Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, May 16, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, May 16, 2005 in the school media center.

Chairman Fred Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m. Board members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, Director Melissa Williams and Director Robert Carlson; Treasurer Robert Remer was absent. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller and Assistant Principal/AD Ron Erpenbach. Principal Pam Lukens came later during the meeting. Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal was also present. Members of the public present included the following: Kim DeBruyckere and Brian Korf.

Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Bob Carlson, seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve the consent agenda, to approve the minutes of the April 18, 2005 board meeting, and to approve paying bills in the amount of $81,857.21. Motion carried 5-0.

Communication received by the board members included a letter on pairing in sports. Also, Mr. Erpenbach commented that the “Mock Crash” was very well done.

Mr. Miller stated that the elementary and high school concerts and the prom were all very well done. Congratulations to all!

No one chose to speak during the open dialogue section of the meeting.

A motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to accept the resignation of School Board Member Robert Remer. Motion carried 5-0. The board directed Mr. Miller to seek out a new board member to fill the term of Robert Remer.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to designate Robert Carlson as Treasurer. Results of the vote were 4-0 with Robert Carlson abstaining.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to have Jeff Hecksel serve on the Certified Negotiation Committee. The vote result was 4-0, with Hecksel abstaining.

Administrative reports were given. (Please refer to their notes given at the meeting.)

It was decided that School Board elections will remain the same.

A motion was made by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to approve a Non-resident Agreement for one student attending out of the district. Motion carried 5-0.

Williams moved and Hecksel seconded a motion to approve Kari Jensen as a temporary part-time custodian. Motion carried 5-0.

A Continuing Ed Meeting is scheduled for May 17, and a Facilities Improvement Meeting will be held on May 27.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to participate in the Minnesota Aid Anticipation Borrowing Program. Motion carried 5-0.

A motion was made by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to continue with the present policy for health insurance in 2005-06 with the understanding that the board is working on options. Motion carried 5-0.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Carlson to enter into negotiations with certified staff. Motion carried 5-0.

Action for the next board meeting will be to fill the board member vacancy.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel,

Clerk – District #424

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