Lester Prairie School Board Minutes


6:30 PM, Monday, January 11, 2010

Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Monday, January 11, 2010, in the school Media Center.

Roll call was taken and the following board members were present: Fred Blaser, Karla Heigl, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller, and Rawelin Radtke. Jim Jorgenson was absent. Administration present included Mike McNulty and Pam Lukens. There was one guest in attendance, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald-Journal newspaper.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann during the Reorganizational Meeting which took place prior to the Regular Meeting.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 12/14/09, and to pay bills in the amount of $225,343.79 and Student Activity for $1,316.73. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 4-0 vote.

Communication received included a thank you from Sharing and Caring hands for the donations received for Lester Prairie Schools. January 18-23 is Paraprofessional Recognition Week as proclaimed by Governor Pawlenty. Thank you to Merlin Mathews for the fine work on our lawns and for seeding our practice football field.

Administrative reports were given.

Mrs. Lukens reported that Mrs. Kramer has Smart Board in her room. She will be training so that we can utilize the Board effectively and she will in turn work with Staff to train them.

Our 6th grade class has increased to 29 students. Therefore, we will be reorganizing the students beginning in the second semester. 5th Grade - Mr. Grams, 5/6 Grade Combination – Ms. Houg and 6th Grade – Mrs. Martig

LPAC is planning a Parent Involvement night on January 25th. The first Bulldog Brain Olympics. Students in 4-8 Grades will have an opportunity to work with their parents on fun activities aimed at the Minnesota Standards in a competitive team. This will be from 6-8:30 p.m. A meal will be available and rewards for the classroom and teams.

There are 16 students signed up for the regional Future Problem Solving Bowl in St. Cloud on February 2nd.

Elementary was able to send 86 lbs of food to the McLeod County Food Shelf.

Working to set up R.E.A.D program with elementary students. Volunteers will be working with trained dogs to come into the school to work with students in need of extra support in reading.

Upcoming dates: Geography Bee January 13 at 4:00 p.m.; Science Fair March 19; Grandparents Day May 7.

MSBA Annual Leadership Conference to be held January 14-15 2010. Fred Blaser, Chester Hoernemann, Joe Miller and Superintendent McNulty to attend.

Follow up on Environmental Report – science room clean up (Room 158), copy included. All is going well.

The Board discussed the Superintendent evaluations. Chester Hoernemann reported that Mr. McNulty received a very good evaluation from the Board. The Administrative Committee will meet with Mr. McNulty after the February 8th Regular Board Meeting to discuss the evaluations.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the non-resident agreements. Karla Heigl seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the following Student Handbook Policy changes: Maximum Absence Rule – change to 10 total absences and 5 unexcused absences per semester. Detention Policy – change wording to ISS instead of OSS for the 7th detention, the 8th detention would result in OSS, and the 9th detention would require the student to appear before the Board. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty distributed LP Policy Handbook 100’s to review and bring to February meeting for adoption and approval. Board to review new set each month to review and be adopted the following month.

Karla Heigl made a motion to approve contract for Varsity Baseball Coach, Trent Grams. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

School Board Reports: Community Education did meet. In addition to the Bulldog Brain Olympics, LPAC is planning to hold their annual Carnival in March. Technology Committee met December 21st - now that wiring updates are completed, the next phase would be to begin upgrading computers.

MacNeil Envirnonmental, Inc. review conducted on January 5, 2010 – overall good report – few minor issues relating to the boiler.

Board approved Mr. McNulty’s request to research NAEIR as supply company for the school. Mr. McNulty to check with schools in the area that utilize their services.

SmartBoard training for Kelly Kramer (Elementary) and Mike Bjork (Secondary) on January 12 and 26. They will use the software and equipment for the remainder of the year and train our staff. Other staff very interest in utilizing this technology. The Board will receive a demonstration at 6:15 p.m. - prior to the next Regular Board Meeting scheduled for February 8th.

Mr. McNulty distributed two options for the 2010-2011 school calendar. Mr. McNulty will have the teachers review the calendar also. Mr. McNulty will make recommendation on calendar at the February Board Meeting.

Mr. McNulty reviewed the terms of the Master Agreement with the teachers.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the Certified Master Agreement Contract with the teachers for 2009-2011. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty reported on the meeting attended relating to the State of Minnesota Race To The Top Program. He explained that the school can choose to opt out of the program at any time.

Karla Heigl made a motion to approve a Memorandum of Agreement to participate with the State of Minnesota Race To The Top Program. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty recommended forming a Budget Committee to discuss ideas for the 2010-2011 budget. Committee to include Elementary Principal, Business Manager, Board Member, Superintendent and Teacher Rep. Rawelin Radtke to attend first meeting January 22nd at 8:30 a.m.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve same size school ad as last year for the Winsted Community Guide. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

The Board discussed the lot on the South side of the school where the house fire had occurred.

Agenda items for the next meeting include: Approve 2010-2011 Calendar, Seniority List and 100’s in Policy Handbook.

Upcoming Dates: January 18-No School, MLK Jr. Day, January 22-Semester 1 ends-Teacher Workshop, February 1-5 Snofest Week, February 5-Snofest Dance 9 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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