Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION
Lester Prairie Public SchoolsMonday, September 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
Lester Prairie School Media Center
A Regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, September 17, 2012, at the Lester Prairie School Media Center.
Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Gregg Machemehl, Karla Heigl, Robert Carlson, Joseph Miller, Rawelin Radtke and Matthew Klitzke. Administration present: Mike McNulty and Jeremy Schmidt. Three guests were present, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald Journal Newspaper.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Matthew Klitzke.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to approve the Consent Agenda as modified, Regular Board Meeting Minutes of 8/20/12 and to pay bills in the amount of $234,198.64, $799,351.63 (project) and Student Activity fee of $1,914.86. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Good News
A special thank you to all of the volunteers and Marsden crew for the clean up of the building. Your support is appreciated.
There was a very good turn out for the open house last Friday. Thank you to the teachers for their extra efforts getting the school ready.
Administrative Reports
Mr. Schmidt report: See Attachment A for full Principal’s Report.
Mr. McNulty report: He will be attending a Teacher Evaluation meeting in Roseville at the end of the month. He will also be attending the Schools for Equity in Education meeting later this week.
Mr. Johnson reported Joe Kley has accepted the position of Varsity Baseball Coach. Still need to fill JV Boys’ Basketball and Junior High Girls’ Basketball positions.
Mr. McNulty reported the Food Services staff is very pleased with the changes made to the kitchen and the cafeteria.
The next meet and confer will be scheduled at the end of the month.
District student count as of 9/12/12 for K-12 is 420.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the resignation of ELL/ESL Teacher Kali Pelham. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Joseph Miller, to approve the hiring of JoAnn Vertetis as K-12 ELL/ESL Teacher. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Matthew Klitzke, to approve the following Extra Curricular Contracts for the 2012-2013 school year:
Jocelynn Buckentin, HS Student Council
Advisor
Christine Mattson, National Honor Society
Troy Feltmann, Media Coordinator
Bill Neubarth, Assistant Football Coach
Joe Kley, Varsity Baseball Coach
Mike Bjork, Science Fair Coordinator
Kim DeBruyckere, Year Book Advisor
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve Child Care Leave (Maternity) from November 19, 2012 through February 8, 2013 for Mrs. Terri Helland. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed the continuation of the Dean of Students position for grades 9-12 for the 2012-2013 school year. Mr. Schmidt reported that a staff survey had strongly indicated the staff was in favor of Mr. Scoblic continuing in the roll of Dean of Students.
Motion by Gregg Machemehl, seconded by Karla Heigl, to hire Joseph Scoblic as Dean of Students for grades 9-12 for the 2012-2013 school year, with an evaluation of the position in February and reported to the Board at the March school board meeting. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Discussed the project fund surplus and fund transfer for the additional work for the sprinkler system, asbestos removal, roof work and wiring. Mr. McNulty explained that since the Minnesota Department of Education has denied our request to transfer the funds, the Board needed to make a decision on how to proceed. Mr. McNulty explained that there would be no change to the current tax rates by the voters authorizing the transfer of funds from alternative facilities to the capital fund.
Mr. McNulty explained that there was more leaking of the roof from the last large rainfall and that the repairs would need to be made in order to ensure no further damage would be sustained.
Motion by Joseph Miller, seconded by Rawelin Radtke, to call for a Special Election to transfer money from the alternative facilities fund to capital fund for the work on the sprinkler system, asbestos removal, wiring and roofing repairs. Voting was 5 for and 1 against.
Motion by Rawelin Radtke, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve the certified proposed 2012, payable in 2013 property tax levy limitations at the maximum amount. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve Lane Change Request for Thayne Johnson for completion of his Master of Arts degree. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Karla Heigl, to approve 2012-2013 Student Handbook updates as follows: Senior Trip: The Board of Education may authorize a senior class trip. Chaperones must be approved by the Board of Education. Students will be allowed to go on the class trip if he/she:
1. Has paid all fees/dues/fines/student bills/assessments.
2. Is a senior/foreign exchange senior and is at least 17 years old at the time of the trip.
3. Attendance-must be in compliance with school board policies.
4. Must be passing all classes (no F’s) and on track to graduate in the spring of their senior year.
5. Senior/Junior paper must be completed and accepted by teacher and administration.
Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
The Board discussed the four in-town bus stops and fees.
Motion by Matthew Klitzke, seconded by Joseph Miller, to drop the fees for the in-town bus stops. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Motion by Robert Carlson, seconded by Gregg Machemehl, to approve a Trap Shooting Team Coach as a paid position at 2% of the Master Agreement extra curricular listing. Voting was 6 for and 0 against.
Agenda items for the next meeting:
1. Special Election
Meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.
Karla A. Heigl, Clerk ISD #424
Published in the Herald Journal Oct. 15, 2012.

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