Lester Prairie School Board Minutes
|REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, December 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
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, December 13, 2010 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board members were present: Fred Blaser, Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Joseph Miller and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present was Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. A representative from the Herald-Journal newspaper, as well as approximately seven members of the public were in attendance.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Chester Hoernemann, to approve the consent agenda as revised, Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 11/8/10 & payment of bills in the amount of $156,807.08 and Student Activity for $1,335.05. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
No communications were received by the Board.
Good News: Received letter from Glover Dohman, former LP resident, with an autobiography, including life in LP. Mr. McNulty to follow-up with Mr. Dohman regarding possibly having him present or sharing his story with the students.
Congratulations to Mr. Rue, Mrs. Schuft-Helland and all band and choir members for a great High School Concert.
Open Dialogue: No one addressed the Board during open dialogue.
Student Council Members Cody Rosenau and Peyton Thiry gave an update on Student Council Activities: Homecoming dance DJ worked out well and will also be doing the Snowfest dance at a reduced rate; Peyton attended a Student Council Retreat in Alexandria and gathered a lot of valuable information on Student Council activities; Students enjoyed Turkey Bingo prior to the Thanksgiving Break; Student Council members brushed the snow off of all the cars at school.
Mrs. Lukens reported the latest Community Education Bulletin was sent, and offerings are posted on the website. The McLeod County Connection Pact for families is moving forward. Will get underway in January.
Upcoming Calendar of Events:
Dec. 6-17 NWEA Testing
Dec. 16 Elem. Concert 7:00 PM
Dec. 22 Early Release 11:30 AM
Jan. 3 School Resumes
Jan. 12 Geography Bee 4:00 PM
Jan. 12 PACT for Families 11:45
Jan. 21 No School Teacher
Jan. 28 Elementary Dance
Feb. 2 Two-Hour Late Start
Feb. 7 11 Snowfest Week
Feb. 10 Brain Olympics
Feb. 15 P/T 4-8 PM
Feb. 17 P/T 4-8 PM
Feb. 25 Elem. Science PM
Mar. 4 & 5 High School Play
Mr. Johnson reported Winter sports are underway; Spelling Bee is scheduled for Wednesday (12/15); Elementary Concert Thursday (12/16); Co-Directors have been hired for Winter Play to be held in March.
Mr. McNulty reported on activity with the Regional Planning Committee. January meeting scheduled for the Steering Committee. Items being discussed bulk purchasing, ITV, and other shared resources.
LPAC Update: 20-25 people attended the SmartBoard Presentation by Mr. Bjork and Mrs. Kramer. Reading Fundraiser for LP School raised approximately $1,800 worth of new books for the school and $1,076 to LPAC for its portion of the fundraiser. Thank you to Amy Meyer for all her hard work to make this fundraiser a huge success. LP Youth & Adolescent Task Force applying for grant through McLeod County Public Health System. Elementary donated seven baskets to the Winsted Library Silent Auction.
Facilities Committee. Special Board Meeting was held last week. Bids were reviewed and discussed. Board Members were able to interview the representatives from the two companies that submitted bids. Mr. McNulty following up with additional questions. Process is ongoing.
There were no non-resident agreements. District student count as of 12/9/10 for K-12 is 385.
Second reading of mandatory policies for the Lester Prairie School Board.
603 Curriculum Development
612 Development of Parental Involvement Policies for Title I programs
616 School District System Accountability
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve the following contracts:
Sandy Williams Winter Play Advisor
Sonja Johnson Winter Play Advisor
Kelly Kramer Science Fair Coordinator
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The public was given an opportunity to address the Board regarding any questions or concerns relating to the Certified Levy. No members of the public addressed the Board.
Motion by Chester Hoernemann, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve certified levy in the above amount $818,612.49. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Discussed upcoming MSBA Annual Leadership Conference on January 13-14, 2011.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve January 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm as the date the of the School Board reorganization, with the Regular Board Meeting to follow. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Action to approve resolution on a grant application co-written by the McLeod County Dept. of Public Health and the Lester Prairie Coalition on Youth and Adolescents.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve the Resolution of Grant Application co-written by the McLeod County Dept. of Public Health and the Lester Prairie Coalition on Youth and Adolescents. Roll call vote was taken: Karla Heigl-yes; Rawelin Radtke-yes; Robert Carlson-yes; Fred Blaser-yes; Chester Hoernemann-yes; Joseph Miller-yes. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed the process for the Superintendent review. Mr. McNulty will distribute the review form to all Board Members by the end of this week. The Board Members will submit their completed forms at the Board Meeting scheduled for January 5, 2011.
Motion by Chester Hoernemann, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to allow Joseph Miller to compile the data on the review forms and have the information available for a closed meeting with Mr. McNulty following the February Board meeting. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Discussion relating to the LP/HT Sports Pairing Agreement. Mr. McNulty explained to the Board that in response to our Proposed Pairing Agreement, which was submitted to Holy Trinity after the November School Board Meeting, Holy Trinity had submitted a new Pairing Agreement for our consideration, which Mr. McNulty sent to all Board Members to review. The Athletic Committee met on December 10th to review Holy Trinity’s proposed Agreement. The Athletic Committee unanimously agreed that the best option at this time was to offer Holy Trinity a two-year Cooperative Agreement, instead of a Pairing Agreement. There were further discussions by the Board members.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to terminate the Sports Pairing Agreement after the current school year (2010-2011), and to offer to Holy Trinity a two-year Cooperative Agreement. Roll Call Vote was taken: Karla Heigl-yes; Rawelin Radtke-yes; Robert Carlson-yes; Fred Blaser-yes; Chester Hoernemann-yes; Joseph Miller-no. Voting was 5 for and 1 against.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting (January 5, 2011): Organization of Board; Superintendent Evaluations due.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
A. December 23 January 2
B. December 15 Spelling Bee
C. December 16 Concert Elementary
D. December 16 ESG report
E. December 29 DARE movie - Hutch
F. January 10 Board Meeting
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 10, 2011.