’s office. The proposals to be presented to the Board for review and possible action on 3/16/09. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve a requested medical leave (January 1–June 30, 2009). Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 2, 2009.

Reorganizational Meeting of the Lester Prairie Board of Education
Monday, January 12, 2009
Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools
A Reorganizational Meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, January 12, 2009 in the Media Center.
The meeting was called to order by Greg East, Superintendent, at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken and the School Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. The Administration present included: Greg East, Pam Lukens, and Scott Fitzsimonds. The public present included: Kim DeBruyckere, Ann LeClaire and Linda Scherer representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Election of Officers 2008
Chester Hoernemann made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Jim Jorgenson, to elect Fred Blaser as CHAIRPERSON. A roll call vote was taken and the nomination passed with a 6-0 vote.
The newly elected Chairperson, Fred Blaser, took over meeting.
Karla Heigl made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Fred Blaser, to elect Chester Hoernemann as VICE-CHAIRPERSON. A roll call vote was taken and the nomination passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Fred Blaser, to elect Karla Heigl as CLERK. A roll call vote was taken and the nomination passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to elect Rawelin Radtke as TREASURER. A roll call vote was taken and the nomination passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to set the regular School Board of Education meetings in 2009 for the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to be held in the Media Center. Motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Fred Blaser, to set the Board Salaries for 2009 as follows: 0-3 hours at $40; 3-6 hours at $90; over 6 hours at $140. Chairperson gets $25 extra per meeting chaired. Treasurer to get $750 per year extra. Clerk gets $750 extra for the year. Negotiations chairs get an extra $10 per meeting. There was no increase in rates from last year. Motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion, and the motion was seconded by Jim Jorgenson, to approve the following items as submitted:
A. Action to Designate Depositories. Designate the First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as official depositories for district funds and to approve a resolution to give check signing authority for deposits to Superintendent East and Treasurer Radtke.
B. Action to Designate Official Legal Publication. To use the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2009 calendar year.
C. Legal Services Provider. To continue to use William Partridge, Mankato, MN and his legal firm.
D. Handbook of Policies. To approve the existing policy book, subject to update by Superintendent East with subsequent review by Board.
E. Mileage Rate. To set the mileage rate at the Federal reimbursement rate per mile.
Motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion, and it was seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to name the following to special Board assignments:
Board Committees
Schools for Equity in Education: Jorgenson
Special Education: Hoernemann
Athletic Rep: Heigl
Continuing Ed: Radtke/Jorgenson
Hot Lunch Hearing Official: Heigl
LP Advisory Committee: Radtke/Heigl
MSBA Liaison: Radtke
Scholarship: Heigl/Jorgenson
Community Ed: Hoernemann
Tele-media (meets 4x/yr): Blaser
Technology: Miller/Blaser
Budget:Treasurer (Radtke)
Negotiations
Certified: Hoernemann, Blaser, Miller
Non-Certified: Heigl, Jorgenson, Miller
School Administration: Heigl, Hoerne-
mann, Miller
Facilities/Maintenance: Blaser, Hoerne-
mann
Bus/Transportation: Miller
Other Committees
Facilities Improvement/Expansion: Blaser, Radtke, Heigl
Legislative Liaison: Miller
Motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Motion was made by Jim Jorgenson, and seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to adjourn reorganizational meeting at 6:45 p.m. Motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Karla Heigl, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 2, 2009.

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