Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION

6:30 PM, Monday, February 8, 2010

Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools

Mrs. Kramer gave a presentation to the School Board of the SMART Board she is currently using in her classroom.

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, February 8, 2010, in the school Media Center.

Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, and Joe Miller. Rawelin Radtke and Jim Jorgenson were absent. Administration present included Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. There were three guests in attendance, as well as Ivan Raconteur 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 1/11/10, and to pay bills in the amount of $74,100.18 and Student Activity for $974.50. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Good News Section: Free H1N1 clinic was held on Thursday, February 11 in the Lester Prairie Media Center. Congratulations to Max Pichotta (Art) and Anastasia Hartwig (Science) for being chosen students of the month for January. Karla Heigl acknowledged the great job being done by the Pep Band this year. They have had great attendance and they sound great. Thank you to Mrs. Helland for all her hard work. Joe Miller thanked Holy Trinity for the moving the boys basketball game to Lester Prairie on the night of the Dollars for Scholars Chow Mein Dinner Fundraiser. The Fundraiser was a huge success.

Mrs. Lukens reported: 16 students participated in the Regional Future Problem Solving Bowl. Rebecca Czech to compete on February 17 at the Regional Spelling Bee. Bulldog Brain Olympics rescheduled from January 25 to February 22. Three different dogs and handlers are working with Grades 1-6 with the R.E.A.D. Program. Mrs. Lukens applied for a grant from AmeriCorp to have staff for reading for next year. February is “I Love to Read Month”, and staff and students are doing many activities focusing on reading. Suggestions for saving money next year include: Middle school concept and no transportation in the middle of the day.

Mr. McNulty gave the activities report. Boy’s basketball team is currently 15-6 and second place in the conference and section. The Conference Tournament begins February 19th with the first game at Holy Trinity. The Boys Section Tournament begins March 4. The Girl’s basketball team is currently 6-13. The Conference Tournaments begin February 8. The Girls are #6 seed. The Section Tournament begins February 25. The GSL/LP wrestling team is #9 seed and travels to Belle Plaine to take on #8 seed Waconia on February 26. The section individual wrestling tournament will be held February 26 and 27 at Delano High School.

Mr. McNulty reported that Snofest week and Conferences went well. Looking into the possibility of 3M Engineering Grants/Donations that may be available.

Strategic Planning Committee will meet on Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to discuss 5-year strategic plan for school. Participants will include members of the staff, administration and school board. Location to be determined.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the non-resident agreements as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Seniority List as presented. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the School Calendar as presented. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve resolution directing the Administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. Roll Call vote was taken. Karla Heigl–Yes, Fred Blaser-Yes, Chester Hoernemann-Yes, and Joe Miller-Yes. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Lester Prairie School Board Policies – 100’s as amended. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the following contracts: Michelle Martig-Science Fair Coordinator; Joey Bayerl-One Act Play; Pat Fogarty-Custodial Staff (2-years); JV Softball Coach-Lindsay Heirass; and Jr. High Softball Coach-Jenna Countryman. Chester Hoernmann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve NAIER as supply company for a one-year period. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve that all expenditure requests must be brought to the superintendent for budget approval. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Special Board Reports:

Chester Hoernemann commented on the great job Mrs. Scoblic does with her Special Ed students. Thank you Mrs. Scoblic. Next Community Ed meeting is scheduled for March 1st. LPAC – working on Bulldog Brain Olympics (February 22) and Carnival (March 25). The Board agreed to begin monthly walk-thru’s of the school grounds prior to the Board Meetings to look for any maintenance/custodial issues that may be of concern. The first walk-thru will be at 6:00 p.m. on March 15th. Mr. McNulty and other area Superintendents will be going to the legislature next Tuesday to meet with representatives to discuss school funding. The Athletic Committee met on February 1st. There will be a meeting in March with Holy Trinity to get a schedule of payments and other items in writing as it relates to the sports pairing.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve seeking lawn care quotes. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

The Board viewed a video relating to the College in the Schools program. Discussed the possibility of implementing this program at Lester Prairie Schools.

Fred Blaser made a motion to approve pursuing shared class schedule with Holy Trinity. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Agenda items for the next School Board Meeting scheduled for March 15, 2010: 4-day week information; lawn service bids; budget and finance information; Pruden property (closed session).

The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424


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