Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Truth and Taxation and

Regular Meeting

Monday, December 18, 2006

A continuation of the Truth in Taxation Hearing and a regular meeting of the Board of Education of District #424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota were held on Monday, December 18, 2006 in the Media Center.

Chairman Fred Blaser called the continued Truth in Taxation Hearing to order at 6:30 p.m. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve the minutes of the special meeting on December 6, 2006. It was seconded by Robert Carlson and passed by a vote of 4-0. Since there was no one in attendance that had concerns about their taxes, the Truth in Taxation portion of the meeting was adjourned at 6:35.

The regular December Board meeting was then called to order. Chairman Blaser welcomed the public, and Vice Chairman Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance. Board members present included Chairman Fred Blaser, Vice-Chairman Chester Hoernemann, Treasurer Robert Carlson, Clerk Jeff Hecksel and Clerk Melissa Williams (arrived at 6:35 p.m.) Director Jim Jorgenson was absent. The administration present included Superintendent Joe Miller, Pam Lukens, K-12 principal and Ron Erpenbach, secondary principal/AD. John Rosell, teacher at LPHS and Linda Scherer of the Herald Journal were also present.

A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve the consent agenda for this meeting; approve the minutes of the regular meeting on November 20, 2006; and to approve the bills for 2006-2007 in the amount of $124,667.83. Motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

During the Good News section, it was reported that Litzau Excavating made a donation of $1,200 worth of dirt and labor to fix our football field. Also, congratulations were given to Mr. Rue and Mrs. Cederstrom and all the students for a job well done at the elementary and secondary music concerts!

Administrative reports were given. The Lester Prairie Youth Force has been active in providing meals for the kids in grades 7-12 once a month and also offering a safe outing at least once a month. The Student Council and National Honor Society conducted a food drive. They raised $350 in cash and a full supply of food. The also collected toys for local tots. Mr. Erpenbach stated that this was possible because of the great student leaders. (Please refer to their notes given at the meeting on file in the District Office.)

The board retreat will be postponed until the surveys (in Feb.) have been completed.

A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve entering into an agreement with Head Start to seek funding to expand our Preschool. This was seconded by Williams, and it passed with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Melissa Williams and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve personnel contracts. A contract for an additional boys’ basketball coach at 50% of 4.5 was included in the motion. It passed by a vote of 5-0.

A motion was made by Bob Carlson to approve the levy in the amount of $700,121.57. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and the motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Fred Blaser made a motion to adopt a required minimum general fund balance of eight percent for the end of the fiscal year 2006-2007. The amount is equal to eight percent of the final audited general fund expenditures for the fiscal year 2005-2006 ($3,498,430 x 8% = $279,875).The motion was seconded by Chester Hoernemann. A roll call vote was required and resulted in the following: Jeff Hecksel-yes, Fred Blaser – yes, Chester Hoernemann – yes, Bob Carlson – no, and Melissa Williams – no. Resolution passed 3-2.

Bob Carlson made a motion to approve a Reserved Liquid Asset Fund Account for retirement benefits starting with a $100,000 balance. It was seconded by Melissa Williams and passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. Miller reviewed the 2006-2007 budget as of December 1, 2006. His review also included information that showed student population dropping from 485 at the beginning of the school year to 462 by December 1.

Special reports included the following: A Community Ed flyer is out. The Parent-School-Community Advisory Committee will be doing a full-scale survey in February. They are also working on getting playground equipment and getting speakers for spring.

A motion was made by Melissa Williams and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve a reorganization meeting scheduled for January 9, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

A motion was made by Bob Carlson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to accept the Fire Marshall’s inspection report and to have the repairs and improvements completed. Motion carried with a 5-0 vote.

It was mentioned that the MSBA Leadership Convention will be held Wednesday, January 10, Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12. Board members were encouraged to attend.

A motion was made by Melissa Williams and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve the McLeod County Red Cross to use the school for emergency use (without cost or liability to LPS). Motion passed by a 5-0 vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m.

Melissa Williams,

Clerk – District #424

Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 29, 2007.

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