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Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

May 12, 2004

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on May 12, 2004 in the school media center. Chairperson Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Members present were Clerk Robert Carlson, Treasurer Robert Remer, Director Jeff Hecksel, Director Chester Hoernemann and Director Melissa Williams. Staff members present were Dr. James Redfield, Superintendent; Joe Miller, High School Principal; Pam Lukens, Elementary Principal. Also present was Ryan Gueningsman of the Winsted-Lester Prairie-New Germany Herald Journal.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda as presented. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Under communication received since the last meeting Director Carlson asked that Fire Chief Jim Hoof be added to the next meetings agenda to discuss the school as a public storm shelter.

Under communications received by administration Supt. Redfield indicated that the there was only a 3.3 percent increase in health insurance rates. It was anticipated to be as high as 13 percent.

There was no old business to discuss.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hecksel to approve nonresident agreements and open enrollments to Lester Prairie for 2004-2005. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Review of the board retreat took place. It was suggested that the board have meetings and confer with staff in regards to items of interest from the retreat.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to offer an extension of probation to the FCS/Home Economics teacher. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

A review of the 2003-2004 budget took place and it was determined finances were “right on track.”

The board started the budget discussion for 2004-2005 and implications for 2005-2006. The administration informed the board of anticipated declining enrollment concerns. It was also noted the State of Minnesota Demographers Office indicates declining enrollment is a trend for most Minnesota school districts for years to come.

School facilities were discussed briefly with no action taken.

Under transportation issues, Supt. Redfield indicated the board would need to discuss extending the current transportation contract. No action was taken.

Board reports followed. Board member Hoernemann indicated that Special Education contract negotiations continue. Board member Williams indicated a meeting is upcoming and summer library hours will be discussed. The leadership committee will be meeting in early June to discuss the most recent staff and student surveys.

Elementary Principal Pam Lukens provided a written report and noted that Grandparents’ Day was a success, volunteer breakfast would be on May 21 at 8:15 a.m., and the Elementary Award Day will be on June 1 at 8:30 a.m.

High School Principal Joe Miller provided a written report and noted that prom was a very big event and it was the largest turnout for couples we have ever had. Congratulations to Ms. Cederstrom who did an excellent job with the Pops Concert.

Under new business, the board went into closed session to discuss the discipline of a student and a personnel issue. The board closed the meeting at 8:00 p.m. and came out of closed session at 8:43 p.m.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to have legal counsel and the superintendent proceed with litigation issues in regards to student discipline. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to table the personnel issue until the next regular meeting. Motion carried with a unanimous vote.

Agenda items were discussed for the next regular school board meeting. To be discussed will be the storm shelter issue, board retreat dates and foreign exchange student issues.

The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

Robert N. Carlson,

Clerk – District #424

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