Lester Prairie School Board Minutes





Monday, March 19, 2007

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, March 19, 2007, 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 taken and Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams, Jim Jorgenson (came at 5:40), and Bob Carlson). The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens, and Mr. Erpenbach. The Herald Journal was represented by Linda Scherer.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the agenda as revised, the February 20 minutes for the regular meeting and to pay the 2006-2007 bills in the amount of $116,685.77. Melissa Williams seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.

Brian Korf and Cathy Houg presented information about technology use in Grade 5.

Under the Good News Section: Recognition of the fact that the Boys Basketball team made the State Tournament. This is our first visit since 1941. We also have a National Merit Scholarship finalist. The Fifth grade basketball team took first place in their State tournament. Our town and school district have received very favorable PR from the recent Star Tribune articles about our tournament team.

Communication received by Board: None

There was no Open Dialogue.

Administrative reports were given. Mr. Erpenbach gave a report on the preparations for the State Tournament, the fact that MCA II tests are in April, the MSHSL approval of the Pairing agreement, and that he is working on next years schedule. In her report Mrs. Lukens stated that Michael Mann, speaker, was here on March 13. She also said that the Head Start application is approved, report cards are coming out April 13, the cookie dough sale was great, and Grandparents Day is May 4. A full report is included with the minutes.

Under Old Business a motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve joining the Southwest and West Central Services Cooperatives for Special Education Services. The motion was seconded by Jim Jorgenson and passed with a 6-0 vote.

Policy Administration: Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the non- resident agreements (5 out). This motion was seconded by Jim Jorgenson and passed with a 6 – 0 vote.

Personnel Issues: A motion was made by Robert Carlson to accept the resignation/retirement of Helen Dossett. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann and passed with a 6-0 vote.

School Finances: No New Report.

Under Committee Reports: The Facilities Maintenance and the Facilities Improvement Committees will meet in joint session on April 10 at 4 p.m. Since there will be four Board members present, the Media was advised of the date, time and place of the meeting.

Under New Business a motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Melissa Williams to approve a 4-year extension with Prairie Bus Service for District transportation. Motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann to approve a contract with Mathews’ Lawn Service for the season. The motion was seconded by Fred Blaser and passed with a 6-0 vote.

A motion was made by Melissa Williams and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to congratulate the Boys’ Basketball team for winning the Sub-section and the Section and wishing the team “Good Luck,” in the state tournament. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.

Agenda items next meeting: (April 16, 2007): McNeil Contract


MASA Conference

Mid-April Special Ed Review

Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 7:30 PM.

Melissa Williams, Clerk

Independent School District #424

Published in the Herald Journal May 28, 2007.

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