Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, March 21, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, March 21, 2005 in the school media center.

Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Treasurer Robert Remer, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, Director Melissa Williams and Director Robert Carlson. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, Principal Pam Lukens, and Assistant Principal/AD Ron Erpenbach. Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal was also present. Members of the public present included the following: Michele Melius, Kathy Fiecke, Carol Klaustermeier, Amy Meyer, Kim DeBruyckere, Gail Henning and Dan Heiraas.

Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Remer, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda, to approve the minutes of the February 22 board meeting, to approve the March 1 special board meeting minutes and to approve the bills in the amount of $64,643.53. Motion carried 6-0.

Director Williams received a number of concerns from parents that not enough information was provided regarding the senior class trip. Parents would like to receive information earlier in the coming years.

There were no communications received by the administration.

The following good news was presented to the Board. The Methamphetamine presentation was very well done, and it will be shown on the cable access channel. The Herald Journal published the new Lester Prairie Community Guide which represented the school very well. Mr. Rue developed a video in his class, which everyone is encouraged to stop by and see. The Junior High play was very well done—and very funny.

At 6:40 p.m. during the open dialogue portion, no one chose to speak.

Mrs. Lukens and Mr. Erpenbach gave their administrative reports (Please refer to their notes given at the meeting.) Norwood Young America is not going to pair Golf programs with Lester Prairie Schools.

Mr. Miller reported to the board that the School Foundation meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 29. The Board of Directors will be notified of the meeting. At the meeting by-laws and operating procedures will be created.

A motion was made by Remer and seconded by Carlson to approve the school calendar for the 2005-06 school year. Motion carried 6-0. A motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Williams to add two, one-half day Standards workshops to the calendar. The dates are set for Nov. 4, 2005 and Jan. 20, 2006. The start date of the calendar may need to be modified, if school does not start before Labor Day. Superintendent Miller will work with the Association to make the appropriate change, if necessary. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion by Remer, seconded by Carlson to approve contracts for Rosalie Keller, long-term sub for Mr. Klitzke; Aaron Schultz, JV baseball coach; Patsy Schauer, JV softball coach; Julie Olson, co-junior high play advisor; Tracy Cederstrom, co-junior high play advisor; Marcus Halverson, head wrestling coach; and Joe Radtke, assistant girls’ basketball coach. Motion carried 6-0.

Superintendent Miller gave the board a summary on the 2005-06 budget.

A motion was made by Blaser, seconded by Remer to approve a Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing Educational Programs and Positions.

The following positions, or portions thereof, be discontinued:

1. One full-time middle/high school math position.

2. One full-time middle/high school social studies position.

3. One full-time middle/high school Food and Consumer Science position.

4. Two full-time elementary teaching positions.

5. One full-time custodial position.

6. One para-professional position.

7. One food service position.

Voice vote by the board was required: Carlson – yes; Remer – yes; Blaser – yes; Hoernemann – yes; Williams – yes, and Hecksel – yes. Motion carried 6-0.

Mr. Miller gave the board a Facilities Five-Year Plan, which included areas in or around the school that will need repair/replacement in the upcoming years. Also, Mr. Miller will be meeting with TSP to see if the roofing project could be held back for a year or two.

Mr. Miller asked the board to give their nominations for the Alumni Recognition Award by March 10.

Exemplary staff recognition will be presented on Awards Day and during graduation.

Motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to approve the service cooperative contract for the 2005-06 year. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Remer to approve a mowing contract with Matthew’s Lawn Service in the amount of $2,400.00. Motion carried 6-0.

Agenda items for the next regular meeting include the following: alumni nominations and advertising open enrollment in area papers.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel, Clerk – District #424

Published in the Herald Journal June 20, 2005.

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