Lester Prairie School Board Minutes

Monday, March 17, 2008
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, March 17, 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, Bob Carlson, and Melissa Williams. The administration present included: Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lukens, and Mr. Fitzsimonds. The Herald Journal was represented by Linda Scherer. Memebers of the public that were present included: Emily Tonn and Angie Litzau
Jim Jorgenson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented, the February 12 minutes for the regular meeting and to pay the 2007-2008 bills in the amount of $136,622.02. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion, and it passed 5-0.
Under the Good News Section: We have had 3 years of Future Problem solving and this year 2 teams have made it to STATE.
Communication received by Board: None
There was no Open Dialogue.
Mrs. Mattson and the National Honor Society members gave a 30-minute presentation on the year’s activities and how the NHS has been a leadership organization for our school.
Administrative reports were given. In her report Mrs. Lukens reported on the comparison of NWEA, MCA II scores and classroom grades. Cookie Dough will be coming this week, ECFE offered a field trip for parents and kids, the Community Education bulletin will be out shortly, the K+ program information is out, the carnival is March 27, and the Science Fair is April 8. Mr. Fitzsimonds reported on the test data from MCA II, NWEA, and student grades. He gave a brief report on winter sports, the Physics class will compete in the Rube Goldberg competition, and he is working on next years schedule, spring sports and the senior class trip. He also is working on a Lester Prairie School and Community Calendar. A copy of both written reports are included in the minute book.
Old Business items: A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Jeff Hecksel to approve the contracts with Southwest West Central Service Cooperative. The motion was approved 6 to 0.
Prior to the next Old Business item, Emily Tonn requested time to speak to the Board on the Kindergarten-plus program. She presented the Board with a Community Concerns handout. After a general discussion, a motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Jim Jorgenson to approve the Kindergarten-plus program for the 2008-2009 school year. The motion passed 6 to 0.
Policy Administration: There were 2 non-resident agreements. A motion was made by Jeff Hecksel and seconded by Fred Blaser to approve the non-resident agreements. The motion passed on a 6 to 0 vote.
Personnel Issues: Superintendent Miller received a letter from Robert Carlson resigning from the Board effective March 31. A motion was made by Jim Jorgenson to approve the resignation. It was seconded by Chester Hoernemann and passed with a 5-0 vote. Robert Carlson abstained
A motion was made by Chester Hoernemann and seconded by Jim Jorgenson to appoint Jeff Hecksel as Treasurer for the Board. The motion was approved on a 6 to 0 vote.
The search process for a new superintendent will begin on April 15.
School Finances: Superintendent Miller provided an update to the Board on the year-to-date expenditures versus the budget, and reviewed the students to teacher and licensed staff ratios and that impact on finances.
There were no committee reports.
The administrative salary committee and the non-certified negotiations committees will meet in the next two weeks. Non-certified negotiations will start on March 19.
New Business: A motion was made by Robert Carlson and seconded by Chester Hoernemann to approve the mowing contract with Mathews Lawn Service for 2008-09. The motion passed on a 6 to 0 vote.
Chester Hoernemann will attend the MSBA Legislative conference with Superintendent Miller on April 9 and 10.
Agenda items for next meeting: (April 21, 2008)
New Board Member
Superintendent Search
Fred Blaser adjourned the meeting at 8:40 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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