Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday May 18, 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, May 18, 2009, in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Jim Jorgenson arrived later during the meeting. Administration present included Greg East and Pam Lukens. Members of the National Honor Society (NHS), as well as the NHS advisor, Mrs. Mattson, were present. There were three other staff members present, as well as Linda Scherer, representing the Herald Journal.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda with one modification for this meeting as presented and to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 4/20/09 and bills in the amount of $101,986.82 & Student Activity for $1,254.53. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
There were no communications received by Board Members since their last meeting.
In the Good News section, the NHS students made a presentation to the Board outlining many of the events they participated in throughout the year. Some of those events included an open house bake sale, food shelf, blood drive, seatbelt awareness, tobacco-free youth, Toys for Mary’s Place, Pennies for Patients, mock car crash, assisted in elementary classrooms, Schauer benefit, and upcoming ditch cleaning. Congratulations and thank you to all members of the NHS for their commitment to our school and our community.
Mr. East distributed a report received from the Lester Prairie Booster Club which indicates that the Booster Club has donated over $3,453.00 to various school groups/activities from January to May, 2009.
Mr. Miller reported attending the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 17, 2009, where Kay Konerza-Bachert, Lester Prairie graduate, was inducted as a member.
No members of the audience spoke during the open dialogue portion of the meeting.
Administrative reports were given by Mrs. Lukens, Elementary Principal, and Mr. East, Superintendent. Mr. Fitzsimonds’ report was distributed to Board Members. Mrs. Lukens reported that all testing is now complete. She also requested approval from the Board to declare surplus items and disposal of such items, as well as approval of a bid for adding a sidewalk in the preschool and kindergarten playground. The sidewalk project would be funded by the Student Council Fundraising funds.
Fred Blaser made a motion to declare surplus and dispose of the materials as presented by Mrs. Lukens. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the bid from Jackels & Ross Concrete Inc. in the amount of $1,711.00 for the addition of a sidewalk in the Preschool Kindergarten Playground, utilizing Student Council fundraising funds. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mr. East reported: (1) meetings of the Health & Safety committee have been completed for the year; (2) winter sports costs have been forwarded to Holy Trinity; (3)daily reports to the MDE regarding influenza-like illnesses; and (4) final meet and confer was held on May 12, 2009.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve Twell Environmental, Inc. to perform Asbestos work in the school and old community building including Alternative #1 at a cost of $20,564.00. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve MacNeil Environmental, Inc. to perform air monitoring during the Asbestos work in the school and old community building at a maximum cost of $6,000.00. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve Tech Check, LLC to install the backbone upgrades to the computer network system for a cost of $10,907.45. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve Aaron Williams Repair to perform the “Tear out work” in the kitchen for the upgrades as required by Food and Nutrition services at a cost of $315.00. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. Radtke abstained from voting. The motion passed with a 5-0-1 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Non-resident Agreement. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the K-6 Title I/RTI Teacher contract for Kelsey Buchholtz. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Preliminary Budget for 2009-2010 as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Items reported under the School Board Reports included Lester Prairie Advisory Committee will be holding the Staff Appreciation Breakfast on June 3rd at 8:00 a.m. The Facilities and Maintenance Committee has had meeting relating to the roof and cement work.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the resignation of Carol Kallenbach. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion and the Board appreciated her years of service. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the resignation of Dave Klitzke. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion and the Board appreciated his years of service. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the resignation of Kathy Klitzke and grant her request for insurance and health benefits through the school year of July 1, 2015. The Board recognized the unusual circumstances involved and agreed that if any employee is less than a year away from retirement, and their spouse has worked for the district for over 35 years, and they have a disability that prevents them from working, and they both will retire at the same time, then the District should consider this same agreement. The Board appreciated her years of service. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the list of Late Starts/Early Dismissals for Staff Development during 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 Laraway Roofing, Inc. to do the roof repairs to Sections ‘A’ and ‘F’ as defined in the diagram used for the ongoing roofing repair at a cost of $39,930.00. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to declare items on lists “A and B” as surplus and to be disposed of. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to declare the items on list “C” as surplus and to be sold at the value listed for each item and to be available to the public after June 2, 2009 on a first come first serve basis. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to declare the items on list “D” as surplus and to be given to the Cosmos Alternative Special Education Programs. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve cement work to be done by Jackels & Ross Concrete, Inc. at a cost of $2,400.30, utilizing ADA funds. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-2 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve cement work to be done by Jackels & Ross Concrete, Inc. at a cost of $7,513.25, utilizing capital outlay funds. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting: board retreat, technology budget, possible demolition of old community building.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to close the meeting for the purpose of discussing negotiation strategies. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Time In Closed Session: 8:05 p.m. Time Out Closed Session: 9:03 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:03 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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