Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
6:30 PM, Monday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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 three guests present, as well as Ivan Raconteur 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 10/19/09 and the Board Retreat Meeting of 11/10/09; and to pay bills in the amount of $112,732.58 & Student Activity for $11,111.20. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the 2008-09 Audit as presented by Eide Bailly. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve transferring $51 per pupil unit from operating capital to the general fund for the school years 2008-09 and 2009-10. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve moving student activity fund to unreserved general fund for the 2009-10 school year. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5- 0 vote.
Fred Blaser made a motion to approve the revised 2009-10 budget as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the City of Lester Prairie and Litzau Excavating for snow removal for the 2009-10 school year. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Mrs. Lukens reported the next late start will be November 18th. Staff will be working with Mary Overlie to look at the data “What do we do next?” December 15th late start the staff will be working with Carol Svingen on RTI. LPAC is planning three Parent Involvement Activities for this year. The first activity is scheduled for January 25th for parents and students grades 4th – 8th. We will concentrate on math and reading standards, this activity will be referred to as the “Bulldog Brain Olympics”. The Winter Community Ed Bulletin will be out the end of the month. A big “Thank You” to students and staff for a great Veteran’s Day Program. Upcoming Dates: Christmas Store Dec. 4; Spelling Bee Dec. 9-4:00 p.m.; Elementary Concert Dec. 10-7:00 p.m.; High School Concert Dec. 17-7:30 p.m.; Geography Bee Jan. 13 – 4:00 p.m.; Science Fair Mar. 19; Grandparents Day May 7.
Mr. McNulty reported that winter sports began today. Also reported fall play went very well; some students have expressed an interest in a winter play; student of the month will begin in November; teachers will begin to submit items to be published regarding current activities; only one request was received for open lunch. Mr. McNulty wanted to thank all the staff for the help they have given him this fall. AYP meetings and plan was submitted to SWSC Coop last week. Tech updates – accelerated math moving forward. Kim DeBruyckere has gotten the elementary labs up and running. Presentation on Smart Boards tomorrow.
Mr. McNulty reported the Board Retreat Meeting which was held November 10th went well. Some of the items discussed included future policy review and updates; future planning to include 2010-2011 budget; promotion of school; long-range plans for the school to include facilities improvements and technology.
Joe Miller made a motion to approve the revised Agreement for Services with SWSC Cooperative. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
School Board Reports. Facilities Improvement Committee met this month and did a walk thru of the school. Technology committee to set up meeting in December. Mediation session with the teachers is scheduled for December 8th.
Discussed report from MacNeil Environmental, Inc. Health and Safety Committee review and discussed wellness programs. Organization and cleanup of science rooms to be completed by November 30th.
Discussed which Board Members will be available to attend the MSBA Annual Leadership Conference January 14-15, 2010.
Board approved moving forward with music donation program requested by Mrs. Helland.
Chester Hoernemann advised the Board that the garbage trucks emptying the dumpsters on the north side of the building has caused the sidewalk to sink, causing a tripping hazard. Mr. McNulty to follow-up on getting the sidewalk fixed, as well as looking at other options where the dumpster could be placed.
Agenda items for the next regular Board meeting: Decision on the dumpster and a report from the walk thru with TSP Architects.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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