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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

SCHOOL DISTRICT #424,LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

January 6, 2004

A re-organizational meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 6, 2004 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Redfield at 6:45 p.m. Members present were Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Robert Remer, Robert Carlson, Jeff Hecksel and Melissa Williams. Staff member present was Principal Joe Miller. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Journal was also present.

The meeting started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Board taking an Oath of Office administered by Superintendent Redfield.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Election of officers proceeded. Blaser was nominated for Chairperson by Remer and seconded by Hecksel. Blaser was elected Chairperson by a unanimous vote and assumed control of the meeting. Elections continued. Hoernemann was nominated for Vice-Chairperson by Blaser and seconded by Remer. Hoernemann was elected Vice-Chairperson by a unanimous vote. Williams was nominated for Clerk by Hoernemann and seconded by Carlson. Williams expressed her concerns about being the clerk on her first year and asked that she not be considered. Carlson was nominated for Clerk by Blaser and seconded by Hoernemann. Carlson was elected Clerk by a unanimous vote. Remer was nominated Treasurer by Hoernemann and seconded by Blaser. Remer was voted Treasurer by a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to set regular school board meetings on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to set the regular meeting in January to the 20th at 6:30 p.m. and the February meeting to the 17th at 6:30 p.m. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. The January and February meetings were changed due to holidays.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to leave the school board salaries the same as last year. School board salaries are as follows: 0-3 hours $35; 3-6 hours $80; and over 6 hours $125. The chairman gets an extra $15 per meeting chaired. Clerk gets $500 extra for the year and treasurer receives $500. Negotiations committee chairs get $10 extra per meeting. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to designate 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 Superintendent Redfield and Treasurer Remer. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to use the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal as the official publication for District #424 for the 2004 calendar year. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to continue to use William Partridge, Mankato, MN as the Districts legal firm. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the existing policy book. Subject to update by Superintendent Redfield with subsequent review by the Board. Motion carried with a unanimous vote. (In June and July of 2004 we will review MSBA proposed policies). A review calendar of board procedures with dates will be ready at the regular January 2004 meeting.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to set the mileage rate equal to the Federal reimbursement rate. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to name the following to special Board assignments:

Schools for Equity in Education Williams

Special Education Hoernemann (voting rep)/Williams

Athletic Rep Remer

Continuing Ed Williams

Hot Lunch Hearing Official Carlson

Leadership-Accountability (Curriculum) Blaser (voting rep)/Williams

MSBA Liaison Hecksel

Scholarship Carlson/Remer

Community Ed Williams

Tele-media Remer

Technology Blaser/Hecksel

Budget Treasurer Remer

Certified Contract Negotiations Remer/Hoernemann/Blaser

Non-Certified Contract Negotiations Remer/Hecksel/Carlson

School Admin. Contract Negotiations Williams/Hoernemann/Carlson

Facilities/Maintenance Blaser/Hoernemann/Remer

Bus/Transportation Hecksel/Remer

Facilities Improvements/Expansion Blaser/Hecksel/Carlson

The regular board meeting began following the special reorganization meeting.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place on the importance of having a board retreat for 2004. The general consensus was that it is of high importance to have a board retreat especially with two new board members. Superintendent Redfield will make the necessary arrangements.

Discussion took place on who plans on attending the MSBA Leadership Conference.

The board went into a closed session at 7:42 p.m. to discuss student discipline. The board came out of closed session at 7:47 p.m. Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to continue the investigation. Motion carried 5-0 with Carlson abstaining.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson

Clerk - School District #424


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