LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Members of the Lester Prairie School Board got their first look at the results of the recent district survey during its board meeting Feb. 6.
Sue Peterson of School Perceptions presented a summary of the survey results.
The survey was mailed to all district residents in January. A total of 468 residents responded, which represents a 44 percent participation rate.
Peterson said the results indicate that the community supports a bond referendum, but not at the $17 million level that was proposed.
Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt said Wednesday that the committee that has been working on the proposed referendum met after the board meeting, and will put together a proposal that it will present to the school board Monday.
The committee includes board members Corbey Hentges, Steve Ziermann, and Meganne Stifter-Knoll; Schmidt and Principal Mike Lee; teacher Joe Scoblic; custodian supervisor Sarah Gonzales; and community members Jeff Engen, Angie Litzau, and Angela Christen.
Schmidt explained that since the community would not support the full $17 million proposal, the items that the survey identified as least favorable will be dropped from the plan at this time.
The committee will present a recommendation for a two-question referendum, one for $9 million, and another for $4 million.
Once approved by the school board, the proposal will be sent to the Minnesota Department of Education for review and comment.
Schmidt said informational meetings for the public will be scheduled after the board approves moving forward.
The vote will be scheduled Tuesday, May 14.
For more about the survey results, see the next edition of the Herald Journal.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved Anna Willems as junior high softball coach.
• approved Rachel Stender as spring play advisor.
• approved a membership agreement with the Southwest/West Central Cooperative for the 2019-2020 school year.
• approved a volleyball fundraiser, “sponsor a player.”
• approved Monday, April 22 as a makeup day, if needed, due to snow days.