Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Monday, November 6, 2006

A special meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, November 6, 2006, in the Lester Prairie High School Gymnasium.

The meeting was called to order by Chairman Fred Blaser. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice Chairman Chester Hoernemann.

Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Robert Carlson, Jeff Hecksel, Jim Jorgenson and Melissa Williams. Administration present included Mr. Miller and Mr. Erpenbach.

A large group in the audience included the following per the sign up sheet: James Wilder, Casey Wilder, Derek Litzau, Tony Wilder, Ryan Quast, Katelin Dietel, Amber Zubrod, Peter Madsen, Jennifer Madsen, Al Quast, Deb Quast, Mark and Pam Teubert, Dee Zubrod, Julie Dammann, Todd Andersen, Wade Schultz, Gerald Stibal, Don Artmann, Kari Artmann, Tanner Mork, Garrett Schultz, Amy Schultz, Kim Johnson, Sue Christenson, Mike Lee, Chris Rolf, Joe Scoblic, Gary Prehn, Barb Prehn, Steve Klobe, Ralph Machemehl, Gregg Machemehl, Lloyd Weisenburger, Wayne Hasz, Joe Radtke, Vicki Roufs, Mike and Dawn Raguse, Maurice Dammann, Kristi Alberts, Kathy Briggs, Mike Heigl, Karla Heigl, Jill Fiecke, Carol Bruckschen, Rollie Bruckschen, and Pat Miller. (Sign up sheet on file with minutes in District Office.)

Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the consent agenda for this meeting as presented. Chester seconded the motion, and it passed with a vote of 6-0.

No old business was presented.

Superintendent Miller presented a brief review on the pairing of sports with Winsted Holy Trinity.

The podium was opened to the public for their input. Many people chose to speak. Comments are hereby reiterated to the best of the clerk’s ability. There may be some discrepancies.

Question, “Would class size go up to “AA”?” Answer: “Maybe. It depended on number of students each year and also on free and reduced lunch kids.

Q: Changing mascot/colors? A: Stay for now and if it works for two years, then pick new mascot/colors.

Q: How would cost be split between the two schools? A: Per pupil.

Comment: Paper says identity will change. Response: it will be a slow one if passed.

Comment: After being through a name change a school really loses its morale.

Comment: Stated that the public is upset about the process that was taken to do the pairing. Response: The board has been talking about pairing often at board meetings. Including all Junior High already paired.

Comment: Offering a solution; that more kids would play if they knew they would get to play at the higher levels. Stated that the kids at Junior high are not all getting equal time playing. Stated that these kids are not getting a fair chance to get to know the sport and better their skills.

A coach comment: This would give more practice time. Talked about very little gym time available here. Said he sometimes doesn’t play kids if he thinks they would get ball- handled. Said they would get low self esteem from that.

Q: If we up in class size, whom would we play? A: Possibly: Kimball, NYA, HLWW and not sure who else.

Comment? Pastor Wolf had made a comment that this would be all or none situation? Is it? A: This is up to the board.

Comment: Mr. Erpenbach gave some info on how free and reduced lunch kids can affect the numbers in how we are put into classes.

Comment: with demographics showing low numbers this sounds like it will help our number in sports. Response: the demographics have not been very accurate in the past; they shouldn’t be a reliable source to use.

Comment: We keep talking about that class sizes are getting smaller, but they are the same size as year’s ago.29 – 36 kids per class.

Q: If we don’t pair will Winsted pair with HLWW? A: Not sure, it doesn’t sound like it, but it is a possibility.

Q: What about booster clubs, pep rallies?

Former coach comment: Thinks it will build friendships, build better teams, challenge each other better, more practice times.

Q: With the junior class using concession stands for a fundraiser, how will this be split? How will they raise their money?

A motion was made by Melissa Williams to continue pairing at the junior high level, pair with WHT with sports with low numbers, and revaluate the complete pairing in ’07-08 school year; and keep the Bulldog logo. The motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann. It failed with a 2 – 4 vote.

Bob Carlson made a motion to maintain current pairing agreements but not to seek further pairing agreements. The Chairman asked for a second, and after three attempts the motion died for lack of a second.

Melissa Williams made a motion to maintain current pairing agreements but do not seek further pairing agreements. It was seconded by Bob Carlson and failed with a 2- 4 vote.

Fred Blaser made a motion to pair in all sports with WHT, keeping the Bulldog logo and colors and games to be here for a two-year period. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson. The motion passed with a 4 – 1 – 1 vote. Four voted yes, Bob Carlson – no and Melissa Williams abstained from voting.

A motion was made by Fred Blaser to start pairing in 2007-2008. The motion was seconded by Jim Jorgenson and passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 8: 35 p.m. by Fred Blaser.

Melissa Williams

Clerk #424

District #424

Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 25, 2006.

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