LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board started 2020 by taking care of annual appointments.
Once again, Board Member Corbey Hentges was elected board chair; Board Member Rebecca Heimerl was elected vice chair; Board Member Steve Ziermann was elected clerk; and Board Member Mary Otto was elected treasurer.
The board also approved the meeting schedule for 2020. Typically, the board meets at 5:45 p.m. the third Monday each month in the school media center, unless there is a conflict on that day.
The regular meeting schedule for 2020 is:
• Feb. 10
• March 16
• April 20
• May 18
• June 15
• July 20
• Aug. 17
• Sept. 21
• Oct. 19
• Nov. 16
• Dec. 21
The board approved Board salaries at the same level as in 2018 and 2019. Board members receive $40 for meetings up to three hours; $90 for meetings of four to six hours; and $140 for meetings of six hours or more.
The chair receives an extra $15 for each meeting chaired; the clerk receives an additional $30 per meeting; the treasurer receives $15 extra per meeting; and negotiation chairs receive an extra $10 per meeting.
The board also approved designating Herald Journal as the official legal publication for the district.
The board adopted a mileage reimbursement rate of 47.5 cents per mile (10 cents per mile less than the federal rate).
The board approved committee assignment with a few changes.
Board Member Megan Stifter-Knoll stepped down from the activities committee, and Board Member Brian Heimerl was added.
Brian Heimerl was also added to the facilities/maintenance committee.
Otto stepped down from the PTO (parent-teacher organization) committee, and Rebecca Heimerl was added.
Hentges stepped down from the non-certified negotiations committee, and Brian Heimerl was added.
Following the reorganizational meeting, the board conducted its regular meeting.
Superintendent Melissa Radeke presented an update on the status of her goals for the school year.
She summarized the goals, status, and items that can be used to document progress on achieving the goals.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved a notice of special election to be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 11 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the purpose of electing one individual to fill the vacancy on the board. The term, which expes Dec. 31, was vacated by the resignation of former Board Member Marc Sebora. Board Member Brian Heimerl was appointed to fill the vacancy until the special election, and will seek election to the board at that time.
• approved a Minnesota State High School League form B grant request totalling $4,875 for three new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and training, plus one new child-size pad. It is hoped that one of the AEDs can be portable so it can be taken to the football field during games.
• adopted a resolution supporting local decision-making authority for school districts.