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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

SCHOOL DISTRICT #424, LESTER PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA

January 22, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 22, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Treasurer Robert Remer, Director Jeff Hecksel and Director Chester Hoernemann (arrived at 6:50 p.m.). Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman, Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal.

Chairperson Fred Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve the consent agenda as presented, the minutes from December 15, 2003 and January 6, 2004 and bills in the amount of $298,488.98. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under communication received since the last meeting Dr. Redfield noted the School District was notified by the Planning and Zoning Commission of a variance hearing. Board Members don’t oppose the variance. No further action was taken.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve non-resident agreements for two students staying in Lester Prairie and approved open enrollments (2004-2005) to Lester Prairie for kindergarten, first and fifth grades. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regards to dates for the board retreat. No action took place.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to add language into the current cell phone and pager policy to include “No cell phones in the locker rooms at anytime”. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regards to the teacher seniority list and the process. A review was done and no action took place.

A review of the budget for 2003-2004 was presented with handouts from Dr. Redfield.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve a structural balanced resolution. A voice vote took place: Carlson, Yes; Hecksel, Yes; Blaser, Yes; Hoernemann, Yes; Remer, Yes and Williams, absent.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to approve the teacher’s collective bargaining agreement. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Dr. Redfield updated the board regarding the school roof and a proposal by TSP. The board felt the proposed cost by TSP was too high and asked the Facilities Committee to meet with TSP officials to get more information about the proposal. The board asks that the Facilities Committee make a recommendation for next meeting.

Discussion took place in regards to building improvements. The general consensus of the board was to discuss building improvements at the school board retreat.

Board reports followed with no action required.

Elementary Principal Pam Lukens provided a written report and noted that the spelling bee will be January 29th at 4:00 p.m. in the media center.

High School Principal Joe Miller provided a written report and requested action on the following items: Hall of Fame and the Senior Class trip.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to support and endorse a Hall of Fame in the school. School board members also asked administration to research the possibility of having a Hall of Fame for those students who have become very successful in there professional lives based on there academics at Lester Prairie and beyond. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to continue the planning for the senior trip and directing High School Principal Miller to be sure that all things related to the trip are in order. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion took place in regards the traffic problem on Second Avenue North between Hickory Street and Fir Street. The closed street signs are being ignored and student safety became a concern.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to request that Dr. Redfield inform the Prairie Bus Service that drivers are to place their stop arms out when loading and unloading children on Second Avenue North between Hickory Street and Fir Street.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to approve the individual teacher contracts.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Robert Carlson, Clerk - District #424


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