Lester Prairie School Board Minutes


6:30 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Media Center,

Lester Prairie Public Schools

The Facilities Improvement Committee conducted a walk-through of the school prior to the regular school board meeting.

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of District 424, Lester Prairie, McLeod County, Minnesota was held on Tuesday, March 16, 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 were eighteen guests in attendance, as well as Ivan Raconteur from the Herald-Journal newspaper.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chester Hoernemann.

Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda for this meeting as modified; to approve the minutes of the Regular Board meeting of 2/8/10, and to pay bills in the amount of $118,085.76 and Student Activity for $1,331.61. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Good News Section: Lacy Schramm reported that 16 students participated in the Knowledge Bowl this year. They attended five meets and did an excellent job. Congratulations to Paliya Mengkhampeng (Spanish) and James Wilder (Tech Ed) who were named students of the month for February. Betty Williams presented a proposal for upgrades to the kitchen to be made this summer utilizing the Food Service funds available. Terri Helland gave an update on the Staff Wellness Program. The staff met its goal to walk/run approximately 1,700 miles. The group walked/ran over 2,000 miles. Congratulations. Currently 29 staff members participate in the program. The program includes weigh-ins, blood pressure checks. Upcoming events include a 5K fun run/walk, a speaker to present on healthful living and stress relief. Mr. Landkamer acknowledged receiving an invitation from the Twins organization for the physics class to participate an upcoming physics event. He said it was a great honor considering many other schools that were invited are much larger districts than Lester Prairie.

During open dialogue some members of the public voiced concern over the possible reduction in mid-day busing for pre-school and all day every other day kindergarten. Chairperson Fred Blaser informed the parents that they would have an opportunity to voice their concerns later in the meeting when possible reductions are discussed. Kim DeBruyckere suggested that there be an opportunity for open dialogue from the public at the end of meetings to give people an opportunity to discuss items that have been discussed throughout the meeting.

Administrative Reports: Mrs. Lukens reported the Science Fair took place March 12th. Seven students are registered to go on to the Regional Bowl on May 1st in Mankato. Cookie dough fundraiser sales generated approximately $6,000 for the school. Cookie dough will be delivered on March 31st and can be picked up from the school from 3-7 p.m. The LPAC Carnival is scheduled for March 25th. PAC has sponsored an art residency with Linda Moraal for clay project for grades 9-11; Voyagers March 29 grades 6-8; plays for 4th grade; and Art Adventures. May 11th Annual ART Fair will be from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for the public to view and see performances. Elementary is now conducting NWEA testing. Community Bulletins went out by mail. Preschool open house will be on April 8th from 6-7 p.m. Preschool screening to take place on March 25th. Grandparents day will be May 7th.

Mr. Johnson gave an update on activities/athletics. Spring play auditions were held this week. Girls’ Basketball All-Conference players have been named and will be announced at the Basketball Banquet. Boys’ Basketball team will play Friday night in the Section Championship gave vs. Springfield. The game will be held at Minnesota State University in Mankato at 6:00 p.m. Softball and Track practices have started. Baseball will start next week.

Mr. McNulty discussed Broadcaster news update.

Strategic Planning meeting set for March 20th at City Hall. Approximately 20 people will attend the meeting.

Three bids were received for lawn service for 2010. The bids were reviewed by the Board. Chester Hoernemann made a motion to approve Mathews Lawn Service. Joe Miller seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

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

Karla Heigl made a motion to approve the contract for Ryan James for the 7th Grade Baseball Coach position. Fred Blaser seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Joe Miller made a motion to approve the SW/WC Cooperative Contracts. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

School Board Reports: Chester Hoernemann gave a report on Special Education. He expressed his appreciation to Cathy Scoblic for her dedication to our students. LPAC – Working on upcoming carnival on March 25th. There were approximately 64 participants for the Bulldog Brain Olympics held in February. Mrs. Lukens expressed her thanks to LPAC for providing the meal for staff during conferences last month. The Facilities Improvement Committee did a walk thru prior to the meeting and will be following up with custodial staff regarding necessary improvements. Joe Miller gave a legislative update. Mr. Miller and Mr. McNulty will be attending a legislative meeting on March 25th.

Fred Blaser made a motion to approve a full page ad for $495 in the Lester Prairie Guide. Chester Hoernemann seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty distributed Potential Budget Reductions/Savings for the 2010-2011 school year. The Board listened to concerns expressed by members of the public regarding the possible reduction of mid-day busing for pre-school, as well as concerns relating to all day, every other day kindergarten. The Board set a date of March 30th at 6:30 p.m. for a Special Meeting to address the Budget Reductions.

Mrs. Schramm distributed information relating to the Senior Class Trip. Joe Miller made a motion to approve Senior Class Trip. Rawelin Radtke seconded the motion. The motion passed with a 5-0 vote.

Mr. McNulty gave a slide presentation on the four-day week program.

No agenda items were discussed for the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424


8:50 PM, Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Media Center, Lester Prairie Public Schools

The Board conducted a closed session meeting after the Regular Meeting of the School Board on March 16, 2009 to discuss the Prudent property located to the South of the school.

The closed session meeting was adjourned at 9:09 P.M.

Karla Heigl, Clerk, ISD #424

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