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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

August 18, 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 August 18, 2003 in the school media center. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Fred Blaser at 6:35 p.m. Members present were vice chairperson Chester Hoernemann and directors Bob Carlson and Barry Kyllo. Treasurer Bob Remer and clerk Nancy Krull were absent. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, Dean of Students.

Chairman Blaser led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Kyllo, seconded by Carlson to approve the consent agenda as modified including minutes from July 21 and bills in the amount of $120,781.75. Motion carried.

Communications received or reported on including literature regarding superintendent's contracts, MSBA summer leadership conference, a report by Mr. Miller on testing and handouts from Ms. Lukens on NCLB and AYP categories.

In the Good News section it was noted that Lester Prairie made the AYP goal set by the state. The board was also informed that Mayor Angvall and Chief Carlson were on KDUZ radio talking up Lester Prairie High School.

In open dialog, one community member addressed the board. She will meet with Dr. Redfield and a third party to pursue the conversation in more detail.

Robert Winthrop gave a report on public finance management and explained the process for refinancing bonds.

Hoernemann moved Blaser seconded a motion to accept the firm bid for milk from Meyer Brothers. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to accept the bid for bread from Pan O Gold. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to accept the bid for fuel oil from Mid-County Fuel Oil. Motion carried.

Carlson moved and Hoernemann seconded a motion to accept the bid for waste hauling from Witte Sanitation. Motion carried. It was also noted that a letter should be sent to Waste Management with reasons for our dissatisfaction.

Hoernemann moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve nonresident agreements for two students to leave the Lester Prairie schools. Motion carried.

Hoernemann moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve the open enrollment of one student into Lester Prairie. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Carlson seconded a motion to accept the resignation of Spanish Teacher Karen Hendrickson. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Hoernemann approved a motion to hire Anne-Marie LaClaire. Motion carried.

Blaser moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve the report on the Superintendent's review noting that performance rankings have been increasing steadily. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve guidelines on refunding of building bonds. Motion carried.

Redfield reported that he is working with lawyers and Ehlers to be ready with information on the referendum.

Blaser moved and Kyllo seconded a motion to approve repair of south portion of section K of the school roof by Laraway Roofing at a cost of $16,800. Motion carried.

Kyllo moved and Carlson seconded a motion to approve up to $2,500 for repairs to the Community Education house roof. Motion carried.

Board and administrative reports followed with no action required. Administrative reports focused on school preparations.

Agenda items for the September meeting include resolution on elections, selecting election judges.

The board went into closed session at 8:10 to discuss negotiations. The board came out of closed session at 9:08 and the meeting adjourned.

Nancy Krull, Clerk - District 424

(prepared from notes provided)


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