Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
AND TRUTH IN TAXATION MEETING
Monday, December 12, 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 and Truth In Taxation Meeting were held on Monday, November 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 25 guests were present, as well as a representative from the Herald-Journal Newspaper.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Matthew Klitzke.
TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING AND LEVY APPROVAL MEETING
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve certified levy in the amount of $647,344.58. This levy amount is a reduction of $171,267.00 from last year. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Truth In Taxation Meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
REGULAR MEETING
Motion by Matthew Klitzke, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve consent agenda, Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 11/21/11 and to pay bills in the amount of $151,319.25 and Student Activity for $1,458.20. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Good News
Elementary Concert went very well.
Open Dialogue
Guests expressed concern over the Board’s decision to replace the boilers instead of making repairs to the existing boilers. They also expressed concern over the Board entering into an Energy Services Agreement.
Administrative Reports
Mrs. Lukens reported Elementary Cookie Dough Sales profit of $5,093.96 – Cookie dough will arrive on December 21 and may be picked up from 3-7 p.m. Christmas Store profit was $277.18. Thank you to all volunteers. Four teams are registered for Future Problem Solving and the 6th Grade team is doing a Community Solving project. Next Community Education Advisory Board Meeting will be January 5. We have applied to AMERIcorps for a reading volunteer again for next year. Title Audit was completed November 29 and 30.
Food Service. Mrs. Williams reported the new oven is working very well. Many students are consuming the water that is now being offered in the cafeteria. 99 students are participating in the free breakfast program being offered to the free and reduced qualified lunch students.
Dave Uecker gave the facilities report. Fifteen work orders completed since last meeting. New employee, Ursala Wingate, has joined the night staff. Will be checking with Joe Scoblic and Park Board to determine where the bleachers should be moved. Meeting tomorrow to determine why gym floor is slippery. 30-yard dumpster will be picked up on the 14th or 15th. Boiler issue for heat to tech ed shop should be taken care of this week.
Tech/Media Committee met with ESG to review tech upgrade requirements.
Activities Committee met prior to the Board Meeting.
Certified Negotiations Committee next meeting with certified staff is scheduled for December 19.
Next meet and confer is scheduled for December 14 at 7:30 a.m.
Policy Committee meeting scheduled for January 4.
Current District count as of 12/7/11 is 408.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve contracts for:
Jocelyn Buckentin, One Act Play
Wayne Hasz, Jr. High Girls’ Basketball Coach
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve 2010-2011 Audit. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Board opened bid and discussed Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Robert Carlson, to accept bid for a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radkte, to approve and authorize Energy Services Agreement and Financing Agreement. Roll Call Vote: Joseph Miller-Yes; Matthew Klitzke-Yes; Gregg Machemehl-Yes; Robert Carlson-Yes; Rawelin Radtke-Yes; Karla Heigl-Yes. Voting 6 for and 0 against.
Mr. McNulty encouraged Board Members to attend the upcoming MSBA Annual Leadership Conference being held January 12 and 13.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve date of School Board reorganization for January 9, 2012. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve Letter of Intent for PACT 4. Voting was 5 for and 1 abstained.
Board had discussion on the ideas presented in the book Catching Up or Leading the Way. The Board will discuss in greater detail at the upcoming January Board Retreat.
Agenda Items for the next Board regular meeting (January 9, 2012):
1. Approval of school donations
2.Dean of Students
Meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 9, 2012.

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