Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Monday, September 18, 2006

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, September 18, 2006 in the school media center.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann. Roll call was taken and Board members present included Melissa Williams, Jeff Hecksel, Bob Carlson, Fred Blaser, and Chester Hoernemann. Jim Jorgenson was absent. Administration present included Mr. Miller and Mrs. Lukens. The audience included faculty member Kim DeBruychere and Linda Scherer of the Herald Journal.

Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the minutes of August 21, 2006 and to pay the bills for 2005-2006 in the amount of $376.09 and the bills for 2006-2007 in the amount of $137,358.70. Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed 4-0.

Under the “Good News” section, it was mentioned that the fifth grade DARE program has been started.

Administrative reports included the following information: Rachel Kyllo is a National Merit Semifinalist. We hired one additional hour of English. We may need more social studies and math next year. The number of kids in school is up from last year. We received positive feedback from families entering our school district. Bus Safety was September 12; Fire Safety Week is the week of Oct. 9.

Old business included approving a fund transfer of $150,000 from the reserved for Capital account and transfer $170,000 from the Reserved from Severance account into the undesignated general fund. The motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Carlson. It was approved with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Carlson to approve the 2005-2006 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement. It was seconded by Hoernemann and passed by a 5-0 vote.

Williams made a motion to have the Superintendent and principals meet with the Education Association representatives as a monthly meet and confer. It was seconded by Hoernemann and passed 5-0.

Personnel issues:

A motion to hire Joey Bayerl from 5/6 to full-time was made by Williams and seconded by Hecksel. It passed by a vote of 5-0.

A motion was made by Hoernemann to hire Kim DeBruychere to provide 550 hours per year of technical support. It was seconded by Williams and approved by a vote of 5-0.

A motion by Carlson was made to approve lane changes for Rob Weber and Joe Scoblic. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel and approved by a vote of 5-0.

A motion was made by Williams to approve a contract for homework help for Kristine Lorenz and Lacy Schramm at $9.21 per hour. It was seconded by Hecksel and approved 5-0.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to adopt a preliminary levy at $700,121.57. Carlson seconded the motion, and it was approved by a vote of 5-0.

Committees: Parent-School-Community Advisory Committee reported they were working at getting more play ground equipment, talked about ideas to get some of our percentages up on being prepared for the future, and discussed trying to get more people involved with this committee. The Dollars for Scholars and the Foundation are planning to merge.

SEE reported the Meyers study was concluded and that our schools were under funded by about $1 billion.

Upcoming meetings will include reports from teachers on their curriculum.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 PM.

Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 25, 2006.

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