Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday October 19, 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, October 19, 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 Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. There were approximatelyseven guests present, as well as Linda Scherer from the Herald- Journal newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 9/21/09, and to pay bills in the amount of $142,812.61 and Student Activity for $9,115.36. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Letters were received by the Board Members regarding the noon hour and cell phone and electronic devices policies.
Jill Fiecke, Kelli Machemehl and Deb Lohse addressed the Board regarding the cell phone and electronic devices and noon hour policies.
Administrative reports were given.
Mrs. Lukens reported the late start staff worked with Mary Overlie to look at data to make decisions about what students need to meet the State Standards. Mary also came to work with LPAC to make recommendations about how to get the parents involved. Thank you to the Fire Dept. for their work the week of October 5th for fire safety month. 9th & 10th Grade students attended “Respect” retreat. Attendance down at conferences last week due to illnesses. Thank you to the Honor Society for providing the meal for the staff. Next Community Ed Board Meeting scheduled for November 2nd at 6:30. Upcoming Dates: Christmas Store 12/4/09; Spelling Bee 12/9/09 at 4:00 p.m.; Geography Bee 1/3/10 at 4:00 p.m.; Science Fair 3/19/10; Grandparents Day 5/3/10.
Mr. McNulty reported on behalf of the Activities Director that there are approximately 12-13 girls for both 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball and that Mr. Johnson is looking at how that may impact scheduling.
Mr. McNulty reported meetings on AYP have been taking place and plan of action. Conferences went well. Discussed training of staff for tech updates as it relates to accelerated math.
Board discussed possible dates for a Board Retreat.
Joe Miller made a motion to hold a Board Retreat on Tuesday, November 10th at 6:30 in the Media Center of the School. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The Motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
H1N1 is being treated like the regular flu. Have had approximately 25% of students absent due to illness.
The Board discussed and recommended closing off water line to practice football field. Repairs to be made to water line in the Spring of 2010.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve Non-Resident Agreements as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the Cell Phone and Electronic Devises policy implemented at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, which states cell phones and electronic devices may be present in the building, but may only be used before school, noon hour if you have open lunch and are outside, or after school. Any other use/misuse will result in confiscation with cell phone and electronic devices being given to the principal, and a possible detention. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
The Board discussed the noon hour policy.
Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the Noon Hour policy as follows: Seniors and Juniors have an open noon hour. With that privilege comes responsibility. Students are to stay off the streets surrounding the school property for obvious safety reasons. No student is permitted to ride in a vehicle between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. without permission from the office, only seniors have the opportunity to use a vehicle during lunch hour with a parental note to the office. The school administration reserves the right to withdraw the open noon hour privilege if necessitated by lack of student cooperation. Grades 7 to 10 do not have an open noon hour. In addition, faze out driving for seniors for the 2010-2011 school year and implementation of the three violation policy as outlined by Mr. McNulty in the Lunch Hour Options. The motion failed due to a lack of a second to the motion.
There was further discussion by the Board on the noon hour policy.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Noon Hour policy as follows: Seniors and Juniors have an open noon hour. With that privilege comes responsibility. Students are to stay off the streets surrounding the school property for obvious safety reasons. No student is permitted to ride in a vehicle or drive a vehicle between 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. without permission from the office. Parents with students in the ninth and tenth grades who wish their student to have an open noon hour should contact the school. The school administration reserves the right to withdraw the open noon hour privilege for lack of student cooperation. Grades 7 to 10 do not have an open noon hour. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-1 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Collaboration Agreement between Heartland Community Action Agency Head Start and LP Community Education School Readiness and Annual Report. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mr. McNulty requested a change to the calendar of a 11:30 a.m. dismissal instead of a 1:00 p.m. dismissal on December 23, 2009 (contract days).
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the calendar change as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
The following non-certified contracts were presented: Marc Kohler- Jr. High Football; David Klitzke-Spelling Bee Coordinator; Troy Feltman-Media Coordinator; Vicki Fasching-Food Service; Cathy Schroeder-Food Service. Discussed Food Service change of hours.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the contracts. Rollie Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mr. McNulty reminded the Board to look at contracts for Betty Williams and Pat Fogarty, as they were up in July 1, 2009.
Discussed SWSC Cooperative Agreement for Service – Revised Contracts.
Next negotiations meeting with teachers scheduled for November 2, 2009.
Mr. McNulty reported on MacNeil Environmental, Inc. Report conducted on October 9, 2009. Main issue reported on electrical upgrades that may be required due to the increase in technology upgrades.
Agenda items for the next board meeting to be held November 16, 2009: Board Retreat Review.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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