Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday June 15, 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, June 15, 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 was absent. Administration present included Greg East, Pam Lukens, and Scott Fitzsimonds. Guests included Kim DeBruyckere and Christine Mattson.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann
Chester Hoernemann made a motion approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified and to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 5/18/09 and bills in the amount of $40,542.60 & Student Activity for $2,918.41. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
No communications were received by Board Members since the last meeting.
Mrs. Mattson gave a year end report to include updates on the testing coordinator and elementary guidance programs. She reported that a graduation rate of 92.5% for the year, with 89% of the graduates planning to attend some type of college.
No members of the audience spoke during the open dialogue portion of the meeting.
Administrative reports were given.
Mrs. Lukens reported the hiring of a new 6th grade teacher. TSES manual and policies will be brought to the Board at the August meeting for approval. The Special Needs Alternative Program currently at Glencoe is relocating to Cosmos starting in August of 2009. Currently working on summer school schedule, staff and material. Summer school will be held the last week of July and the first two weeks of August. She expressed a “Thank You” to LPAC for providing the staff with breakfast at the end of the school year.
Mrs. Lukens presented a list items to be declared surplus for disposal.
Fred Blaser made a motion to declare the items as listed to be declare surplus and be disposed. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mr. Fitzsimonds reported on the Summer Youth Project. Ten students and five teachers are participating in the project. We were able to recycle our old florescent bulbs & ballasts thru the U of M recycling program. Mr. Fitzsimond and Mrs. DeBruyckere attended network server training. Mr. Fitzsimonds also attending Response to Intervention training. Mr. Fitzsimonds reported that we are interviewing American Sign Language Interpreter candidates.
Mr. Fitzsimonds distributed a list of surplus items for disposal or sale.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve disposal of surplus items as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion approve the sale of surplus items as presented. If items are not sold by June 30, 2009, they will be disposed. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mr. East reported that the winter activities bill was paid by Holy Trinity. Summer projects have begun. Discussed current status of the Dept of HHS regarding the N1NI Flu and possible vaccination requirements. Acknowledged that three school board positions will be up for election in the fall of 2010.
Mr. East reported on the results of the MCA II test scores from the high school. We had a significant improvement in our scores: Math scores improved from 33% to 57.5% (state average 57%); Reading scores improved from 67% to 80% (state average 78%). Mr. East expressed his appreciation to the staff for their extra efforts thru the remedial classes and prep work, which clearly had an impact on our improved test scores. He also expressed thanks to the parents for working with their children in preparing for these tests. We should receive information relating to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as well as other test scores by the end of the month. Discussed cash flow borrowing. Also discussed technology budget needs for the 2009-2010 school year.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve adding $20,000 for technology for the 2009-2010 budget. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
There were no non-resident agreements presented.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to donate the original school bell to the City of Lester Prairie to be displayed in Central Park. Joe Miller seconded the motion. There was further discussion regarding the possible display of the bell on school property. The motion failed with 1 voting yes and 4 voting no. Joe Miller and Rollie Radtke to check with other school related organizations if they would be interested in doing something with the bell and bring this back to be discussed at the July Board meeting.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve all personnel contracts as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the 6/30/09 check run. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Under the school board reports the Board expressed appreciation to LPAC for the breakfasts they held for the staff. The board acknowledged technology upgrades being made.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the list of Donations received for the 2008-09 school year as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the Resolution for Adoption by the Lester Prairie Board of Education authorizing the issuance of the District’s Aid Anticipation Certificate and the execution of the necessary documents. Joe Miller seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken:
For: Joe Miller, Chester Hoernemann, Fred Blaser, Rollie Radtke, and Karla Heigl
Against: None
The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Discussion on the next steps in the demolition of the Old Community Building. Asbestos Abatement should begin in July. Rollie Radtke will work with Mr. East to begin planning of demolition.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Resolution to Adopt the SW/WC Service Cooperative’s Total Special Education System (TSES) Manual and Reasons Therefore. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote was taken:
For: Joe Miller, Chester Hoernemann, Fred Blaser, Rollie Radtke, and Karla Heigl
Against: None
The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve renewing the City-School District contract for the City Park for the 2009-2010 school year. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Discussed having a Board Retreat in either August or September and the issue was tabled until the July Board meeting.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve extended year contracts for SPED Coop, for Psychological services, Deaf/HOH services, Speech/Language services and our share of the coordination programs at a cost of $3,495.00. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the McLeod County Public Health Nursing Service for the 2009-2010 school year. ECS at $41.00 per child and School Health Charge at $36.00 per hour. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting July 20, 2009: Board Retreat, Demolition of old community building.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:29 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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