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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

May 19, 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 May 19, 2003 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. Members present were vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann, treasurer Bob Remer, clerk Nancy Krull and director Bob Carlson. Director Barry Kyllo arrived 6:55. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal; Dave Klitzke, Joe Scoblic and Jan Smith. Several community members were present as well as Julie Yurek, Winsted-LP Journal. Special guest was Cliff Carmody of the SWMN Service Cooperative.

Vice chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the agenda as modified, minutes from April 10 and 21 and bills in the amount of $138,739.14. Motion carried.

In the Good News section Dr. Redfield noted the upcoming open house and noted the success of the spring concerts.

Mr. Dave Klitzke provided a brief presentation on his involvement with the development of the new math standards. He said it was a great experience and he learned a lot in the process and was able to teach some non-educators about the education process.

The Board also listened to a presentation by Cliff Carmody of the SW Minnesota Service Cooperative. He explained the impact of the federal education bill commonly referred to as "No Child Left Behind." He explained that the federal government has moved from a focus on access to all to proficiency of all. Many of the requirements of this bill will have financial implications for schools. Much discussion focused on the issue of student achievement and the desire of schools to have all children proficient, but that there are some definite flaws in the current legislation that may make it impossible for schools to show the progress the government expects. The Board ultimately agreed that a focus on student proficiency is good, but that the current legislation was going to put some significant challenges on public education as a whole.

Carlson moved and Remer seconded a motion to approve five open enrollments into the district. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Remer seconded a motion to approve the staff development plan. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Krull seconded a resolution to discontinue the combination position of special education teacher and elementary principal. Roll call vote: Blaser- yes, Hoernemann - yes, Remer - yes, Krull - yes, Carlson - yes, Kyllo - yes. Resolution carried 6-0.

Carlson moved and Remer seconded a resolution to authorize the following new positions: a combination world language teacher with English Language Learning, a combination elementary principal with teaching and other assigned duties, and a full-time special education position for K-12 with primary emphasis at the 7-12 grade levels. Roll call vote: Blaser- yes, Hoernemann - yes, Remer - yes, Krull - yes, Carlson - yes, Kyllo - yes. Resolution carried 6-0.

Krull moved and Remer seconded a motion to hire Dr. James Redfield as LP school superintendent for 2003-04, 04-05 and 05-06. The details of the contract are to be worked out by July 1, 2003. Motion carried.

In other business there was discussion on traffic on 2nd Ave. North, other administrative contracts and possible fall referendum.

Remer moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to hold a special meeting to review finances on June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Kyllo, Hoernemann and Redfield reported on a meeting with TSP and CFL. The meeting went well with two plans being presented. Refinements are being made and the Board will begin review options later this summer.

Hoernemann moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve hiring Maximus to do the bar coding and study required by GASBY 34. The fee for this service is $2,300, but 25%, of it will be paid by our insurance company. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion authorizing the repair of the roof in two stages to split the cost between two fiscal years. Approximately $25,000 will be spent prior to June 30 and another $25,000 will be spent after June 30. This will fix the worst parts of the roof, but will not eliminate all the problems. Motion carried.

Board reports followed with no action required.

Administrative reports followed: Ms Lukens reported on year-end activities including awards day, concerts, DARE field trip and other activities. She also noted that May 15 was Transition Day when 6th grade students worked with student council and National Honor Society members to visit Jr. High and get a little idea of what the next year would be like.

Mr. Miller reported on year-end activities for grades 7-12. He noted that Andy Grunloh and Emily Duncan will be our representatives at Boys State and Girls State. Prom was a success. 10th and 11th graders took their MCA tests and many other activities were still happening.

Dr. Redfield reported that he was working with the teacher's union regarding pay equity. He also noted that Lester Building Systems was planning to go to tax court in an effort to reduce their property valuation. If that happens, it will have a significant impact on the school. It will be watched closely. A grant has been submitted for handheld computers and there is a formal investigation underway by the Dean of Students and the Athletic Director regarding a written complaint on one of our coaches.

In new business, Remer moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve a contract for six hours per week of nursing services from McLeod County. An addition six hours is paid for by McLeod Family connections bringing a total of 12 hours per week of nursing services for the school. Motion Carried.

Kyllo moved and Remer seconded a motion to contract with Carver-Scott Service Cooperative for Adult Basic Education. Motion carried.

Remer moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to use Student Assurance for voluntary student insurance and catastrophic insurance for the District. Motion carried.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Nancy Krull, Clerk - District 424


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