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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

February 13, 2003

School District #424,

Lester Prairie, MN 55354

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, MN was held on February 13, 2003 in the school ITV room. The meeting was called to order by chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:05 p.m. Members present were treasurer Barry Kyllo, clerk Nancy Krull, and directors Bob Carlson and Bob Remer Vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann was absent. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent, and Joe Miller, Dean of Students. Julie Yurek, Winsted-LP Journal and one community member were present.

Chairman Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Kyllo, seconded by Remer to approve the consent agenda as modified, the minutes from January 3 and 27 and bills in the amount of $87,712.86. Motion carried.

In the Good News section it was reported that our one-act play advanced on to sectional competition. This is the first year in several that the school has taken a one-act play to competition.

Eagle Scout Zach Roberts approached the board about his interest in doing an Eagle Scout Leadership Project. He is addressing several groups to gain ideas for a large, service-oriented project for the summer. The administration will work with Mr. Roberts further in this area.

The Board had additional discussion regarding the clean-up of the city fields following football. Carlson moved and Remer seconded a motion to send the city an additional $25 for the clean-up. Motion carried.

Remer moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve agreements for two students into Lester Prairie and one student out of Lester Prairie. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Remer seconded a resolution directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and position and reason therefore. Resolution passed in a roll-call vote 4-0. Hoernemann and Krull were absent for the vote.

Carlson moved and Kyllo seconded to approve the resignation of Wayne Aamodt. Motion carried.

Remember moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve the contract as presented for Arlene Hohnback. Motion carried.

The Board was presented with the teacher seniority for first review.

Board reports followed with no action required. Updates on Telemedia Board reorganization occurred and Kyllo provided some legislative updates.

Administrative reports were provided in written form.

Carlson moved and Krull seconded a motion to approve the Senior Trip Chaperone's as presented. Mr. Miller also reported that all seniors were personally handed financial aid information packets.

TSP presented information to the Board about costs associated with remodeling the existing school building and scaling back the building project to cover only school needs. Many questions were asked about the various projects presented. The Board decided to digest the information and spend more time on options at a special meeting in March.

Krull moved and Remer seconded a motion to approve the Superintendent's evaluation as discussed in closed session during the previous meeting noting that performance has been steadily improving over the last three years. Also part of the motion was to return the Superintendent's salary to the 1999-2000 level and bring the TSA contribution to $2,000 per year. Superintendent Redfield had made salary and benefit concessions since that time because of district finances. Motion carried unanimously.

The Board also noted that superintendent salaries at surrounding districts are significantly higher.

A special meeting was set for Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. to hear from Ehlers and TSP on tax impacts of the proposed building projects, and Ann Thomas who will present information on enrollment projections.

The meeting adjourned at 9:23.

Nancy Krull, Clerk - District 424


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