Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Wednesday, October 25, 2006

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2006, in the school media center.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman, Fred Blaser. He also led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll call of Board members included: Fred Blaser, Melissa Williams, Robert Carlson, and Jeff Hecksel. Chester Hoernemann and Jim Jorgenson were absent at the beginning of the meeting. The administration present included: Mr. Miller and Mr. Erpenbach. Linda Scherer of The Herald Journal was present.

There was a large audience, and a sign up sheet was provided. The list included: John Halverson, Greg Hartwig, Ralph Machemehl, Pat Miller, Amanda Heimerl, Bobbi Kadrie, Mike and Barb Kegler, Mike Lee, Earl Machemehl, Jenni Sebora, Mark and Pam Teubert, Jennie Ruwersma, Jennifer Thiry, Todd Andersen, Christin LaMott, Amy Schultz, Kari Artmann, Kim Johnson, Maurice Dammann, Donald Artmann, Brianna Briggs, Mackenzie Alberts, Heather Foust, Deb Quast, Al Quast, Carol Bruckschen, Rollie Bruckschen, Dan Heiraas, Kelli Machemehl, Lisa Gustafson, Kathy Kiekhafer, Barb Prehn, Marette Millerbernd, Sheila Jilik, Mike Heigl, Karla Heigl, Amy Bettcher, Larry Roth, Wayne Hasz, Ken Schultz, Gene Starkey, Donovan Maesse, Christy Maesse, Glen Maesse, Scott Zubrod, Dee Zubrod, Ashley Maesse, Travis Maesse, and Dan Dietel.

Bob Carlson made a motion to accept the agenda as presented. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel and passed by a vote of 4-0.

Jim Jorgenson and Chester Hoernemann came at 7:15 PM.

Mr. Miller gave a brief summary on a possible pairing in all sports with Winsted Holy Trinity. He gave a handout which is on file at the district office.

A time was given for public input and here are some of the comments: a survey should be given to the Junior High kids who are already involved; want to see the Winsted budget; it was unfair to vote without more notice for the public; wanted to know what sports are in jeopardy; will it bump up the class; are there any sports that can function on their own; cost of uniforms; pairing only girls vs. all the kids; we need summer programs for girls; will there be too many kids to the effect that the kids would hardly get to play; with a new school being built what kind of a commitment would private school kids have – if they didn’t like the pair they could leave. What about Bulldog pride, colors or local games? They were worried about support from locals and young kids not being able to support the older kids. Wanting Winsted to come here and not have our kids go there. A lot of parents at the meeting stated their kids did not want the pairing. There were some coaches present who said it has been very difficult to make teams with the low number of kids, and they would like to see the pairing happen. One coach stated that the kids made friends in past pairing and would do so in a future pairing. He also said that parents can have a negative effect on the situation if they are bad mouthing Winsted or the process.

Mr. Erpenbach gave some information on this topic. He said that the numbers in sports all around are low. He said that it is common to bring young kids up to play on the varsity and JV teams. Then we don’t have enough kids to fill all the teams and some towns won’t play us if we don’t have all the teams. He didn’t feel this was healthy for young kids to be put in this position. The teams should be age appropriate. When trying to pair it has been difficult to find someone who is willing to pair with us (for one sport at a time). If we pair we would share costs, coaches, gyms. He said that if we had

more players, it will give us more teams; therefore, they would have more playing time. Yes, he understood that it would be harder on Varsity for starting position, but ultimately they would get to play the game more. He was unsure if it would bump up the class.

Fred Blaser announced time was done for questioning and asked the board if they wanted to have another informational meeting so the rest of the public could come and address the board with concerns and solutions. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to have another special meeting on November 6, 2006 at 7:00 P.M. at the media center at the Lester Prairie High School to listen to the public and to vote on this topic. It was seconded by Melissa Williams, and it passed 5-1 with Bob Carlson voting no.

Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:30 P.M.

Melissa Williams

Clerk, District 424

Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 25, 2006.

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