Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday September 21, 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, September 21, 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, Rawelin Radtke and Jim Jorgenson. Administration present included Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. There were approximately six guests present, as well as Linda Scherer from the Herald-Journal newspaper.
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 8/17/09, and to pay bills in the amount of $130,913.66 and Student Activity for $2,500.17. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Letter was received by the Board Members regarding the Closed Lunch Decision.
Don Artmann addressed the Board and voiced his concern over the Closed Lunch Decision. There was further discussion.
Administrative reports were given.
Mrs. Lukens reported the Community Education Bulletin will be out on August 24th. Discussed student enrollment. Very positive atmosphere with staff and students. Four teams for RTI are set up. Referral forms are available. Elementary Student Council is set up and their first priority is homecoming. Bus Safety is complete. Elementary NWEA testing from September 21–October 2. Dates to remember: Fire Safety October 5-9; Spelling Bee December 9-4:00; Geography Bee January 13-4:00; Science Fair March 19; and Grandparents Day May 7. Goals established for 2009-2010 School Year: (1) Raise MCA Math Scores in the areas of data, statistics, probability and special sense, geometry, measurement to meet or exceed state standards; and (2) Raise MCA reading scores in the area of literature to meet or exceed state standards.
Mr. McNulty reported on behalf of the Activities Director that there has been a schedule change and the Varsity Football game at St. John’s University is scheduled for October 9th at 1:00 p.m. We are currently looking at a fan bus for students and parents.
Mr. McNulty reported on progress of AYP meetings and planning. Discussion regarding enrollment numbers. Technology updates – acc. math, computers and staff development. First late start for staff development will be in October. Flu shots are available to staff under their current health plan.
Reminder of changing December Board Meeting from 12/21 to 12/14 and Truth In Taxation hearing for the same date of 12/14.
Demolition of the old community building north of school is now complete and is currently being used as a parking lot.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to take the chain link fencing down from the playground to use around the new parking area. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve changes to the Secondary Handbook to include classification of absences, excused absences, class advisors, incomplete grades and work program. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. There was further discussion. The motion passed with a 5-1 vote.
There was further discussion relating to the proposed changes to the Secondary Handbook relating to cell phones and electronic devices and noon hour.
Karla Heigl made a motion to keep the cell phone and electronic devises and noon hour policies established by the Administration at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year in place until the next Regular Board Meeting scheduled for October 19, 2009. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-2 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the lane changes as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-1 vote.
Mr. McNulty reported on his meeting with the auditors from Eide Bailey on August 28th. Everything went well. Next meeting scheduled in October.
Next Community Ed meeting to be held October 1st. LPAC meeting held on September 21. Next meeting to be held second week of October.
Discussed SW/WC nomination for Board of Directors and MSBA All State School Board.
Discussed H1N1 Flu plan for school regarding how we will handle a widespread attack on students and staff. Mr. McNulty will send email to Board Members asking specific questions on how to handle issues relating the H1N1 Flu plan.
Discussed MacNeil Environmental, Inc. report conducted on September 11th. MacNeil will be back on site October 9th.
Discussed leaking sprinkler line for practice football field. Mr. McNulty received a bid from Litzau Excavating for repairs to current water lines. Mr. McNulty to continue looking into solutions for the sprinkler system with a plan to address this issue in Spring of 2010.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve maximum amount for levy certification proposed 2009, payable 2010. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. Roll Call vote was taken: Joe Miller-yes, Jim Jorgensonyes, Chester Hoernemann-yes, Fred Blaser-yes, Rawelin Radtke-yes, and Karla Heigl-yes. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
Agenda Items for the next meeting Regular Board Meeting scheduled for October 19, 2009, include Cell Phone and Electronic Devices, Noon Hour policies, and Board Retreat.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the finalization of a plaque to be presented to Mr. East thanking him for his year of service at Lester Prairie Schools. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:22 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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