Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, January 24, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on January 24, 2005 in the school media center. Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. Members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Treasurer Robert Remer, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, and Director Robert Carlson. Director Melissa Williams was absent. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, Principal Pam Lukens and Assistant Principal/Activities Director Ron Erpenbach. Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal was also present. Members of the public present included the following: Melinda Anderberg, Cathy Nelson-Messer, Kelli Machemehl, Karla Heigl, Jill Fiecke, Barb and Michael Kegler, Chris Rolf, Chris Schultz, Kim DeBruyckere, Joe Scoblic, Christy Maesse, Travis Maesse and Glenn Maesse.

Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve the January 3 Reorganization meeting minutes and to approve the bills in the amount of $229,886.36. Motion carried 5-0.

There were no communications received by Board members since the last meeting.

Superintendent Miller asked the Board if anyone was interested in being representatives on the MN. Dev. Commission. There are two spaces available.

Board members were also informed about a New Board Members’ workshop.

Good News presented to the Board: Thank you to Kim DeBruyckere for her hard work during the NWEA testing. Mr. Miller gave her a gift. Congratulations to John Rosell for 30 years of service. Also, congratulations to Brianna Radtke for being the Metro Athlete of the Week. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Feb. 17 and 18. First semester ended on January 21, 2005.

During open dialogue, no one chose to speak.

Administration reports: Mrs. Lukens and Mr. Erpenbach gave their reports to the Board. Please refer to their notes given at the meeting. Mr. Miller attended the MSBA convention and gave his thoughts on the convention.

Motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to change the Leadership Committee name to School-Parent-Student Advisory Committee, and to approve the goals, purpose and officers of the committee. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Remer to approve two students coming into the district, but not starting Lester Prairie Schools until next fall. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve Joseph Miller as Superintendent of Lester Prairie Schools. Mr. Miller is now certified. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion made by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to approve a lane change for Brian Korf and Cathy Scoblic. Also to hire Dan Heiraas as head girl’s basketball coach and Wade Schultz as 7th grade boys’ basketball coach. Motion carried 5-0.

Superintendent Miller did a Power Point presentation on School Finance.

Motion was made by Blaser, seconded by Hoernemann to ADOPT THE RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFOR. Voice vote was required: Remer yes, Carlson yes, Hoernemann yes, Blaser yes, and Hecksel yes. Motion carried 5-0.

Board committee reports were as follows: Special Education Meeting - first part of February; ITV meets the first week of February. There were no other committee reports at this time.

Information was provided by Superintendent Miller on a Negotiation seminar for Board members.

Motion made by Hecksel, seconded by Hoernemann to set the next regular Board meeting on February 22, 2005, at 6:30 p.m. in the school media center. Motion carried 5-0.

New Business for the next Board meeting on February 22, at 6:30 p.m. included suggestions for Meet and Confer dates and times for staff and Board members.

Chairman Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:27 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel,

Clerk - District #424

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