Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the School Board of Education
Monday, April 20, 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, April 20, 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, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Three members of the public were present, as well as 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 as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of 3/16/09 and the Special Meeting of 3/30/09 and bills in the amount of $107,348.94 and Student Activity for $8,064.02. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
The Board acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Lester Prairie Education Association (LPEA) expressing their desire to negotiate. Joe Miller made a motion for the Board to hold a closed session meeting at the Regular Board Meeting in May to discuss negotiation strategies. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
In the Good News section Amy Meyer reported that the Carnival sponsored by Lester Prairie Advisory Committee made approximately $1,200. Amy expressed thanks to the community for their continued support of the Carnival. Karla Heigl reported on the Bulldog Bash. Over 240 tickets sold, over 150 items donated and over $20,300 was raised from the Bash.
In the open dialogue section two members of the public spoke. Arleen Boudreau wanted to make a public apology to Mr. East for incorrect information which was published in a Letter to the Editor of the Herald Journal newspaper regarding possible grants for the music department. She also expressed that there may be additional grants available for the music department. Amy Meyer expressed her appreciation to Board Member, Karla Heigl, for listening to the public’s comments on proposed budget cuts, especially in regards to cuts to administration. She also expressed her disappointment that she felt none of the rest of the board supported her actions in trying to make structural administration changes.
Administrative Reports were given by Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal, Scott Fitzsimonds, Secondary Principal, and Greg East, Superintendent. (Copies of Administrative Reports are available in the District Office.)
Mrs. Lukens reported: (1) Staff Appreciation Breakfast is scheduled for June 3rd at 8:00 a.m.; (2) Combination of the Elementary and High School offices into one office for next school year; (3) Thirteen students enrolled in the K+ program; (4) MCA testing starts this week and NWEA testing will begin in May.
Mr. Fitzsimonds reported: (1) MCA testing beginning this week; (2) Summer Youth Program – applied for a grant for programming for up to 15 students for five weeks this summer; (3) An individual has approached the school who is willing to donate time and money for the District to be involved with a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) program.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve moving forward to offer FCCLA as a club activity with the following provisions: advisors would be school/community volunteers (passing background checks); there would be no student membership fee; the school would bear no costs for the program; and the school would allow the program to use school facilities for meetings. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Mr. East reported: (1) Joint Legislative Conference is scheduled for April 29th; (2) Proposals for Computer Fiber Project will be discussed at the May Board Meeting; (3) Kay Konerza-Bachert will be inducted into the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame on May 17, 2009; (4) list of potential summer projects distributed; (5) Review of State Aid proposals currently being discussed by the legislature.
Mr. East made a proposal to freeze his wages for the 2009-2010 school year. Joe Miller made a motion to accept Mr. East’s proposal to freeze his wages for the 2009-2010 school year. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the revised Resolution for the General Fund Unreserved/Undesignated Balance to be at 6% of the previous year’s General Fund expenditures. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken. Those voting yes were Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. There were no members voting no. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the revised Resolution for the amount to be set aside for the Severance Fund from $25,000 for the next two school years (2009-2010 and 2010-2011) to $10,000 per year. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken. Those voting yes were Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. There were no members voting no. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the Corrective Action Plan to the Food and Nutrition Program review. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve Reinhart Food Service to do the corrective work needed in the Correction Action Plan for the Food Service area at a cost of $14,495, pending approval by the Food and Nutrition Program. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken. Those voting yes were Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. There were no members voting no. Karla Heigl abstained from voting. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Non-Resident Agreements. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Resolution to approve membership in the Minnesota State High School League. Roll call vote was taken. Those voting yes were Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. There were no members voting no. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Science Teacher Contract. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
The preliminary budget for 2009-2010 will be presented during the May board meeting.
An update was given by Mr. East on student population.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the contract with Hildi, Inc. for the base cost of $2,800 to do the Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) review which is required during the 2009-2010 school year. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Items reported under the School Board Reports included Lester Prairie Advisory Committee met on April 20, 2009. The Continuing Education Committee will meet the 1st week in May. The Facilities and Maintenance Committee will be meeting to discuss items in the old Community Building. Facilities Improvement Committee to follow-up on proposed Summer Projects. The Technology Committee will follow-up on the possible Fiber Project.
Agenda Items for the next Board meeting include: special closed session to discuss negotiations with LPEA, the Preliminary 2009-2010 Budget and the NHS Presentation.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:37 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk
ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal June 8, 2009.



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