Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Regular Meeting of the
School Board of Education
6:30 PM.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Media Center,
Lester Prairie Public Schools
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chairman Chester Hoernemann. Roll call was taken and the administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens and Mr. Fitzsimonds. The school board members present included: Chester Hoernemann, Fred Blaser ( came at 7p.m.), Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams, Jim Jorgenson, and Robert Carlson. Guests included: Ms. Schramm, Kim DeBruyckere and Linda Scherer (Herald Journal).
Chester Hoernemann led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the minutes of October 22, 2007 and to pay the 2007 – 2008 bills in the amount of $207,496.31. The motion was seconded by Jeff Hecksel, and it passed by a 5-0 vote.
The Good News section included a thank you to the American Legion for a well done performance for the Veterans Day Program.
During the open dialog no one chose to speak.
The administration gave their reports. Mrs. Lukens began with information on the Community Ed flyer, dates for Christmas programs, dates for Business Association to have event at the school, and information was given on Art Adventures and Youth Frontiers. She also explained how McLeod Family Connections is looking into other grants to support projects like school nurse, chemical person, after school programs and summer programs.
Mr. Fitzsimonds gave a lengthy report on all the fall sports including the pros and cons. (This is on file at the district office). Overall, he shared that the pairing is working for the majority, and he is working on some of the problems that surfaced. He will be sending out a survey at the end of the year to get an overall look at the year. He explained how the winter sports started off and his expectations with teams and the numbers.
Mr. Fitzsimonds also spoke about the Tobacco Free and Youth Events and how Ashley Maesse headed up organizing the students and chaperones. It was a success.
He ended with talking about the Moodle Training. He felt that this is something that could be used in and out of the classroom. This training could help with some scheduling conflicts and possibly offer some college geared classes.
Mr. Miller gave a report on the budget. He showed the numbers we have for students, revenues and expenditures. This report is on file at the district office.
Ms. Schramm gave a report on what is going on in her classroom and how they were using technology.
Mr. Miller gave an update on the roof situation and needs that are coming up.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve a contract with Southwest and West Central Service Coop Special Education Revision. It was seconded by Jim Jorgensen and passed with a vote of 6-0.
Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Master Agreement with Certified Staff. It was seconded by Jeff Hecksel and was approved by all.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve adding 6 hours per week to the nurse contract. It was seconded by Jim Jorgenson, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
Bob Carlson made a motion to approve the revised budget for the 2007-2008 school year. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion, and it passed with a 6-0 vote.
The technology committee reported that they bought 20 E-macs (used: 2004- 2005 quality). They are also looking at buying smart boards.
The Tax Equalization meeting will be held on December 10, 2007 at the media center and the continuation on December 17, 2007.
The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Melissa Williams
Clerk, District #424
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 31, 2007

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