Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, February 12, 2008
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, February 12, 2008, 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, Jeff Hecksel, Jim Jorgenson, and Bob Carlson; Melissa Williams was absent. The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens, and Mr. Fitzsimonds. The Herald Journal was represented by Linda Scherer. Members of the public present included: Pat Miller, Kim DeBruyckere, Rebecca Heimerl, Angela Litzau, Emily Tonn, Kimberly Kutz, Darlene Schmidt, and Geneva Fitzsimonds.
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented, the January 14 minutes for the regular meeting and to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $26,564.77. Robert Carlson seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
Under the Good News Section: Recognition of the School Board by the MSBA (Each Board member received a certificate of appreciation), the receipt of a $750 grant from Wall-Mart, and recognition of the many improvements on the web-site.
Communication received by Board: None
There was no Open Dialogue.
The Board held a general discussion with the community members in attendance about the proposed kindergarten-plus option for the 2008-2009 school year. The community members had a number of questions and presented to the Board a list of concerns. Superintendent Miller and Ms. Lukens presented materials explaining the proposed program and attempted to answer the questions and concerns. At the end of the general discussion the community members thanked the Board for listening to their concerns and addressing their questions. No further action was taken at this meeting. The Board will decide to proceed or not at the next regular meeting.
Administrative reports were given. In her report Mrs. Lukens stated that cookie dough sales would begin on Feb.5. She also wanted the Board to check out the web-site to look at the snowmen posted on the site. The spelling bee was a success and the science fair is coming up in April. Elementary teachers are reviewing the science standards. Also, a survey will be presented at conference time to determine if there is an interest in a summer school age care program. Kindergarten Round-up will be on March 18, and Pre-School screening will be on March 27. Finally, Ms. Lukens reminded the Board of the LPAC Carnival on March 27 from 5-8 p.m. in the school gym. Mr Fitzsimonds reported on Snofest Week, the Technology conference he attended, the progress on scheduling for the 2008-2009 school year, Moodle training for members of the high school staff, and the activities of the Youth Task Force. A copy of both written reports are included in the minute book.
There were no Old Business items.
Policy Administration: There were no non-resident agreements.
Personnel Issues: A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to approve the spring coaching contracts. It was seconded by Robert Carlson and passed with a 5-0 vote.
Superintendent Miller presented a letter of resignation due to retirement effective August 30, 2008. A motion was made by Jim Jorgenson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to accept the resignation. The motion passed on a 5-0 vote. There was general discussion of the search process. The Board will postpone posting the position until it has more information on the process and comparisons of salary and fringe benefits in Districts of similar size.
The Board sub-committee on Non-certified negotiations will meet on Tuesday March 4 to plan strategy for the non-certified negotiations. The Superintendent will contact the sub-committee of the Board on administrative contract to discuss strategies for administrative contracts.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Jim Jorgenson to accept the resignation of Gail Henning as the Physical Education and Health teacher. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote. The administration was instructed to begin the process to find a replacement.
A motion was made by Jim Jorgenson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the Chemical use Prevention contract with Betsy Horon and the special ed para contract for Brielle Kasanezky. The motion was approved 5-0.
School Finances: Robert Carlson introduced the following resolution to direct the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions and the reason therefor. The resolution was seconded by Chester Hoernemann. The following members of the Board voted in favor of the resolution: Robert Carlson, Chester Hoernemann, Jim Jorgenson, Fred Blaser and Jeff Hecksel. There were no votes opposed to the resolution, and one member of the Board was absent. The resolution passed 5-0.
The Superintendent informed the Board that he would do a 3/4 year report on the budget and financial status of the District at the next Board meeting.
There were no committee reports.
Under New Business a motion was made by Jim Jorgenson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve an ad in the Lester Prairie Guide at the same size as last year’s ad, and to eliminate the ad in the New Germany Guide. During discussion there was concern that removing the New Germany guide ad we might limit future response from that area. The motion failed by a 2-3 vote.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel to approve an ad in the Lester Prairie Guide and the New Germany Guide at the same size as last year’s ads. The motion was seconded by Robert Carlson and passed with a 5-0 vote.
A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Jim Jorgenson to end our relationship with the Carver-Scott Cooperative for Adult Basic Education and to join the West Metro Cooperative for Adult Basic Education. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.
Agenda items for the next meeting: (April 16, 2007)
Superintendent Search
Budget Review
Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:17 p.m.
Minutes prepared by Superintendent Miller
Melissa Williams, Clerk
Independent School District #424
Published in the Herald Journal May 5, 2008.

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