Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
Tuesday, February 10, 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 Tuesday, February 10, 2009, in the school Media Center.
The meeting was called to order by Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. Roll call was taken and the following Board Members were present: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller, Rawelin Radtke and Karla Heigl. The Administration present included: Pam Lukens and Scott Fitzsimonds. Greg East was absent due to his involvement in an auto accident. The public present included: Kim DeBruyckere, Jill Fiecke, Christine Mattson, Tracy Cederstrom, Cathy Houg, Cathy Scoblic, Amy Meyer and Linda Scherer, representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting; to approve the minutes of the Reorganizational Meeting of January 12, 2009, Regular Board Meeting of January 12, 2009 and the Board Retreat of January 27, 2009; and to approve bills in the amount of $98,029.68 and Student Activity in the amount of $983.28. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
In the Good News Section Mr. Fitzsimonds congratulated the Boys’ Basketball Team for being named Conference Champions. Mr. Miller congratulated and thanked all those who helped make this year’s Dollars for Scholars Dinner a huge success.
There was no discussion in the Open Dialogue section of the meeting
Administrative Reports were given by Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal, and Scott Fitzsimonds, Secondary Principal. Mr. Fitzsimonds also gave the Superintendent Report on behalf of Mr. East (Copies of reports available in the District Office).
Karla Heigl gave a brief summary of the Board Retreat which was held on January 27, 2009.
A list of possible Reductions in Programs and Positions for the 2009-2010 School Year were presented by Mr. Fitzsimonds. Joe Miller made a motion to hold a Public Input Meeting to discuss potential reductions in programs and positions to be held Monday, March 2, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lester Prairie High School Gymnasium. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. In addition, all Board Members are to give their recommendations on the reductions in programs and positions to Mr. East on or before Monday, March 9, 2009.
There were no non-resident agreements to review.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the contract for Marc Kohler for the JV Baseball Coach. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
School Board Reports were given. The Facilities & Maintenance committee met with Mr. East to discuss roof repairs.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the MASA Resolution asking the Governor and the Legislature to inform the Federal Government of Minnesota’s intent to consider a withdrawal from participating in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) if the Statute is not revised by October 2010. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve a full page ad in the Lester Prairie Guide in the amount of $495, as well as extra copies at $1 each, as the Superintendent deems necessary. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve seeking quotes for lawn service for 2009 and to be reviewed at the March meeting. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Agenda items for the next regular Board Meeting include possible reductions in programs and positions for the 2009-2010 school year and the 7-period day.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal March 30, 2009.

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