Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

WORK SESSION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, March 21, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
Room 177, Lester Prairie Public Schools
Board Members present included: Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Joseph Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present was Mike McNulty.
The Board discussed the findings of Engineering Services Group and TSP Architects relating to possible upgrades needed for the school. The Facilities Management/Improvement Committee will meet again and discuss at the School Board Meeting in April.
The Board discussed principal duties and responsibilities, and the possibility of combining some of these duties with another position in order to assist Mr. McNulty.
Work Session adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Monday, March 21, 2011 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, March 21, 2011 in the school Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following Board Members were present: Robert Carlson, Karla Heigl, Matthew Klitzke, Gregg Machemehl, Joseph Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. Approximately two guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve revised consent agenda, board minutes of February 7, 2011 meeting, and to pay bills in the amount of $125,110.28 and Student Activity for $628.75. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Good News:
Katie McBee has qualified for the State Level Geography Bee. February Students of the Month are Jacob Stai and Janneth Perales. There were over 20 students participating in the Knowledge Bowl. Approximately 220 tickets have been sold and over 165 items were donated to the silent auction for the Bulldog Bash. Congratulations to Mrs. Helland on a great Band Concert.
Marc Sebora thanked the Board Members on their decision to enter into the Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement with Holy Trinity. He also congratulated the directors and participants on the great play performance.
Administrative Reports:
We have received a grant from The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for team training as part of the MN School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS). PBIS is a framework for organizing school-wide to create a positive school climate. We will receive two years of training to support understanding and implementation of the program. A team is being formed to attend a workshop in August to direct the program.
Lester Prairie Elementary was accepted as a site for time position (20 hours per week) for an Americorps Reading person. This is a voluntary program where the person will be trained and signs up for a year commitment to work with students K-3rd on specific reading skills. Application for this position can be found on the school website. Education Grant will allow for stipend for the position.
PAC is sponsoring a residency to work with 6th-8th grade students on photography. This group will complete a project that can be tied in with the 125th Birthday of Lester Prairie. Kelley will be here April 4th-8th.
DARE 5th Grade field trip to Twins game will be on April 10th.
Katie McBee will be going to the State Geography Bee on April 1.
International Day will be April 8th from 1-2:30; we currently have 12 speakers.
Facilities Report:
Discussed announcement systems via TV in main lobby and cafeteria. Electronic Services will be in contact with Mr. McNulty to follow-up.
Getting pricing on new locks on two rooms. Current bid approximately $650 per lock, plus installation. The Board recommended we get more bids.
Getting pricing on water fountain by Girls’ locker room. Drainpipe is broken where the wall and floor meet and the wall needs to be opened up and recovered after repair.
Town and Country Glass will install new boys’ bathroom door from across the cafeteria on Friday, March 25th.
Food Service Report:
Betty Williams will attend Great Trays Workshop in St. Cloud March 25th.
Mr. McNulty distributed a list of food prices that have been increasing over the school year. There was discussion on the possibility of raising lunch and milk prices.
School Board Reports:
Information was submitted by Cathy Scoblic on the Central MN Jobs and Training Services (CMTS). Mrs. Scoblic explained that CMTS provides vocational education training/counseling in addition to basic life skills training (examples: how to write a resume, how to apply for a job and fill out applications, provide supervised job placements, etc.) Eric Day is the CMTS rep. that comes to LP. According to Mrs. Scoblic, he is an awesome role model for the kids. He follows them until they are employed and successful, even thru college. Currently we have 5 kids enrolled, 3 of those 5 are graduating, so we have 2 more that are in the process of enrolling.
Discussed 2012 Technology Bridge Plan. Kim DeBruyckere and Matt Klitzke to attend upcoming IPAD presentation at GFW.
Many bills still in committee at the legislature. Legislative Conference scheduled for next week.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve non-resident agreements. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Three bids were received for lawn services (Leisure Time Mowing to mow, weed and fertilize $3,380; Andy’s Lawn Care to mow, weed and fertilize $3,850; and Matthews Lawn Service to provide mowing $1,900.)
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Matthews Lawn Service in the amount of $1,900 to provide lawn services for 2011. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve the following extracurricular contracts:
Ryan James, Jr. High Baseball;
Lois Danielson; Jr. High Softball;
Marc Kohler, JV Baseball.
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Robert Carlson, to approve Jr. High Volleyball shirts. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve SW/WC Service Cooperative contracts for services provided, to include the change to Musser Environmental Consulting, Inc. for the Environmental Health and Safety Program. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed bussing cost increases due to rising gas prices.
Further discussion on food and milk price increases. Waiting for increase in milk prices before making decision on increases to absorb costs.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve LP Guide Book advertisement for $390. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve NAIER membership. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve Resolution Proposing to Place Kathy Houg on Unrequested Leave of Absence. Roll Call Vote Taken: Joseph Miller-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Gregg Machmehl-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Karla Heigl-Yes. Voting 6 for and 0 against.
Discussed survey on school’s website regarding Regional Planning Project.
Discussed Reading Corps position which is posted on website and will be advertised locally.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve RESPECT Retreats in the amount of $1,845 (5-6th Grade) and $2,145 (9-10th Grade). Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Discussed building security concerns of the Health and Safety Committee. Discussed doors being left unlocked.
Discussed Handicap Parking spaces. Mr. McNulty to get quotes for installation of additional handicap parking spaces in the parking lot.
Upcoming Dates:
March 24, Carnival
April 12, Regional Planning Meeting
April 18, School Board Meeting
Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 23, 2011.

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