Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6:30pm

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 20, 2010 in the school Media Center.

Roll call was taken and the following Board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Joseph Miller, Rawelin Radtke and Robert Carlson. Administration present was Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. Representatives from Energy Services Group and TSP Architects were present, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald-Journal newspaper. There were approximately 17 other guests in attendance.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.

Motion by Chester Hoernemann, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified, and to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 8/16/10 and to pay bills in the amount of $210,480.08 & Student Activity for $2,397.55. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Good News:

Two more SmartBoards were donated to the school. One was donated by the grandparents of an elementary student and the other by the Lester Prairie Foundation for Education. The school now has a total of six SmartBoards.

A $10,000 grant was received from 3M for Science.

Reviewed MCA test results. Lester Prairie Schools is meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all areas except for 2009-2010 Special Education Reading. There is still one more year of making AYP as a District in Math. Staff and Administration continue work on improvement plans.

Lester Prairie Foundation for Education awarded ten $500 grants to teachers.

ACT results were reviewed. Lester Prairie School is 3% above state average in overall test results. This is a great achievement considering Minnesota is ranked very high in the nation for ACT scores.

Administrative Reports:

Mrs. Lukens reported we have 221 enrolled in Elementary this year. Tessa Frank is the new ECSE teacher at a .2 position. Kelli Machemehl has been hired as a Para. Mrs. Houg has been hired to fill the 6th grade teaching position. Bus safety was completed on September 15 for all students.

Upcoming Dates:

NWEA Testing Sept. 27-28; Elem. Pictures Sept. 27; HS Pictures Sept. 28; Bus Safety Oct. 4-8; Bus Safety Program Oct. 8 – 9:30 a.m.; Homecoming Oct. 4-8; Parent/Teacher Conferences Oct. 14 and 19 4-8 p.m.

Thayne Johnson gave a report on fall sports. He reported that he has received many positive comments on the cooperative agreement with Mayer Lutheran for Cross Country. Mr. Johnson explained that the MCAA football conference will not be in existence next year. He is looking at applying to the Gopher Valley Conference and would need Board approval to pursue the conference change. We will remain in the MCAA conference for all other sports.

Don Ahlbrect reported on current facilities activities which included upgraded two-way radios, installation of two Smart Boards, clean-up of stage. Installation of new gym curtain will take place this week.

LPAC report – Reach for the Stars reading incentive kick-off Sept. 23. Target donated $500 in books to the Library and will be at Conferences on Oct. 14 to read stories. LPAC to coordinate Teacher Christmas Wish List again this year. Will be incorporating High School teachers into Wish List program this year. LPAC donated a SmartBoard to school and will be coordinating a demonstration.

Non-Certified negotiations are on hold until the Facilities Management decision has been made by the Board.

Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve non-resident agreements as presented. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Current District student count as of 9/15/10 for K-12 is 390. Last spring we finished with 395.

Discussed policy adoption of Employee Use of Social Media and Transportation.

Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to proceed with MSBA’s recommended first reading policy (MSBA/MASA Model Policy 208) for the Employee Use of Social Media (Model

Policy 470) and Transportation of Public School Students (Model Policy 707). Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

There was further discussion on the current Bus Transportation policy. Several parents of Kindergarten students expressed their concern over the lack of busing being offered for Kindergarten students within the City limits. Mr. McNulty presented the Board with a proposal for students Grades K-3.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to adopt the proposed interim policy presented by Mr. McNulty until the formal Transportation Policy is adopted, which includes four different stops within City limits: (1) 42 Pine St. N.; (2) Lot by PolyFoam; (3) 119 Cedar St. (4) By garage of apartments at Cedar Street/Kennedy Avenue. These stops would be made available for Grades Kindergarten thru 3rd Grade only at a cost of $25 per month for each student. Fee would be paid in advance. These stops would be available for the entire school year. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Board reviewed and discussed final Specs for Facilities Management bid.

Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to approve final Specs for Facilities Management Bid with the addition of an escape clause (review cycle of 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year); the inclusion of background checks for all employees; and the inclusion of general duties as requested by the Superintendent. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

TSP Architects representative presented proposal of services.

Energy Services Group presented proposal of services.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Fred Blaser, to approve Energy Services Group proposal and contract regarding energy projects and savings as presented at a cost of .10 cents per square foot, or approximately $8,000. Voting was 5 for and 1 against.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve TSP Architects proposal for First Phase Work as presented in their proposal, less the following building systems: boiler, windows and roof, at a cost of $10,000. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve the contracts for Christine Mattson (NHS, DAC); Lacy Schramm (Student Council); David Rue (HS Choir/Band Performance); Terri Helland (Elem/HS Band Performance); Kelsey Bucholtz (JH Volleyball coach); Cathy Houg (Certified Elementary). Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve the notice of assignments for the following non-certified staff: Don Albrecht, Jill Fiecke, Matthew Wojciak, Kelli Machemehl, Vicki Fasching, Kathy Fiecke, Leana Gueningsman, Dianne Hoernemann, Monica Mahon, Julie Nowak, Cathy Schroeder, Jannina Wall. Voting was 5 for and 1 abstained.

Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve lane change for Thayne Johnson. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to approve certified proposed 2010, payable 2011 Property Tax Levy limitations at maximum amount. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve $51 per pupil transfer from Operating Capital to General Fund. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Mrs. Helland presented proposal for increasing school instrument rental fees from $25 to $50 for primary instruments and the addition of a $15 fee for percussionists. The reason for the increase is to cover expenses associated with required repairs.

Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve new instrumental rental fees as presented ($50 for primary instruments and $15 for percussionists). Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Board reviewed proposal for the purchase of a school vehicle. The Board requested Mr. McNulty present actual vehicles to be purchased. Board will review at the next Board meeting.

Mr. McNulty presented information relating to our ESL/ELL program. Administration and staff will continue to work on this program.

Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to pursue application to the Gopher Valley Conference for the 2011-2012 Football season. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.

Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting (October 18, 2010): Review Facilities Management Bids.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.


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