Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, October 22, 2007
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, October 22, 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 was taken and Board members present included: Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Robert Carlson, Jeff Hecksel, Melissa Williams, and Jim Jorgenson. The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens, and Mr. Fitzsimonds. The Herald Journal was represented by Lynda Jensen.
Jeff Hecksel made a motion to approve the agenda, the September 17, 2007 minutes for the regular meeting and to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $133465.81. Jim Jorgenson seconded the motion, and it passed 6-0.
Kyle Meyers of Abdo, Eick, and Meyers LLP. presented the 2006-2007 Annual Audit.
Robert Carlson made the motion to approve the audit. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed 6-0.
Under the Good News Section: Superintendent Miller reported that he presented at the Education Minnesota Conference on finding and getting a teaching job.
Communication received by Board: None
There was no Open Dialogue.
Prior to the administrative reports Mr. Fitzsimonds presented information on the new school website, and Mr. Landkamer presented on the new “clicker” system that he is using in his science classes.
Administrative reports were given. (Copies of reports are available in the District Office.)
Mr. Fitzsimonds informed the Board that Homecoming week was a success and the dance was well attended by both schools. He also has some students involved in Student leadership training.
Ms. Lukens reported on the class numbers for this year, including the new census numbers for ages 0-4. NWEA testing for the fall is completed, and the MCA results were passed out at conferences.
Old Business
A. A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the snow removals bid for 07-08 by Litzau Excavating. The motion passed 6-0.
B. A motion was made by Melissa Williams and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve paying for flu shots for staff. The motion passed 6-0.
C. A motion was made by Jim Jorgenson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the Assurance of Compliance report for the State of Minnesota. The motion passed 6-0.
Policy Administration
A. A motion was made by Robert Carlson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the Non-resident Agreements. The motion passed with a 6-0 vote.
There were 3 open enrollments into the District and 2 out.
Personnel Issues
A. A motion made by Jeff Hecksel was seconded Melissa Williams to approve the contracts for Homework Help for Lacy Schramm and Christine Mattson. The motion passed on a 6-0 vote.
B. A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Robert Carson to approve the contract of Matt Wojciak for the full-time evening custodial position. The motion passed 6-0.
C. A motion was made by Robert Carson and seconded by Jim Jorgenson to approve the winter season coaches as submitted by Mr. Fitzsimonds. The motion passed 6-0.
School Board Reports
Mr. Miller and Chester Hoernemann gave an update on Special Education.
The Technology Committee met on October 24, and a preliminary plan is in place.
There will be a Veterans Day program at the school on November 12, at 10 a.m. Board members are invited to attend.
New Business
Under new business there was a reminder of the upcoming Tax Equalization Hearing on Monday December 10, with a continuation being held on December 17 at the regularly scheduled meeting.
Agenda items for the next meeting:
Update of fall sports and the pairing arrangements.
Update the contract information for the Little Crow Special Education District.
The chairman Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:17 p.m.
Melissa Williams, Clerk
Independent School District #424
Published in the Herald Journal Dec. 31,2007.

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