Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Monday, August 15, 2005

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, August 15, 2005, in Room 143. Chairman Blaser called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Board members present were Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Treasurer Robert Carlson, Clerk Jeff Hecksel, Director Melissa Williams and Director Nancy Krull. Administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, K-12 Principal Pam Lukens and Secondary Principal/AD Ron Erpenbach. Ryan Gueningsman of the Herald Journal was present. Members of the public present included the following: Cathy Houg and Melinda Anderberg.

Vice-Chairman Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Carlson, seconded by Hoernemann to approve the consent agenda, to approve the July 18, 2005 board meeting minutes, and to pay bills in the amount of $2,827.52 for 2004-05 and $119,703.72 for 2005-06. Motion carried 6-0.

There were no communications reported on by board members.

Under the Good News section it was reported that there are 30-35 new student registrations. Also, the Lester Prairie Education Foundation has received $20,000 in donations to date.

Cathy Houg spoke during the open dialogue portion of the meeting stating, “Remember the school mission statement.”

Administrative reports were given. Refer to their reports given at the meeting.

Some discussion took place among board members regarding advertising. No action was taken.

A School Board luncheon is scheduled to take place at the teachers’ workshop, Monday, August 29, 2005. Board members were encouraged to attend.

Motion was made by Carlson and seconded by Krull to approve two Nonresident Agreements for students coming into the District. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Williams, seconded by Hoernemann to approve personnel contracts. Motion carried 6-0.

Chester Hoernemann explained to the board that the evaluation for Superintendent Miller was very good.

Mr. Miller said he will have a better picture on school finances at the next board meeting.

School Board reports: Chester Hoernemann reported that there will be a Community Education meeting on September 12. Melissa Williams provided information from the Parent-School-Community meeting. It was decided to have a booth at Open House with Jenny Sebora and Diane Czech working. A discussion took place regarding placing a sign in the community listing school events.

Motion by Hoernemann, seconded by Hecksel to have a special meeting on August 29, 2005 at 6:30 in the Media Center on construction, bonding and an operating levy for the November election. Motion carried 6-0.

Motion by Williams, seconded by Hoernemann to adopt the Resolution Relating to the Election of School Board Members and Calling the School District Election. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Blaser – yes, Hoernemann – yes, Carlson – yes, Krull – yes, Williams – yes and Hecksel – yes. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Williams and seconded by Hoernemann to discuss staffing issues during the special meeting on August 29, 2005. Vote was 5-1 with Carlson voting no. Results of a roll call vote were as follows: Hecksel – yes, Hoernemann – yes, Blaser – yes, Williams – yes, Krull – yes and Carlson – no. Motion carried 5-1.

Agenda items for the special board meeting on August 29 include the following: bond issue, referendum and staffing.

Meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.

Jeff Hecksel

Clerk – District #424

Published in the Herald Journal Nov. 21, 2005.

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