Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Monday, October 16, 2006

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, October 16, 2006 in the school media center.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser at 6:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann. Roll call was taken and Board members present included Fred Blaser, Robert Carlson, Jeff Hecksel, Chester Hoernemann, and Jim Jorgenson. Melissa Williams was absent. Administration present included Mr. Miller, Mr. Erpenbach and Ms. Lukens. The audience included faculty members Cathy Houg and Kim DeBruyckere; also, Linda Scherer of the Herald Journal was present.

Bob Carlson made the motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting, to approve the minutes of the September 18, 2006 meeting, and to pay the bills for 2006-2007 in the amount of $190,718.71. Jorgenson seconded the motion and it passed 5 to 0.

Principal /Athletic Director Ron Erpenbach gave a 10 minute presentation on the JMC On-line Parent program. Highlight of the On-line Parent program includes the ability of parents to see lunch account information, current grades, and attendance. Ron also gave his normal monthly report. (Copy is on file with minutes in the District Office.)

Under the Good News Section there were two items. The Lester Prairie Foundation for Education awarded three (3) $500 grants to the following: to the 3rd and 4th grade a grant for reading materials, to the 5th and 6th grade a grant for wall maps, and to the computer class for a digital video camera. The second item included the recognition of “Special Alumni” Bruce Birkholz. Accepting the recognition for Mr. Birkholz were his son and daughter, Donn Birkholz and Jane Bach.

There was no open dialogue.

Administrative reports included the following information: Fire Prevention Week (10-9 to 10-13), elementary conferences were well attended, Pre-school screening, and gifted and talented enrichment activities starting for 4th to 6th graders. It also included ACT prep classes, the Veterans Day program (11-07-06) and all winter coaches are hired.

Old Business included a motion by Hoernemann and seconded by Jorgenson to approve the snow removal bid for the 2006-2007 snow season. The motion passed 5 to 0.

There was a brief report showing a comparison of utility costs over the last few years.

A motion was made by Hecksel and seconded by Carlson to approve paying for flu shots for all staff ($25 each). The motion was approved 5 to 0.

A motion was made by Jorgenson and seconded by Carlson to set up a public meeting for Wednesday October 25 at 7 p.m. in the school media center to gather public input on possible pairing with Winsted Holy Trinity in all sports. The motion passed 5 to 0.

There were no Policy Administration items.

Under Personnel Issues a motion was made by Hecksel and seconded by Hoernemann to hire a full-time para-professional for Special Education. The motion passed 5 to 0.

A second motion was made by Jorgenson and seconded by Hecksel to approve a personal leave request for Feb. 7,8,9,12,13. The motion was approved 5 to 0.

Under the School Finance area an informational handout was given to the Board on the preliminary audit numbers. (Copy is on file with minutes in the District Office.)

The auditor will attend the November meeting.

School Board Committee Reports included a Special Education report by Hoernemann that the Special Education Cooperative is scheduled to disband in June. The next Community Education Advisory Committee meeting will be Monday Oct. 30. There was a short report on the Technology Committee meeting.

Under New Business there was a motion by Carlson and seconded by Hoernemann to purchase a new dishwasher for the food service. The motion was approved 5 to 0.

Agenda Items for the November meeting will include the auditors, a proposed truancy ordinance, the results of the pairing meetings, a possible Board retreat, and for possible permanent signs on the north side of the building for a bus loading area.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

Prepared by

Superintendent Miller, Acting Clerk

Independent School District 424

Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 25, 2006.

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