Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE
SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday July 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, July 20, 2009, in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Joe Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present included Greg East, Pam Lukens, and Scott Fitzsimonds. There were nine guests present, as well as Linda Scherer from the Herald-Journal newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 6/15/09 along with Special Board meeting of 7/9/09 and to pay 2008-09 bills in the amount of $33,521.98 and to pay bills for 2009-2010 in the amount of $190,329.80 & Student Activity for $3,054.69. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser received communications regarding the superintendent position. No other communications received by the Board Members since the last meeting.
In the good news section Mr. East reported the summer is going well. Many activities are going on, such as the various camps, etc.
No members of the audience spoke during the open dialogue portion of the meeting.
Administrative reports were given.
Mrs. Lukens reported approximately 100 people attended the Community Education Breakfast on Sunday, July 19th.
Mr. Fitzsimmonds reported the Summer Youth Work Program is completed and went very well. 3-4 Students will continue to work through August 21st. Ongoing Network/Technology upgrades are being completed. Congratulations to students grades 7th – 11th on their performance on the MCA-II tests. Also, thank you to the teachers for all their efforts to improve student success on the tests.
Mr. East reported on the shifts in funding for state aid occurring the next couple of years. Summer work projects are going well. A letter will be sent to parents regarding the testing scores and the school’s Need of Improvement Status for Adequate Yearly Progress in the area of elementary mathematics. Mr. East reported we are receiving approximately 60 used computers from Ridgewater College.
The Board discussed the options for filling the Superintendent position. Mr. East explained that when the District chooses to hire a new superintendent, the position must be advertised for a reasonable amount of time. Joe Miller made a presentation to the Board of the benefits of hiring an interim superintendent.
Karla Heigl made a motion to advertise for the position of combination Superintendent/High School Principal. Applications for this position will be accepted thru July 31, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. The Administrative Committee, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann and Joe Miller to meet on Friday, July 31, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. to review applications received. A Special Board Meeting will be held Monday, August 3, 2009, to review the Committee’s recommendations. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. There was further discussion. Roll Call vote was taken:
For: Karla Heigl, Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, and Jim Jorgenson.
Against: Rawelin Radtke
Abstained: Joe Miller
The motion passed.
Karla Heigl made a motion to have Mr. East continue as Superintendent as per his resignation until a replacement is hired. Mr. East to be paid his daily rate only for days worked. Insurance coverage for Health and Dental will be single coverage up to a maximum of three months, depending on the amount of time worked. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. There was further discussion. Roll Call vote was taken:
For: Karla Heigl, Rawelin Radtke, Fred Blaser, and Chester Hoernemann.
Against: Jim Jorgenson and Joe Miller
The motion passed.
The Board decided to delay the scheduling of a Board Retreat until some time in September.
Mr. East informed the Board the removal of asbestos from the old community building is complete. We are awaiting the final clearance paperwork.
Joe Miller made a motion for Rawelin Radtke to draft the specifications for a Request for Proposal for the demolition of the old community building and for the Board to formally approve the Request for Proposal at the Special Board Meeting scheduled for August 3, 2009. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion approve all personnel contacts as presented. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Mr. East discussed the Health and Safety issues as they relate to the Attachment 99 form and the importance of such items to the school district.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve Attachment 99. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
No school board members will be attending the Minnesota School Board Convention 8/13-8/14/09 at Brooklyn Park.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve lunch prices at no increase for the 2009-2010 school year, and community education costs at 10% of actual costs or a minimum of $2.00. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the quote/bid from Waste Management, Inc. for garbage/trash removal for the 2009-2010 school year. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the quote/bid from Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. for bread for the 2009-2010 school year. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the bid (firm) from Kemps for milk for the 2009-2010 school year. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the quote/bid from Mid County Coop for fuel for the 2009-2010 school year. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the MSBA renewal for the 2009-2010 school year. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve Riverport for Property, Casualty and Liability Insurance for $16,055 and workers compensation insurance for $13,218.00 for the 2009-2010 school year. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve Bergmann’s Country Interiors to install carpeting in rooms 176, 178, 117 and 168 for the amount of $5,516.35. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve additional ADA cement work required on north door of the elementary for the amount of $2,370.05. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting: review demolition quotes/bids.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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