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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

February 17, 2004

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on February 17, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Treasurer Robert Remer, Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Chester Hoernemann and Director Melissa Williams (arrived at 6:42 p.m.). Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal was also present.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve the consent agenda as presented, the minutes from January 22, 2004 and bills in the amount of $125,477.43. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under communication received since the last meeting Dr. Redfield asked if anyone could attend the Minnesota School Board Association Day at the Capital. Due to conflicts with work schedules no board members would be attending. Dr. Redfield informed the school board non-certified negotiators that he received a letter asking to begin non-certified negotiation meetings. Board members agreed and would be sending a letter indicating they are ready to plan dates and times for the meetings.

In the good news section Carlson had indicated the 5th grade DARE class had selected Anne Foust and Joe Kley as DARE role models.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve non-resident agreements for three students. One student was leaving and two were continuing their education at a different school. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Review took place regarding a school board retreat. It was the consensus of the board to meet on February 24, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. No action was taken.

Discussion took place in regards to the 2004-2005 school calendar. Changes would be minimal and a tentative agreement would be brought to the staff. No action took place.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the Lester Prairie Schools Seniority List for 2003-2004. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Discussion and review of the 2003-2004 budget took place. Board members asked questions and received answers for several line items. No action took place.

The school facilities committee gave a summary of their meeting with TSP regarding the school roof. Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the hiring of TSP for the roof study. Any work beyond the study would be handled at a later date. Motion carried.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve to go to level two for services with Security Systems Solutions. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Board member Carlson reported on issues regarding the use of stop arms for school buses in reference to the closed street. Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to have the school attorney review the information and provide the board with a legal determination. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Board member Remer introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:


WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and

WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,

WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinue or curtailment of programs, and

WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 424, as follows:

That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and the school administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and, as a result of a reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board member Carlson and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:

Roll call vote: Yes, Carlson; Yes, Hecksel; Yes, Williams; Yes, Blaser; Yes, Hoernemann; Yes, Remer. Resolution passed 6 to 0. Board reports followed and a request was made asking that Pete Royer of Little Crow Telemedia come to our next regular board meeting. Board member Williams presented a report in regards to Community Education. Board member Remer discussed spring coaching assignments and informed the board that approval will be upcoming. Board member Williams discussed the parent survey form that was handed out to parents during conferences. The Leadership Committee will be tabulating the information and a report will be coming.

Elementary Principal Pam Lukens provided a written report and noted the Science Fair will be March 18, three students were winners in the “What the Pledge of Allegiance Means to Me” contest sponsored by the Hutchinson Elks Lodge and Family Film Weekend will be on February 20, 2004.

High School Principal Joe Miller provided an oral report and noted 10th and 8th grade testing (Minnesota Comprehension Assessment and Basic Standard) is complete, “Snowfest” was a good success and the School Lockdown Drill was a good learning experience.

Superintendent Dr, Redfield provided an oral report and noted that the recent power outage was a learning experience and thanked the Lester Prairie Police Department and McLeod County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

There was no new business to discuss.

Agenda items were discussed for the next regular school board meeting on March 15, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda items for the next board meeting included a presentation from Pete Royer of Little Crow Telemedia.

The board went into a closed session at 8:31 p.m. to discuss a student discipline issue.

The board came out of closed session at 8:39 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson,

Clerk - District #424

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