Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REORGANIZATIONAL AND
REGULAR MEETING OF THE
SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:30pm
Media Center,
Lester Prairie Public Schools
A Reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board members were present: Fred Blaser, Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Joseph Miller, Rawelin Radtke, and Chester Hoernemann. Administration present was Mike McNulty. Approximately five guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.
The Board discussed the Superintendent Evaluations. Any Board Members who have not completed the evaluation should do so within one week and submit to Mr. Miller.
Mr. McNulty presented Fred Blaser and Chester Hoernemann with plaques made by Mr. Scoblic honoring their years of service to the District. Mr. Hoernemann served 17-1/2 years and Mr. Blaser served 12 years. The Board Members thanked them for their years of service and dedication to our District.
Mr. McNulty administered the Acceptance and Oath of Office of new Lester Prairie School Board Members – Gregg Machemehl, Matthew Klitzke, and Robert Carlson.
The Board reviewed the agenda for the Reorganizational Meeting.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve agenda for Reorganizational meeting. Roll call vote was taken: Karla Heigl-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Joseph Miller-Yes. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Election of Officers
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to elect Robert Carlson as Board chairperson.Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to elect Joseph Miller as Board vice-chairperson. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Joseph Miller, to elect Karla Heigl as Board clerk. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Joseph Miller, to elect Rawelin Radtke as Board treasurer. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
School Board meetings will be held on the third Monday of every month at 6:30 pm to be held in the Media Center at the Lester Prairie School (unless noted) as follows:
February 14 (second Monday due to President’s Day)
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 12 (second Monday due to Christmas break)
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve Board meeting schedule for 2011 as presented. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed Board salaries for 2011. There was discussion on the Board salaries for the Treasurer and the Clerk. Previously the Treasurer and Clerk were paid $750 per year in addition to the salaries below:
0-3 hours at $40
4-6 hours at $90
> 6 hours at $140
The Board decided to lower the Treasurer and Clerk salaries to $15 per meeting for the Treasurer and $30 per meeting for the Clerk.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve 2011 Board salaries as follows:
0-3 hours at $40
4-6 hours at $90
> 6 hours at $140
Chairperson $15 extra per meeting chaired
Treasurer $15 extra per meeting
Clerk $30 extra per meeting
Negotiations Chairs $10 extra per meeting
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve the following submitted items for 2011:
Designate Depositories: The First Community Bank of Lester Prairie and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as official depositories for district funds and to approve a resolution to give check signing authority for deposits to Treasurer, Rawelin Radtke, Chairperson, Robert Carlson, and Clerk, Karla Heigl.
Designate Official Legal Publication: To use the Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2011 calendar year.
Legal Services Provider: Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. as legal counsel.
Mileage Rate: Reimbursement rate of $.10 per mile less than the set federal rate for the year.
Annual delegation of authority designating Payroll Specialist Kelly Elling, Business Manager Alice Daak, and Superintendent Mike McNulty for Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT’s) on behalf of the Lester Prairie Schools.
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the following Board committees for 2011:
A. Spec. Ed. – Matthew Klitzke and Karla Heigl
B. Community Ed. – Gregg Machemehl and Rawelin Radtke
C. LPAC – Rawelin Radtke and Karla Heigl
D. Continuing Ed. – Rawelin Radtke and Gregg Machemehl
E. Facilities Maint/Imp. – Rawelin Radtke, Gregg Machemehl and Robert Carlson
F. Tech/Tele Media – Matthew Klitzke and Joseph Miller
G. Legislative/MSBA – Joseph Miller
H. Athletics/Activities – Rawelin Radtke and Karla Heigl
I. Budget/Finance – Rawelin Radtke and Robert Carlson
J. Bus/Transportation – Joseph Miller and Matthew Klitzke
K. Hot Lunch – Robert Carlson and Karla Heigl
L. Negotiations–Certified – Joseph Miller, Robert Carlson and Rawelin Radtke
M. Negotiations-Non-Certified – Joseph Miller, Matthew Klitzke and Karla Heigl
N. Negotiations-Administration – Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, and Gregg Machemehl
O. Meet & Confer – Robert Carlson
P. Scholarship – Karla Heigl
Q. Policy – Joseph Miller and Robert Carlson
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Roll call was taken and the following Board members were present: Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Joseph Miller, Rawelin Radtke, Matthew Klitzke and Gregg Machemehl. Administration present was Mike McNulty. Approximately five guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve consent agenda for this meeting; to approve the minutes of the Special Board Meeting on 12/8/10 and Regular Board Meeting on 12/13/10 and to pay bills in the amount of $218,666.06 and Student Activity for $471.13. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Open Dialogue
Kelli Machemehl thanked the Board for their work over the last several years. Mrs. Machemehl explained that she appreciated all the work they had done on various issues and appreciates the decisions the Board has made. Mrs. Machemehl also recognized Mr. McNulty for the work he has done. She explained as a parent and as a staff member what a great job she believes he is doing.
Marc Sebora addressed the Board to request that they reconsider their decision to end the sports pairing and offer a cooperative agreement with Holy Trinity. He explained that he agreed with recent letters to the editor in the newspaper. He also asked the opinions on the issue of newly-elected Board Members. Both Board Members explained they did not know enough of the details to comment at this time. Mr. Sebora explained that he had heard about a possible referendum and was wondering about the status. Mr. McNulty explained that we have been meeting with ESP and TSP to review possible upgrades to the school. Mr. Sebora then questioned the Board about training for newly-elected Board Members. Robert Carlson explained that all new Board Members do attend training offered by the Minnesota School Board Association.
Administrative Reports
Mr. McNulty shared a report from Betty Williams which included: She will be attending a workshop on February 21st to analyze estimating calories, saturated fat and sodium. There will also be lots of sharing and tips from various school and food service authorities showing successful healthy menu changes. Continue to look for new menu items. Received 3 shelf cart and larger table for condiments. The staff has remained healthy and are looking forward to 2011.
Mr. McNulty explained that the Facilities Committee did meet with both ESG and TSP for the mid-audit reports. The Committee will be meeting with ESG and TSP again this month to review their recommendations.
Mr. Carlson left the meeting. Mr. Miller took over as Chairperson.
Mr. McNulty distributed the LP Policy Handbook to all Board Members. The Policy Committee will meet before the February Board Meeting to review the Handbook
Final reading and action to approve 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 Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve the mandatory policies as presented. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
MSBA Annual Leadership Conference on January 13-14, 2011. School board member Joseph Miller, along with superintendent Mike McNulty, to attend.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve contract for non-certified, full-time para, Lisa Feltmann. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Mr. McNulty presented the revised 2010-2011 Budget for the Board’s review.
Motion by Karla Heigl, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve revised 2010-2011 budget as presented. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Calendar for 2011-12. Mr. McNulty will have the teachers review the options and will come with his recommendation in February.
Budget Committee, administration, and staff reps will set meeting in February to discuss budget.
The Board discussed conflicts with the February 14th Board meeting date.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to change the Regular Board Meeting to February 7, 2011, with the Board Retreat to immediately follow the Regular Meeting. Voting was 5 for and 0 against.
Agenda items for next meeting (February 7, 2011)
1. Approve 2011-12 Calendar.
2. Approve Seniority List
3. Policy Handbook report by committee
UPCOMING DATES:
January 17, No School – MLK Jr. Day
January 21, Semester 1 ends – Teacher workshop
February 2, 2-hour late start
February 7-11, Sno-Fest
February 7, School Board Meeting
Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Feb. 14, 2011.

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